The NFS + Adobe Premiere Pro Livestream Masterclasses have been offering some very useful nuggets of info when it comes to optimizing post-production workflow. All thanks to Principal Director and Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe, Jason Levine.

Adobe is forever changing, and it's important for us editors to stay up-to-date with the latest features, especially in such a content-focused era. 

We're reviewing some of the key talking points from the last few lessons and discussing how you can apply them! 

Exporting in Premiere has changed a lot over the years. There used to be a different menu, and a lot of the specs available today were not accessible. There are still a lot of settings, but they're much easier to decipher these days.

Jason starts us off with the basics. Premiere has made it easy on us by offering pre-set exports such as Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. 

You can customize the export to your own settings or choose one of these to quickly get the video developing. 

Rendering can also really add up on your export time. Luckily, Jason has a pro tip to cut this waiting time down. He recommends we change our sequence settings and video previews to "Quicktime - Apple ProRes 422 HQ" while beginning editing our projects.

This makes it so the program is already rendering your files while you edit so it doesn't have to do it when you export!  

A huge time-saver, for sure. 

If you're a creator, you understand quality audio is everything! It really makes the difference when trying to achieve professional-level work. 

Jason takes us through the audio controls in Premiere. An important panel he demonstrates is the audio levels and dB menu. An important rule to keep in mind is that -96db is the quietest the signal will ever get, whereas 0dB is the loudest and most absolute.  

This will help you judge the levels when recording with external equipment. This leads us to Jason's next big point—the benefits of shooting audio digitally. 

When you record digitally, you have such a large amount of dynamic range. So if you're shooting something more delicate such as room tone or ASMR, your mic doesn't have to be that hot. You can keep your levels more balanced and get a more crisp sound. 

Check out the rest of the lesson for more in-depth audio tips such as these!