Web Output

Uploading Videos to Youtube (Link to YouTube Help)

Uploading Videos to Vimeo (Link to Vimeo Help Center)

Export to YouTube:

Premiere Pro CS3 > Export > Media > H.264

Preset: YouTube SD, YouTube SD Widescreen, or YouTube HD
(pick appropriate setting)

Video Codec

-Video Codec: MainConcept H.264 Video

Basic Video Settings

-TV Standard: NTSC

-Frame Width (Pixels): preset width

-Frame Height (Pixels): preset height

-Frame Rate: should match sequence f.p.s

-Field Order: progressive

-Pixel Aspect ratio: 1.0 (square)

-Profile: Main

-Level: 3.0

Bitrate Settings

-Bitrate Encoding: VBR, 2 Pass

-Minimum Bitrate:
(if you adjust this first the other settings will follow)

-Target Bitrate:

-Maximum Bitrate: Set as high as possible
(this increases the file size, increases upload time, however upload
time at Richland is inconsequential)

Audio Format Settings (Click on the Audio Tab)

-Audio Format:AAC

Audio Codec

-Audio Codec: AAC

Basic Audio Settings

-Output Channels: Stereo

-Frequency: 48 kHz

-Audio Quality: High

Bit Rate Settings

-Bitrate [kbps]: 320

-Audio Bit Rate: 320

Advanced Settings

-Precedence: Bitrate

Click OK

Adobe Media Encoder opens

-Make sure your file is saved to the correct folder

-Click the “Start Que” button

Upload completed file to YouTube


1. Linked files can be downloaded embedded files cannot.

2. The higher the frame rate, the longer the download

3. The larger the pixel ratio (frame size), “ “ “

4. The higher the data rate, the longer the download

5. Thus, bigger the file, the longer the download.

6. However the smaller the file the less image quality

7. Find a compromise between speed and image quality

8. Also, some people still have dial-up and deal with slower data speeds

9. Use square pixels and 30 f.p.s for Web

10. In the past 320 x 240 has been the average video size for the web.
-YouTube now supports 640×480 for Standard Definition (SD)
-720p and 1080p for High Definition (HD)

11. High to Low resolution, not Low to High resolution.

12. Use VBR 2 pass encoding whenever possible.


Their recommended upload formats are:


1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 640 x 480 (4:3 SD)
Follow this link to correct anamorphic and 720 x 480 videos which are displayed incorrectly. Formatting Tags
There is no required minimum resolution – in general the higher resolution
the better and HD resolution is preferred. For older content, lower resolution
is unavoidable.

Bit Rate:

Because bit-rate is highly dependent on codec there is no
recommended or minimum value. Videos should be optimized for resolution,
aspect ratio and frame rate rather than bit rate.

Frame Rate:

The frame rate of the original video should be maintained
without re-sampling. In particular pulldown and other frame rate
re-sampling techniques are strongly discouraged.
(In other words: if you shot at 24fps leave it at 24fps or
if you shot at 29.97 output at 30fps)

Video Codec:

H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred.

- However the following formats are also acceptable:

* Windows Media Video (.WMV)
* .3GP (cell phones)
* .AVI (windows)
* .MOV (mac)
* .MP4 (ipod/psp)
* .FLV (adobe flash)
* .MKV (h.264)

Audio Codec:

MP3 or AAC preferred

Sampling rate:

44.1kHz Stereo

Size and Length:

Videos can be up to 2GB in size and 15 minutes long.



A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. Different codecs have different features and varying quality. For best results, we recommend using H.264 (sometimes referred to as MP4) for the video codec and AAC (short for Advanced Audio Codec) for the audio codec. If you’re on a Windows machine, WMV3 is a good choice for video codec.

Frame rate and keyframes

If there is an option that says “current,” it is best to just go with that. Otherwise, this is usually 30 fps (frames per second) for USA, Canada, and Japan, while in Europe and rest of the world it’s usually 25 fps. If there is an option for key-frames, use the same value you used for frame-rate.

Data rate

This setting controls both the visual quality of the video and how big the file will be. In most video editors, this is done in terms of kilobits per second (kbits/sec or kbps). Use 2000 kbits/sec for standard definition 4:3 video, 3000 kbits/sec for widescreen DV, or 5000 kbits/sec for high definition footage.


640×480 for standard definition 4:3 video, 853×480 for widescreen DV, or 1280×720 for high definition. It is also best to export 1920×1080 or 1440×1080 video as 1280×720 too, since we will automatically scale it down. If you have the option to control the pixel aspect ratio (not display aspect ratio) make sure it’s set to “1:1″ or “1.00″, also sometimes called “square pixels.”


If you have this option, enable it. If you shoot in DV format, this is an especially important. If you do not deinterlace, you will often get weird-looking horizontal lines in your video.

Audio settings

Choose AAC for the audio codec. You’ll want to set the bit rate to 320 kbps and the sample rate to 44.100 kHz.

Acceptable video format

While we like MP4 the best, we will generally accept any of the following formats: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, divx, mts, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, ogg, wmv.

File Size

There is a 1 GB per file limit for Plus users, which does not affect Basic account users.

Uploading Videos to Youtube (Link to YouTube Help)

Uploading Videos to Vimeo (Link to Vimeo Help Center)


Windows Media 320 x 178, 30 fps

Windows Media 320 x 178, 15 fps

Real Media 320 x 178, 30 fps

Flash embedded video 320 x 178, 30 fps

Flash embedded video 320 x 178, 15 fps