What computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 12 running on? Have you updated 12 to the 12.1 Update? If not, please do so.
Now for your immediate question....the target
a. Do you have a particular format and file size requirement for your video? Typically exports from Publish+Share/Computer/Windows Media will
export your Timeline content with smaller file size than the other choices Under Publish+Share/Computer/
b. If you must go with a choice other than Windows Media under Publish+Share/Computer/, then the best way is to make your export choice and its preset, and then, under the Advanced Button/Video Tab, adjust the Bitrate in those Advanced Export Settings. Keep in mind, the higher the Bitrate, the higher the quality, greater the file size. And, the lower the Bitrate, the lower the quality, and the lower the file size. You need to find a compromise between Bitrate, quality, and file size.
Note, the estimated file size expected from the customization is typically shown at the bottom of the Export Settings that you are customizing under the Advanced Button/Video Tab.
If you need the above fine tuned, please let me know.
Thanks for your response
I am running Windows 7 with Adobe Premiere Elements 12.1
The video file in My Videos under windows is becoming to large over 500 GB.
Is there a way to reduce the original file in My Videos using Adobe Premiere 12.1 editing process?
Thanks for the follow up.
What kind of computer resources are you working with? And, what is the format and duration of this 500 GB video that you have
saved in My Videos?
If you could get the video into a Premiere Elements project, you could consider splitting the video into scenes in its
Preview Windows (Set In and Set Out points) and using selected segments of the whole.
Or, just cutting and deleting at the Timeline level with the scissors tool. But, 500 GB file?
I see cutting and deleting in the editing progress to reduce the size of the video. I see reducing file size in the export process
and its compression choices. Both dependent on computer resources to handle a video file with file size and format considerations.
Just in case question....are you sure the your video file size is 500 GB...could your video file size be 500 MB?
Please review, consider, and then we can decide a possible what next.
The total of all my videos is 500 GB. I want to reduce the seize of multiple separate files located in the Windows My Videos Folder.
I understand that when I edit in Adobe Premiere the original file the Windows My Videos Folder remains the same seize. Is there a
way to reduce the file seize using Adobe Premiere, or if not do you have any suggestions as to how to edit the original files.
Reducing the Folder Size but not the file size of the files inside of the 500 GB Folder.
If you have a folder on the computer hard drive that has a file size of 500 GB (representing total of all the files in that folder), what you can do is create new folders and move some of the content of the 500 GB Folder to the other folders. Are you OK at creating new empty folder(s) for this purpose. But, that approach seems overwhelming since, if you establish 2 GB Folders, you would end up with 250 folders.
Reducing the File Size of the individual files within the 500 GB Folder.
Open a Premiere Elements project, import each of the files (one at a time) and export it with compression which gains you the smallest file size with good quality, including properties as close as possible to the original or as is acceptable to you. Save these individual exports in a new folder. Then decide whether or not you need the originals in the 500 GB Folder. If not, delete the 500 GB folder.
Does any of the above seem doable to your goals.
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