How Do I Save a High Quality Video in Premiere?

Are you a video editor working on Premiere Pro and wondering how to save your high-quality videos? Look no further! In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to ensure that your final product is of the highest quality possible.

Step 1: Choose the Right Export Settings

The first step in saving a high-quality video is to select the right export settings. Go to File > Export > Media, and you will see a dialog box with several options. Here are the most important ones:

  • Format: Choose H.264 if you’re exporting for YouTube, Vimeo, or other online platforms. If you’re exporting for broadcast or film, use ProRes or DNx.
  • Preset: Choose a preset that matches the resolution, frame rate, and aspect ratio of your sequence.
  • Bitrate: This determines the amount of data used in each second of your video.

    A higher bitrate means better quality but also larger file size. Use a bitrate calculator to find the sweet spot between quality and file size.

Step 2: Adjust Video Settings

Now that you have selected the right export settings, it’s time to fine-tune some video settings.

  • Frame Rate: Keep this consistent with your sequence’s frame rate. If your sequence is 24fps, export at 24fps as well.
  • Field Order: Choose Progressive if your footage is shot in progressive mode. Interlaced should be chosen only when necessary.
  • Aspect Ratio: Make sure this matches your sequence’s aspect ratio.

Step 3: Adjust Audio Settings

Don’t forget about audio! Here are some settings to consider:

  • Format: Use AAC for online platforms and uncompressed for broadcast or film.
  • Sample Rate: Keep this consistent with your sequence’s sample rate. Usually it’s 48kHz.
  • Channels: Choose Stereo or Mono depending on your sequence’s audio configuration.

Step 4: Export Your Video

Finally, it’s time to export your high-quality video! Click Export and wait for the process to finish. You can monitor the progress in the Export Settings window.


Here are some tips to help you save high-quality videos in Premiere Pro:

  • Avoid Over-Compression: Don’t compress your video too much or you’ll lose quality. Use a bitrate calculator to find the optimal bitrate.
  • Avoid Too Many Filters: Applying too many filters can affect the quality of your video.

    Stick to the essentials.

  • Avoid Non-Standard Resolutions: Stick to standard resolutions like 1080p or 4K. Non-standard resolutions may cause playback issues on certain devices.

Now you know how to save a high-quality video in Premiere Pro! By following these steps and tips, you’ll be able to produce videos that look and sound amazing. Happy editing!