PSA: Export for Parklane Screening Info
DO NOT EXPORT YOUR FILM WITH COLOUR BARS OR 2-POP. Exports need to be playlist ready - export *just* your sequence without cruft. If you have a 1Khz tone at the start of your film I will delete it from the playlist.
All files should be put on the ParkLane labeled hard drive that I left in A107. If it's not on that drive Monday morning, it won't be test screened.
You can skip the info learning and just use attached presets if you want. Download them from the bottom of the page and load them into the settings page when doing your export.
We will be screening from a media center - Kodi running on a Raspberry Pi 3. These are Open Source software and hardware, if you care about such things. If you want to tweak your settings beyond this guide, make sure what you poop out is compatible.
You'll be using the h.264 file type to export. h.264 gets a bad rap because it is often exported at very low bitrates for web streaming purposes. Smeary pixel orgy. Ew. This file type is very space efficient, and at the bitrates we are using, very high quality. There should be no visual loss of data at our bitrates over one generation of compression (if you recompress the exported file, then things will start to get dicey).
The first bit of information you will see is the Basic Settings part of the Video tab. The main thing you want to check here is resolution. If you have a 4k project your resolution will be much too high. You want to set your horizontal res to 1920 pixels. We are screening in HD not 4k. Vertical resolution is dependant on your aspect ratio - 16:9 will result in 1080. Be sure to keep the values linked (that's the chain icon to the right), and just change the width - height will always be 1080 or less, depending on your aspect ratio.
Set Frame Rate to 24 or 23.976, or just leave the checkbox on to match your sequence settings.
Scroll down the Video tab until you find the Bitrate Settings section. If you are in a hurry you can do VBR, 1 Pass. For higher quality use VBR, 2 Pass. Target Bitrate can be 25 Mbps, Maximum Bitrate higher at 30 Mbps
Finally, finish up the Video tab by making sure the Use Maximum Render Quality box is checked. It is near the bottom, clustered with other options, just above the OK button. This gives best results when performing actions such as resize, which we are doing.
Now you are ready to set your audio. Click the Audio tab to present the audio options.
This section is pretty easy - all you need to change is the Channels option. Make sure it's set to Stereo if you mixdown is stereo and if your mix is 5.1, wait for it... ...ready? Set it to... 5.1.
It's worth noting that the channel configuration for 5.1 is hard set to L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs - this is not configurable. So make sure this is the same order you are sending out of your mixdown in your audio software. If you sent out a different channel configuration, your audio will not come from the speaker you expect it to and you will end up with an experimental film. Nobody wants that.
Take a deep breath, double check your file name and location, and hit Queue! This will send your sequence export to Media Encoder as a seperate process. Media Encoder uses the same encoding engine as Premiere (and After Effects). You can save your Premiere project and shut down Premiere.
If you are just exporting, you can open Media Encoder on its own and drag your Premiere project file into it - it will prompt you for which sequence you want to export. You don't have to open Premiere at all to do and export. Neat!
You can use Media Encoder to queue up several different exports, if you want to do a Stereo and 5.1, and various qualities (ProRes master, Youtube, Vimeo, etc) Press the green arrow in Media Encoder to begin the export Queue and it'll start the encoding job.
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