If you're going to post to YouTube, these output settings will get you the best results:
But, of course, getting the best results from your output is highly dependent on how well your source video matches your project settings.
If your project settings are a perfect match for your camera's video, you will not see a red line above the clips on your timeline until you add an effect or transition to them. Was that the case for you?
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. The setting from JC are pretty much the same as mine, except for the Field Order. I'm not really sure I understand what Field Order is, but I will try using none rather than progressive.
When in the time there is a red line across the top, but I have already added transitions and some titles. I did a quick test using a few clips from the same movie and created a new one, with effects, and there was no red line appearing the the timeline. I never heard about this before - and not sure what to do if it occurrs.
I just went back to check the settings again, and did not see "Field Order". I had remembered that from PSE4. It is not there in 9. It is now Field Type, with options being upper, lower or progressive.
Why use 29.97 when you are recording at 30?
Progressive means non-interlaced video, Maine, so it's the option you should choose.
I think you can probably use 30 fps as your frame rate in your case.