We're using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit movies. I have not been able to figure out how to get smaller MPEGs from it. I use the Adobe Media Encoder to generate the MPEGs, and it has a bewildering array of options and sliders, but nothing I do changes the size of the output file. I export a two-minute movie at quality 5, and it looks fabulous but takes 97 Mb. I change the settings to quality 1, lowest bitrates, etc, and now I have a movie that looks like crap, and the file size is... 97Mb.
I'm importing the movie clips from a digital video camera, and they arrive as AVI clips. Is there something I need to do there to make the file smaller? Does anyone have an answer? This is one of those questions that seems impervious to web searches.