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Of course you'll be exporting your show once it's completely done and fully finished, but you may want to export versions also in the process of the edit just to have people review it. Well, either way, it's the same basic steps. You need to select the timeline of the sequence that you want to exploit. Now, you can do that either by selecting the actual timeline in the bottom right hand quadrant of the screen or if you have multiple timelines, you can also select them in the project pane. Now, if nothing is selected, if you don't actually have a project pane selected, you'll go up under a File > Export and exporting your media could be grayed out. So if you see it grayed out, make sure you have something selected, and then, when you go back, you'll be good to export.
I usually try to remember this keyboard shortcut, Cmd+M because it's something that I use a lot. When you start the export process, you're greeted with this dialog box and this is basically Adobe Media Encoder. And there's lots of changes you can make to things, but unless you really have a good reason to start tweaking and monkeying around with your Export settings, usually, the defaults that Adobe provides are much better. The most important thing that you need to take a look at is in the lower left hand quadrant of this screen, and this is this area right here.
You have four choices to choose from when you export, this is at Sequence In/Out. If I had marked in and out points in my timeline before I hit Export, I may only export out a small chunk of my show when I'm thinking I'm exporting out the entire program. Now, this is really useful though, if you either want to send a piece of your show to somebody for a review or if you're testing a variety of different codecs and Export schemes and you don't want to put out a full 30-minute show when all you need is maybe 10 or 15 seconds to see how it looks.
The other two options that you will probably encounter are Work Area. Now, the Work Area maybe familiar to people who have been working, say in After Effects or previous versions of Premiere Pro, and it's available in the cloud version of Premiere Pro, however, it is turned off by default. So unless you've turned it on, don't worry about this. What I usually like to make sure is checked is Entire Sequence. And if Entire Sequence is checked, that means I don't have to worry about my In and Out points, the entire program will get exported from beginning to end.
Now, be careful if you actually threw something down at the very end of your timeline just to kind of put it there. You might have a three-minute show and you might export out a twenty-minute sequence because of one little clip that you left dangling at the very end of your show. A good thing to keep in mind is this number right here. That tells me the duration of whats being exported. Now, at the bottom there was a custom setting. You don't actually have to pick the custom setting to use it.
All you need to do is grab one of these little triangles and scrub to exactly where you want your out point to be and you can do the same thing for your endpoint. So if you know you want to export just a small chunk of your video and you didn't mark the in and out prior to hitting the Export button, you can do that by modifying the In and Out point in the encoder. And as you see, I'm only putting out about 23 seconds of my clip and I've automatically switched to Custom. This is something you should check no matter what export settings you're using. In this case, I want to just make a Master.
So I'm going to go back and click on Custom and switch it back to Entire Sequence. Now, if I want to make a master recording, usually, I would click on Match Sequence Settings. And it will automatically adjust my settings so that the output matches the clips that I've dropped into my timeline. And I say that because I dropped the clips into the sequences and made the sequences match the clips. And therefore, the output will match the original media.
At this point, I'm not going to make any other changes to any of these parameters because I want a quick, clean output. The only other checkboxes that I might consider are Use Maximum Render Quality and what that's going to do is actually work a lot harder to make sure you end up with a cleaner, sharper, smaller video. But, you'll do that at the expense of time. So, if you have the time, not a bad checkbox to use, but for the most part, I find it looks pretty good without that checked and I'm usually in a rush.
The other checkbox that I want to point out is the one that says Import into project. This is very useful if you have a very effects heavy chunk of your show or if you have a lot of high resolution, multicam footage. What this does is it renders out whatever you ask it to, creates a movie and puts a pointer, to that final movie back into your project file. So you can replace the clips that are there or put it above the clips that are there.
And finally, when you have everything set you're going to press the Export button. Now, when you press the Export button, the Encoder takes full control of Premiere and the encoder using all the CPU power, the GPU, the graphics processing unit and your RAM to export your video out as quickly and efficiently as possible. So you are locked out of continuing to edit in Premiere while it's exporting. If you choose to use the Queue button, it actually queues it up in the background and then you can batch export after the fact and continue to edit.
The price you pay is the export's going to take longer because you're sharing CPU power GPU power and RAM between these two applications. So exporting out your video actually will take much less time than it took to explain it. So basically, double -heck when you hit Match Set Sequence settings that in the lower left hand corner, you're exporting exactly what you want, take a quick peek at the summary to make sure that your source and your output are what you expect them to be, and then go ahead and press the Export button.
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