ERROR COMPILING MOVIE Premiere Pro

If you are a Premiere Pro user, you probably have encountered this ‘ERROR COMPILING MOVIE’ a few times already. This error has multiple causes and luckily there are some fixes available. In this post we are going to talk about the most common ways to fix these “error compiling movie” messages.

In this post you will also find a YouTube video with 7 possible fixes, make sure you also watch that for more information.

1. Restart or Reboot

It might sound strange but simply try to export the same sequence again. If that won’t work, then save your project, close Premiere, and restart your system. This might clean up system memory and temporary files. After restarting, try to export again. This time, it actually might work.

2. Find timestamp and fix effect

In some cases, you will see a timestamp in the export error.

This might be the exact point where you want to search for the cause of the error. The first thing you could try is go to the exact point on the timeline and then make a small adjustment like extending a clip of your frames. In some cases, this actually fixes the problem but if it doesn’t, you might want to look into the effects applied to that same clip. Often, the issue lies inside the Lumetri Color effect or in the Warp Stabilizer effect.

You could disable the effect, make a selection and then export that part only to see if it will finish correctly. If it did, then you probably found the effect that caused the issue. In that case, you could try to remove the effect directly from the clip and then edit to an adjustment layer to put it on top of the clip, or maybe you could try to adjust some of the settings of the effect. In case of the Warp Stabilizer, you could try to adjust the smoothness, for example.

The last resort, if you’re unable to solve it would be to simply remove the effect completely.

3. Export with Media Encoder

The third solution is exporting the video in Adobe Media Encoder. You can do this by selecting queue in the export window. This will open up Media Encoder and you can export your project here. Now, the project gets exported inside Adobe Media Encoder instead of Premiere. In some cases, this might help, so definitely worth trying.

Adobe Media Encoder

4. Create a new project

Solution number four is creating a new project and import your existing project into it. When you start Premiere, make a new project then go to the Project Panel, right-click and select Import. In the Explorer window, browse to the previous project, select it and click Open. Select Import Entire Project and create a folder. Once it is imported, you can open up the sequence that you would like to export. Now, you’re ready to give the export another try.

5. Disable CUDA

With solution number five, the export will take a lot longer, especially with large projects but it’s definitely worth to try if you didn’t succeed with the previous solutions. Premiere uses the processing power in your graphics card to encode videos. This also accelerates the performance inside Premiere. This is also known as CUDA. This all sounds great but sometimes, this causes errors and it helps to temporarily disable this feature. To do this, go to File, then Project Settings and General. Then change the Renderer option from CUDA to Software Only. Now, exporting will go a lot slower but it might be a solution to fix the compiling errors.

6. Update GPU drivers

Related to the previous one, it might also help to upgrade your video card drivers if you’re on a Windows system. Most likely, you will have an Nvidia, AMD or Intel graphics card. You can find your model inside the Device Manager inside Windows.

Check Display adapters to find your Graphics card manufacturer

If you have found the exact video card model, you can go to the website of the manufacturer and download and install the latest drivers. Maybe this one will fix your exporting issues.

7. Create a new sequence

Somehow, Premiere sometimes screws up a sequence and it helps to just create a brand new one and copy all the content to the new sequence. Inside the Project Panel, click on the New icon and select Sequence. Use the same settings as the your original sequence and click OK. Then inside the old sequence, select and copy all the content. Then go to the new sequence and paste it all there. After that, you’re good to go to give the export another try.

8. Update Premiere

Make sure you got the latest version of Premiere Pro installed. If you need a new subscription, make sure to check out my discounts page.

9. Re-install Premiere

Uninstall Adobe Premiere manually and then reinstall the latest version via the Creative Cloud app.

10. Changing the Location of the Project file

In some cases the destination you use for an export is unavailable for Premiere. Maybe it’s a network drive (NAS) or maybe you are using an external disk. Try to export to desktop or another internal drive for example.

11. Empty Media cache

If you’re on a Mac, simply open up Premiere Pro and go to Premiere > Preferences > Media Cache. If you’re on a PC, simply go to Edit > Preferences > Media Cache. From here, click the ‘Clean Unused’ button

I hope this post helped you to solve ERROR COMPILING MOVIE issues inside Adobe Premiere Pro. If you have another solution that was not listed, please let us know in the comments so we can add this to this article. You could also check this official page by Adobe for more information.

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