19 Replies Latest reply on Dec 28, 2011 11:35 AM by Steve Grisetti

    Export to .mp4 format?

    RGB2CMYK2 Level 1

      I am using Premiere Elements 9 and I am wondering how to export my video to .mp4 format without losing the resolution? (I don't mean .mpg)

       

      According to: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/862/cpsid_86248.html, I should be able to but no luck here.

       

      Thanks in advance!

        • 1. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Export/Share to MP4 will use the H.264 CODEC, so there will be compression, and a decrease in quality.

           

          To Share to MP4, you will use the QuickTime Preset, and then set the Compression to H.264.

           

          The compression will be fair, and the quality quite good, or a compressed CODEC. H.264 is one of the better highly-compressed CODEC's available today.

           

          Now, what is your Source Footage, and also your intended use for the Exported/Shared file?

           

          There might be better alternatives, but your delivery will dictate if they are viable.

           

          Good luck,

           

          Hunt

          • 2. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
            RGB2CMYK2 Level 1

            Thanks for the reply. I tried that too but the outcome format is .mov, not MP4.

             

            The source clip is 1440 x 1080 (1.3333), 29.97fps, 48000Hz, Stereo.

            • 3. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

              There are many forms of MP4 and many quality levels and resolutions.

               

              What do you plan to do with this MP4? Use it as a media file in a new project? Output a BluRay? Watch it on your computer? Watch it on an iPad or iPad?

               

              Knowing how you're going to use it will help determine which Share method to use to create it.

               

              BTW, no matter which method you use, if it's a true MP4, you can change the suffix of the file to .mp4 if you want to. It makes no difference as long as your media player can read the codec.

              • 4. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                RGB2CMYK2 Level 1

                Just watch it on the computer and TV. Not all the coworkers/clients have quick time to play. I noticed some of them can't play .m2t or .mov. So I think mp4 would be better to share with them.

                • 5. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                  Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                  Try the Share/Portable Device/iPad setting and see what you think of the results.

                   

                  This setting produces a nice, compact, high-quality mp4 file. At most, they may have to install the free Quicktime player -- but probably not.

                  • 6. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                    In very general terms (remember the word "general"), the wrapper is far less important, than the CODEC inside that wrapper. In many cases, if the file extension (the format and wrapper) is not to the likeing of a particular program, one can often just change that extension.

                     

                    Good luck,

                     

                    Hunt

                    • 7. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                      RGB2CMYK2 Level 1

                      I tried to Share/Portable Device/iPad setting, and that works!!!  And yes after I shared to .mov, I changed the suffix of the file to .mp4, that works too!

                       

                      Thank you so much!

                      • 8. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                        the_wine_snob Level 9

                        Great news, and thanks for reporting your successes.

                         

                        Good luck,

                         

                        Hunt

                        • 9. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                          RGB2CMYK2 Level 1

                          By the way, share with IPOD and IPHONE didn't come out as good as Handbrake freeware.

                          • 10. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                            Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                            Well, there's nothing at all wrong with using a third-party encoder. Even After Effects is complimented with one.

                            • 11. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                              MFerring Level 1

                              I'm struggling with something very similar: I'd like to save an edited file in the original 1920x1080 in MP4 onto a computer file (rather than DVD). In my Premiere Elements 9.0, the "Share" section doesn't seem to offer that choice (all the "share" opportunities take it down to 720 or less). Or did I miss it?

                               

                              Thanks,

                              Mike

                              • 12. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                                As I said above, you not only have the choice of outputting an mp4 from Premiere Elements, you have SEVERAL options, depending on the quality and compression level you're looking for.

                                 

                                How do you plan to share this video? On the web? on a BluRay disc? on an iPad or iPod? Each of these demands its own unique kind of mp4.

                                • 13. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                  Ted Smith Level 3

                                  >"How do you plan to share this video? On the web? on a BluRay disc? on an iPad or iPod? Each of these demands its own unique kind of mp4."

                                   

                                  I for one would like to know how to use PE9 to save a 1920x1080 m2ts edited project to a file so it can be later used by another program to burn a blue ray disk.

                                  I have tried various combinations without success without reducing the quality of the picture as compared with burning it directly to disk (using PE9 only)

                                  • 14. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                    Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                                    To reuse your hi-def video in another hi-def project, use Share/Computer/MPEG with the 1440x1080 30i preset. This will produce an m2t/mts video that will work perfectly in a project set up for HDV.

                                     

                                    That doesn't mean it's the ideal format for every use, Ted. As I keep saying, the best output format depends on what you're planning to do with it.

                                     

                                    There is no generic "mp4" output format, for instance, any more than there's a one-size-fits-all MPEG output format. It depends on what you're going to do with the mp4 after you output it.

                                    • 15. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                      MFerring Level 1

                                      Complicated stuff.

                                       

                                      In this case, I want to play back from a USB drive on a Samsung LN40C630K1FXZA at a trade show. The set supports 12 file extensions in 9 containers with an assortment of video codecs. I've successfully tested it with a video I downloaded that has an .mp4 extension, so I was shooting for that. In that MP4 container, it will take an H.264 BP/MP/HP or MPEG4 SP/ASP or XVD codec. (Among other choices, there's .wmv in an ASF container with Windows Media Video v9 codec.) My source material is 1920x1080, which the set supports.

                                       

                                      Thanks very much for the support, Steve!

                                       

                                      Mike

                                      • 16. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                        RGB2CMYK2 Level 1

                                        We are on the same boat, MFerring. I need to put these videos in a flash USB drive and play in the trade show too. I decided to export them to .m2t in order to keep the max. quality and then convert to MP4 via Handbrake. I am quite satisfied with the out come

                                        • 17. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                                          For the Samsung, I would recommend using Share/Portable Device/iPad. Click the Advanced button and, on the Advanced settings panel, set the output size for 1920x1080. (When you close the panel, you'll have the option of saving this as a permanent preset, in case you need it again later.)

                                           

                                          That should give you an optimized hi-def mp4. Assuming, of course, that your original footage and project were set up as hi-def video.

                                           

                                          And assuming the Samsung has, as you seem to say, a built-in player device of some kind.

                                          • 18. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                            MFerring Level 1

                                            I saw that suggestion earlier in this string and had tried it. My PE9 shows a different dialog, with only "Apple iPod and iPhone" and when I try to increase the output size, it returns an error: "Invalid frame rate/frame size for this Level" and asks me to change things to a lower rez. Maybe the iPad option begins to appear on PE10?

                                             

                                            However, I tried RGB2CMYK2's suggestion and bingo. Worked.

                                             

                                            Thanks to everybody!

                                            Mike

                                            • 19. Re: Export to .mp4 format?
                                              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                                              Yes. The iPad option was added in version 10.

                                               

                                              Glad you found a solution regardless!