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Video Codecs

Premiere’s export formats are known as Video Compressors or codecs. Codecs are compression formats that take the raw data comprising your project’s timeline (video tracks, audio tracks, transitions, filters, and so on) and compress this information into audio and video tracks, sometimes with other embedded data tracks, such as timecode. The codec you choose, combined with export settings, determines the audio quality (mono or stereo), video color depth, overall image quality, and screen dimensions for playback. Knowing a little something about each of these codecs helps you determine the rest of your export settings.

On a Mac, or PC with QuickTime installed, you have one set of choices; with Windows Media, you have other choices available. Although there are some you may never want or need to use, it is a good idea to know about them. You will find that from all of these codecs listed here, you may need only a few. To find the list of codecs:


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