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Everything You Need to Know About Exporting Video

Caleb Ward

Break through the confusion and save yourself some time with these quick tips for great exporting video files.

When it comes to exporting video, there’s a lot to learn. From bit-depths to codecs, it can all be quite intimidating for someone new to the exporting game. Instead of wasting time exporting (only to find your video pixelated or too large in size), check out this quick tutorial created by David Kong.

Exporting Example

Kong’s video covers everything you need to know about exporting in Adobe Media Encoder, which can be used to export timelines and compositions from After Effects and Premiere Pro. However, the topics covered by David apply to any other editing software, including FCPX and Avid Media Composer.

The tutorial takes a very scientific look at how what various exporting terms mean, including:

  • Formats
  • Codecs and Wrappers
  • Assigning Presets
  • Understanding Bit-Rates
  • Square vs. Anamorphic Pixels
  • The Benefits of Multi-Pass Rendering

If you’re  interested in learning more about codecs, check out the first part of this series in our ‘Everything You Need to Know About Codecs‘ post.

This video was first shared by David Kong on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing, David!

Want to learn more about exporting? Check out a few of the following resources:

  1. Exporting with Alpha Channels in After Effects
  2. Exporting Finished Video from Premiere Pro
  3. Exporting Video with an Alpha Channel in FCPX

Have any additional exporting tips?  Let us know in the comments below.

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