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."

  • 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.