Film Export Guides

The Guides here are for exporting your edited film to a video file.

For each editing programme there is a recommendation and instructions for making the best possible video file for entering the Someday Challenge.

Please contact us if there are no instructions for the editing programme you are using.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker is available for free for computers running Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 10. You can download it here. If you have Windows XP or earlier, the classic Movie Maker version comes free with the operating system. With either version, we recommend that you export your film as an .mp4 file, as follows:

  1. In the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Save movie’ and then the ‘For high-definition display’ option.
    Alternatively you can select ‘Create custom setting…’ where you can customise the bitrate, screen size and aspect ratio to suit your film. Your goal is to export a file with settings as close to your original footage as possible.
    Please refer to the Technical Recommendations here
  2. Set the file name with your film name and the location where you want to save the file.
  3. Select ‘MPEG-4/H.264 Video File’ in ‘Save as type’.
  4. Click ‘Save’.

iMovie

As iMovie was designed for Mac computers using the Quicktime framework for video, we recommend you export your film as a high quality .mp4 or .mov file. Here are step by step instructions:

  1. Choose ‘Share’ in the toolbar and select ‘File’.
  2. Set the Resolution as appropriate for your film (we recommend 1080p or 720p).
  3. Set the Quality as High.
  4. Set the Compress as Better Quality.
  5. Click ‘Next’
  6. Give the file name in the Save As field and choose the location where you want to save the file.
  7. Click ‘Save’.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Editing on Adobe Premiere Pro, we recommend you export your film as a high quality .mp4 file. Here are step by step instructions:

  1. Ensure that the ‘Timeline’ panel is selected and that the ‘work area bar’ covers the entire film sequence.
  2. In the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Export’ and choose ‘Media’ (depending on the version it will be called ‘Movie’ or ‘Adobe Media Encoder’). 
  3. In the ‘Export Settings’ select the following.
      Format: H.264
      Preset: HD 1080p 25 / HD 720p 25 (depending on your film resolution)
      Output Name: File name and location
      For setting up the video and audio settings, please refer to the Technical Recommendations here.
  4. Select ‘Export’ or ‘Queue’.
    Tip: Choosing ‘Queue’ is the better option as it will open ‘Adobe Media Encoder’ as a separate program and will do the exporting from there. This allows you to continue working in Adobe Premiere or to close it, thus freeing up your computer to concentrate on encoding your video.

Final Cut Pro

As Final Cut Pro was designed for Mac computers using the Quicktime framework for video, we recommend you export your film as a high quality .mov file or .mp4 if available.
The export path may vary depending on the version. Here are step by step instructions: 

  1. In the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Share’ then ‘Master File (default)’
    Alternatively you can choose ‘Export File’ to export it as .mp4.
  2. At the Info tab, set the file name and other information.
  3. At the Settings tab select the following.
      Format: Video and Audio
      Video codec: H.264 
  4. At the next step, give the file name and choose where you would like to save it.
  5. Click ‘Save’ or ‘Share’.

Sony Vegas

Using Sony Vegas you may need to do some export settings manually, so we suggest that you refer to the Technical Recommendations here.

  1. In the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Render As’.
  2. In ‘Output File’, give the file name and choose the location.
  3. In ‘Output Format’, select an initial preset to customise.
    E.g. MainConcept AVC/AAC > Internet HD 1080p (or 720p)
    Tip: Templates that match your project settings (frame size, pixel aspect ratio and frame rate) are displayed with an equal sign (=) in the drop-down list.
  4. Select ‘Customize Template’ below and input the video and audio settings, ideally following the Technical Recommendations here.
  5. Select ‘OK’ and ‘Render’.

Pinnacle Studio

Using Pinnacle Studio you may need to do some export settings manually, so we suggest that you follow the Technical Recommendations here.
For older versions of the software the wording and location may vary, but the principle is the same.

  1. Click ‘Export’ at the top of the screen. 
  2. Under ‘Export Type’, make sure ‘File’ is selected.
  3. Under Setting, select type as "MPEG-4".
  4. Under Preset, ideally select "Custom" and click Advanced to set specific settings, ideally following the Technical Recommendations here.
  5. Alternatively the presets ‘HD 1080p’ or ‘HD 720p’ may do the job.
  6. Click ‘Start Export’,  give the file name and choose the location.

Avid Media Composer

Using Avid Media Composer you may need to do some export settings manually, so we suggest that you follow the Technical Recommendations here.

  1. In the ‘File' menu, select ‘Export'.
  2. Give the file name and choose the location, and in ‘Export Settings’ select ‘QuickTime Movie’ as an initial setup.
  3. Before clicking ‘Save’, click ‘Options…’
  4. Select ‘Custom’ instead of ‘Same as Source’ and click the ‘Format Options…’ button.
  5. There you’ll be able to input the video and audio settings as frame rate and bitrate (data rate), ideally following the Technical Recommendations here.
  6. Make sure you have all the resolution and aspect ratio details set up correctly.
  7. Click ‘Save’.