Explore how to export a standalone movie file from Premiere Pro. You get a tour of the Export Settings window, including features like Format and Preset, as well as the Video/Audio/Effects/Multiplexing/Captions/Publishing tabs. You explore Source Range settings and several other extra options. You then export a standalone file, as well as how to publish the video to YouTube.
- [Narrator] We've come to the point where we need to get our sequence out of Premiere Pro. So in this movie we're going to discuss the basic process of exporting a standalone file, which will let us deliver it to our client, or send it to another program for further work or encoding, or upload it to the web. So you can either load the sequence and just make sure your Timeline is selected, or just select the sequence within the Project panel, and you can either right-click and choose Export Media, or the keyboard shortcut for that is Cmd + M, or Ctrl + M on a PC.
I remember that M for export media. Alright, and there are a lot of choices to make in this window, and we'll go over some of the most important ones. Up here, we have this checkbox, Match Sequence Settings, and this will automatically export a file with settings that exactly match the settings for your sequence. All you need to do is check this box, and when you do that, everything else kind of grays-out, because the sequence settings are baked-in, you no longer have the opportunity to customize. Or, you can choose to encode it to a lot of different formats and codecs by choosing some of the options within our drop-down menus.
So I'm going to uncheck this, and instead, I'm going to come over to Format. There are various video formats like QuickTime, H.264, and MPEG formats. There are audio files like AAC, AIFF, MP3, and WAV files. And there are image files, like JPEG, TIFF, Targa, and so on. By the way, choosing one of those image file options will give you a sequence of images, not a still frame. If you do need to export a still frame, you can check out the creating freeze frames and stills movie earlier in this course.
Alright, so depending on what you need to file for, how high quality you need it, how small you need it, and where it's going next, you could choose any number of these options. For our purpose, let's say that I need to export a relatively high quality, but small file, that I want to put up on YouTube for my client to view. In that case, I'm going to choose a really great codec that meets those specs, H.264. And once you choose your format, then your Preset dropdown populates with the various options that match that.
And as you can see, H.264 has a lot of preset options. H.264 is a terrific codec to send to all types of devices, and all types of web services. So, since we're sending it to YouTube, I'm going to come down to YouTube. And we know this is a 1280 by 720 sequence, so I'm going to choose YouTube 720 HD. Once I do that, I get a summary of characteristics that matches this format, and this preset. Okay, so I'm exporting video and audio, you can see that it's going out 1280 by 720 at our 23.976 frame rate, it's going at Progressive as opposed to Interlaced.
Here's our duration, and we have various other video and audio characteristics as well. Now if you should want to change any of this then you come down to these tabs here, and I'll start with video. As you can see, because we've chosen the 1280 by 720 option, we've got our resolution set right here. If you need to change this, you can just click in this box and edit the number, and by default, Width and Height are linked. If, for some reason, you would want to break that, you would just click on this, and then you're able to enter in any values that you like.
We of course want to keep it 1280 by 720 so we won't change anything here. You can see that all the rest of the video characteristics are listed within this panel, so if you do need to make some changes, you certainly can. Alright, I'm just briefly going to go across these other tabs just in case you need to get into those. We have Effects, and this lets you exports your file with look-up tables, and watermarks, and time code, and that sort of thing, okay? We have our Audio tab, and this allows you to specify your audio settings.
So if you need to make changes to those that's where you do it. Here's the Multiplexer tab, and this controls how video and audio data are merged into a single stream. So the exact options available depend on the format that you choose, and depending on what format you choose, this tab might not be here. There's Captions, so if you're exporting closed-caption data, either as a separate sidecar file that contains the caption data, or embedded within the output file, you would set your options here. And then finally we have a Publish tab, and this allows you to input web hosting information so that the file exports and immediately uploads to the web service of your choice.
Alright, so there are quite a few options for where you can send your file. Again, this is so convenient, because it goes immediately out of Premiere and to a specific web service. So we are going to YouTube, and so I'm going to check this. And then I've already input my YouTube information. Now when I checked this, you'll see that this went from the YouTube 720 option to Custom. And that's because if you make any changes within any of these panels down here, then your Preset changes from the one that you chose to Custom, because you made a change.
So you can actually save that. I'm going to come to this button here and Save Preset. And I'll just call it YouTube 720p HD Publish, alright, and we'll save the Public settings so that it saves my account information for next time, and I'll say OK. And you can see here that under Presets, that we have it in our list. Now I'm going to come down to the lower-left here. For source Range, the default setting is Sequence In/Out. So if I had an in and out point set in my sequence, then I would definitely want to choose this, but because I don't, Entire Sequence, and Sequence In/Out, in this case, is the same.
You can also set in and out point in your sequence once you're already in the Export Settings window, you just need to drag these little triangles, and now you've set a new range, and it actually changes the source range to Custom in that case. The other option is Work Area, and this was a lot more popular in previous versions of Premiere Pro, but I will show you what the Work Area is real quick. Let me cancel out of this, and then I'm going to come up to the Timeline menu here, and choose Work Area Bar. And so now we get this bar above our sequence, and you can drag the work area over a specific section of the sequence, and you can set this to Render, or Export, or whatever you like.
But again, right now, you can basically use in and out points for the same purpose, so I'm going to hide the Work Area Bar for now, but I did just want to point that out. Alright, so I'm going to go back into my Export Settings window, Cmd + M, and let's make sure that we get our saved preset back in there. And everything is basically exactly as I want it, but I do just want to mention a couple of choices down here. Use Maximum Render Quality. This option tells Premiere to work very hard to give you a sharp, high quality video, but of course that's going to take some more time to process than just a regular export.
So if you have the time, you can check this box to see if you notice a discernible difference between the maximum render quality and the regular quality. For a web video, I just leave this unchecked. Also, Import into project can also be very useful. So if you just want a Mixdown of your sequence and you want to bring it right back into your project, you check that option. Alright, I think we're set, I just need to tell Premiere where I want this file to go. And you do that by clicking on Output Name. Alright, and so you can rename it if you like and then you can direct it where exactly you want the file to go. The Desktop is fine, so I'll say Save.
Alright, and this is where you would choose either to Export or Queue. If you choose Export, that's all Premiere Pro is going to be doing, you're sort of locked-out from using the software after that. If you choose Queue, then it's actually going to use another program, Adobe Media Encoder, and that's actually really convenient, not only so you can still be working in Premiere Pro, but you can also export with multiple settings, so I could export this sequence with this set of settings, and then I could choose another set of settings for a very high quality screener file, and then I can also export a totally different sequence with a different set of settings, and have those all run in the queue, and we will check that out in the next movie.
And because exporting does take a bit of time, I'm actually going to cancel here, 'cause I just exported the file right before I started recording here, and I put it my Exercise Files folder, and here it is, so this is the H.264, 1280 by 720, YouTube Preset. And then again, I also just exported it to YouTube, so I'll bring that up. Okay, and here it is. - Craftsmanship, quality, and community spirit. That underlies everything that we do. - [Narrator] Okay, so as you can see, it couldn't be easier to export your file out of Premiere Pro.
This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.
- Touring the Premiere Pro interface
- Asset organization and project management
- Basic editing
- Trimming and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Working with stills and graphics
- Basic effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Using automatic and basic color correction tools
- Working with titles
- Sharing and exporting