Premiere is Exporting using Proxies instead of Original Media. Please Help!

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Hi,

I am editing 4K 10bit footage using low quality proxies. I have gone through the correct process to create proxies and have edited being able to toggle between the proxies and original media.

 

I have attempted to export and it is exporting out a quality that is extremely lower than the original media. It is displaying the same quality as the proxies in the exported file. There is an obvious difference between the proxies and the original media and the original media files are of a much higher quality than what is coming out in the export.

 

I am exporting using Match Source - Adaptive High Bitrate. I have the Use Porxies option unchecked, but still it is not working. The proxies are all properly attached and I have been able to toggle between the two, so I am completely lost as to what could possibly be causing this. 

 

Please help as I am under a deadline and need this issue fixed as fast as possible.

 

Images below include my export settings, the sequence settings, and also three images of one particular shot (the original media file, the proxy, and the export). As you can see the proxy quality introduces banding on the wall to the right of frame, which is present in the export - but not present in the original file.

 

 

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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You could try turning off hardware encoding and do a short test (set in to out), also might try bumping up the bitrate. Mine default to 2000 Mbs with High Quality 1080 HD selected.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Also, I have all my proxies in a seperate folder, if you have similar, try renaming that folder (in the OS) so PP won't see them. Or get them out of there somehow.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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I tried a test just taking the individual clip seen in the images posted, starting a new project with it - with no proxies and exporting. It still exported with that odd banding that isn't present in the original file. So now I'm trying to figure out if it's something to do with my export settings.

 

I tried switch from hardware encoding to software encoding. Raising the bitrate to its max, and a few other things just to see. But it still exports with the banding. Is there anything else you know of that might cause Premiere to lower the quality like this on export? I thought it was exporting proxies because the quality that is coming out is that of the proxies. But even with no proxies it seems to be producing this quality.

 

It's really strange, because I did another video last week with this exact same workflow and had no issues.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Try a short clip with ProRes export, see how that goes. 

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Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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ProRes dimishes the banding quite a bit, but I don't think I can deliver to the client in that format unfortunately

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Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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Run it thru Shutter Encoder or even Media Encoder to create an h.264 from the ProRes.

 

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Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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Shutter Encoder, excellence... you can use an Intermediate file, (some flavor of ProRes, DnxHd, Cineform) and then create deliverables using Media Encoder or ShutterEncoder which I find very useful.

https://www.shutterencoder.com/

 

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