Video Export Settings

Compressor Choose the codec (compressor/decompressor) for Adobe Premiere Pro to apply when exporting a file, and click Configure (if available) to set options specific to the selected codec. The codecs available depend on the File Type you chose in the General panel of the Export Movie Settings dialog box or Export Frame Settings dialog box.

Note: If you cannot find options that your hardwarebased codec provides, see the documentation provided by the hardware manufacturer. Some codecs included with video‑capture hardware require that you set compression options in dialog boxes provided by the codec, instead of through the options described in this section.

Color Depth Choose the color depth, or the number of colors to include in video that you export. This menu is not available if the selected Compressor supports only one color depth. Some codecs allow you to specify an 8‑bit (256‑color) palette when preparing a video program for 8‑bit color playback—for example, to match the colors on a web page or in a presentation. When available, click Palette and then either select Make Palette From Movie to derive a color palette from the frames used in the video program, or select Load Palette Now to import a color palette that you prepared and saved previously. You can load color palettes in the ACO (Photoshop color swatch), ACT (Photoshop color palette), or PAL (Windows palette—Windows only) format.

Note: With the QuickTime file type, you can attach a 256color palette to a movie of any bit depth. You can specify a palette for 24bit movies to use when displaying on 8bit monitors, and you can prevent palette “flashing” by attaching the same palette to many movies. Video for Windows supports attaching a palette only to an 8bit movie.

Frame Size Specify the dimensions, in pixels, for video frames you export. Select 4:3 Aspect to constrain the frame size to the 4:3 aspect ratio used by conventional television. Some codecs support specific frame sizes. Increasing the frame size displays more detail but uses more disk space and requires more processing during playback.

Frame Rate Choose the number of frames per second for video you export. Some codecs support a specific set of frame rates. Increasing the frame rate may produce smoother motion (depending on the original frame rates of the source clips) but uses more disk space.

Pixel Aspect Ratio Choose a pixel aspect ratio that matches the output type. When the pixel aspect ratio (displayed in parentheses) doesn’t match 1.0, the output type uses rectangular pixels. Because computers generally display pixels as squares, content using nonsquare pixel aspect ratios appear stretched when viewed on a computer but appear with the correct proportions when viewed on a video monitor.


Quality If available, drag the slider or type a value to affect the exported video’s picture quality and, consequently, its file size. If you are using the same codec to capture and export, and you’ve rendered previews of a sequence, you can save rendering time by matching the export quality setting with your original capture quality setting. Increasing quality above the original capture quality does not increase quality, but may result in longer rendering times.

Limit Data Rate to _ K/Sec Select (if available for the selected compressor) and type a data rate to place an upper limit on the amount of video data produced by the exported video when it is played back.


  • In some codecs, quality and data rate are interrelated, so that adjusting one option automatically alters the other.
  • Some capture card and plugin software applications provide their own dialog boxes with specific options. If the options you see are different than those described in this section, refer to the documentation for your capture card or plugin.

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