Workflow and overview for exporting

Premiere Pro and other applications employ Adobe Media Encoder, a stand-alone encoding application. When you specify export settings in the Export Settings dialog box and click Export, Premiere Pro sends the export request to the Adobe Media Encoder.

From the Export Settings dialog box, click Queue to send Premiere Pro sequences into the stand-alone Adobe Media Encoder queue. From the queue, you can encode sequences into one or more formats, or take advantage of other features.

When the stand-alone Adobe Media Encoder is rendering and exporting in the background, you can continue to work in Premiere Pro. Adobe Media Encoder encodes the most recently saved version of each sequence in the queue.

You can export video from a sequence in the form best suited for further editing or for a viewing audience. Premiere Pro supports export in formats for various uses and target devices.

Quick Export

You can quicky export a sequence from Premiere Pro using Quick Export. It is a fast and efficient way to export files for various uses and target devices.

Exporting files for further editing

You can export editable movie or audio files. Then, you can preview your work with effects and transitions fully rendered. Also, you can continue editing the files in applications other than Premiere Pro. Similarly, you can export a still-image sequence. Also, you can export a still image from a single frame of video for use in a title or graphic.

Premiere Pro supports both direct export and Adobe Media Encoder export. Direct export generates new files directly from Premiere Pro. Adobe Media Encoder export sends files to Adobe Media Encoder for rendering. From Adobe Media Encoder, you can choose whether to render an asset immediately, or to add it to a render queue.

Exporting to tape

You can export a sequence or clip to videotape in a supported camcorder or VTR. You can use this type of export for archiving a master tape, or for delivering rough edits for screening from VTRs.

Export project files for other systems

You can export project files, not just clips, to AAF files. You can import AAF files into various third-party editing systems for finishing. You can trim Premiere Pro projects down to their essentials and ready them, with or without their source media, for archiving.

Export formats for various devices and websites

Finally, using the Adobe Media Encoder, you can export video in formats suitable for devices ranging from professional tape decks to DVD players to video-sharing websites to mobile phones to portable media players to standard- and high-definition TV sets.

Workflow for exporting video and audio files

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  1. Do one of the following:
    • In a Timeline panel or Program Monitor, select a sequence.
    • In a Project panel, Source Monitor, or bin, select a clip.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Choose File > Export > Media. Premiere Pro opens the Export Media dialog box.
    • Choose File > Export. Then select one of the options other than Media from the menu.
  3. (Optional) In the Export Settings dialog box, specify the Source Range of the sequence or clip you want to export. Drag the handles on the work area bar. Then click the Set In Point button and Set Out Point button .
  4. To crop the image, specify cropping options in the Source panel.
  5. Select the file format you want for your exported file.
  6. (Optional) Select a preset best suited for your target means of playback, distribution, and audience. Premiere Pro has presets for Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube. Click the Publish tab.


    To automatically export a file from a Premiere Pro sequence with settings that exactly match the settings for that sequence, select Match Sequence Settings in the Export Settings dialog box.

  7. To customize the export options, click a tab (for example, Video, Audio) and specify the appropriate options.

  8. Do one of the following:
    • Click Queue. Adobe Media Encoder opens with the encoding job added to its queue.
    • Click Export. Adobe Media Encoder renders and exports the item immediately.

By default, Adobe Media Encoder saves the exported file in the folder where the source file is located. Adobe Media Encoder appends the extension for the format specified to the end of the filename. You can specify watched folders for various types of exported files.

For more information about using the various settings in the Export Settings dialog box, see Export Settings reference.


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