How to Create YouTube Export Settings in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel 41]

How to Create YouTube Export Settings in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel 41]

When uploading your video to Vimeo or YouTube, you want to make sure you have the correct settings when exporting it from Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.  Having the correct settings ensures that you have no loss of quality when uploading it to the web.  So in this week's Reel Rebel, we'll guide you through two of the most popular editing programs and uploading to two of the most popular video sites.  It's simple to overlook the export process, but you shouldn't! These really simple set of instructions for Youtube export settings will have your videos looking as good on the web as they do when you're watching them from the source.

Creating Appropriate Export Settings for YouTube and Vimeo

Final Cut Pro uses a program called "Compressor" for export settings.  Adobe Premiere uses "Media Encoder."

Final Cut Pro Export Settings

  • Set In and Out points on your timeline.
  • Go to File.  Then Export Quicktime Movie.
  • Export a self-contained MOV file that has the same settings as your sequence.
  • Open Compressor.  Then Add File.  Navigate to the MOV file you just exported, or drag the same file into Compressor.  You should now see it in the Preview Window.
  • Go to the Settings Window (if you don't see it, select it under the windows drop-down menu) and open up the web folder under Other Workflows.
  • Towards the bottom you should see an option called "YouTube Sharing."  Click on it and then drag it to the top where it says "Drag Settings and Destination Here."
  • Keep the destination for your file the same as your source, meaning your compressed version will show up in the same folder as your full-resolution version copy FCP resides. Go to "Destination" and click "Source."
  • Hit Submit, then hit Submit again.

Adobe Premiere Export Settings

  • Pull up the Export Window, which can be done using Command-E (Or go to File, then Export).
  • You'll have a bunch of options for what you'd like to export, like "Work Area" or "Entire Sequence."  Pick the one that's right for you.
  • Click "Queue" to send the file to Media Encoder.  On the right, under "Web Video," you'll have a bunch of different Vimeo and YouTube presets to choose from.  Use the resolution that matches your source footage.
  • Once you find the setting, drag it over to the left.  You'll see two different export settings associated with your export.  You can delete the default setting from Premiere and keep the one that you selected.
  • Click "Output to Name."  Select the location of where you want the file to go.
  • Press the Play button.

For other fun with editing software, take a look at this video for "Match Cutting."  And for even more fun you can take a look at this one for creating an "Old Film Look."


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Hey, I’m Stephen Schweickart with this episode of the Reel Rebel and if you guys have been following along up until now, you should be awesome at shooting and editing videos. However, in order for the entire world to enjoy your visual genius and not just your grandma who comes over to your house every Friday for Canasta, you've gotta get those puppies up on the webbernets. Sooooo w/o further ado, let's take a look at how you should export and compress your videos for YouTube and Vimeo.

Knowing how to export and optimize your videos for web streaming is probably one of the most overlooked steps in the video process for newbies like you. It's super important to do it the right way if you want your masterpiece to looks it's best - whether it's played back on a phone, tablet or computer display. For the most part, you'll probably be uploading your vids to either YouTube or Vimeo, so we'll focus on the best settings for those two sites.

When editing in software like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro, you'll need to be familiar w/ the two programs they include for encoding and compressing video files. Compressor comes bundled w/ Final Cut and Adobe Media encoder comes w/ - you guessed it genius: Adobe Premiere! Both of these pieces of software do pretty much the same thing, but the workflow and settings you'll use very slightly from one to the other.

If your using Final Cut Pro remember, there are a couple different ways to get your final timeline exported, into Compressor and then compressed for Youtube or Vimeo - here's the way we recommend doing it: First, set in and out points on your timeline. Then go to File > Export Quicktime Movie and make sure to export a self contained .mov file that has the same settings as your sequence. Now, open Compressor and either click Add File and navigate to the .mov you just exported or simply drag that same file into Compressor - you should now see it in the Preview window. The next step is just as simple: Go to the Settings window (if you don't see it, just select it under the Windows drop down menu) and open up the Web folder under Other Workflows. Towards the bottom, you should see a setting called Youtube Sharing - just drag that up to where it says "Drag Settings and Destination Here" - pretty simple right!?

Now to keep things REALLY simple, we're going to keep the destination for your compressed file the same as the source - meaning, that your compressed version will end up wherever the full resolution copy you exported from FCP resides. Now just hit submit and submit again and your video will start compressing. Now just sit back pet your toy chihuaha dog and give him... or her a delicious treat and when Compressor finishes doing it's thing, you'll have a file optimized for Youtube and Vimeo.

When you finish your edit in Adobe Premiere, the first thing you want to do is pull up the export window. You can do this by hitting command E. From there you'll have all different kinds of options like export entire sequence, sequence in and out, work area, and custom. Select the one that is appropriate for you and then hit the "Que" button to send your selection to Media Encoder. From there, on the right scroll down through the different presets in Web Video and choose either the YouTube or Vimeo setting that matches the resolution of your source footage. Once you've selected the appropriate setting, drag it over to the left. You will then see 2 different export settings associated with your export. You can delete the preset from Premiere and keep the settings you just placed there. Then, click where it says output to name and set the location of where you want your file to go. Now, simply push the play button and viola - your time-lapse of your Grandma's bird feeder will be ready in no time!

Knowing how to use the right settings when exporting your video will not only render the best quality version for the internet, it also creates the illusion that you know what you're doing. Always remember, if you know what you're doing on the technical side, it will ultimately help you on the creative side. At least so I've heard - I personally have no clue what I'm doing at all…Speaking of creative, it would be great if you create a comment below and hit the subscribe button so we can creatively create more creative ways to create videos for you…?

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Chris Atkinson joined ReelSEO in 2011. He is a longtime film and television reviewer, and has almost two decades of experience in the theater industry. He also writes on his personal blog - http://nymoviereviews.com. View All Posts By -

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  • Inder Nirwan

    How to export for YouTube or Vimeo - Hit the YouTube or Vimeo preset.

    On next week's episode, how to record something with your camera - Hit the record button.