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Capturing & Exporting - Adobe Premiere Pro 2

I'm a basic user of Adobe Premiere Pro and the files I seem to be using are large in file size.  
I can do the working and editing bit fine but importing and exporting may be doing wrong with the settings.  
When I Capture Video from a Camcorder - a video of 21 minutes comes up as 4.55 GB - should this be correct and Do i need it this size?
After editing etc and I export to a video I have tried different settings with various results.
A 50 second clip being exported to Microsoft avi format (codec Cinepack Codec by Radius) is 105MB and takes quite a qhile to render
the same 50 second clip clip to Quicktime with H.264 is 112MB but would render in half the time.  
I have played with various other settings but with mixed results with large file sizes and some codec bring the video up in a blur.  
I know little about the video codecs/formats etc.  So what would be my best options for Capturing/Exporting.  
I am using a Windows Computer and some of the videos I export would be for use on DVD and others simply for online mediums like youtube.
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geekedCommented:
AVI files do end up coming out quite large. The file size you posted does sound about right. If you wish to output a smaller file, you might consider changing the output settings to a format like Windows Media Video.
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harris9999Author Commented:
Ok so if I was editing clips to put on a DVD I would need to export them in AVI format then?

But if they were for the web I could export them to a wmv video?  Which would be the best setting?
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munkCommented:
You can do a direct export to DVD from the timeline. In order to do so the video needs to be converted to mpeg2 with a bitrate of about 9Mbit/s. Depending on your input quality Adobe can make a good conversion to DVD. When exporting directly to DVD go to File->Export->Export To DVD here you will get presets that you can get good results with.
For the web i would choose to export as a flv file. Do this with Export->Adobe Media Encoder->Choose Format FLV and choose one of the presets that can suit your needs on the web.
Notice that the media encoder also can be used for windows media export.
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harris9999Author Commented:
Export to DVD has always been greyed out any time I have used it.  
I have then just exported to AVI then created the DVD, menu's etc with Nero Vision.  

So the files sizes for the 50 second video in avi being 100MB is about right?  
If this was flv or wmv what size would I expect?
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munkCommented:
Do you have your clip on the timeline? If so it should not be greyed out.

The file size depends on your input quality. Lets say your input is from a DV camera then the file size would be approx 200MB for 1 minute of video with audio.
If you do an export to AVI with a uncompressed codec and form there do a DVD then you will loose as little quality as possible. Best is to go directly from timeline to DVD since it is only one time you need to change compression.

For flv or wmv it depends on how big the video resolution should be for the web. A typical size could be 480x270 for 16:9 video or 480x360 for 4:3 video. Then for 50 seconds you can estimate 20-30MB filesize. Choose mp4 audio and choose from 48Kbit/s mono if audio is secondary to your video. Raise the bitrate if you want better sounding audio and do stereo if it is music.
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harris9999Author Commented:
Ah just noticed on the Export to DVD, it is not Greyed out, when I get into that window and select to burn to Device or Iso etc the Burn button is greyed out.
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geekedCommented:
In which program? Premiere Pro or Nero Vision? Might be a dumb question, but is a DVD(+-)R inserted? Check to make sure that your drive supports the kind of DVDR that you would like to burn to (The front of your drive should tell -- or you can go to (My) Computer -> right click your drive -> Properties -> Hardware -> then find the DVD drive. Most Burners now support both + and - R disks, but some older drives supported only one or the other.
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harris9999Author Commented:
In Premiere Pro the Burn button is disabled, but even if I select ISO it is still disabled so it shoudln't matter if there is a disk in.
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geekedCommented:
I'm using Premiere Pro CS4, so things are a bit different for me. Are you by chance using the trial version of Premiere Pro? The trial will not let you burn DVDs. Take a look at this tutorial -- maybe it can be of some use to you. http://dvdcreation.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=37104
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