How to make MPEG-4 SP

How to make an mpeg-4 Simple Profile using Adobe.  This works for Adobe Premiere and Adobe Media Encoder.

In either program, once you have your file or movie ready to go you need the settings feature.  In Premiere go to Export to see the settings.  In Encoder just click Settings.

Choose the MPEG4 format (not h.264) and then under Multiplexer change the setting from 3GPP to MP4.

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Under video the Profile should be set as Simple.


That should do it.



Making swf files in Adobe Premiere

Actually, you can’t make swf files in Adobe Premiere.  Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.  But I was asked for an swf file, so an swf file I had to make.

The most important thing in this explanation is that I have the entire Adobe Creative Suite.  I know there are special converter softwares that exist out there, but I have Flash, so this is what I did.

  1. Export video from Premiere in flv format.  I’m not sure how essential the format is, but it was recommended in forums.
  2. Open a new project in Flash then import the flv file
  3. Check you Properties settings. Position and Size should be at zero.  width and height should match your video output from Premiere.
  4. Check your Publish Settings. File>Publish Settings .  Under formats swf and html need to both be checked. Under HTML the Dimensions should match the export dimensions of the video from Premiere.  If they don’t then use the drop down menu to get to “Pixels” and fix the dimensions. Hit OK to save changes.
  5. Save your Flash project.  It’ll be easier to find your published swf if you’ve predetermined where the file should go.
  6. File > Publish

Now I’ve glossed over a few things here like playback options and the like.  I only needed a very basic file, so I didn’t have to deal with all of that for this project.  However, these instructions should get you through the process.

bad image export from Premiere

I tried exporting a jpg then a tiff file from Adobe Premiere for a screen capture.  I’ve never noticed a problem before, but maybe I just never exported a screen capture that included text.  The export files came out horribly pixilated. I tried a few different adjustments, but it didn’t work. I never figured out the problem, I just took a screen capture of the image using my Mac (Shft+Cmnd+4). Easy fix, though not the preferred.

Premiere and the Preservation video

For the past two weeks I’ve been struggling with my export of the Preservation video from Premiere into mp4 format.  It would come  jumpy.  That’s the only way I can describe the horror that was my output mp4. And it was only mp4 because if I exported into mov or flv there was no problem. I tried a few forums, but couldn’t figure out my problem.

I made sure my export settings matched my sequence settings. I exported it multiple times on different days. I fiddled with some of the export setting options. I exported the original editing sequence and the consolidated copy.

Today, suddenly, for no reason I can figure out… it works fine. I have my mp4 and there’s no jumpiness to the video quality. I am baffled.

starting Preservation video

About to start work editing a video on the poster preservation project going on now btw our CHC department and the Preservation department.  The footage was shot a few weeks ago by myself and the other videographer here at the library.  Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to edit the footage do to priority going to previous event videos.

I will form a rough cut in the time I have between getting feedback for the library tutorial videos. Then I will send her my rough cut to see if we can collaborate on this.

The files are MTS and I’m working with Premiere.  She prefers Final Cut, but for some reason (and after some online searching I see I’m not the only one affected) Final Cut doesn’t want to read the MTS files I imported from the camera.  This explains why the girl who works in media lab gave me a set of MOV files when she was clearing out the camera’s hard drive. Because she also works in Final Cut.  I didn’t keep the MOV files, I gave them to the videographer and kept the MTS files I downloaded. Therefor, I’m going to work in Premiere with the MTS files.

Sometimes it seems that not having everyone on the same software can be hindering. Other times it seems beneficial that if one program is having issues, there are people who know the alternate program that might not have those same issues.

Premiere Capture for Sony NXCAM

The Sony NXCAM exports files with an .mts file extension. When you plug the camera to the computer the camera’s hard drive will pop up in Premiere’s media browser. The files can be extracted this way. However, this leaves the problem that the files only exist on the camera and have not actually been transferred over and saved to the computer. This means that any editing would have to be done with the camera continuously attached to the computer. That’s not very effective. The best thing then is to make sure the files are saved on the computers hard drive or other easily accessible server.

If there’s a way to do that in Premiere I haven’t found it. And after my system crashed twice I don’t care to try again today. So for the purpose of being effective, I’m simply downloading the entire contents of the camera hard drive into the computer’s hard drive. I was told that the other files (the ones that are not the .mts video files) in the hard drive are necessary as well and not just there for decoration. So that’s why I’m dumping the whole thing into the computer.

Export archival video file on Premiere

For archival purposes, we are following a certain format must be followed when exporting video in Premiere.  Export H.264 to mp4 and then choose the rest according to original dimensions and attributes of the original video.

For example. The Graphic Novel video was modified in export to conform with the specifications of the sequence in Premiere.

Format: H.264, Frame 1440×1080, 23.976 fps

.avi files on a Mac

I was asked for an AVI version of this video we have online. I said yes because apparently I don’t know any better.

On my Adobe Premeire CS5 that is running on my back-up Mac (mine’s in the shop) on Mac OS X 10.6.6 there is no option for AVI output in the export options.  I’ve been on forums all morning and yesterday afternoon and I can’t seem to find a solution to this problem. I found one forum that said that AVI is only available on Premiere for PCs. Great.

However, today I got my Mac returned to me. Unfortunately this didn’t do anything for me on the AVI file front.

Trial 1: export to MOV, import into iMovie and then export that to AVI. / Conclusion: An AVI file that has suffered sever degradation.

Trial 2: Re-install Final Cut Pro and try to get an AVI file that way.

m4v to iMovie and Premiere

Since my computer is in the shop I had to use HandBrake to rip the video from a DVD of one of our events. The goal is to take a clip from this event lasting a few minutes and then make it into a PowerPoint friendly video file.

The rip from Handbrake took so long I had to leave work before it had finished.  The next morning an m4v file was waiting for me on my desktop. I tried opening it in Premiere CS5, but it would only read the first title screen and not the entire video.  I then stuck it in iMovie.  It took over2 hours to uplaod into the program (the video is an hour and seven minutes), but it works.

I now await to hear which part of the video is wanted in a separate clip.