How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: 5 Simple Steps

You’ve just finished your edit, and you can’t wait to show everyone your latest film, but there’s on last piece to the post production puzzle. That piece is how to export video from Premiere Pro.

Understanding how to export a video from Adobe Premiere Pro is a key skillset for any filmmaker. There are thousands of possible combinations when looking to export your video from Adobe Premiere Pro and understanding where to start and the settings you need to export your finished product is key.

In this article we show you the steps so you can export a video from Adobe Premiere Pro with ease, sophistication, oh and make sure it looks insane!

Let’s check it out below, but first have a look at this video for a quick video walkthrough!

How to export a video from Adobe Premiere Pro

1. Opening the export window

To export a video in Adobe Premiere Pro you will need to click File > Export > Media. Remember to ensure that the sequence is selected that you wish to export when you do this. Here’s a shortcut to:

  • PC: Ctrl + M
  • Mac: CMD + M
How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: Opening the export window

This will bring up the export settings window, in this window you’ll select the settings in which you wish to export your video in.

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2. Next, select your sequence settings

To select these settings correctly you need to have a chosen outlet in which you will display your video. Is it for the cinema? YouTube? Vimeo? Make sure you know where it’s being hosted, as this has a direct effect on how you export the file and even potentially compress it.

You can edit the setting in the Export Settings pop up, similar to the one below:

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: Export settings for Adobe Premiere Pro

If you want to use the same setting in your sequences you can simply overwrite this by selecting the “Match Sequence Settings” at the top of the menu.

If not you can select your codec in the format menu, we recommend going for a H.264 as a well rounded format or if you plan to use YouTube, maybe select one of their pre-formatted selections.

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: pre-formatted selections

3. Select the format and the codec

Now it’s time to select the format and the codec. As mentioned before we believe the best format is to use the H.264 format, it’s one of the most common formats and used by 90% of the exports in Premiere Pro.

Now it’s time to select the preset, it really does come down to what medium you’re looking to host your video on. Adobe Premiere Pro has plenty of presets to help match where you’ll host your video.

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: Select the format and the codec

4. Adjust your settings to your liking

Now select the output name and specify an output name for your exported video file. Remember to ensure that both Export Video and Export Audio are both selected, so your file contains both audio and video.

If you want to change the settings to make them more customisable then you can here:

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: Change the settings in Premiere Pro

Make sure you select the render depth every time, it means Adobe Premiere Pro will export your video the highest possible quality.

Then directly below you can set your bitrate settings to your liking.

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: bitrate setting

The bitrate is how big your file size will be, so if you need a smaller file size, you can reduce your bitrate to a minimal size. For the main copy, we advise that you export with a high bitrate to have the best copy you can export.

5. Time to export!

Now you are all set to export your video. You can now either choose the queue function or the export function.

Selecting the queue function sends you directly to the media encoder platform with your sequence added:

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: Time to Export

Once your file is in the media encoder, all you need to do is click the green play button and your file will begin to export.

Then the other way, the export functionality. You simply click this with your pre-chosen export and preset features and it will export your file immediately, as simple as that.

How to Export Video From Premiere Pro: Conclusion

That’s all for today, you have now successfully exported your video file to the highest level ready to share with the world, and hopefully, win lots of awards!

One last tip. If you want to reuse your presets again simply the Save Preset in the export dropdown menu.

We hope this article was of help to you today. Feel free to check out more of our Adobe Premiere Pro blogs posts! Happy Filmmaking!

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Jay Neill

Jay Neill is the founder, owner, and managing editor of iFilmThings and believes everyone should have access to the film resources they need to plan their filmmaking project, which is why he’s dedicated iFilmThings to helping all filmmakers.

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