Adobe Premiere is the most complete non-linear video editing program that we can find on the web. This software offers all the functions and features that any user, amateur or professional, may need to edit their videos. However, although Adobe has tried to make the interface simple so that any kind of user can understand and exploit it without having to spend hours on it, the complexity of this video editor means that, if we get to it for the first time, surely we will not know where to start.
After explaining how to create a new project with Adobe Premiere Pro from scratch, in this article we are going to discuss another of the fundamental aspects of this program: exporting the finished video.
Exporting the video means processing all the video to save it in a file so that it can be played by any media player. During this process we must choose the output quality, the codecs that we want to use and other properties that our video will have once this process is finished.
Exporting the video, depending on the computer we have, can take a long time, since in addition to converting it to the selected format, all the content will be processed and rendered from scratch.
This is the final step in editing the video, and therefore in this article we are going to explain how to use this function to finally save our video.
How to export our video project with Adobe Premiere: basic steps
After everything we’ve done to create our video, whether it’s joining two clips or creating a professional super montage, it’s time to export the video. To do this, we must open the File> Export menu and we can see a series of options.
We are not going to go into detail about all these options, since we will most likely never need them. As a curiosity, we are going to see the ” Final Cut XML ” option , which will allow us to convert the Adobe premiere project to Apple’s Final Cut Pro format.
The option that interests us to export the project is “Media”. We click on it and we will see a new window like the following one.
It is from this window that we will configure all the video export settings. And we are going to see them carefully.
Be clear why you are going to export the video
Are you going to save a video for private use? Are you interested in having the highest quality? Are you going to upload it to YouTube or some other video platform? These are some of the questions we must ask ourselves before continuing. Thanks to them we will be able to choose the appropriate codec, the quality or the size of the video.
In the left part of the export window we can see a thumbnail of the video. We can even reproduce it from here. On the right side is where we will find all the options to customize the export.
Choose the correct format, codec and preset
The first thing we must choose is the format and the codec that we want to use. We can use the dropdown to choose the format. As we can see, Adobe Premiere offers us a very wide list of compatible formats to which to export the video.
In addition, within each format we will be able to find a series of presets, or default settings. We can customize these values ourselves by hand (as we will see later), but if any of the presets suit our needs we can save time by selecting one. For example, if we are going to upload the video to YouTube we have presets with different configurations.
Choose where to save the video
After choosing the format and the preset, it is time to choose where we want to save the video on our computer. Below the presets we can see a box in which to enter a comment (for example, a description of the video) that will be recorded in the metadata of the video.
We can also find the section «exit name». Click on it to edit it and we can choose the path to save the video and a new name for it.
We are also going to find two boxes that will allow us to choose whether or not we want to export the audio and video (in case we want to save only one track separately) and a summary table with all the video properties.
What happens if I have the wrong codec?
We insist, once again, on the importance of choosing the correct codec when exporting video with Adobe Premiere. If we make a mistake, and we choose the wrong codec, we can have problems. The most common range from quality problems to not being able to use the video on another platform or play it on our computer.
Unless we have special needs, it is advisable to make sure that the video that we are going to export has a common codec (since we will avoid problems like this) and, in addition, that it has the appropriate resolution, quality and frames. Of course, the higher the quality, the more space the video saved on our computer will occupy. And, in addition, we will never be able to obtain a higher quality than the original video, so if we configure it like this we will be wasting space on our disk for nothing.
Since we will have spent several hours editing the video, we should spend several minutes choosing the optimal format, resolution and quality. And always save a copy of the project, to be able to export it again if necessary.
Advanced configuration of options for exporting videos with Adobe Premiere
In addition to choosing a format and a default setting, the export function of Adobe Premiere Pro allows us to customize all the parameters of the video. Below the “export settings” box that we have just seen in the previous point, we can find a series of tabs that will allow us to customize the advanced parameters of the codec.
The options that we find here are divided into 4 categories:
- Effects: this section allows us to customize a series of effects that will be applied to the video. SDR effects, image overlay, timeline sync, and more.
- Video: it will allow us to modify the resolution of the video, the frame rate, the ratio, encoding settings, the encoding speed, the distance between key frames and if it is a virtual reality video.
- Audio: we can configure the audio format, the basic codec and sampling settings and the speed.
- Multiplexer: allows us to choose the type of multiplexer and the flow compatibility.
If our video has subtitles we will also be able to configure them from here, from its corresponding tab. And also, the last tab allows us to publish our video automatically on different platforms once it is processed. This will allow us to save time and let Adobe Premiere Pro take care, for example, of sending the video by FTP or publishing it on YouTube, among many other alternatives.
Once we have adjusted all these options to our liking, we can save our own preset to use it in future videos more quickly.
Set the export options and save the video
We have reached the end point. Just above the export buttons we can find a series of options that will allow us to configure the last parameters of the export. For example, we can choose to use the maximum processing quality, if we want a preview of the video in real time, the preferred time interpolation, etc.
We can also see the approximate size that the video will occupy once processed and saved on the computer. We will click on «Cola» and the program will send it to Media Encoder, ready to be exported. In this way we can continue using Adobe Premiere Pro while the video is being processed, or we can add several projects so that they are all processed automatically in a row.
If we don’t want to use Media Encoder, the “Export” button uses Adobe Premiere Pro’s own rendering engine and processes and exports the video from the program without depending on others.