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Keyframe Pro Documentation

Exporting to a File


The export feature in Keyframe Pro allows users to easily convert an edited source or timeline into a standalone media file (.mp4 format). Using the export options, a user can specify the output resolution, profile, quality, viewer layout and whether or not to include annotations.

Note: Keyframe Pro requires ffmpeg for export. ffmpeg is an open-source command line tool to convert multimedia between formats.

Installing FFmpeg

FFmpeg can be downloaded as a pre-built binary, built directly from the source code or installed using Homebrew (macOS). This guide will describe installing the pre-built binaries from (Windows) or (macOS).

Additional download locations for pre-built binaries can be found on the offical FFmpeg website.

  1. Download the latest static build of ffmpeg for Windows or MacOS.
    Windows: The "full" and "essential" builds should both work
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file to a location on your harddrive (e.g. D:/ffmpeg)
  3. Launch Keyframe Pro and open the Preferences dialog from the main menu (Edit->Preferences)
  4. Select the Export tab
  5. Press the Browse... button under FFmpeg Path
  6. Windows: Navigate to the bin folder in the extracted directory and select ffmpeg.exe
    macOS: Navigate to the extracted directory and select the ffmpeg executable (it is the only file in the download)

Export to File

A timeline or source can be exported to a standalone media file (.mp4) using the Export dialog.

From the main menu select File->Export:

Note: The export process is applied to the timeline or source in the primary viewer unless the "Viewer Layout" option is enabled.

Export Settings

  • Output File
    The path to the exported file.
  • Dimensions
    The resolution of the exported file.
  • Profile
    Standard defined sets of capabilities targeting specific classes of applications.
  • Quality
    A trade-off between quality and time. The higher the quality, the longer the encoding time.
  • Preset
    A trade-off between speed and file size. The faster the encoding, the larger the file size.
  • Annotations
    Include annotations in the exported media file.
  • Viewer Layout
    Export the A/B split viewer layout (if active). If this is disabled only the timeline in the A viewer will be exported.
  • Ignore Range
    Export the entire timeline, ignoring the current range start and end times.