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April 23, 2013
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Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere Pro

When you have your edit completed and ready for delivery, there is only one step left – exporting for delivery. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is an absolute essential skill that is required to finish any edit.

Adobe Premiere Pro

To export a video in Premiere Pro go to “File>Export>Media.” You could also press the shortcut key “control M” on PC, or “command M” on Mac. Make sure your sequence that you want to export is selected when you do this.

Premiere-Pro-export-media

This will bring up your export settings window. In this window, you’ll select your desired settings or presets for the video before sending it to Media Encoder for exporting.

The first thing to think about when exporting a video is to think about where the video will be delivered and how it will be viewed. Are you going to upload to Youtube and Vimeo? Are you going to burn it to a DVD? Are you going to give the client a highly compressed rough copy to watch on their phone? The delivery destination is very important on deciding what the settings need to be. There are loads of useful presets already pre-installed with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. You can use these presets to quickly choose settings for your exported file.

If you want to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence, you can select “match sequence settings” at the top. That will change your export settings to exactly match your sequence settings, although I don’t recommend this because most delivery destinations require codecs other than your common editing or intermediate codec.

Premiere-Pro-export-sequence-settings

For this example, we’ll be exporting from Premiere Pro to upload to Vimeo.  Note, these video export settings for Vimeo are applicable for other online video services as well, such as YouTube.

The best setting for web playback is the H.264 codec. So we’ll select our format as H.264.

Premiere-Pro-export-sequence-h264

We’ll select a preset that matches our sequence and our desired output. Our sequence is 1080p with a frame rate of 29.97. So, we’ll select the “HD 1080p 29.97″ preset.

Premiere-Pro-export-sequence-vimeo

Click the output name to specify an output name for the exported video file. To learn more about properly naming a file, check out this article. Make sure that “export video” and “export audio” are both checked so the file has both video and audio.

Premiere Pro export settings

If you feel comfortable with changing settings to make them more customizable, this can also be done in this window. Double check your settings to make sure everything is the way you want.

Now, you can select one of two Premiere Pro export options: “Queue” or “Export.”

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Selecting “Queue” will send you to Media Encoder with the sequence added to a queue. Then, all you have to do is press the green play button at the top to start the export. This is good if you want to add multiple Premiere Pro sequences to export at the same time. This also allows you to continue working in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder exports in the background. I usually use this method of exporting.

Selecting “Export” simply exports the sequence right from that window. You will not be able to use Premiere Pro while it is exporting this way.

That’s it! You just exported your finished video.

If you find yourself using a custom setting frequently, you can save your export settings as a new preset. Click the “save preset” button next to the preset dropdown in the export window. You can then name the preset whatever you like. Now, you can use that saved preset in the future.

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Ss you can see, exporting a finished video from Premiere Pro is super easy and very customizable. Want to streamline your exporting even more?  You can also add additional output files from the same source sequence in Media Encoder – very useful for creating different file types and sizes of the same video.

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  • robert

    very good, but if it were for export to dvd what would be the best method to export

    • http://www.cineblur.com Brent Pierce

      Hey Robert, there are presets for DVD settings as well.

      When exporting for a DVD, there are 2 files that are encoded. 1 for video, and 1 for audio. Then you combine the 2 files in your DVD authoring software.

      Also, keep in mind, that DVD’s are only SD (standard definition). If you want an HD version on a disc, you’ll have to make a Blu-ray. Blu-rays are HD.

      • Nikolai

        Brent, the Q was how to export to DVD !
        But not about what its mean !
        Just follow the question !

        • http://www.cineblur.com Brent Pierce

          Hey Nikolai, just use a preset that is built into Adobe Media Encoder. It’s that simple.

        • jimbo

          MEAOWW!

  • Vicky Grant

    I did that but I don’t know where the sequence ended up. Where didi it go?

    • Trevor

      Found it! Go to C:Users”Name”DocumentsAdobePremiere Pro6.0

      You should be able to find it in there. It saves as Sequence 01.avi if you can’t locate it and need to use the search tool.

    • Mike Matthews

      Hi Vicky. When you click the file name to the right of the “Output Name” option and specify what you would like to name the file, it gives you the option to choose a location. Hope that helps.

      • http://Premiumbeat.com/ Danny Greer

        Thanks for sharing the tip, Mike!

  • Khurram

    Thanks – This was really helpful. When I exported the video with H.264 Blue-ray first for it was very lagging and video time was doubled like from 2 minutes to 4 minutes and then Export with the above instructions for with H.264 for youtube and it is fine. Thank you. But do you have any idea why it is slows the video when I export it for youtube?

    • http://www.cineblur.com Brent Pierce

      Hm, not quite sure. Is your sequence edited in 60p (60 frames-per-second)? Maybe the H.264 encode is trying to conform the 60p to 30p by slowing it down.

      If so, change your sequence settings frame rate to 30p (or whatever you are exporting in; 24p, 25p, etc.)

      Hope that helps.

  • Davinia

    Just the information I was searching for thank you very much! It worked a treat!

  • Cindy

    Interesting post. I have a sequence with mixed format and every time I try to export, the process starts, but then locks with the message: “Error compiling movie. Unknown error.”. I have been able to edit this sequence but exporting is impossible. I restarted the computer, made sure everything was rendered. No difference.
    This sequence is three minutes long, I have modified many of the clips with position and added transitions. Everything is red was rendered. There are yellow areas as well.

    I was able to previously export a much shorter sequence without any issue. This one locks. I also duplicated it and created a new sequence where I copied the content, but it still locks.
    At one point, all my clips went offline, and when I relinked them all, some clips were linked to the wrong media which had the correct title but was now showing a different visual.
    Any suggestion?

    Thank you.

    • http://www.cineblur.com Brent Pierce

      Hmm, that’s a tough one. Not sure where the issue is originating. Perhaps, when you export, check the box that says “use previews”. That might help the export along.

      Are you using an older version of Premiere or Media Encoder? There are alot of issues with the older versions of Media Encoder. They cleared up most of the issues with CS5.5 and CS6.

      Is it an option to take the project and footage to another computer and try to export from there?

  • agh

    Hope someone will answer Vicky Grant’s question (and mine)…..although, eight months later, probably not looking good.

    • Maximilian Bui

      just search for the file OR if you haven’t changed the destination, clcik on the save as name and the default save place was the last folder you exported to

  • telephonicrecords

    Thanks for the help this was awesome and super simple.

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