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Exporting Frames, Clips, and Sequences in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Overview of export options

When you complete a project, you have a number of export choices:

  • You can select a single frame, a series of frames, a clip, or an entire sequence.
  • You can choose audio-only, video-only, or full audio/video output.
  • You can export directly to videotape; create a file for viewing on a computer or the Internet; or put your project on a DVD with or without a complete set of menus, buttons, and other DVD features.

Beyond the actual export formats, you can set several other parameters as well:

  • Any files you choose to create can be at the same visual quality and data rate as your original media, or they can be compressed.
  • You need to specify the frame size, frame rate, data rate, and audio and video compression techniques.

You can use exported files for further editing, in presentations, as streaming media for Internet and other networks, or as sequences of images to create animations.

Checking out export options

The first step in exploring export options, naturally, is opening a project with some content to export.

  1. Start Adobe Premiere Pro, and open Lesson 20-1.prproj.
  2. Click somewhere in the Sequence 01 Timeline to select the sequence.
  3. Choose File > Export.

    Adobe Premiere Pro offers seven export options (some options might be dimmed because of the particulars of the content you’re exporting):

    • Media: Selecting this option opens the Export Settings dialog, which allows you to export to all popular media formats.

    • Title: Since Adobe Premiere Pro stores Titler-created objects in the project file, the only way to use the same title in more than one project is to export it as a file. To use this option, you need to select a title in the Project panel.

    • Tape: This option transfers your project to tape.

    • EDL: Use this to create an edit decision list (EDL) to take your project to a production studio for further editing.

    • OMF: This option exports active audio tracks from an Adobe Premiere Pro sequence to an Open Media Format (OMF) file that programs such as DigiDesign Pro Tools can import if the DigiTranslator feature is licensed.

    • AAF: This option exports to an Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) file that allows you to exchange digital media and metadata between platforms, systems, and applications, such as the Avid Media Composer.

    • Final Cut Pro XML: This option exports an XML file that you can import into Apple Final Cut Pro for further editing.

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