I've been given a bunch of footage to work with that is DVC-PROHD 1080i 60i. This format is completely new to me, so I'm curious as to what everything needs to be set to (timeline paramiters, etc), and also what I need to use for a codec while exporting so that I can color correct really quick in AE (or vice-versa, as I haven't been given a deadline yet). Any help with be appreciated for this 1080i beginner! Thanks
Welcome to the forum.
For setting up the Sequence, you can Import that footage, and then drag it to the New Icon at the bottom of the Project Panel. This image, courtesy of Joe Bloe Premiere will show you where that New Icon is: