I happened to notice a fairly large discrepancy in exported file sizes when I accidentally exported the same .prel file to an .mp4 file on two different computers using identical Export settings. In theory, both computers should have produced files that were fairly close in size, however one computer produced an .mp4 file that is about 40% larger than the other. All other .prel files I tried exhibit similar discrepancies between the two computers. Interestingly, a third computer that is identical to the second produces a file identical in size to that produced by the second computer.
I have approximately 200 .prel files to export to .mp4, so I want to split the exports between all three computers to speed up the process. I also need to make sure the exported file sizes are as small as possible for the selected resolution, format and quality, so I can conserve storage space when I upload them to Google Drive.
First, I checked the edit preferences on all three computers to ensure that they were identical. I then tried resetting the Preferences to factory default by renaming the existing preference folder C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Premiere Elements\15.0 , with no luck. I then completely uninstalled Premiere Elements 15, including Preferences from all three computers, rebooted them, then re-installed the software and still have the same results. I have NOT tried messing with any Registry settings.
Here are the details:
Computer 1: Exported file size is 696 kb
HP Notebook running Windows 10 64-bit
Intel 17-6700HQ 2-core processor
16 GB RAM
Computers 2 & 3: Exported file size is 987 kb
HP Desktop running Windows 10 64-bit
Intel 17-6700 4-core processor
32 GB RAM
Premiere Elements 15 settings are as follows on all three computers: