Workflow for exporting files

To export a video, still image, or audio file, you follow these basic steps:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In a Timeline panel, select the sequence from which you want to export.

    • In a Project panel or bin, select the clip from which you want to export.

  2. Choose File > Export > Media.
  3. (Optional) In the Export Settings dialog box, specify the portion of the sequence or clip you want to export. Drag the handles on the work area bar. Then click the Set In Point button and Set Out Point button .
  4. To crop the image, specify cropping options in the Source panel.
  5. Select the file format you want for your exported file.
  6. (Optional) Select a preset best suited for your target means of playback, distribution, and audience.
  7. To customize the preset options, click an available tab (Video, Audio, and so on) and specify the appropriate options.
  8. To include XMP data, choose Include Source XMP Metadata in the panel menu.
  9. Click OK. Adobe Media Encoder opens with the encoding job added to its queue.

By default, Adobe Media Encoder saves the exported file in the folder where the source file is located, with the extension for the format specified appended to the end of the filename. It is also possible to specify watched folders for various types of exported files.

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Paul Trani shows you how to export audio and video to formats, such as Blu-ray and YouTube. Launch Adobe Media Encoder, adjust the format and preset settings, and render video.

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