Lesson Eleven: Exporting your project

Exporting your Project

Ensure that the timeline panel is selected, and that the project is just as you would like it exported (with no straggling clips laying around on your tracks). Click File > Export > Media and at the bottom left you will select entire sequence or selected portion and mark it on the blue line with in/out markers (this does come in handy when you want to only export an excerpt such as to send a 60 second version to Instagram). When your export settings box pops up, ensure both video and audio boxes are checked. Set title and desired path for exported film. Check Use Maximum Render Quality. Decide if you want to export immediately or queue (export later if you still want to continue editing in Premiere Pro). 

Main Video Tab Export Settings to note

  • Format: HD. 264

  • Using a preset is the most simple, straightforward way to export with optimal settings for your intended purpose. Click the Preset drop-down menu and select the specific format and resolution you prefer, such as Vimeo, YouTube, or QuickTime. You can then customize any of the other attributes.

  • Here is just a bit of info on what matters most if you prefer to do a custom export for typical projects (using a preset takes care of most of these things and Premiere Pro assesses your footage to know how to process it, but do note NTSC vs PAL setting regardless):

    • Bit rate (also known as data rate) controls the visual quality of the video and its file size. If your video editing software gives you the option, choose a “variable” bit rate (VBR) and select a value from the ranges below. You can experiment with different rates if your file is too large or you’re not happy with the quality of your source file.

      1080p 10 – 20 mbps

      2K 20 – 30

      4K 30 – 60

    • Bitrate encoding: CBR is faster and good for when there is not a lot of fast motion, and VBR 2 Pass is best if there is a lot of movement or lighting variation, as you’ll notice the difference most in areas of motion and quick changes from light to dark. In VBR 2 pass, the first pass is analyzing your project and the second pass executes the compression. You will get better quality exporting the above mentioned types of situations with VBR 2 but a longer exporting time.

    • Frame rate-indicate the frame rate of your project (the frame rate of your sequence; if mixing frame rates, go with lowest frame rate)

    • TV standard (NTSC vs PAL)

    • Profile- High is best quality for big screens with a good decoder. Main- Good for more modern smartphones and tablets. Baseline- Compatible with most smartphones and tablets, including older mobiles. So, if you know your project is going to be viewed a certain way, then select the Profile accordingly. Or for simply the highest quality, choose High.


Main Audio Tab Export Settings to note: 

  • Audio format→ AAC

  • 48000 Hz (48MHz)

  • Channel: Stereo