How to Export The Best HD Video for YouTube


LEARN TO EXPORT AMAZING HD VIDEO IN THIS PREMIERE PRO TUTORIAL! | This video will cover all about exporting video for YouTube and cover the ins and outs of the settings you need to know to get the best quality video for your YouTube uploads.

In this Premiere Pro tutorial, we’ll cover a fundamental aspect of a lot of video editing projects today: How to Upload High Quality Video to YouTube. I’ll break down the Export dialog box and show you how to choose a format, save a preset, choose audio settings, CBR or VBR?, and a number of factors that go into making your video look good while compressing to a reasonable file size. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Tutorial Recording Notes:

Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. Very quickly explain the source frame rate, frame size, and frame rate and frame size of the sequence and how that comports with what we want to think about while we export our video projects.
  2. This tutorial will assume you have shot your footage in at least standard HD, 1080p frame size.
  3. Set In/Out Points
  4. Show the YouTube 1080p preset
  5. YouTube recommended page:
  6. Don’t want to use uncompressed video unless you’re going to be using the video you’re exporting in other video projects (like exporting an intro or outro that you’ll use in your video projects)
  7. Explain the different areas with sizing, quality settings, bit rate, maximum render qualities, etc…
  8. CBR vs VBR constant being the same bitrate as specified for every single scene. Variable tries to pick out which scenes have more moving objects, blurs, detailed edges, etc… and allot more bitrate for those scenes while saving bitrate on scenes that it thinks don’t need as much. This is a pretty fast way to render, but you are at the mercy of the machine. Still, not a bad way to go for most projects. VBR two pass will pass over the video twice and do a much better job of picking out where the video can both save file size by reducing bitrate and increase the quality in scenes that need it by increasing the bitrate of those scenes. The down side? It’s two pass, so it takes roughly 2x as long to render.
  9. Audio settings
  10. Save the video settings as a preset in the dialog
  11. Show how to ship off a video to AME when you want to export multiple
  12. Videos
  13. Show a video exported at 3Mbps vs one at 16 or 32Mbps


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