How to export 4K video in Premiere Pro CC for YouTube, Vimeo, & Facebook

How to export 4K video in Premiere Pro CC for YouTube, Vimeo, & Facebook

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Way back in 2012 I wrote a blog post about my export settings for high definition videos in Premiere Pro. That post went on to become one of the most popular posts on my site. Wanna know what the second most popular post was? My video export settings for Instagram videos in Premiere Pro.

There’s a trend here, and I realized that with the advent of 4K video, I had the opportunity to create a new text and video tutorial about the settings that I use when shooting with my Sony A7Sii. As I prepared to create this tutorial, I decided that this would be the perfect time to revisit those posts about my high definition and Instagram export settings, and create videos for them as well. Today you can watch my 4K export settings tutorial, and in the near future, I’ll be posting videos about my settings for high definition and Instagram exports.

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  1. Thanks for watching guys! Please remember to like, subscribe, and use a lens blower instead of your mouth when cleaning your sensor so you don't accidentally spit on it.
    Video Timeline
    00:00 – Intro (duh)
    2:22 – Sequence Settings
    5:25 – Setting IN and OUT Points
    6:35 – All about Bitrates and YouTube
    8:49 – 4K Export Settings for YouTube, Vimeo, etc. (finally!)
    16:38 – 4K Export Settings for Clients

  2. You literally have the best organized and high content channel I have ever witnessed in my life. I love the OCD part of you and the meticulous way in which you go about your craft. Respect

  3. Why is there black bars around my video

  4. Great video, as usual. Quick question. Any idea why the video would be a lot brighter after export? First time I used these settings, I had no issues. Now, working on a different project, after export, the video is a lot brighter. I've tried exporting it again, using the default youtube 4k settings from premier pro, and I had no issues there.

  5. Hey Matt! Do you think the H.265 format in 4K can also be used for YouTube? My Premiere crashes every time I select the h.264 format in the export window, so i have no other option…

  6. Amazing video. You helped me a lot. Thanks!

  7. You are an incredible source of knowledge. you get right to it as well. Thank you

  8. Still a super walk through mate, good job

  9. very thorough explanation, gonna edit my first 4k video!! ^^

  10. Hey Matt! Please tell me how do you suggest to deliver a video to a client? a hard drive, a usb flash drive? how do I need to format it so that they can view the video on their 4k tv?

  11. Hi Matt, when using these settings I'm getting a Error code. A low level error occured (H.264 exporter:9) Do you have any solutions? Can't seem to find any good info on the web about it. 🙁

  12. dude you're amazing, thankyou!

  13. Went a bit blank on how to do some things rendering wise and found myself coming back to this video for help. So thanks again!

  14. You’re legendary man, many rhanks

  15. I did it. Thanks for sharing! very helpful

  16. What happens if I grab that 24fps footage, placed in that 24fps sequence, and export it in 60fps format?? What happens then? Does it affect the final outcome negatively? Or does it do nothing but make the export/rendering process slower….. ?

  17. Hello, could I ask you for a help with export my video in Premier pro?
    I worked in program for a month on it (it is just holiday video) but last days it started to be not fluent work so I decided to export first half. But when I make export, appear encoding and none progress 😏☹️ please could you help me what to do? I just wanted to help PC to get rid of finished work amd then start second half and in the end just put two halves together.
    ☹️ Thank you

  18. Thanks buddy. Which format and settings would you recommend for saving (edited) master files for future editing/color correction from premiere pro?

  19. A bearded genius

  20. I was wondering what the F was going on… thanks bud

  21. i love u. thankssssssssssssssss

  22. I see your sequence settings aren't in 1080, but your export settings are. In your opinion, is it better to edit the sequence in the original 4k sequence settings, or to edit 4k in a 1080 sequence? I hope this question makes sense. I love editing but this technical stuff REALLY trips me up.

  23. Hey Matt! I'm a videographer and shoot almost all of my music videos in 4K. But every time I seem to upload a video to YouTube, the autogenerated images for thumbnails are blurry and pixelated. I've tried so many different methods to amend this. Any clue how to get this fixed? Is there something I'm missing in my Premiere export settings that may cause this?

  24. can watch you whole day!! way of speech!! gifted by god

  25. Thnks so Much


  27. matt, does this apply if i want to screen it in a movie theatre?

  28. Hey Matt!
    I gotta say, as a "professional creator" I had to put aside the ego and pride to watch this video…AND IM SO GLAD I DID.
    Apparently, I have been making a MASSIVE mistake for YEARS in my export settings… thank you for clearing this up for me!
    Thumbs up and Subbed!

  29. Hey Matt tahnk you for the video.
    A question – If I have 4k – 59.94fps videos how to I make a costume sequence for that?

  30. Hey bro thanks for the information its really helpful!
    Another question – I'm trying to edit a video with both 4k files and 2.7k files from my gopro camera, do you have a tip how I can render that? haha

  31. Hi Matt, What should my export settings be for HD & 4K videos. Videos were filmed with Sony HDR12 and Sony 4K camcorder, I would like to transfer these videos onto an external drive.

  32. Question, in 2020 should we be using Level: "High10" theres is now a 4th option. maybe time for a new video???

  33. you are such a savage matt thank you we all appreciate your help so much

  34. Thank you very helpful for newbie like me 🙂

  35. The guy is pretty good at explaining ,, but is so bloody fast !!

  36. Very well explained. Thank you.

  37. Brilliant video.

  38. Great tutorial and you explained it very well, thanks buddy!

  39. Thanks for uploading this! I was having issues with getting a clear picture after including consistent smoke into the dark scenes pf my vampire video hehe 😂. My settings were using VBR with a bitrate of 40. No bueno. You are the man!

  40. This is just what I needed to see. Thank you so much. I have been subscribed for a while.

  41. Ok can anyone help?
    I understand and completed all the steps in the video, but I don't get how to use the sequence that I made. How do I apply the sequence to my video?

  42. Thanks man Its so much useful to me

  43. Are all these pre sets same for shooting on a iPhone 11 Pro Max?

  44. hlo how to solve mercury playback engine software only export slow problem?

  45. Hey man, I'm new to video editing, and at minute 8:58 when in preset, you say go to "custom", but mine does not have the custom option. Why is that? Please help!!

  46. Hands down the BEST Adobe Premier export setting tutorial found anywhere. ANYWHERE.

  47. Small and invisible💦

  48. Before upload need to check bitrate for 60 fps 4k

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