16 Exporting Frames, Clips, and Sequences – Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (2020 release)

16 Exporting Frames, Clips, and Sequences

Lesson overview

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to do the following:

  • Choose export options.

  • Export single frames.

  • Create movie, image sequence, and audio files.

  • Use Adobe Media Encoder.

  • Upload to social media and Adobe Stock.

  • Work with edit decision lists for project sharing.

This lesson will take about 90 minutes to complete. To get the lesson files used in this chapter, download them from the web page for this book at www.adobepress.com/PremiereCIB2020. For more information, see “Accessing the lesson files and Web Edition” in the Getting Started section at the beginning of this book.

One of the best things about editing video is the feeling you have when you can finally share it with your audience. Adobe Premiere Pro offers a wide range of export options. Exporting your project is the final step in the video production process. Adobe Media Encoder offers multiple high-level output formats. Within those formats you have dozens of options and can also export in batches.

Starting the lesson

The most common form of media distribution is via digital files. Whether your completed project will be shown on a television, at the cinema, or on a computer screen, you will usually deliver a file that has the particular specifications required for that medium.

To create a file, you can export directly from Premiere Pro or use Adobe Media Encoder. Adobe Media Encoder is a stand-alone application that handles file exports in batches, so you can export in several formats simultaneously and process in the background while you work in other applications, including Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.

Understanding the media export options

Whether you’ve completed a project or you just want to share an in-progress review, you have a number of export options.

  • You can export to an appropriate file type, format, and codec for your chosen delivery medium.

  • You can export a single frame or a series of frames.

  • You can choose audio-only, video-only, or full audio/video output.

  • Captions can be included, embedded in the output file, or stored in a separate file.

  • Exported media can be reimported into the project automatically for easy reuse.

  • You can play directly to videotape—still a popular option for some delivery or archiving workflows.

Beyond choosing an export format (frame size, frame rate, and so on), there are several other options when exporting a file:

  • You can choose to create files in a similar format and at the same visual quality and data rate as your original media, or you can compress them to a smaller size to make distribution easier.

  • You can transcode your media from one codec to another to make it easier to exchange with creative collaborators.

  • You can set the frame size, frame rate, data rate, or audio and video codec and configuration if an existing preset doesn’t fit your needs.

  • You can apply a color lookup table (LUT) to assign a look. You can also apply a video limiter, HDR to SDR conversion, and audio normalization.

  • You can burn-in timecode, name, or image overlays.

  • You can upload an exported file directly to social media accounts, an FTP server, or Adobe Stock.

Note

The content that’s selected when you choose File > Export is what Premiere Pro will export. This can consist of clips or sequences, or parts of clips or sequences.

Exporting single frames

Even while an edit is in progress, you may want to export a still frame to send to a team member or client for review. You might also want to export an image to use as the thumbnail of your video file when you post it to the Internet.

When you export a frame from the Source Monitor, Premiere Pro creates a still image that matches the resolution of the source video file.

When you export a frame from the Program Monitor, Premiere Pro creates a still image that matches the resolution of the sequence.

Let’s give it a try.

  1. Open Lesson 16.prproj from the Lessons folder.

  2. Save the project as Lesson 16 Working.prproj.

  3. Open the sequence Review Copy. Position the Timeline playhead on a frame you want to export.

  4. In the Program Monitor, click the Export Frame button on the lower right.

    Note

    If you don’t see the button, it may be because you’ve customized the Program Monitor buttons. You might need to resize the panel, as well. You can also select the Program Monitor or the Timeline panel and press Shift+E (macOS) or Shift+Ctrl+E (Windows) to export a frame.

  5. In the Export Frame dialog box, enter a filename.

  6. Choose a still-image format from the Format menu.

    • JPEG, PNG, and BMP (Windows only) are universally readable. JPEG and PNG files are commonly used in website design.

    • TIFF, TGA, and PNG are suitable for print and animation workflows.

    • DPX is often used for digital cinema or color-grading workflows (fine color finishing).

    • OpenEXR is used to store high dynamic range picture information.

    Note

    If your video format uses non-square pixels, the resulting image file will appear to have a different aspect ratio. This is because still image formats have square pixels. Using Adobe Photoshop, you can resize the image horizontally and restore the original aspect ratio.

  7. Click the Browse button to choose a location to save the new still image. Create a folder named Exports in the Lessons folder, select it, and click Choose.

    Note

    In Windows, you can export to the BMP, DPX, GIF, JPEG, OpenEXR, PNG, TGA, and TIFF formats. On a Mac, you can export to the DPX, JPEG, OpenEXR, PNG, TGA, and TIFF formats.

    Note

    If you export a TIFF file from Premiere Pro, the file will have a three-letter .tif file extension, rather than .tiff. Both are valid and work interchangeably.

  8. Select the Import Into Project option to add the new still image into your current project, and click OK.

    The new still image is created, and a clip linked to it is added to the Project panel.

Exporting a master copy

A master copy is a pristine digital copy of your edited project that can be archived for future use. It’s a self-contained, fully rendered output file from your sequence at the highest resolution and best quality possible. You can use a file of this kind as a source media file to produce other compressed output formats without opening the original project in Premiere Pro.

Though basing other copies on this digital master technically means losing a tiny amount of quality (one digital generation), the loss is so minimal relative to the convenience and time-savings that many editors find it a worthwhile exchange.

Matching sequence settings

Ideally, the frame size, frame rate, and codec of a master file will closely match the sequence it’s based on. It can seem like a lot of settings to think about when creating a new exported media file. Thankfully, Premiere Pro makes matching your sequence or original clip settings easy.

  1. Continue working with the Review Copy sequence.

  2. With the sequence selected in the Project panel or open in the Timeline panel, with that panel selected, choose File > Export > Media. The Export Settings dialog box opens. You can also press Command+M (macOS) or Ctrl+M (Windows).

    Note

    In some cases, the Match Sequence Settings option cannot write an exact match of the original camera media. For example, XDCAM EX will write to a high-quality MPEG2 file. In most cases, the file written will have an identical format and closely match the data rate of the original sources.

  3. You’ll learn more about this dialog box later. For now, select the Match Sequence Settings check box.

  4. The blue text showing the output name is actually a button that opens a Save As dialog box. You’ll find the same type of text-as-a-button in Adobe Media Encoder. Click the output name now.

  5. Choose a target location (for now, use the Exports folder you created earlier), name the file Review Copy 01, and click Save.

  6. Review the Summary information to check that the output format matches the sequence settings. In this case, you should be using DNxHD media (as MXF files) at 29.97 fps. The Summary information is a quick, easy reference that helps you avoid minor errors that can have big consequences. If the Source and Output Summary settings match, it minimizes conversion, which helps maintain the quality of the final output.

    Note

    The number in brackets in the export summary is the pixel aspect ratio.

    When exporting a sequence, the sequence itself is the source in the Export dialog box—not the clips inside the sequence, which will have already been conformed to the sequence settings.

  7. Click the Export button to create a media file based on the sequence. Note that DNxHD media files can be viewed and edited in Premiere Pro but cannot (usually) be previewed in macOS or Windows.

Choosing the source range

You don’t have to export a whole sequence. In fact, you’ll commonly export only a selected part of your sequence for review or distribution, particularly for social media where durations are often short.

Choose File > Export > Media to bring up the Export Settings dialog box again. You’ll find the Source Range controls on the lower left.

In and Out points are automatically used if they have been added to the sequence or clip you are exporting. You can change that by choosing an option from the Source menu.

You can apply new In and Out points by dragging the small triangular handles along the navigator directly above the menu or by positioning the playhead on the navigator and then clicking the Set In Point and Set Out Point buttons or pressing I and O.

Choosing another codec

When you export to a new media file, you can choose the format and codec that’s used. Some camera capture formats (such as the popular H.264 MP4 files commonly produced by DSLR cameras) are already heavily compressed. Using a higher-quality mastering codec can help to preserve quality.

Tip

Even if your original media is 8-bit, it is likely you will have been editing using higher-quality effects. The subtle results can be better captured in a 10-bit file than an 8-bit file.

Choose your format and preset first; decide whether you’d like to export audio, video, or both; and modify the settings to suit.

Note

The settings displayed change depending on the format you choose. Most of the critical options are accessed in the Video and Audio tabs.

  1. In the Export Settings dialog box, open the Format menu, and choose Quick-Time. In the Preset menu, choose Apple ProRes 422.

    This is a rather specific-sounding preset, but it is just that—a preset, which preselects options from other menus in this dialog box that you can change if you need to.

  2. Click the output name (the blue text), and give the file a new name, Review Copy 02. Navigate to the same destination you used in the previous exercise and click Save.

    Note

    On the Video tab, you’ll also find the option Render At Maximum Depth. When working without GPU acceleration, this can improve the visual quality of your output by using greater precision to generate colors. However, this option can add to the render time. Match this setting in the sequence settings to ensure the results are consistent.

    Below the Export Settings area you’ll find a series of tabs containing important additional options. Click a tab name to view it.

    Here’s an overview:

    • Effects: You can add a number of useful effects and overlays as you output your media (see these options in the next section).

    • Video: The Video tab allows you to set the frame size, frame rate, field order, and profile. The settings available are based on the preset you chose.

    • Audio: The Audio tab allows you to adjust the bit rate of the audio and, for some formats, the codec. The default settings are based on the preset you chose.

    • Multiplexer: These settings specify whether the video and audio will be combined or delivered as separate files. These controls also let you determine whether the file will be optimized for compatibility with a specific hardware device (such as a set-top box or media server).

    • Captions: If your sequence has captions, you can specify whether they are ignored, “burned in” (added to the visuals permanently), or exported as a separate file (referred to as a sidecar file).

    • Publish: This tab lets you enter the details of several social media services for your file to be delivered to. You’ll learn more about this later in this lesson.

  3. Click the Video tab to bring it forward.

  4. In the Video Codec section of the Video tab, choose one of the available codecs from the Video Codec menu.

    Choose the ProRes 422 codec. This produces a high-quality (but reasonably sized) file. Make sure the frame size and frame rate match your source settings. You might need to scroll down or resize the panel to see all the settings.

    Note

    ProRes is a professional codec that is supported natively by Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Like all codecs, it will play back only in media applications that support it.

  5. Scroll down to view the Basic Video Settings area of the Video tab. By default, the settings will match the source. The Match Source button will override all the manual settings below to match the output to the source.

    Below the Match Source button is a series of output format settings. If the button is clicked, the settings will automatically match the source.

  6. Click to select the Audio tab. In the Basic Audio Settings area, make sure 48000 Hz is chosen from the Sample Rate menu and 16 bit is chosen from the Sample Size menu. Just below that, in the Audio Channel Configuration area, make sure Stereo is chosen from the Output Channels menu.

  7. Click the Export button at the bottom of the dialog box to export the sequence and transcode it to a new media file.

The most popular delivery format and codec is an MPEG4 (.mp4) file, using the H.264 codec. If you choose H.264 in the Format menu, you’ll find presets for YouTube and Vimeo.

Tip

HEVC/H.265 is a relatively new compression system formulated by the same Motion Picture Experts Group that brought us H.264. It’s more efficient, but fewer players support it, and it requires more hardware power than H.264. You may be asked to supply media using this codec when producing 4K and UHD content.

Cropping the source image

Moving to the left side of the Export Settings dialog box, you will find the Source and Output tabs.

  1. With the sequence selected in the Project panel, or open in the Timeline panel, press Command-M (macOS) or Ctrl-M (Windows). This is the keyboard shortcut for Export Media.

  2. Click the Source tab at the top left to bring it to the front. The Source tab gives access to cropping controls. Click the Crop The Output Video button to enable the controls.

    You can enter specific values (in pixels) at the top of the dialog box or drag the handles in the Source preview to crop the image.

  3. The Crop Proportions menu has several options to restrict the settings to a particular aspect ratio. Choose 4:3 from the Crop Proportions menu. Now, if you make changes to the crop values, the values will be locked to a 4:3 aspect ratio.

  4. Click the Output tab to bring it to the front.

    The Output tab shows a preview of the video to be encoded. The Source Scaling menu lets you choose the way a mismatch between the source aspect ratio and the output settings is displayed.

  5. Try a few options in the Source Scaling menu to see the results. The option Change Output Size To Match Source is not available for all export formats. It achieves the same result as clicking the Match Source button on the Video tab in the Export settings. Leave the Source Scaling menu set to Scale To Fit.

    After making changes on the Source tab or choosing a new output frame size, it’s always a good idea to check the Output tab to spot errors such as unwanted letterboxing or distortion caused by the irregularly shaped pixels used in some video formats.

  6. Choose the following settings:

    Format: H.264.

    Preset: Match Source – High Bitrate.

    Import Into Project: Enabled.

    Output Name: Click the blue filename, choose a location in the Lessons folder, and name the file 4x3 Test.mp4.

  7. Click Export.

    The new media file is created, and the clip appears in the Project panel.

When exporting a file with black bars at the top or sides, those bars become part of the file. In this case, you have created a 16×9 file that includes black pixels. These black pixels are sometimes desirable as it helps to ensure the image will be displayed with the correct aspect ratio on a 16×9 screen.

Working with Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Media Encoder is a stand-alone application that can be run independently of or be launched from Premiere Pro. One advantage of using Media Encoder is that you can send an encoding job directly from Premiere Pro and then continue working on your edit as the encoding is processed. If your client asks to see your work before you finish editing, Media Encoder can produce the file in the background without interrupting your flow.

By default, Media Encoder pauses encoding when you play video in Premiere Pro to maximize playback performance. You can change this in the Premiere Pro Playback preferences.

Choosing a file format for export

It can be a challenge to know how to deliver your finished work. Ultimately, choosing delivery formats is a process of planning backward; find out how the file will be presented, and it’s usually straightforward to identify the best file type for the purpose. Often, clients will have a delivery specifications document to follow, making it easier to select the right options for encoding.

Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder can export to many formats. In fact, Premiere Pro shares Adobe Media Encoder’s options.

Note

If you’re working with a professional mastering format (such as MXF OP1a, DNxHD MXF OP1a, or QuickTime), you can export up to 32 channels of audio. To do so, the original sequence must be configured to use a multichannel master track with the corresponding number of tracks.

Configuring the export

To export from Premiere Pro to Adobe Media Encoder, you’ll need to queue the export. The first step is to use the Export Settings dialog box to make choices about the file you’re going to export.

  1. Continue working with the Review Copy sequence. Either select the sequence in the Project panel or have it open in the Timeline panel, with that panel active.

  2. Choose File > Export > Media, or press Command+M (macOS) or Ctrl+M (Windows).

    It’s best to work through the Export Settings dialog box from the top down, starting with the Export Settings area.

  3. Choose H.264 from the Format menu. This is a popular choice for files you’ll upload to online video websites.

  4. In the Preset menu, choose Vimeo 720p HD.

    These settings match the frame size and frame rate of the sequence. The codec and data rate match the requirements for the Vimeo.com website.

  5. Click the output name (the blue text) and give the file a new name, Review Copy 03. Save it to the same destination you selected in the previous exercise.

  6. Check the Summary information text to verify your choices.

Export effects

At the point of export, you can apply visual effects, add information overlays, and make automated adjustments to the output file.

Here’s an overview of the options on the Effects tab:

  • Lumetri Look/LUT: Choose from a list of built-in Lumetri looks or browse to your own, allowing you to quickly apply a nuanced adjustment to the appearance of your output file. This is most commonly used when viewing recordings at the end of each day of production (the dailies).

  • SDR Conform: If your sequence is high dynamic range, you can produce a standard dynamic range version.

  • Image Overlay: Add a graphic, like a company logo or network “bug,” and position it on-screen. The graphic will be incorporated into the image.

  • Name Overlay: Add a text overlay to the image. This is particularly useful as a watermark to protect your content or as a way to identify versions.

  • Timecode Overlay: Display timecode for your finished video file, making it easy for viewers without specialized editing software to note reference times for commenting purposes.

  • Time Tuner: Specify a new duration or playback speed, up to + /−10%. This is achieved by applying subtle adjustments to periods of low action where the soundtrack is silent. Results vary depending on the media you are working with, so test different speeds to compare the end result. A continuous music soundtrack will interfere with the results.

  • Video Limiter: Although it’s usually best to get your video levels right in the sequence, you can apply a limiter here too, to ensure your resulting file meets the required levels for broadcast television.

  • Loudness Normalization: Use the Loudness scale to normalize audio levels in your output file for broadcast television delivery. As with video levels, it’s best to get this right in the sequence, but it can be reassuring to know your levels will be limited during export.

Queuing the export

When you’re ready to create your media file, you have a few more options to consider. These are found in the lower-right portion of the Export Settings dialog box.

  • Use Maximum Render Quality: Consider enabling this setting when scaling from larger image sizes to smaller image sizes. This option requires more RAM and can take longer to encode. This option is usually not required except when working without GPU acceleration (in software-only mode), when scaling the image down and seeking the highest quality possible.

  • Use Previews: When you render effects, preview files are produced that look like your original footage combined with the effects. If you enable this option, the preview files will be used as the source for the new export. This can save a significant amount of time that would otherwise be spent rendering the effects again. The result might be lower quality, depending on the sequence preview files format (see Lesson 2, “Setting Up a Project”).

    Still, if you have configured your sequence previews to be very high quality and have rendered all effects already, this option can save an enormous amount of time when exporting—possibly 90% or more.

  • Import Into Project: This option automatically imports the newly created media file into your current project so you can review it or use it as source footage.

  • Set Start Timecode: This allows you to specify a start timecode other than 00:00:00:00 for the newly created file. This is useful if you are working in a broadcast environment where a specific timecode start may be a delivery requirement.

  • Render Alpha Channel Only: Some post-production workflows require a separate grayscale file representing the alpha channel (the channel that defines opacity). This option produces that file, rather than a full-color version.

  • Time Interpolation: If your exported file will have a different frame rate than your sequence, this menu lets you specify the way the frame-rate change is rendered. The options are the same as those that apply when changing clip playback speed in a sequence.

Finally, there are these options to consider when exporting:

  • Metadata: Click this button to open the Metadata Export panel. You can specify a wide range of settings, including information about copyright, creator, and rights management. You can even embed useful information such as markers, script, and speech transcription data for advanced delivery options. In some cases, you may prefer to set the Metadata Export Options setting to None, removing all metadata.

  • Queue: Click the Queue button to send the file to Adobe Media Encoder, which will open automatically, allowing you to continue working in Premiere Pro while the export takes place.

  • Export: Select this option to export directly from the Export Settings dialog box rather than sending the file to the Adobe Media Encoder queue. This is a simpler workflow and usually a faster export, but you won’t be able to edit in Premiere Pro until the export is complete.

  1. Click the Queue button to send the file to Adobe Media Encoder.

  2. Media Encoder will not begin encoding automatically. To begin encoding, click the Start Queue button in the upper-right corner.

Looking at additional options in Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Media Encoder brings a number of additional benefits. Although it involves a few extra steps beyond simply clicking the Export button in the Export Settings panel of Premiere Pro, the extra options are often worthwhile.

Note

Adobe Media Encoder does not have to be used from Premiere Pro. You can launch Adobe Media Encoder on its own and browse Premiere Pro projects to choose items to transcode.

Here are some useful features:

  • Add files for encoding: You can add files to Adobe Media Encoder by choosing File > Add Source. You can even drag files into it from Finder (macOS) or Windows Explorer (Windows). There’s a Media Browser panel too, which you can use to locate items, just as you would in Premiere Pro.

  • Import Premiere Pro sequences directly: You can choose File > Add Premiere Pro Sequence to select a Premiere Pro project file and choose sequences to encode without ever launching Premiere Pro.

  • Render After Effects compositions directly: You can import and encode compositions from Adobe After Effects by choosing File > Add After Effects Composition. Once again, you don’t need to open Adobe After Effects.

  • Use a watch folder: If you’d like to automate some encoding tasks, you can create watch folders by choosing File > Add Watch Folder and then assigning a preset to that watch folder. Watch folders exist in Finder (macOS) or Windows Explorer (Windows) like any other folder. If Adobe Media Encoder is running, media files placed into the folder are automatically encoded to the format specified in the preset.

  • Modify a queue: You can add, duplicate, or remove any encoding tasks using buttons at the top of the list.

  • Start encoding: You can set the queue to start automatically in the Media Encoder preferences. Alternatively, click the Start Queue button to start encoding. Files in the queue are encoded one after another. You can add files to the queue after encoding has begun. You can even add files to the queue directly from Premiere Pro while encoding is taking place.

  • Modify settings: Once the encoding tasks are loaded into the queue, changing settings is easy; click the item’s Format or Preset entry (in blue text), and the Export Settings dialog box appears.

When encoding has completed, you can quit Media Encoder.

Uploading to social media

When encoding is complete, the next step will often be to publish the video. You can configure publishing settings in the Export Settings dialog box.

The Publish settings allow you to upload exported videos to your synchronized Creative Cloud Files folder, Adobe Stock, Adobe Behance, Facebook, an FTP server (FTP is a standard way to transmit files to a remote file server), Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube when the encoding is complete.

This powerful feature is particularly useful because the settings you choose can be incorporated into an export preset. This means you can configure your social media uploads once and have those settings apply to multiple future media uploads simply by choosing a preset.

  1. Return to Premiere Pro.

  2. Make sure the Timeline panel is active, and choose File > Export > Media or press Command+M (macOS) or Ctrl+M (Windows) to display the Export Settings dialog box.

  3. Select the Publish tab to bring it to the front.

  4. Click Cancel to close the Export Settings dialog box.

Each platform has its own delivery standards, though in many cases you can choose a high-quality master file and let the platform do the work of producing more highly compressed alternative versions from that file. Adobe Stock, for example, supports a range of video formats and codecs. If you produce a high-quality UHD (3840×2160) file, the rest can be handled by the server.

Social media platforms are increasingly important media distribution outlets, and Adobe is closely involved in developing new technologies and workflows to make it easier to share your creative work and maximize audience engagement.

Exchanging with other editing applications

Collaboration is an essential part of post-production. Premiere Pro can both read and write project files and footage files that are compatible with many of the top editing and color-grading tools on the market. This makes it easier to share creative work, even if you and your collaborators are using different editing systems.

Premiere Pro supports EDLs (Edit Decision Lists), OMF (Open Media Framework), AAF (Advanced Authoring Format), ALE (Avid Log Exchange), and XML (Extended Markup Language) import and export.

If you’re collaborating with an Avid Media Composer editor, you can use AAF as an intermediary, allowing the exchange of clip information, edited sequences, and some effects.

If you’re collaborating with an Apple Final Cut Pro editor, you can use XML as an intermediary similarly.

It’s straightforward to export an AAF or XML file from Premiere Pro; select a sequence you want to export and either choose File > Export > AAF or choose File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML.

For more information about best practices when sharing creative work between applications, see helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/exporting-projects-applications.html.

Exporting to OMF

Open Media Framework (OMF) is an industry-standard file type for exchanging audio information between systems (typically for audio mixing). When you export an OMF file, the typical result is a single file that contains all the audio files included in a sequence, arranged as clips on audio tracks. When the OMF file is opened by a compatible application, the clips will appear on tracks, timed and edited, just as they do in the Premiere Pro sequence.

Here’s how to create an OMF file:

  1. With a sequence selected, choose File > Export > OMF.

  2. In the OMF Export Settings dialog box, enter a name for the file in the OMF Title field.

  3. Check that the Sample Rate and Bits Per Sample settings match your footage; 48000 Hz and 16 bits are the most common settings.

  4. From the Files menu, choose one of the following:

    • Embed Audio: This option exports an OMF file that contains the project metadata and all the audio files for the selected sequence.

    • Separate Audio: This option separates all audio files, including stereo audio, into new multiple mono audio files, which are exported into a folder called omfiMediaFiles. This is a popular standard for audio engineers who are using advanced audio mixing workflows.

  5. If you’re using the Separate Audio option, choose between the AIFF and Broadcast Wave formats. Both are high quality, but check the option you need for the system you need to exchange with. AIFF files tend to be the most compatible.

  6. From the Render menu, choose either Copy Complete Audio Files or Trim Audio Files (to reduce the file size). You can specify that handles (extra frames) be added to give you some flexibility when modifying and mixing the clips.

  7. Click OK to generate the OMF file.

    Note

    OMF files have a 2 GB file limit—if you’re working on a long sequence, you may need to separate it into two or more sections and export them separately.

  8. Choose a destination, and click Save. You can use your Exports folder for now.

    When the export is complete, the OMF Export Information dialog box appears. It displays information about the export and reports any errors that were encountered. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Final practice

Congratulations! You have now learned enough about Adobe Premiere Pro to import media; organize projects; create sequences; add, modify, and remove effects; mix audio; work with graphics and titles; and output to share your work with the world.

Now that you have completed this book, you may want to practice. To make this easier, the media files for a few productions have been combined in a single project file so you can explore the techniques you have learned.

These media files can be used only for personal practice and are not licensed for any form of distribution, including YouTube or any other online distribution, so please do not upload any of the clips or the results of any editing work you do with them. They are not for sharing with the public; they are just for you to practice with privately.

The Final Practice.prproj project file, in the Lessons folder, contains original clips for a few productions:

  • 360 Media: A short excerpt from an introduction to a 360° video feature film. Use this media to experiment with the playback controls for 360° video.

  • Andrea Sweeney NYC: This is a short road-movie diary piece. Use the voice-over as a guide to practice combining 4K and HD footage in a single timeline. Experiment with panning and scanning in the 4K footage if you choose to use HD sequence settings.

  • Bike Race Multi-Camera: This is simple multicamera footage. Experiment with live editing on a multicamera project.

  • Boston Snow: This is a mixture of shots of Boston Common filmed in three resolutions. Use this media to experiment with Scale To Frame Size, Set To Frame Size, and keyframe controls to scale shots. Try using the Warp Stabilizer effect to lock one of the high-resolution clips and then scale up the clip and create a pan from one side to the other.

  • City Views: This is a series of shots from the air and on land. Use these to experiment with image stabilization, color adjustment, and visual effects.

  • Desert: Use the diverse colors to try color correction tools and combine the footage with music to produce a montage.

  • Valley of Fire: Try color adjustments to bring variation and visual interest, use speed changes to transform the experience of flying across a desert, and keyframe the rotating view to compensate for the movement and produce a static shot.

  • Jolie’s Garden: This consists of atmospheric tableaux shot at 96 fps, set to play back at 24 fps, and filmed for a new feature film social media marketing campaign. Use these clips to experiment with the Lumetri Color panel looks and speed change effects.

  • Laura in the Snow: This is media for a commercial shot at 96 fps, set to play back at 24 fps. Use this footage to practice color correction and grading adjustments. Experiment with ramping slow motion and masking both the video and the effects you apply.

  • Music: Use these music clips to practice creating an audio mix and editing visuals to music.

  • She: This is a series of stylized, mostly slow-motion clips that will be useful for experimenting with speed changes and visual effects.

  • TAS: This is footage from a short film, The Ancestor Simulation. Use this footage to try color grading and, as the footage is in two aspect ratios, mixing and matching the shots.

  • Theft Unexpected: This is footage from an award-winning short film directed and edited by the author. Use this footage to experiment with trimming, and practice adjusting timing in simple dialogue to achieve different comic and dramatic results, changing the actors’ performances.

Review questions

1. What’s an easy way to export digital video if you want to create a self-contained file that closely matches the original quality of your sequence preview settings?

2. What Internet-ready export options are available in Adobe Media Encoder?

3. What encoding format should you use when exporting a master file?

4. Must you wait for Adobe Media Encoder to finish processing its queue before working on a new Premiere Pro project?

Review answers

1. Click the Match Sequence Settings button in the Export Settings dialog box.

2. Use a format that supports high-quality codecs. A popular choice is QuickTime, which supports the ProRes codec. You could also choose DNxHR/DNxHD. It’s important to check the required media specifications before exporting.

3. H.264 is the encoding format used when exporting to most mobile devices.

4. No. Adobe Media Encoder is a stand-alone application. You can work in other applications or even start a new Premiere Pro project while the render queue is processed.