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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
When you're ready to export a copy of your movie, it's as simple as going under the File menu, selecting Export, and choosing Media. As soon as you do that, you will be greeted with this dialog box, and for the most part you are not going to change a lot of things, but let me show you a couple of important things that you'll need to know. The first thing is in the lower left-hand corner, you have a choice for what you export. And if I click on this dropdown menu, you can see that I can export the In to Out point in my timeline or the Entire Sequence.
Most of the time you want to do the Entire Sequence and by accident you only export what you have an In and Out point marked, which is likely your last edit. In addition, I can export the Work Area, and we touched on what a Work Area was in an earlier movie. Or if I wanted to, I can actually customize the part of the program I want to export by either just clicking Custom or it will automatically switch to Custom if I grab these sliders. And what I'm doing by grabbing these sliders is literally selecting the part of the show that I want to export.
For our purposes we are going to select Entire Sequence. Now in the upper right-hand side of this dialog box, there is a choice to Match Sequence Settings. Now take a look at what happens in the summary part of this when I click to turn it on. It changes the settings to the exact same settings as my sequence, and this is great if I want to create an archival version of my program without any kind of compression. And I usually export at least one version of my program using these settings as a backup.
Now if I uncheck this I now have a choice of other settings I can use when exporting my sequence. If you click on Format, you'll see there's a variety of codecs that you could use when exporting your video. Most of the time you'll probably choose H.264, and when you select this you'll notice that your presets could change. With H.264 selected, if you click on the preset dropdown menu, you will see a variety of devices that can actually read an H.264 file.
Now I specifically want to make a copy that I can give to my friend that will play on their iPhone. So I'll select the iPad 2, iPhone 4 settings, and as you see, I'm good to go. Now you can't export just the video and the audio separately, but of course, we want our entire project. There are a lot of settings that you can play with to change, but I recommend leaving things at their default. The engineers at Adobe worked really hard to tweak these so you'll get the best quality output of your program. The only change I might make is switch to Use Maximum Render Quality.
What this does is it analyzes the file just a little bit more to make sure you get the sharpest image possible. The trade-off is it will take a little bit longer to encode the file. When you're done, you probably are ready to hit Export, but there's one more change you need to make. And that is what is the name of your file and where is it going to go? So make sure before you hit that Export button, click where it says Output Name and you'll have the option to not only change the name from Edited Sequence to the actual name of your show, but you'll also be able to target its destination.
Let's go ahead and rename this PSA, and I'm going to put it directly on my Desktop. Now you're really ready to export. If you press Queue, you will actually launch the Adobe Media Encoder, and we'll explore that in the next movie. But for now, let's go ahead and export our final program. As soon as you hit Export, Premiere Pro will start Encoding your Sequence. Now one thing to take note of, while you're exporting, you can't continue editing other projects because all of your processor power is being devoted to getting your file to the right size and the right place.
When the Encoding is done, you return to the Premiere Pro interface, and let's go ahead and hide that, and as you see, the final movie is on our Desktop.
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