4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 15, 2015 1:38 PM by adobenewbie123

    exporting to standard definition from a HD project

    adobenewbie123 Level 1

      Hi,

       

      I am currently using premiere Elements 10 and my project settings are DSLR  1920 x 1080, 29.97 frames per second, sqaure pixels, progressive scan.  I typically export to a 1920 x 1080 mp4 which yields a file size of 13gb.  For this one particular festival, I need to get the file size under 2 GB and it still needs to be a mp4.  So my strategy was to downsize to 720 x 480 during the export as standard definition options in Adobe all seem to yield a much lower file size within my limit.  But I was not sure what setting to choose so I wanted to get recommendations on the best pre-set under share for exporting this type of file? 

        • 1. Re: exporting to standard definition from a HD project
          A.T. Romano Level 7

          adobenewbie123

           

          I do not recommend your choice of exporting a 16:9 project to a 4:3 destination. Go for the 16:9 project to a 16:9 destination.

          Have you looked at the possibilities for

          a. lowering the bitrate for the .mp4 export

          or

          b. going for a Window Media export

           

          When all is said and done, if you still want the lower frame size MP4 export from your 16:9 project, consider....

          Premiere Elements 10 Windows...

          a. Premiere Elements 10 with its NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 project preset.

          b. When you get to export....

          Share

          Computer

          AVCHD

          with Presets = MP4 - NTSC DV Widescreen

          The frame size is 720 x 480 to start with but with the 16:9 flag is will be displayed at about 872 x 480 pixels after encoding and recognition of the 16:9 flag by the player. But the bottom line, this way you will have a 16:9 project going to a 16:9 destination.

           

          Other choices if you want to step up to 1280 x 720 16:9.

           

          Please consider and then we can decide what is going to work for you.

           

          Thanks.

           

          ATR

          • 2. Re: exporting to standard definition from a HD project
            adobenewbie123 Level 1

            Hey ATR,

             

            Thanks as always for the great insight.  I first looked into a 720p preset by choosing the VimeoHD preset option but that only brought the size  down to 4gb and I need it under 2gb.  Did you have other suggestions? If not, I'll try the MP4 - NTSC DV Widescreen.  Sounds like I can use all of the defaults for that pre-set?

            • 3. Re: exporting to standard definition from a HD project
              A.T. Romano Level 7

              adobenewbie123

               

              Thanks for the follow up.

               

              You should be using the defaults for Share/Computer/AVCHD with preset = NTSC DV Widescreen for your AVCHD.mp4 as described in prior post in your thread.

               

              The Windows Media would put you at an advantage file size wise but you want a .mp4 file and not .wmv.

               

              You could explore lowering the bitrate of the following until you see a significant decrease in quality below a certain bitrate setting

              Share

              Computer

              AVCHD

              with Presets = MP4 H.264 1920 x 1080 p30

               

              and then do your experimentation under the Advanced Button/Video Tab and the bitrate setting.

               

              We will be watching for your progress.

               

              Thanks for exploring the suggestions.

               

              ATR

              • 4. Re: exporting to standard definition from a HD project
                adobenewbie123 Level 1

                Hey ATR,

                 

                WMV was a good tip to get the file size down at a 720p but in this particular case, it is still coming in well above the 2 GB limit I was looking for.  Plus it needed to be .mp4.  But that is till good knowledge for future reference!