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Ultimate Guide to Solving Export Issues on Premiere Pro

Ultimate guide to solving export issues in premiere pro
Published 3 May 2023

Last updated on 15 May 2023

In the ever-evolving world of digital media, Adobe Premiere Pro has consistently stood out as a leading video editing software for creators across all skill levels.

However, like any complex tool, it’s not without its challenges. One such obstacle that users frequently encounter is the inability to export their video projects. We will explore the common issues that may prevent successful exporting and provide comprehensive solutions to help you navigate this intricate software.

As industry experts, we’re committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise to assist users of all levels from beginners to seasoned professionals in overcoming any editing difficulties and enhancing your Premiere Pro experience.

Let’s dive in and uncover the secrets to successful video exporting in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Best practices when working with any issue in Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Stay up-to-date: Regularly update Adobe Premiere Pro, your operating system, and graphics drivers to maintain compatibility and optimal performance. We explain more about how to do this further below.
  • Check system requirements: Ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Adobe Premiere Pro to avoid performance or compatibility issues. This is crucial before using the software.
  • Manage disk space: Always maintain sufficient free disk space on your computer for exported videos, and periodically clear unnecessary files to keep your system running smoothly.
  • Verify export settings: Always double-check your export settings, such as file format, resolution, and bitrate, to ensure they are correct for your desired output. Always consider which platform you’re creating content for and try to adjust your export settings to match the platform’s recommendations.
  • Test with smaller sections: If you encounter export issues, try exporting smaller portions of your timeline to identify any corrupt source files or problematic project elements.
  • Monitor background processes: Close unnecessary background processes and applications to free up system resources for smoother exporting. This can really help to free up system memory if your system is struggling to run multiple programs at once.
  • Manage third-party plugins: Regularly check for updates and compatibility of third-party plugins. Disable or uninstall problematic plugins if they cause issues with Premiere Pro.
  • Backup your projects: Regularly save and backup your project files to avoid data loss in case of unexpected issues or software crashes.
  • Seek help from Adobe Support: If you continue to experience issues with exporting in Adobe Premiere Pro after trying these, reach out to Adobe Support for further assistance.
  • Participate in user forums: Engage with other Adobe Premiere Pro users in online forums and communities to learn about common issues, solutions, and best practices. Sharing knowledge and experiences can help you improve your editing workflow and troubleshoot problems effectively.

Causes of export issues in Premiere Pro

Export issues in Adobe Premiere Pro can arise from a variety of factors. Here, we outline some of the most common causes:

Incompatible or outdated software

As one would naturally expect, using an older version of Premiere Pro or having outdated graphics drivers can lead to compatibility issues and prevent successful exporting. It’s essential to keep your software and drivers up to date.

Hardware limitations

Insufficient RAM, CPU, or GPU resources can hinder the exporting process, especially for large or high-resolution projects. Make sure your computer meets or exceeds the recommended system requirements for Premiere Pro and if it doesn’t, you can.

Corrupt or missing files

If your project contains damaged or missing media files, it may cause exporting issues. Double-check your project timeline for any media files marked with an exclamation mark or other error indicators.

Incorrect export settings

Using the wrong export settings, such as an unsupported codec or an improper file format, can lead to failed exports. Ensure that your export settings match your desired output format and are compatible with your target platform.

Sequence settings mismatch

If your sequence settings do not match the source footage, it can lead to problems during export. Verify that your sequence settings match the resolution, frame rate, and aspect ratio of your source media.

Effects and plugins

Third-party plugins or effects that are incompatible or not properly installed can cause export failures. Disable or remove any potential problematic plugins or effects and try exporting again.

Disk space limitations

Insufficient disk space can prevent successful video exporting. Make sure you have enough free space on your hard drive for the exported file and any temporary files generated during the process.

Background processes or applications

Running resource-intensive applications or processes in the background can interfere with the exporting process. Close any unnecessary applications and processes before exporting your video.

By identifying the root cause of your exporting issues, you can implement the appropriate solutions and successfully export your video projects in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Solutions to export issues in Adobe Premiere Pro

Incompatible or outdated software can cause issues when using Adobe Premiere Pro. To fix this, follow the potential solutions for your exporting issues below.

  1. Update Adobe Premiere Pro: Open the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app and sign in to your Adobe account if you haven’t already. Go to the “Apps” tab and check for updates on Adobe Premiere Pro. If an update is available, click “Update” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Update your operating system:
    • For Windows: Press the Windows key or click the Start button. Type “Update” in the search bar and select “Check for updates“. Install any available updates and restart your computer if necessary.
    • For macOS: Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen. Select “System Preferences” and then “Software Update“. Install any available updates and restart your computer if necessary.
  3. Update your graphics drivers:
  4. Check for third-party plugin compatibility: Some third-party plugins may not be compatible with the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro. Check the plugin manufacturer’s website for compatibility information and updates. If a plugin is causing compatibility issues, consider disabling or uninstalling it.
  5. Reinstall Adobe Premiere Pro: Open the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app. Go to the “Apps” tab and find Adobe Premiere Pro. Click the three-dot menu next to Premiere Pro, and select “Uninstall“. Once the uninstallation process is complete, restart your computer. Reinstall Adobe Premiere Pro from the Creative Cloud desktop app.
Uninstalling premiere pro
  1. Reset preferences and plugin cache: Close Adobe Premiere Pro if it’s running. Press and hold the following keys while launching Premiere Pro: “Alt” (Windows) or “Option” (macOS). A dialog box will appear, asking if you want to delete preferences or plugin cache.
Reset options window

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How do I know if my operating system is compatible with the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro?

A: Visit Adobe’s system requirements page to find out if your operating system is compatible with the latest version of Premiere Pro.

Q: How often should I update my graphics drivers to avoid issues with Adobe Premiere Pro?

A: It’s a good practice to check for graphics driver updates at least once every few months or when you experience issues with Premiere Pro. Keeping your drivers updated can help maintain optimal performance and compatibility.

Q: What should I do if I am using an older version of Adobe Premiere Pro and cannot update due to system limitations?

A: If you cannot update Adobe Premiere Pro due to hardware or software limitations, consider upgrading your system to meet the requirements or use an alternative video editing software that supports your system.

Q: Can I use Adobe Premiere Pro without an internet connection?

A: Yes, you can use Adobe Premiere Pro offline. However, you will need an internet connection for initial software activation, periodic validation, and to receive updates.

Q: What should I do if I encounter an issue with a specific third-party plugin?

A: If you suspect that a third-party plugin is causing issues with Adobe Premiere Pro, visit the plugin manufacturer’s website for compatibility information, and updates, or contact their support team for assistance.

Q: What if I still experience problems with Adobe Premiere Pro after following these steps?

A: If the issue persists after trying these solutions, consider reaching out to Adobe Support for further assistance. They can help you diagnose and resolve the problem.

Q: Can I revert to a previous version of Adobe Premiere Pro if I encounter compatibility issues after updating?

A: Yes, you can install a previous version of Adobe Premiere Pro using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app. Go to the “Apps” tab, find Premiere Pro, click on the three-dot menu, and select “Other Versions“. Choose the desired version from the list and click “Install“. However, note that using an older version may not have the latest features, bug fixes, or security updates.


Resolving compatibility and performance issues in Adobe Premiere Pro is crucial for a seamless video editing experience. By updating your software, operating system, and graphics drivers, as well as addressing potential plugin conflicts and project file issues, you can significantly improve the stability and performance of Premiere Pro.

Should you continue to encounter problems after following these steps, don’t hesitate to reach out to Adobe Support or you can give us a message on our contact page for further assistance. Stay up-to-date and enjoy a smoother editing workflow!

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