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Creating a Multi-Format Export Queue in Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro has a brilliant workflow for batch exporting multiple versions of an edit, making it much easier to generate copies for smart phones, the web, tablet devices, TiVo boxes, you name it, in one action. 

In this article I am going to explore how to export a sequence for back-up and for Flash web delivery in one batch workflow. Normally you would want to export the whole sequence, but in this instance we are only going to export a small section, to save you time waiting for the files to compress, etc. 

Step 1 - Set Export Parameters

Using an open sequence set the work area start point to the start of the partial sequence you want to export by dragging the handle until you see it snap to the start of the sequence. 

Tip: Use a section that has a variety of media types and levels if you can, so that the sample is a good cross-section of your sequence.

workspace handle

Then do the same with the workspace end point, about 20-30 seconds later in the sequence.

range set

step 2 - export Media 

With the sequence selected in the timeline press Command-M to open up the Export window.

export menu

Step 3 - Setting the Source

On the left of the export window is the Source and Output options. 

source window

In the source window set the Range drop-down menu to Work Area, so that just the work area is exported. 

Tip: If you set the Range to 'custom' you can use I and O to set in and out points and modify the range of video yet further. Useful if you're testing export settings first.

range selector

Tip: You can simplify things further if you use the Crop tool and crop the video being output. This will ensure an even faster export and allow you to focus on a detail of the video clip, such as small text on graphics compressed for the web, for example.

crop tool

Step 4 - Set Formatting for a Back-up

Now return to the Export Settings to select the formats for export. Start off by selecting standards for a full quality export. Just in case something terrible happens to your project, this is a great back-up option—just in case.

To ensure a compressed file that matches the current sequence choose the Match Sequence Settings option from the presets menu.

format menu

Name the file Master Backup HQ and save it to the desktop. 

output name

Use the Summary to get an overview of what's being set. 


Choosing Use Maximum Render Quality rendering will keep the quality of the exported video as high as possible. However, it will add significant time to most project exports, so use it only for this kind of option. 

Best Quality

Clicking Export will begin the process of exporting this video now. Instead, click theQueue button to add this workflow to a batch list of exports in Adobe Media Encoder. That way I can do something else (like catch up on sleep while the batch is working). 

Add to Queue

Media Encoder opens with your video listed in its batch window. 

Return to Premiere Pro and using the same work area, repeat steps 1– 3 then continue to step 5. 

Step 5 - Set For Flash

OK, so the next format for export is Flash Video. I plan to add this video footage to a .FLA project using Flash CS5 at a later date. 

Media Encoder

Set format to Flash from the drop-down menu.

format menu


Flash has 2 compression standards: the older FLV which is great to use for compositing as it can incorporate Alphas. And F4V which is a newer H.264 format which better to use for streaming as well as being better at handling Metadata. Choose F4V for this clip. Note that F4V requires newer versions of Flash Player. Choose F4V for Web, 640x480.


Name the file Flash Copy and save it to the desktop. 

output name

Choose to export Video and Audio for this one.

export what?

Cue points in Flash work similarly to Chapter Markers on a DVD. To set up navigation in the Flash file, play or drag the playhead to the desired point in the Video Preview window and choose "+" to add a cue point.

Add queue points

Name the cue point part 2 and choose Navigation from the type drop-down menu to finish the cue point.

name cue point

The Gaussian Blur filter is a great way to even out any noise on the video, which in turn will create a smoother image for compression. As we are significantly compressing the quality of this image, adding a blur value of 2-3 should be enough. Use the output preview window to keep you right here. 


Add this setting to the queue. 

Add to Queue

Step 6 - Batch Export

media encoder

In device central, both export settings are listed. Click Start Queue to begin rendering and exporting the Batch list. Your progress is tracked by the yellow bar at the bottom of the Media Encoder Window.

gold bar

Once complete, check the desktop for both exported videos and play them back. 

If you are happy with the results, go back and reset the work area to match the full sequence and export all the media. This way a lot of time can be saved by avoiding the wrong settings. Try some other settings for yourself, using the same workflow. 

David Smith

David Smith | Articles by this author

David Smith is Scotland's most qualified Apple and Adobe certified trainer. Having completed his education at Edinburgh College of Art's BAFTA winning Film School, David moved straight into TV production, first as a Vision Mixer then quickly becoming, at the age of just 24, a director of live TV studio productions. In 2001 he moved into Higher Education where he became a lecturer in TV Production, specializing in post-production and live studio production. During this time, and working with the support of the BBC, Channel 4 and independent production companies, David was instrumental in the design, development and implementation of industry-approved vocational courses across Scotland's Colleges. In 2006, after working closely with Apple Computers to create a unique multimedia studio for education at the Music and Media Centre in Perth, David became Scotland's first Apple-Certified Trainer for Pro Apps. This led on to David forming the first Apple Authorized Training Centre for Education, north of Manchester. In 2008 David made the move to full time training and joined the ranks at Academy Class, Ltd. where he continues to train industry professionals as a certified trainer across the Adobe Creative Suite and Apple Pro Apps range.


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