Best export settings for Premiere Pro.
With so many options, it’s not always easy to figure out which settings to use when exporting video. Learn how to use the best export settings for Adobe Premiere Pro to make your project look and sound great on any platform.
Video export settings.
Finding the best export settings for Premiere Pro is all about striking a balance between quality and playability. Higher quality settings may increase overall file size, which can impact streaming performance on slower internet connections.
In general, these are the best video export settings for most applications:
- Format: H.264 (.mp4)
- Frame rate: Match the frame rate of the source video
- Frame size: 1920 x 1080 for HD, 3840 x 2160 for 4K
- Field order: Progressive
- Aspect: Square pixel
- Performance: Hardware encoding
- Profile: High
- Level: 4.2 (5.2 for 4K)
- Bitrate encoding: VBR, 1pass
- Target bitrate: 20-30 Mbps for HD, 60-80 Mbps for 4K
Looking for a good starting point? The Match Source-Adaptive Bitrate H.264 presets available by default in the Preset menu provide a good balance between quality and performance.
Hardware encoding is a better performance choice in most cases than software encoding, since it will speed up export times. However, older systems without a supported GPU card may not support hardware encoding. Also, certain export settings may not support hardware encoding and will revert to using software encoding.
Before exporting, make sure you pick the right aspect ratio for the platform you’re going to be using. Most higher resolution videos have a 16:9 aspect ratio, although some destinations like Instagram prefer a vertical 9:16 aspect ratio to play on mobile devices.
Audio export settings.
Visuals aren’t all that matter in a great video. You need audio, too. Here are the best audio export settings to make your video sound as good as it looks:
- Audio format: AAC
- Audio codec: AAC
- Sample rate: 48000 Hz
- Channel: Stereo
- Audio quality: High
- Bitrate: 320
- Precedence: Bitrate