How to export a video in Premiere Pro

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You have finished editing your video and you are ready to share it with the world, but there is one very important step remaining. A skill all video creators need to master. How to export the finished video in Premiere Pro! 

While exporting in Premiere Pro may seem difficult due to the amount of options available in the export tab, it is really much more friendly than it seems. To help get you started here are some tips, tricks and how-to steps for exporting a video within Premiere Pro. 

What is the best format to export from Premiere Pro?

When exporting a finished video in Premiere Pro, the first thing to consider is where the video will be uploaded or delivered and how it will be viewed.

With both Formats and Presets to choose from in Premiere Pro, defining the above will help you to choose the best export option.

how to export premiere pro formats and presets
Left: Premiere Pro Format Export Options.
Right: Premiere Pro Preset Export Options.

Each file format offers different platforms, qualities and file sizes for your video. From the available options, here are the 4 best formats to export from Premiere Pro when getting started: 

H.264 is often seen as the best format for online video such as YouTube and Vimeo. Exporting for H.264 will render fast and playback smoothly. Commonly used for MP4 or 3GP.

Quicktime MOV
Best for exporting with an Alpha Channel as it provides high image fidelity and a reasonable file size.

Exporting as an uncompressed AVI is great for maximising image quality without concern for file size. So if you are wanting the highest quality and have time to wait, AVI is your option.

TIFF Sequence
Exporting as a TIFF Sequence is a good option for longer videos as it offers protection against render failure. This is due to the fact that it out[uts each frame individually as a TIFF photo file so you can start back at the frame you encountered the failure.

Wanting more of the basics and essential settings when exporting in Premiere Pro? Tuts+ has created this easy to follow tutorial:

How to export Premiere Pro to Different Formats

Now that you have an understanding of your options, it’s time to choose the format you would like to export to. Follow the steps below for each different format.

How to export premiere pro to youtube:

How to export a sequence as an H.264 file – perfect for YouTube: 

  1. Make sure the Timeline panel is active and choose File > Export > Media or press Control+M (Windows) or Command+M (macOS).
  2. In the Export Settings dialog box, choose Format: H.264 and Preset: Match Source – High Bitrate.
  3. To choose a filename and location, click the blue filename to open the Save As dialog box. Use this to choose an export location and a name for your new file, and then click Save.
  4. When you’re happy with your settings, click Export. The new video file will be created, ready to share with the world.

These same steps are required if wanting to export Premiere Pro video to MP4

How to export Premiere Pro video for Instagram

When exporting for Instagram, follow these set up options:

Extra tips for Instagram set up:

How to export Premiere pro video for Facebook

When exporting for Facebook, follow these set up options:

Extra tips for Facebook set up:

How to save your favorite export settings

If you have noticed you are repeatedly using a custom setting you can save your export settings as a preset. 

  1. Click the save preset button beside the preset drop down menu in the export window.
  2. Name the preset.
  3. To use the preset select the name you chose from the drop down menu.

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