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Hour 19. Exporting Premiere Frames, Clip... > Finally, Exporting Your Project

Finally, Exporting Your Project

Tired of all these options? Most are holdovers from the days of slower computers. With the exception of videos running on the Web over dial-up connections, you want to aim for high-quality output. We'll start with the obvious—DV. Here's the process:

Connect your DV camcorder to your computer, just as you did when you captured video. Set it to VTR.

At this point you could go directly to Export Timeline, Export to Tape. If everything is in order, Premiere immediately renders your project's unrendered transitions and effects, puts your camcorder in Record mode (after a couple button clicks on your part), and exports your project to DV tape. Simple.

But before doing that, it's a good idea to make sure everything is in order.

Each time you start Premiere, you click through the Load Project Settings dialog box. You probably select the same setting each time. Although more than a dozen presets (and even more if you have a video capture card) and uncountable options are available, the bottom line is that there are only three video output formats: DV, Video for Windows, and QuickTime.

To check up on your output settings, select Project, Project Settings, General from the main menu. This opens the Project Settings dialog box, shown in Figure 19.13.

Figure 19.13. The Project Settings, General dialog box displays your overall capture/output values. Click the Playback Settings button to adjust the output to your camcorder.

Here is another of those potentially confusing Premiere-isms. If you move through the various Project Settings dialog boxes—Video, Audio, and Keyframe and Rendering—you'll see some familiar screens. Although it's good to be able to access settings like this in various ways, the inconsistent dialog box names—Project Settings, Export Movie Settings, and Export Audio Settings—create confusion, especially because they all do the same thing.

Open the Editing Mode drop-down menu. It displays the preset you selected at startup: DV Playback, Video for Windows, or QuickTime. If you're using a Mac and working with DV, then QuickTime's DV mode should be visible.

Click the Playback Settings button highlighted in Figure 19.13. For Windows users, this displays the dialog box shown in Figure 19.14. Mac users have a QuickTime DV dialog box with similar options.

Figure 19.14. Use the DV Playback Options dialog box to select whether Premiere displays video on your computer and camcorder.



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