Once you edit your video and polish it up with transitions, effects, and a great soundtrack, it’s time to share it. So how are you going to show your epic to family, friends, and neighbors? That’s the subject of the remaining chapters in this book. This chapter explores the mysteries of video files. You’ll learn the different options for saving your film. You can create a finished video and save it to DVD, upload it to a video-sharing site like YouTube, export it to a mobile device like an iPhone or an iPod Touch, or save it and play it back on your PC.
This chapter introduces these options and describes why Premiere creates different files for different destinations. Then, in Chapters Chapter 12, Chapter 13, and Chapter 14, you’ll learn the details for publishing your film on each of these devices and on the Web.
In broad strokes, the steps you take to create and share a movie are as follows (see Figure 11-1):
You and your camcorder produce a bunch of clips.
You store that bunch of clips (video, audio, and still images) on your computer.
With the help of Premiere, you assemble those clips into a movie with lots of snazzy effects and a soundtrack.
Premiere exports your edited movie in different formats, each designed to match a display device. This process is known as “encoding” or “rendering” your movie (though this rendering is different from the on-the-fly rendering Premiere does as you edit your movie).