Output Options for Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere 6 is one of the most popular video editing packages available, one reason for this is because of the large number of different output options available. These make it possible to save the finished videos in a wide variety of different formats. These are all compatible with different devices and suitable for different uses.

There are also some output options which can change how the video will look once it's prepared. Experimenting with these different settings can produce some interesting results.


Avi is a very common type of video file which is supported in lots of applications and devices. It's possible to create an avi file from a Premiere project by simply exporting it. Click on File, Export, Movie.

This will create an avi file which is the largest type of video file. However the quality of this file is very high. It's perfect for mastering or making it possible to edit the video later on down the line if needed. Don't use the compression option for the best quality possible. Do make sure that you have plenty of space available on your computer otherwise you will end up wasting lots of time.

DVD Output

To create a DVD from your video you can click on File, Export, Export to Encore. This will export your project to Encore which is a separate application used to burn DVDs. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to create a DVD from Premiere although it would also be possible to export as an AVI then encode it with another piece of software.

When burning a DVD with Encore you will be prompted to put a blank DVD into your drive. Then you can follow the wizard to create a disk which can be played in any virtually DVD player which supports writable DVDs.

Different Formats

If you want to export the video as any other format then you will need to choose File, Export, Adobe Media Encoder. This will launch advanced options which make it possible to select all sorts of different video types. Popular types of video include Quicktime, MPEG, H.264, Blu-Ray, Real Media and Flash.

All of the options using Adobe Media Encoder will use compression which results in a slightly lower quality video and smaller file sizes. These types of video are perfect for uploading on the Internet where file sizes mean everything. They are also perfect for use on devices with a smaller screen since the loss in quality won't be noticeable.

All of these different output options work in pretty much the same way. It will take quite a long time for your computer to create the file however once it is created it will then be possible to edit it further or do pretty much anything you want with it.

A high speed computer is recommended for video editing since it is very demanding on your computer hardware. If you have a slow computer then having to wait half an hour or more for the video to be exported will be very frustrating.

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