How Do You Export the Best Quality Video From Premiere Pro for YouTube?

If you’re a video editor, you know the importance of exporting high-quality videos. Whether you’re creating content for YouTube or any other platform, it’s essential to ensure that your videos look and sound great. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of exporting the best quality video from Premiere Pro for YouTube.

Step 1: Check Your Sequence Settings

Before exporting your video, make sure that your sequence settings are correct. Go to Sequence > Sequence Settings and ensure that your resolution and frame rate match the footage you’ve imported.

Step 2: Set Your Export Settings

Next, go to File > Export > Media or use the shortcut Ctrl+M (Windows) or Command+M (Mac). This will open up the Export Settings window.

Video Codec

Under the Video tab, select H.264 as the format. It’s a widely accepted codec that offers a good balance between quality and file size.

Note: If you want to upload 4K videos to YouTube, select “YouTube 2160p 4K” preset under “Format” dropdown menu.

Bitrate Encoding

For Bitrate Encoding, select VBR 2 pass. This means that Premiere Pro will analyze your video and apply more bits where necessary to maintain consistent quality throughout the video.

Target Bitrate

Under Target Bitrate, enter a value between 10-20 Mbps. The higher the number, the better the quality of your video but also increases file size.

Maximum Bitrate

Set Maximum Bitrate between 30-40 Mbps to ensure high-quality playback on YouTube.

Audio Codec

For Audio Codec, select AAC with a bitrate of 320 kbps which is considered high quality.

Step 3: Export Your Video

Once you’ve set your Export Settings, click on the Export button to start exporting your video. You can also choose to queue your export and export multiple videos at once.

Step 4: Upload Your Video to YouTube

Finally, upload your video to YouTube. Make sure that you are using the correct resolution and aspect ratio. For example, if you’ve exported a 16:9 aspect ratio video, select 1080p or 720p as the resolution.

  • Tip: Add a thumbnail image and descriptive title and tags to help increase visibility on YouTube.
  • Note: YouTube may take some time to process the video after uploading. You can check the status of your video by going to Video Manager > Videos.

In Conclusion

Exporting high-quality videos from Premiere Pro for YouTube doesn’t have to be complicated. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your videos look great and are optimized for YouTube’s playback settings. Remember to always check your sequence settings before exporting and choose H.264 as the format for best results.