Adobe Premiere is a powerful video editing software that allows you to create professional-grade videos.
While it offers a wide range of features, some users may find it difficult to export their videos from the software.
In this guide, we will walk you through the process of exporting a video from Adobe Premiere.
We will also outline some of the best practices for exporting your video files.
So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced user, this guide is for you!
Let’s get started.
Premiere Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video
1st step: Launch the Export Window
In Premiere Pro, go to File>Export>Media to export a video. You can also use the shortcut keys Ctrl + M on Windows or Cmd + M on Mac. When you do this, be sure the sequence you wish to export is selected.
This will open the Export Settings window. In this window, you’ll select the video’s desired parameters (or presets) before submitting it to Media Encoder for export.
Step 2: Select Your Sequence Options
When exporting a video, the first thing to consider is where the film will be sent and how it will be viewed. Will you be uploading to YouTube and Vimeo? Are you compressing the video to make it easier to distribute to a client? Or are you exporting a high-resolution master version for presentation purposes? The delivery location is critical in determining what parameters are required. There are numerous useful presets included with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. These presets allow you to rapidly select settings for your exported file.
Select Match Sequence Options at the top to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence. This will alter your export settings to match your sequence settings exactly. However, I do not advocate doing so because most delivery destinations demand codecs other than your standard editing or intermediate codec.
Step 3: Determine Which Platform You Will Export From.
In this example, we’ll export from Premiere Pro and upload to YouTube. Premiere Pro now has presets for YouTube and Vimeo, which will export your project with the best recommended settings for both. However, in this case, we’ll be exporting with specific settings.
Step 4: Choose a Format and a Codec
The H.264 codec is the best option for web playback. As a result, we’ll go with H.264 as our format. This is also the most commonly used codec for Premiere video exports. H.264 will be used for eighty to ninety percent of your exports.
We’ll choose a preset that corresponds to our sequence and desired output. Our sequence has a resolution of 1080p and a frame rate of 23.976 fps.
Step 5: Adjust Your Bitrate and Fine-Tune Your Settings
To specify an output name for the exported video file, click the output name button. Check out this page to learn more about how to correctly name a file. Check both the Export Video and Export Audio boxes to ensure that the file contains both video and audio.
You can change the settings in this window to make them more customized if you are comfortable doing so. Here are my suggested settings for most of my Premiere exports:
Select the Render at Maximum Depth checkbox. This will lengthen your render time, but Premiere will take extra precautions to export your movie as cleanly as possible.
The bit rate determines the size of your file. You can reduce your bitrate to reduce file size if you require a tiny file size. For a master copy, you should export at a high bitrate to get the greatest copy possible.
This is my standard export list: Change the Bitrate Encoding Settings to VBR, 2 Pass, and then drag your Target Bitrate to the file size you want. The dimension will be displayed at the bottom of the window. Make your Maximum Bit Rate twice as fast as your Target Bit Rate. When you select two passes, Premiere will go over your timeline twice to ensure that there are no corrupted frames and that your export is clean.
Step 6: Complete Your Export Either in Premiere or in Media Encoder.
You can now choose between two Premiere Pro export options: Queue and Export.
By selecting Queue, you will be directed to Media Encoder, where the sequence will be added to a queue.
Then, at the top, simply press the green play button to begin the export. This is useful if you wish to export many Premiere Pro sequences at the same time. You can also continue working in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder exports in the background. This is the method of exporting that I use the most.
By selecting Export, you just export the sequence from that window. You will be unable to utilize Premiere Pro while it is exporting in this manner.
That’s all! You’ve just exported your completed video.
Step 7: Save Your Export Preferences for Future Exports
If you frequently use a custom setting, you can save your export settings as a new preset. In the export window, click the Save Preset button next to the preset dropdown. The preset can then be given any name you like. You can now use the saved preset in the future.
As you can see, exporting a finished video from Premiere Pro is a simple and highly customizable process. Want to improve the efficiency of your exports even more? In Media Encoder, you can also add additional output files from the same source sequence, which is useful for creating different file types and sizes of the same video.
OUR FINAL THOUGHTS
The export settings are one of the most important parts of your video editing process. You want to make sure you’re choosing the right exporting format for what you plan on doing with it, and that you have all the necessary presets enabled in order to get an optimized final product. We hope this blog post has helped! What did we miss? Let us know – we love hearing from our readers.
FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS
Where are the Premiere Pro Export files saved?
Click Export to see an image of where Premiere Pro exports to (or Send to Queue)
When you’re finished, the file will be saved to the location you specified. You can also check the “Queue” option, which will send the export process to Adobe Media Encoder (as long as you have Adobe Media Encoder installed, which is usually included with cloud packages).
What happens to my exported files?
Downloaded exports should be saved in your computer’s Downloads folder by your browser. Downloaded exports should be saved in your computer’s Downloads folder by your browser.
Why isn’t Premiere Pro exporting?
If Adobe Premiere does not export video, you may not have enough storage space. To resolve this issue, consider freeing up some space and retrying. If you use an external hard drive as a storage device for exported videos, the issue may also occur.