Have you ever finished your video project, go to export and only find yourself looking for the best export settings? Video, as like other forms of media have several ways you can export or save a final product. In this blog, we breakdown all of the video export formats and their purposes.
List of Export Formats (Adobe Premiere Pro CS6):
AAC Audio (Advanced Audio Coding)
This export format is for audio only. AAC Audio was designed to replace the mp3 format. With similar bit rates, AAC Audio has a higher quality sound than an mp3 file. For most video projects you export, this is the type of audio compression that it goes through.
AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format)
As like AAC Audio, AIFF is another audio only export format. AIFF was developed by Apple and is usually used on Mac OS X. AIFF is a lossless audio format. You will maintain full quality of audio exporting to this format.
DPX (Digital Picture Exchange)
This export format carries metadata that you can transfer to another program or software to color correct or to do special effects work.
F4V & FLV (Flash Video)
The F4V & FLV formats are for Flash videos. So if you need your video to be played in a Flash Player or embedded into a website, this is the best option. If you are making a Flash Professional project and are transferring a video created in Premiere Pro, these are good options to import video into Flash Professional. F4V is simply a newer version of FLV. Both of them serve the same purpose.
H.264 & H.264 Blu-ray
This is the most common video export format. The H.264 format creates a compressed but still high quality file that can be used for several platforms. This is the best option for a high quality product that doesn’t take up a lot of disk space. The H.264 format is also used for blu-ray encoding.
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
This export format renders it as an image sequence. This will take your video and create individual .jpg files for each frame. This type of export format is highly used in animation or stop motion photography.
This is an audio only export format. This is a highly compressed audio format that can be used for the web or a mobile audio player.
This export format renders out a very small video file. This is best used to export video to a mobile device.
P2 Movie (Professional Plug-In)
P2 Movie was created by Panasonic in 2004. It is used to export a Panasonic P2 sequence from Premiere Pro to either a hard drive or back to a P2 card. The P2 format will only export files up to 4GB. If an exported file reaches 4GB, it will make it into separate files. P2 Movies will export as a .mxf file which is a wrapper type file.
PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
This is similar to the JPEG export format. The PNG export format renders it in an image sequence as individual PNG files. PNG files can contain transparency. By enabling the alpha channel, you’ll be able to export sequences with transparency.
This is a very good, high quality export format. Some cameras record in this video format. You may notice the similarities as it exports in a .mov file. This is a good way to maintain full quality of your video. The one downside is that it takes up a lot of disk space.
Targa (Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter)
Targa is a video export format. The Targa export format was created by Truevision Inc. Targa use to be the native format for VISTA boards. It has the file extention of .tga
TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
As like the JPEG and PNG export formats, The TIFF export format is another image sequence. It will create individual TIFF files.
This is an audio only export format. Waveform Audio is a lossless audio format similar to AIFF. This is a great format to maintain full quality audio.
We hope these brief breakdowns of export formats have helped you understand them a little bit more. In most cases you’ll only use a handful of them depending on what type of project you are creating. For more info about exporting sequences, visit the Premiere Pro page on Adobe’s website.