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What’s the best export settings in Premiere Pro CC for YouTube?

You’ve just created and edited your YouTube video and now want to export it. But, what are the best export settings in Premiere Pro CC for YouTube?

When exporting your video, the export settings are crucial to the platform you are looking to present your content on.

They vary depending on the platform, so you want to make sure your export settings in Premiere Pro CC are at the optimum level to provide your audience with quality video and audio.

Set in and out points

Set in and out points

Once you have finished editing your video you will want to set the in and out points to your video. Firstly move the playhead to where you want the rendering to begin on your video and press “I” on the keyboard. Then move over to where you wish the rendering of the video to end and click “O” on your keyboard.

The grey section will show you where your video begins and ends when exporting (See image above).

Great! Once this is done, we are ready to export your video.

Export Menu

Next select File > Export > Media file in the menu – you will then see this menu pop up:

Export settings in Premiere Pro CC for YouTube: Export Menu

The above export menu will pop up with an image of your video to the left. Here you can select a preset export setting and format.

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Export settings in Premiere Pro CC for YouTube

The first step is to select the format settings option. The best format to export from premiere pro is to select H.264 – as the format.

Export format

Then, directly below, choose your preset – we recommend using the YouTube 1080p Full HD preset – but don’t worry – this can be customised to suit; you don’t want to leave it on the exact preset. Remember to make sure that directly below the format and preset, both the audio and video checkboxes are both ticked.

Premiere Pro export settings

Basic video settings and bitrate settings for YouTube

Basic video settings and bitrate settings for YouTube

You will then want to click on the Basic Video Settings tab. Here we recommend setting the Frame rate to 23.976 and make sure the “Width” is 1,920 and the Height is 1,080.

Bitrate settings

Bitrate Settings

For optimum bitrate settings, scroll under the Bitrate heading and set the Bitrate encoding to VBR, 2 Pass, then set the Target Bitrate to 15 and Maximum Bitrate to 40. Don’t forget to check the box saying “Use Maximum Render Quality.”

Audio Export Settings

Audio Export Settings

For the audio export settings, click the Export Settings tab and set to the following specs:

  • Audio Format – AAC
  • Basic Audio Settings set Audio Codec to AAC
  • Sample Rate to 48000 Hz
  • Channels – Stereo
  • Audio Quality – High
  • Bitrate Settings:
    • Bitrate – 320
    • Click Advanced Settings and set Precedence to Bitrate.

Your video is ready to export! Finally, click Export, and Premiere Pro will render your video and audio ready to upload to Youtube!

If you want to set your own custom export presets, check out our comprehensive article here.


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12 comments

  1. My Preset wont stay on Youtube 1080 once all the other presets are changed it keeps pushing it back to Custom

  2. I’m curious why to change it to 23.976 fps when YouTube generally plays around 30 fps. Is there a reason for this?

  3. OK – but can anyone tell me what is wrong with Premiere:
    25 min 1080 HD bitrate 20 file size 1,55GB !!!
    2h of 4h movie – 4GB

    No way I can export 1h movie in comparable quality to what you may find…
    Whats wrong???
    thank you

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