Avid Export Settings

Here’s how to do an export. As with importing, following each step is important to make sure the video quality is optimized (in this case, for vimeo or youtube upload) and the sound stays in sync.

Before you export, make sure all the tracks you want to export are highlighted blue.

Go to file>export

Name the file

Export setting should be “send to QT movie”

Click “options.”

Options settings:

Export as: Quicktime movie

Click custom. Then go into “format options.”

Check “video.” Go into settings.

Compression type: MPEG-4 video

Bump up the compressor quality to high

Frame rate: Current (default)

Key frames every 24 frames (default)

Data rate: automatic

Click okay.

Leave “filter” alone.

Size should be “current.” Make sure “deinterlace source video” is NOT checked.

Check sound but leave settings alone – sound should be uncompressed.

Click okay.

Check Video and Audio

Width and height: should be 1280×720 (this will make the file size smaller, which is good)

Color levels: 601/709

Display aspect ratio should be native dimensions.

Then save. Then save again and the export will start.



About Lisa Phillips

I am an assistant professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz and the author of Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession (HarperCollins, 2015) and Public Radio: Behind the Voices.
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