Now to keep things REALLY simple, we’re going to keep the destination for your compressed file the same as the source – meaning, that your compressed version will end up wherever the full resolution copy you exported from FCP resides. Now just hit submit and submit again and your video will start compressing. Now just sit back pet your toy Chihuahua dog and give him or her a delicious treat and when Compressor finishes doing its thing, you’ll have a file optimized for YouTube and Vimeo.
When you finish your edit in Adobe Premiere, the first thing you want to do is pull up the export window. You can do this by hitting command E. From there you’ll have all different kinds of options like export entire sequence, sequence in and out, work area, and custom. Select the one that is appropriate for you and then hit the “Que” button to send your selection to Media Encoder. From there, on the right scroll down through the different presets in Web Video and choose either the YouTube or Vimeo setting that matches the resolution of your source footage. Once you’ve selected the appropriate setting, drag it over to the left. You will then see 2 different export settings associated with your export. You can delete the preset from Premiere and keep the settings you just placed there. Then, click where it says output to name and set the location of where you want your file to go. Now, simply push the play button and viola – your time-lapse of your grandma’s bird feeder will be ready in no time!
Knowing how to use the right settings when exporting your video will not only render the best quality version for the Internet, it also creates the illusion that you know what you’re doing. Always remember, if you know what you’re doing on the technical side, it will ultimately help you on the creative side.
Stephen Schweickart is the co-founder of VScreen. For more information on this topic visit VScreen’s site at http://www.vscreen.com/.