What Are the Best Premiere Pro Export Settings for DJI?

How to Export the Same Quality as Original from Premiere Pro?

If you are sure that you want the original quality when exporting from Premiere Pro, just keep the parameters the same as the source video. Even though Phantom 4 can shoot video in HEVC, in Premiere Pro, H.264 is always the most recommended output video codec that keeps high speed and small file size at the same time. Other parameters like resolution, bitrate, and frame rate can remain the original.

Match Sequence Settings in Premiere Pro
Match Sequence Settings in Premiere Pro

How to Export in the Best DJI Video Format for YouTube, Instagram, and Vimeo?

After editing 4K video in Premiere Pro, if you want to share your DJI videos on YouTube, Vimeo or Instagram, you need to know what kind of videos they support. Of course, they vary from each other in video codecs, file size, resolution, bitrate, frame rate. Moreover, these media platforms compress videos when uploading, which indicates that the source video will be compressed twice in the whole process, first when it was exported from Premiere Pro, and second when uploaded online.

The Best Export Settings for DJI Videos on YouTube

The maximum file size is 128GB and the maximum video length is 12 hrs after account verification, so you don’t need to worry much about your file size when exporting. But watch your render time. If the file is too large, it may take hours to export. Making balance among video size, quality, and render time, below are export settings for you to get the best of DJI video format.

  • Video Format: H.264
  • Video Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Aspect: Square pixels (1.0)
  • Frame Rate: 29.97fps / 30fps NTSC Progressive
  • Profile: High, Level 5.1
  • Bitrate: VBR 2 Pass | Target Bitrate 30 Mbps, Maximum 50 Mbps
  • Audio Format: AAC
  • Sample Rate: 48,000 Hz
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Bitrate: 320 Kbps
  • Max Bit Depth & Render Quality: Enabled
  • Render at Maximum Depth: Enabled

The Best Export Settings for DJI Videos on Instagram

Instagram has more restrictions on videos. The file size of a DJI video must be smaller than 15MB within 60 seconds. You have to keep the quality as high as possible and strictly follow its rule on video size and length.

  • Video Format: H.264
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Aspect: Square pixels (1.0)
  • Frame Rate: 29.97fps / 30fps NTSC Progressive
  • Profile: MAIN, Level 3.2
  • Bitrate: VBR 2 Pass | Target Bitrate 5 Mbps, Maximum 7 Mbps
  • Audio Format: AAC
  • Sample Rate: 48,000 Hz
  • Channels: Mono
  • Bitrate: 128 Kbps
  • Max Bit Depth & Render Quality: Enabled
  • Render at Maximum Depth: Enabled

The Best Export Settings for DJI Videos on Vimeo

Compared with YouTube, Vimeo even supports more video codecs like HEVC, ProRes 422, but take Premiere Pro renderer and compatibility into consideration, we still make it universal settings for DJI videos.

  • Video Format: H.264
  • Video Resolution: 4096 × 2160
  • Aspect: Square pixels (1.0)
  • Frame Rate: Maintain the video’s native frame rate
  • Profile: High, Level 5.1
  • Bitrate: VBR 2 Pass | Target Bitrate 30 Mbps, Maximum 50 Mbps
  • Audio Format: AAC
  • Sample Rate: 48,000 Hz
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Bitrate: 320 Kbps
  • Max Bit Depth & Render Quality: Enabled
  • Render at Maximum Depth: Enabled

If you need a one-click solution to export the best DJI video after editing:

Adobe Premiere Pro export DJI videos of good quality, but you will fail to render without high-end hardware, and it is not compatible with many video formats and codecs, e.g. can’t import HEVC videos shot by DJI Phantom 4.

Export Settings — VideoProc
Export Settings — VideoProc

How to Export Settings Affect Video Quality?

Among export settings, there are several parameters that affect video quality crucially. Codec, bitrate, and frame rate. Next, we will explain what they are and how they work during video encoding in case you want to adjust export settings on your own.

The Correlation between Bitrate, Quality and Frame Rate
The Correlation between Bitrate, Quality and Frame Rate

Final Words:

Hope you can make amazing videos after walking through these export suggestions. If you have other codec problems, like can’t import DJI videos to Adobe Premiere, go to VideoProc to transcode videos. All format and codec issues can be solved by this versatile video editor.

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Cecilia H.

Cecilia H.

I write about reviews of video/audio software and apps, as well as editing guides, tips and tricks. Find me at videoproc.com