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Premiere Pro CS4: Exporting to High Quality SWF with Low File Size

Apr 27, 2010 12:07 PM

Adobe Program: Premeire Pro CS4 (to build slide show video)

Adobe Program: Adobe Media Encoder (to export project into flash file)


Project Details: A 20 minute slide show with still images and audio.

Project Source: HDV 720p, 29.97 fps


Objective: Export slide show into a flash file so it can be watched online. The file must be small enough for most people to be able to stream the video but good quality (like videos found at


Problem: I'm struggling to find an export setting that will let me maintain both good quality and a small file size.

The export setting that allows the best quality is:

Format: FLV / F4V

Preset: F4V - HD 720p

File Size: 800MB


Troubleshooting History: I have tried the following Presets:

F4V - Same as Source

F4V - 1080p Source, Half Size

F4V - 720p Source, Half Size

F4V - 720p Source, Half Size, VBR 2pass

F4V - Web Large, Widescreen Source

While the file size is much reduced with these Presets, I lose too much video quality.


Inquiry: Does anyone have advice for meeting my listed objective?

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    Apr 27, 2010 1:13 PM   in reply to JMMWilcox

    They are mutually exclusive.


    It is either good quality and large size or low quality and small size. You can't have both good quality and low size.

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    Apr 27, 2010 1:41 PM   in reply to JMMWilcox

    Quality vs file size is a trade off situation and its achieved by "trial and error".


    A lot of the quality/file size is controlled by the bit rate setting after one sets the pixel x pixel dimension.

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