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

Using the Export Settings dialog

Whenever you choose File > Export > Media, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 opens the Export Settings dialog, which is where you create all stand-alone still-image, audio, and video files.

  1. If necessary, open Lesson 20-1.prproj.
  2. Choose File > Export Media.

    Let’s spend a few minutes looking over this important dialog, with a particular focus on new, modified, or particularly important features and options.

    It’s best to work through the Export Settings dialog from the top down, first choosing your format and presets, then the output, and finally deciding whether you’d like to export audio, video, or both.

  3. Choose the FLV|F4V format and the F4V-Web Large, NTSC Source preset. This doesn’t match our sequence setting precisely but will expose some of the issues that you’ll face when working with the Export Settings dialog and Adobe Media Encoder.
  4. Note that the tabs presented on the bottom right of the Export Settings dialog will vary by format. Most of the critical options are contained on the Format, Video, and Audio tabs, and the options here will vary by format as well. Here’s an overview of the various tabs:
    • Filters: The filter available for encoded output is Gaussian Blur. Enabling this filter reduces the video noise introduced by slightly blurring the video. Export the project without this filter to see whether noise is a problem. If it is, increase noise reduction in small amounts. Increasing noise reduction too much will make the video blurry.

    • Format: This determines the type of stream to which the video and audio are multiplexed.

    • Video: The Video tab allows you to adjust the frame size, frame rate, field order, and profile. The default values are based on the preset you chose. Note that in this case, if you were outputting the video for actual deployment, you would want to change your Frame Height setting to 360 to eliminate the letterboxes shown in the figure, or choose a wide-screen preset. You would also want to change the Frame Rate setting to 23.976 to match your sequence setting and source footage.

    • Audio: The Audio tab allows you to adjust the bit rate of the audio and, for some formats, the codec. The default values are based on the preset you chose.

    • FTP: This tab primarily allows you to specify an FTP server for uploading the exported video when it is finished encoding. Fill in the appropriate FTP values supplied by your FTP host if you want to enable this feature.

  5. Moving to the left side of the Export Settings dialog, look over the Source Settings drop-down list, where you can choose to export the work area bar selected in the sequence, a region selected using the handles directly above the drop-down list, or the entire sequence. This is useful when you want to export selected regions on the Timeline rather than the entire sequence.
  6. Also on the left, note the Source/Output tabs, the latter of which shows a preview of the video to be encoded. It’s useful to view the video on the Output tab to catch errors like the letterboxing shown in the previous figure.

    In terms of new or modified features, here are some highlights:

    • Match Sequence Settings check box: This is a no-muss, no-fuss way to export the edited sequence using the settings selected for the sequence. For example, let’s say you shot your video in DVCPROHD 1080p24 and chose that format/resolution for your sequence preset. If you wanted to render video out in that format, just click the Match Sequence Settings check box, and Adobe Premiere Pro will output in that format.

    • Use Maximum Render Quality: This option was available in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, but only via the Export Settings wing menu. Consider enabling this setting whenever scaling from larger to smaller formats during rendering, but note that this option requires more RAM than normal rendering and can slow rendering by a factor of four or five.

    • Use Previews: This option, also available only in the wing menu in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, uses previews created while producing your project as the starting point for the final rendered file, rather than rendering all video and effects from scratch. This can speed encoding time but can also degrade quality when rendering to a format different from your sequence preset. For example, if you used HDV as your sequence preset and were outputting to Flash in H.264 format, basing the H.264 encoding on HDV-encoded preview files may degrade the quality slightly. (If you were rendering from scratch, Adobe Premiere Pro would send uncompressed frames to Adobe Media Encoder rather than HDV-encoded video.)

    • Use Frame Blending: Enable this option to smooth motion whenever you change the speed of a source clip in your project or render to a different frame rate than your sequence setting.

    • Metadata: Click this button to open the Metadata panel.

    • Export: Select this option to export directly from the Export Settings dialog rather than rendering via Adobe Media Encoder. This is a simpler workflow, but you won’t be able to edit in Adobe Premiere Pro until the rendering is complete.

    • Queue: Click the Queue button to send the file to the Adobe Media Encoder, which should open automatically.

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