How to Export Your Video for YouTube: Full HD from Premiere Pro CS6 and CC





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Published on May 21, 2013

We've had a lot of questions about how to export your HD video so that it looks as good as possible on YouTube. I know when I first started uploading videos to YouTube, I was often frustrated with the final quality--they looked good on my computer but ended up looking less sharp and colorful once I exported them. Or, they were huge files--multiple GB in size! So here I run through how I export/render my full HD video from Premiere Pro CS6 for upload to YouTube. Hopefully this will be useful for you even if you don't use Premiere by using similar settings in your editing application (NLE--non-linear editor).

YouTube's help page on supported video formats and bitrates:


All music by Curtis Judd.

This video shot with the following:
- Canon 60D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

- Magic Lantern v2.3

- Vision Color Picture Style (which came out a little too sharp for my tastes--I will probably decrease the in-camera sharpness setting next time...)

- Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Microphone http://amzn.to/1loqUZL

- Tascam DR-100 mk II http://amzn.to/1mt3wuh

- Premiere Pro CS6

- Smart Screen Capture

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    • Standard YouTube License


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