I've been searching for answers online and haven't had any luck on how to successfully compress a large video (around 3 GB) using media encoder. I feel like that's something it should be able to do, right?
I want to either send my video from Premier Pro to media encoder to compress it or just import footage to compress, I really don't need my videos to be super high quality and will just be used on a phone for educational purposes. I am shooting at 1080p. Exporting is just so terribly long with any sort of color/graphic edits to the videos and it's horrible. Is there a simple way I can just import a file to compress, or send from Premier Pro, to reduce file size by over 50% or just as much as possible?
Thank you in advance.
How long is your video and what settings have you tried? It sounds like you're not familiar with video formats and transcoding so I won't get too technical, but it's a very complex process. I would try some of the H.264 presets such as Adaptive Bit Rate Medium Quality or Adaptive Bit Rate High Quality.
If you know that the device the video will be played on supports HEVC (H.265) video then you can get even smaller sizes at the expense of a longer processing time. AME also has presets for HEVC, but not as many. You could try the "Match Source - High Bitrate" preset, but you might even be able to set the quality lower, it just depends on your files.
Ignore any other export formats if a mobile phone or the web is your destination, but also know that you're very likely converting from one highly compressed format to another, and if you added effects or did any audio work, all that has to be rendered before it can be converted. Depending on your machine's capabilities and the length of the video, this can be a long or short process. Without anymore information about your source format, length of edited video, whether or not you're using GPU-acceleration, and what your export settings are, I can only offer broad suggestions.