Exporting with Adobe Premiere in 720p

A few weeks ago I wrote a guide on how to export in 720p from Sony Vegas, so here’s a guide for Premiere. The exporting is similar for Premiere and After Effects. First, make sure your project’s properties is correctly set to HDV or HD with the right frame rate and aspect ratio, and then edit as usual. It’s your responsibility to know what kind of attributes your camera uses in its recorded format (although you can easily check this out after importing a file from your camera to Premiere and checking its properties).


After you edited your footage, click “Export”, “Adobe Media Encoder”. If you are using a non-Elements application (e.g. Pro, After Effects) use this guide, a method donated by Vimeo user Myksto. Modify the exporting option for the frame rate to reflect your source footage (e.g. if you are on 25fps PAL on 29.97fps NTSC or 23.976 for 24p).

If you are using CS2 and native 24p HDV, you need to install this preset to choose in your sequence properties (CS3/4 already supports it). If your footage is PF24 instead (24p wrapped in 60i, like in most consumer Canon HD cameras), then you need to remove pulldown before editing and exporting in 24p (this is needed for all CS versions).


The exporting method for Premiere/AfterEffects CS4 is pretty much the same as above, but here it is again with a bit more explanation, and in English this time. Check it out here. If you want a bit more quality, change the suggested bitrate from 5 mbps to 10 mbps, and max bitrate from 8 mbps to 20 mbps.


If you are using Elements 4, click on “Share” and select the “Personal Computer” option on Elements and then “Quicktime”, then click “Advanced” and customize the exporting dialogs like this for .mov h.264 on Elements (recommended method), or like this for WMV (unfortunately, the WMV exporting dialog on Elements does not have an option for progressive/de-interlacing though). The only change you might need to do is to select PAL’s 25 fps instead of the suggested NTSC’s 29.97 if your camera is PAL. If you shot in default mode with an NTSC camera, leave the frame rate unchanged. Elements doesn’t support 24p editing, so exporting in 24p would be a mistake (although there is a 24p hack that works with Elements too).


That’s it, now sit back while your video is encoding and after a while you will be having a progressive 720p file for usage with Vimeo, YouTube, PS3, XboX360 (up to 30p exports), and the AppleTV (up to 25p only). If you used Elements, the XBoX360/PS3 won’t playback the h.264 file (MOV container incompatibility), but only the WMV one. If you used CS2/3/4, they will play both the MP4 h.264 and the WMV because the professional versions of Adobe allow you to choose a different MP4 mode that works with the PS3.

1 Comment »

freezingfilms wrote on December 8th, 2007 at 11:33 AM PST:

great! thanks Eugenia for this tut.
really helpful 🙂

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