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Exporting the Best Adobe Premiere CS5 Render Settings for YouTube Videos

The Best YouTube Render Settings - Adobe Premiere Pro CS5!

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My First two travel videos were demolished by YouTube. It’s my own fault because I didn’t render them out properly for the YouTubes.

My videos look great if I play them on my computer or a TV, but when I uploaded that render to YouTube, all the fruits of my labor come undone in a pixelated jumble of a mess. I don’t want my videos too look like something from an antique cell phone, circa 2002!

Don’t let this happen to your Awesome Travel Videos!

I’ve since changed that. I now render my videos out for YouTube so that it is the highest quality possible for the YouTubes.

Yes, this means more renders, and more time.

But, it is worth it.

Enough Already, Show me the Settings!

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • First, gather your brand spanken new, incredibly awesome, travel video that you are ready to publish to the world! That be it right there up above!

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • In Adobe Premiere CS5 – Go to: File > Export > Media. This will bring up the Export Settings box.

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • Under Export Settings make sure that you have correctly chosen H.264 for your format! This is very important!
  • Also take note of your Output and Source Settings. These must match! If they don’t, then change it. You can click on the Image for a larger version so you can see what the hell I’m talking about.
  • In this case the Output is set to: NTSC, 1280 x 720, 24fps (fps = Frames Per Second). Which is incorrect!
  • Notice how the source video is a lower resolution video: 960×540 and at 29.97fps?
  • Don’t worry about that now. Just take note of it. We will fix it in a second.

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • Choose AAC for your Audio Settings. and be sure to tick Use Maximum Render Quality.
  • Choose High as your Audio Quality and your way of life. It’s important to have a High Quality of Life.
  • And for the love of God. Please choose Maximum Render Quality.

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • Choose 192 for your Bitrate Settings.
  • Life Tip! Bitrate can be argued to the cows come bleeding home here. It is said that an untrained ear, or a normal ear cannot tell the difference from 192 on up. What ever team you bat for 192 is a very safe bet and should not offend you, your mom, or anybody else out there.
  • If you are an advanced audiophile lifeform from EarAnus, then be my guest and choose your favorite numbers and plug them in here.

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • We’re done with the Audio side of things!
  • Click on the Video Tab
  • The Frame Width and Height Do Not Match!
  • Change It!
  • Be sure to change the Frame rate too! We want it to match our source.
  • What do we change it to?

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • That’s right boys and girls. Tommy in the back corner with the I Love Superman Tshirt on got it right.
  • 960×540 @ 29.97fps is the correct answer!

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • For Bitrate Encoding. Choose VBR, 2 Pass
  • If you’re in really big hurry then choose VBR, 1 Pass
  • But, if you have the Time definitely go with VBR, 2 Pass

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • Just click on the Multiplexer Tab to confirm that we have MP4 chosen for our Multiplexing.

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • Choose 6 for your Target Bitrate
  • Choose 9 for your Maximum Bitrate

Best Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 Export for YouTube Render Settings

  • Thanks for Reading!

Look at the Difference

  • I Uploaded this from my original Journey to Yasur video which was GoPro R3 Settings @ 1280×720, 60fps
  • YouTube Destroyed It!
  • The YouTube compression made everything very grainy, noisy and pixelated. Not Cool!

  • If you compare it to the re-rendered With the Whale Sharks video. You can see a huge difference these settings make.

That’s it. You’re Done!

Now render your Travel Video out, upload to YouTube and Enjoy.

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5 Responses to Exporting the Best Adobe Premiere CS5 Render Settings for YouTube Videos

  1. SLBD Team August 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Your article was very much helpful to create our videos.

    Many Thanks

    • Cal September 11, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      You’re welcome.

  2. Steve Eastman August 20, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    I am switching from Camtasia to Adobe Premiere Pro. I’ve been been getting a small black border around my videos even though I have everything set at 1280 X 720. In notice in your tutorial you use 960 X 540 but it still fills the YouTube frame. Is there a way to get it correct with 1280 X 720? Thanks.

    • Cal September 11, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      I’m not sure. I would have to see it.

      Off the top of my head, it sounds like you might have scaled the actual video down from within Premiere. I’m not sure though, it’s hard to say.

      Good luck!

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