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How To Export Video From Premiere Pro + Best Settings

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Published 26 April 2022

Last updated on 3 November 2022

Being one of the best video editing software out there, you may be wondering how to export a video in Premiere Pro

When it comes to exporting in Premiere Pro, you have two options. Either export your video directly from the program or through the Media Encoder. Let’s go ahead and look at the two options and figure out which one is better.

If you want to learn more, check out our expert guide on all the basics of Premiere Pro.

Quick guide to export video

New 2022+ version of Premiere Pro

  1. Add in and out points to choose the part you want to render in your timline
  2. Click on “Export” in the top-left of your screen
  3. Adjust your export settings, they have a bunch of presets even for YouTube etc.
  4. Click the “Export” button in the bottom-right

Old version of Premiere Pro

  1. Go to “File” > “Export” > “Media
  2. Adjust your export settings
  3. Click “Export

Learn more about professional export settings in Premiere Pro.

Detailed guide

1. Prepare your video

In order to export your video, you first need to have it ready. The best way to tell the software which part you want to be exported is to add in and out markers in your sequence. You can do this by:

  • Click the “Mark in” and “Mark out” buttons to set in and out points
  • Or press “I” or “O” on your keyboard for shortcuts

This will only render the video inside of the markers.

Select the in and out points

2. Open the “Export” tab

New 2022 version of Premiere Pro

All you need to do is go to the “Export” button in the top-left of your screen.

New premiere pro interface 2022

Old version of Premiere Pro

After your video has in and out points set, you will want to set your export settings.

  • Next, you will need to go to “File”, then click on “Export” and select “Media”.
  • You can also use the “Ctrl + M” shortcut. After this, the Premiere Pro export tab will open.
File, export, media

3. Choose your export settings

In the export tab, you will be able to change your export settings.

  • To export instantly, press “Export
  • To add the export to a queue if you are rendering many videos, click “Queue

You can start with the format, name, and whether you want to export both audio and video. Learn more about professional export settings in Premiere Pro in this guide on Bounce Color.

Pro tip – use H.264 MP4 when rendering videos for social media. It’s the best codec to use for quality and small file sizes.

Export customisation
The guy in the image – Chris Whitlow

4. Click “Export”

Now, when it comes to exporting, you have two options.

  1. Either click directly on “Export”, and your video will be exported using Premiere Pro
  2. Or click on “Queue” and open the Media Encoder to start a queue of exports

Exporting in Premiere Pro

Just click the “Export” button to export using Premiere Pro.

Exporting in Media Encoder

Press the “Queue” button to export in Media Encoder.

Media Encoder is an Adobe program that comes with Premiere Pro. It allows you to export your video while carrying on using Premiere Pro. It also allows you to queue up a bunch of videos to leave rendering while you leave your computer.

If you only want to export one video, then you can simply go ahead and choose “Export”. If you have multiple videos that need exporting, or you need to work on another video while that one is exporting, then you should use the “Queue” button and set up the Media Encoder.

Media encoder
Adobe Media Encoder

The Media Encoder may seem very confusing at first, but it’s actually very straightforward. As soon as it opens, you will see your video under the “Queue” tab.

You can change its format, preset and export location. When you’re done, simply click on the green play button in the top right corner and it will start exporting to your desired location.

How to export video in MP4 using Premiere Pro

Exporting is easy in Premiere Pro. All you need to do is:

  1. Go to “File” > “Export” > “Media
  2. Go to “Format” and make sure “H.264” is selected
  3. Choose a preset or adjust your own settings such as resolution or frame rate
  4. Click “Export
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Export video for YouTube from Premiere Pro

There are new settings to export for YouTube now. Simply:

  1. Go to the “Export” tab in the top-left
  2. Click on “YouTube” in the left panel
Youtube export

You can also connect and sign into your YouTube account if you want it to directly upload there. This is great if you have a lot of videos to upload!


No matter what you’re doing, you now know how to export a video in Premiere Pro. Add in a dramatic zoom-in effect, and you’re set for the most impressive videos!

You can also look at more Premiere Pro tutorials by the experts here.

About Author

Will is a professional Ecommerce Shopify expert (7 years experience) & a professional Filmmaker/Video Editor (17 years experience). Now living between the Isle of Man & Brighton, UK. Highly experienced in Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, Shopify, WordPress & SEO. Owner of Teckers, Bounce Color, Stunt Camera Crew & more.