How to compress Adobe Premiere video

Learn how to compress the video with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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In this video tutorial we will show you how to compress Adobe Premiere video.

Start the program. Create a new project by clicking on the “New project” icon in the startup window.

In the next window set the preferences of the project and press “OK”. Then click “OK” to create a new sequence. Double click inside the project window to import video files to your project.

In the next window choose the video and press “Open”.

Drag and drop the imported file into the “New item” icon. As you can see, your project has been successfully opened inside the time line. Set the playhead at the beginning of the video. Then go to the “File” menu, choose “Export”, and click on the “Media” in the submenu.

In the appeared window find the “Format” option and choose “Windows Media” from the drop-down menu.

Check the box for the “Export Video” option.

Go to the “Video” tab, find the “Bitrate Settings” section and set the average video bitrate as 4 Kbps. This action reduces the size of the video file. Go to the “Output Name” line and click on the file name. In the appeared window choose the folder and save the video by pressing the “Save” button. In the previous window press “Export”. When the encoding process is complete, close the program. Then go to the “My computer” and find the saved video. As you can see, the video has been successfully compressed.

28 replies
  1. Fawn S
    Fawn S says:

    What happens if the export tab won’t highlight to get to the menu? What do I need to do to get it to highlight?

  2. badew2012
    badew2012 says:

    It might sound otherwise, but it’s actually a real person speaking 🙂 I agree, though, the voice is probably not the best one)

  3. Naud van Dalen
    Naud van Dalen says:

    I’m pretty sure that’s not 4, but 4000 kbps. No way a second only costs 4 kilobits per second, which is 0.5 kilobyte per second, or 512 bytes per second.

    Adobe Premiere Pro exports are normally way too large and there is no "extimated file size" feature, so I would have to export a small sample video of 10 seconds in different formats to see which is the smallest and still looks good. I’m going to set it to max 350 kbps, because my original video was only 2608 kbps (326 kB/s) in MP4. The exported file is 30816 kbps (3852 kB/s) in MPEG. No way Adobe Premiere Pro increases the quality of the video by making the file size bigger, so it shouldn’t cost much more kbps (although I did add music, but music barely costs storage). AVI is a humongous monstrosity and should be banished to hell. A 25 second video was 1,560,058 kB large, which is about 1,5 GB! That’s 499,218.56 kbps (62402,32 kB/s)!!!! :O

  4. pepperj
    pepperj says:

    It’s funny, I had sex with this guy once and he totally talks like that even during some hardcore stuff.  While his nuts were draped over my face, he was saying "oh boy this feels good I am going to ejaculate" in that monotone voice of his.  I couldn’t stop laughing

  5. TeddyBearBonfire
    TeddyBearBonfire says:

    +Jestermon1 Analyse is only spelt with a ‘z’ in North America. Everywhere else, it’s with an ‘s’.

  6. thesnare100
    thesnare100 says:

    I don’t have a bitrate settings section. Then again, my file is not an MP4 to begin with, why don’t I have the section? Is it possible to output to other formats other than windows media and change the bitrate as well?

  7. Matthew O'Thompsonski
    Matthew O'Thompsonski says:

    AWESOME! Good description! Had to check several things out, this being one of them. I was doing it right! Thanks for the information! I appreciate it!

  8. Zak Covert
    Zak Covert says:

    So basically, when you’re ready to export, set your average video bitrate from 8,000 Kbps to 4,000 Kbps.

  9. Spin Apex
    Spin Apex says:

    Not to take any edge off the truly splendid humor on here but am I wrong? Or did botman just go through 7 different file formats to arrive at his final file size?

    Mister. Do your audiences a favor. Google how to setup Windows Explorer to show "file extensions". and "Details view" (Explore the Windows Explorer — View — menu item, young man. Explore. Y’see, in that Details View people just like you and me can then correlate the drops in file sizes per each compression. And per each of the resulting file formats.

    Must say great resolution on this vid though. Unfortunately viewers are not able to know how effective your efforts/results would be on a video with actual, uhm, motion, in it.

  10. Matt
    Matt says:

    you have to tell the program which sequence you want to export, by clicking into to the timeline where your clip is, so its active. then you can export it.


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