I’ve received a lot of questions on my YouTube videos and on my Premiere Pro course about sequence settings. How do I change my sequence settings? What settings should I choose? My video looks funny – what should I do!?

Sequence settings are tricky. There are so many different types with wacky names. Knowing whether you want something 1080i vs 1080p vs 720p vs 30fps vs 23.976fps vs 24fps is very difficult. In the video below, I show you exactly how to get the right settings every time, no matter what type of video you are working with.

For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, here is the fool-proof way to get your settings right:

  • skip choosing settings when you start a project

  • import your footage to your project window

  • start a new sequence (ignore the sequence settings – it doesn’t matter now)

  • drag and drop any of your video into the sequence

  • now premiere pro will prompt you to change sequence settings to match those of the video

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Now your sequence will have the perfect settings to match your video.

change sequence settings vs keep existing settings

Above is the warning you’ll get if your video settings don’t match the sequence settings – or when you drag and drop video into a new sequence. Choose ‘change sequence settings.’

But I have multiple formats of video – what do I choose?

If this is the case, you’ll have to choose which video you’d like your sequence to match. Drag that type of video into the new sequence first, and then have Premiere Pro automatically match the settings to that video. Once you add any video to your sequence, Premiere Pro will not prompt you to change the sequence settings when a new type of video is added. This only works when there isn’t anything on your sequence timeline yet.

I hope this all makes sense, and you will now live headache free lives without worrying about changing sequence settings!

Do you have a better way (or different way to do this)? Let us know in the comments below!

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