I'm just getting started with Premier Pro. I have a bunch of footage, big and small, shot on a range of different cameras, that I want to turn into a good quality short doco (prob 1080p). What are the best sequence and export settings to get the best possible quality video. Any other tips for video quality would be much appreciated!!
Some folks check the "max render quality" box in circumstances where it doesn't help, but only increases render time. If all your footage is the same rez, it doesn't do much.
In your case though, with multiple resolutions, it may help. Your renders will take longer.
Depending on your deliverable codec, if it offers a two-pass mode instead of one-pass, two-pass mode will help. Two-pass renders will increase your render times.
And of course, the higher the bitrate, the more data is kept instead of tossed. Higher bitrate will mean bigger finished files.
Without more info about your original footage resolution, wrapper, and codecs, these are the basics I can suggest.
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Typically cutting short form from UHD MP4, HD MP4, and HD P2 MXF.
A general rule of thumb when selecting Sequence Settings for your project is simply this - what footage do you have the most of? That is typically what you might set the sequence to, but not for sure since intended delivery specs will also play a part. If you can let us know what the bulk of the footage is, like 1080i, or 1080p60 or whatever, and also how/where you intend to deliver, that makes a difference - YouTube, Blu-ray disc, what? Many factors at play to make the optimum decision.