If you've just started using Adobe Premiere Pro-the timeline-based video editing software-to create and edit personal or professional videos, at some point, you might need to export one of your creations. But have you tried to export a video from Adobe Premiere Pro and failed? Well, there's no need to worry. This article covers some ways to export your videos from Premiere Pro. We've also included some easy fixes to common issues you might encounter when trying to export videos from Premiere Pro. 

Video editing skills are a must-have if you aspire to be a content creator on social platforms or a short-filmmaker. But editing videos can prove to be a tricky task, especially when you have never worked with a video-editing software before. Companies like Adobe that cater to a global audience through photo and video editing solutions recognize this issue, and that's why they've created Premiere Pro, probably one of the most comprehensive video editing solutions currently available. 

Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editor that's jam-packed with useful features. However, contrary to the perception that Adobe products are user-friendly, this one is pretty daunting to use for most people. One of the most challenging aspects of the solution is exporting videos for sharing. The software offers quite limited options to do so in terms of format and resolution. Often, the videos exported with the tool can show the "unsupported format" error during playback.

If you, too, have put in much effort in editing your videos with Premiere Pro and wish to export them in the desired format and resolution without errors, Stellar Repair for Video can come to your rescue. How? Well, allow us to show you!

How to export video from Premiere Pro for online content?

There are numerous ways to export a video file from any software, but before doing so, you should be aware that platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. support uploading videos in certain specific formats and aspect ratios. For instance, if you're going to upload a video on YouTube, it should be encoded using an H.264 codec or MPEG-4 codec and should preferably be in an aspect ratio of 16:9. Similarly, every platform has its own requirements.

Now let's take a step-by-step approach on how to export the video file from Premiere Pro for your YouTube or Vimeo channel.

Note: After editing your video completely, double-check your work before proceeding with these steps:

  1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro application.

  2. Go to the menu bar and click on File > Export > Media. You can also use the shortcut Control + M on Windows or Command + M on MacOS.

  3. A dialog box should appear to the right of your application window. This is the Export Settings window.

  4. In the window, go to the Format section, then scroll and select H.264. (You can also choose the H.265 codec for better compression rate and quality, but you should know that it is more CPU intensive and needs setting up before proceeding). The format may differ if you're uploading your video to websites other than YouTube or Vimeo. Therefore, always check the codec supported by the respective platform before exporting.

  5. Now choose a preset according to your needs. "Match Source - high bitrate" is pretty good for online video content. This option will make sure that all your settings match with the rest of the project settings.

  6. Enter the output file name and check the Export Video and the Export Audio boxes.

  7. In the Video box (below), click on "Match Source" to match all the settings.

  8. Click on Export and wait for Premiere Pro to finish exporting the video file.

Those were the steps to export videos from Adobe Premiere Pro for YouTube! This video file is compressed but it will likely retain the highest quality possible. This is necessary as YouTube or Vimeo compress the uploaded files again and this ensures minimal quality loss.

Now, if you've managed to export the file but are facing issues with the quality, the export operation might not have completed successfully. Alternatively, you might be facing issues while trying to playback the file. For any such scenario, the next section holds the solution.

How to fix exporting issues on Premiere Pro?

If after putting in a lot of time and effort into editing a video, you proceed to export it only to be greeted with the message "Unable to save file" or "Error in exporting file", it can be very disappointing. But there's no need to worry since there are some simple fixes you can use to overcome the issue:

  • Check your destination drive for sufficient disk space. When there isn't enough space, you cannot save the file. Clear some disk space or choose another drive that can save your exported video file.

  • Check your Task Manager or Activity Manager to check for other running applications and the resources consumed by them. Close them if not required. This might help with the exporting issue.

  • Be sure to update your Premiere Pro application regularly to avoid any bugs that can throw such errors. Also, try restarting the application, but remember to save your project before doing so.

  • Check Preferences on Premiere Pro and click the "Optimize rendering for" option. Then select the memory to optimize the exporting process.

  • Try another codec like MPEG-4 or MPEG-2. These too are supported by YouTube and Vimeo. 

If you've tried the above mentioned methods but failed to fix the exporting issue, there might be a probability that the original media files you imported into Premiere Pro for editing are buggy or corrupted. If this case, irrespective of how many times you try, you'll always end up with the same error.

But again, you don't need to worry; you won't need to scrap the entire video to fix the issue. 

One easy fix is to disable all the tracks first and start with just enabling one track and exporting the video. If any track(s) throws an error or fails to save, remove such track(s) and save the rest of the file. Then fix the corrupted files and merge them back to your original video file.

But wait, how can you fix the corrupted video files that you've identified? The next section will answer that question.

How to fix corrupted video files?

Stellar Repair for Video is the ultimate video repair software to repair your corrupted media files. The software is compatible with Windows and macOS, and it can fix corrupted videos of any format, including MP4, MKV, MOV, etc. 

Here are the steps you can use to fix your corrupted video files:

  1. Click on the "Free Download" link on the official website.

  2. After the file has been downloaded, double-click to install the application.

  3. Once the installation is complete, launch Stellar Repair for Video and follow these steps to repair your corrupted video files.

a. On the software's interface, click on the box that says "Add File" to add the video file that needs to be repaired. You can also add multiple files here.


b. After adding the files to the tool, click on the "Repair" button to start the repair process. 


c. A progress bar will be displayed to show the progress of the process. If you need to stop the process midway for some reason, you can use the "Stop" button to do so.


d. After the video files have been repaired, you can preview them before saving them to your Windows machine.


Now that you have successfully fixed your original video files, you can merge them with the main Premiere Pro project and export the final video without any issues or errors. 


We hope this article helped you learn how to export videos from Premiere Pro at their best quality. Coming across corrupted or buggy video files is a common occurrence among video editors. In such scenarios, a tool like Stellar Repair for Video can be immensely useful. 

Stellar offers various other solutions for repair and recovery of data like videos, audio files, and pictures. All such solutions are safe to use and effective. While free versions of all solutions are avail, they also offer paid versions of their applications with more functionality and advanced features. Download Stellar Repair for Video now for free!