6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 27, 2009 8:39 AM by the_wine_snob

    Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4


      hey all!


      When I go to export my finished video it asks to set all the properties like the codec and its details, res and all that jazz - I was wondering, is it not possible to have the exported video use the exact same properties as the original? It seems like I HAVE to re-encode it...


      I dont want to risk losing any video or sound quality so why do I have to change the videos codec? Is there no way of just using the source video properties?


      Any info would be great, cheers guys!

        • 1. Re: Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4
          dradeke Adobe Employee



          You can usually export out the same codec that you're editing in, but it depends on which codec you are using?  What format do you want to output?



          • 2. Re: Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4
            Nexus01 Level 1

            Thanks for your response, below I have attached a screen of the codec details for my source videos. I dont really mind which format its output in, just as long as the quality is in no way differentfrom the originals



            • 3. Re: Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4
              Harm Millaard Level 7

              Editing long GOP source material like this H.264 source will ALLWAYS result in a generation loss. There is no way around it. However, if you export with the right codec and the right bitrate settings you can minimize the generation loss to be hardly noticeable. But, it is important to export as few times as possible. Of course 5 generation losses will be far worse than a single generation loss and if you want to get the best quality on output, use the Maximum Render Quality setting. It will take 2 - 3 times as long but you maintain quality better.

              • 4. Re: Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4
                Nexus01 Level 1

                Thanks again, while not the answer I hoped for it is still the answer


                So, new question!


                What is "GOP"?


                I've changed those settings as you suggested, thanks very much for your help AGAIN!

                • 5. Re: Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4
                  Harm Millaard Level 7

                  GOP = Group Of Pictures. Have a look here for a more complete explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-2 It handles MPEG2, but the same happens with MPEG4.

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                  • 6. Re: Exporting Videos in Premier Pro CS4
                    the_wine_snob Level 9



                    One thing to consider with Export, is what do you plan on doing with the resulting file?


                    If, for instance, you need to get the Exported material onto an iPod, you would work within the restrictions of that medium, and set your Export to match that. If you are going to BD (Blu-ray Disc), you would work within the specs. of that medium - and so on, and so on.


                    What is your intended delivery medium?


                    If it is to exactly (as close as you can) your source footage, except with the edits and additions, then sticking with the same format/CODEC and size settings will get you what you need.


                    Let your needs dictate your Export settings. Remember, you can Export to many different settings, so you will not have to do any conversions, of the original Export.


                    Good luck,