Learn how to export your project out of Fable

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Written by Christopher Han
Updated over a week ago

Fable supports a wide range of export formats, so you can get your Fable project into the format that works for your intended destination.

What this article covers:

  1. How to export

  2. Export options

    1. Basic export settings

    2. Supported export formats

  3. Export FAQs

How to export

  1. Click the Export Button on the Header

  2. Click the plus (+) button at the top of the Export Panel that opens

  3. Configure your preferred export options on the Export Settings Modal (see below)

  4. Click the Export Button

After clicking the button, the Export Modal will close, and Fable will add your project to a queue for processing. The export panel will display a progress bar on how your export is progressing.

Once complete, you can click the download icon to download the file to your local machine.

Each project stores a list of its own exports on the Export Panel. These processed exports will remain on your sidebar in perpetuity.

Export Options

When you create a new export, the Export Settings Modal allows you to configure your export to a desired format.

Basic export settings

  1. File name: This field lets you customize the name of your export and will automatically default to "Untitled".

  2. Preset: This field lets you to select export settings for common destinations (Youtube, Vimeo, Instagram, etc.). The automatic preset exports an H.264 .mp4, unless your project is transparent or translucent, then it creates a VP9 .webm.

  3. Export window: This field allows you to control how much of your project timeline should be included on export.
    ❗This only appears when your work area is shorter than your project duration.

  4. Frame size: This field lets you resize your export to a specified scale (percentage-based) or set of dimensions.

  5. Advanced options: Each export format has a set of advanced options to customize your export settings further.

Supported export formats

The left side of the Export Settings Modal lists categories of export types you can export from Fable.


Select this category if you’re trying to export a video file for a streaming service or embedding on a website. Fable can export any of the following video formats


H.264 is a widely-supported video codec, used by Blu-ray and streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. This is a good default choice for video exports. Choose VP9 instead if you need alpha transparency support.


Apple ProRes is a codec designed for video editing and post-production. Choose ProRes if you want to import your Fable project into video editing software and composite it with other videos.

Fable can export ProRes Proxy, LT, Standard, HQ, 4444, and 4444XQ


VP9 is the best choice for embedding a video in a web page, and is used by YouTube for 1440p and 4K videos.


H.265 is an evolution of the popular H.264 codec, and can achieve the same visual quality with smaller file sizes. This is Fable’s default codec for exporting to Vimeo. Only some browsers and devices include support for H.265; choose it only if you know it’s suitable for your use case.


AV1 is one of the newest video codecs, and can produce files that are half the size as other codecs, without sacrificing quality. Many web browsers and devices don’t yet support AV1; choose it only if you know it’s suitable for your use case.

Vector animation

Select this category if you need a Lottie file to embed on a web page or app. Fable exports Lottie json files


Select this category if you need a GIF, a single-frame image, or an image sequence


GIF’s are widely used to share clips and animations in messages and on the web.

❗ However, GIF’s only support 256 colors per frame and don’t support alpha transparency.

⚠️ While GIFs support transparent backgrounds, they do not support semi-transparency. So if your project has some layers that are not 100% opacity, use an alternate format


Animated PNG’s are similar to a GIF, but support alpha transparency and more than 256 colors per frame. Many messenger apps and nearly all web browsers support animated PNG’s today.


WebP produces the smallest animated image files, while preserving your project’s full color range and alpha transparency. WebP is widely supported in web browsers and many apps, but not as widely as GIF.

Exporting FAQs

How do I export something with a transparent background?

  1. Turn off the canvas on your project (Project Settings → Canvas → Background Visible toggle)

  2. Select a format that supports transparent backgrounds such as: VP9, ProRes 4444, or PNG. If your canvas background is turned off, the automatic preset will export a VP9 file.

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