8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 10, 2013 7:09 AM by JNavas2

    How to create professional quality HD Video with Premiere Elements

    JNavas2 Level 1

      This is a guide for Premiere Elements 11 that can be adapted to other versions.


      Professional video must be at very high bitrates (50-100 Mbps) to minimize quality loss

      from compression across multiple generations, with chroma subsampling of at least 4:2:2.

      (Many broadcasters will reject video below 50 Mbps.)


      The best Computer preset options available in Premiere Elements 11 for professional output:

      1. AVI: Advanced: Video Codec: Uncompressed UYVY 422 8bit
        QuickTime: Advanced: Video Codec: Uncompressed YUV 10 bit 4:2:2
        QuickTime: Advanced: Video Codec: Uncompressed YUV 8 bit 4:2:2
        Best possible quality, but gigantic file size, may well be impractical.
      2. MPEG: HDTV 1080p High Quality
        Use Advanced to set the Video: Profile to 4:2:2; check Render at Maximum Depth; and set Target Bitrate (Mbps) to 50-100. VLC Media Player can be used to play the output file. In general, this is the most practical standard option.
      3. AVCHD: MP4 - H264 1920x1080p
        Unfortunately, only chroma subsampling of 4:2:0 is supported.


      A good alternative to these standard options is to install and use the free Avid DNxHD codec, which is widely accepted professionally. Download and install it from here, and then reboot your computer. To use it in Premiere Elements, select Publish+Share: Computer: QuickTime: Advanced.

      In the Video tab:

      • Set Video Codec to Avid DNxHD Codec.
      • Click Codec Settings, and set desired Resolution (e.g., 1080p/29.97 DNxHD 36 8-bit).
      • Set Width and Height to 1920 and 1080 respectively.
      • Set Frame Rate as desired.
      • Field Type should normally be set to Progressive.
      • Set Aspect to Square Pixels (1.0).
      • Check Render at Maximum Depth.

      In the Audio tab:

      • Set Audio Codec to Apple Lossless.

      Click OK, and Save your new preset with a meaningful name.

      QuickTime can be used to play the output file.


      Hope that helps!