3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2011 3:22 PM by Jim Curtis

    no H.264 export option

    Jim Curtis Level 3

      Mac CS5.5.  H.262 and H.263 Quicktime video codecs are available, but H.264 is not. 


      H.264 IS available as an export option in all my other QT-enabled apps, of which I have many.   But, not Premiere. 


      I have installed the H.264 (x264) codec.  It is showing up on the list.  But, not the "stock" H.264 codec.



      Also, some clients want WMV.  I have Flip4Mac installed, and again, it's available as an export option on all my other software that exports video, but alas, not Premiere.


      Does anybody know why?

        • 1. Re: no H.264 export option
          Colin Brougham Level 6

          Do you have QuickTime 7 installed, or just QuickTime X? You need QT7 for Premiere Pro export. I know I've got QT H.264 export, though I'm on Windows.


          Might affect Flip4Mac, as well.

          • 2. Re: no H.264 export option
            Jim Curtis Level 3

            I would not be able to get any work done without QT7 installed.  So, yes, it's installed.


            I can work around this by exporting a higher resolution format, and transcode to H.264 in QT Pro or some other app, like Squeeze, MPEGStreamclip, etc.  But that's doubling my work.  I'm just wondering why it's not available to Premiere.


            WMV isn't available to all applications, but it is directly exportable from FCP (with Flip4Mac installed).  It's not available for export from Avid Media Composer (on Macs.  I know it is for Windows.).

            • 3. Re: no H.264 export option
              Jim Curtis Level 3

              Answering my own post here:  The H.264 export option IS available in Pr.  I was looking in the wrong place: under Quicktime > H.264.  That's where I found the H.261 and H.263 codecs.  There's a separate drop-down menu for H.264 that I overlooked.   I am so sorry for the false alarm.


              Now that I'm getting more up to speed in Pr, I think that using AME for exports is way superior to doing them right from Pr.  This is mainly because AME exports in the background, and you can set multiple export options.


              However, exporting to WMV is still a two-step process for Macs.  I've been exporting to ProRes first, and then using QT Pro to make the WMV.   Again, not ideal, but it's something that can also be done as a BG process.