Resolving Error Compiling Video Project in Premiere Pro

Resolving Error Compiling Video Project in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the smartest non-linear editors on the market, but even the best software has its hitches. Nothing is more frustrating than running into a roadblock when finalizing a video project you’ve spent hours working on, although many users encounter just such an issue. When attempting to export, if you receive the message Error Compiling Movie in Premiere Pro, it likely points to an issue with your hard disk.

Resolving Known Errors

Several circumstances can produce this particular problem. In some cases, a second line of information follows the initial error report, describing the specific issue at hand:
  • Codec compression error: This error message typically describes an unsupported frame size, an issue with the system’s memory or problems with other hardware. Try using an unconstrained codec instead (“Animation” for QuickTime format or “None” for AVI files) to ensure that the frame size is not the problem.
  • Disk full: Insufficient space exists on the target drive. Either export to a different disk or delete files to create additional storage, including files from your media cache.
  • Duplicate file: A filename conflict exists in the target folder; rename the existing or output file.
  • File not found: This occurs when project source file(s) are not linked. Utilize the Locate File or Link Media functions to re-associate any missing input files.
  • Invalid output drive: The target disk is unavailable. Verify that the drive letter is correct, and that the disk is not write-protected or disconnected (as with an external drive).
  • I/O error: See “Disk full” above.
  • Out of memory: Attempt to maximize potential memory via rendering settings. From the “Edit” pull-down menu, choose “Preferences”, then “Optimize Rendering For”, followed by “Memory”. In the “Optimize Rendering” drop-down field, change “Performance” to “Memory”.
  • Unable to create/open output file: See “Disk full”.

Troubleshooting Unknown Errors

If you are experiencing the message Error Compiling Movie in Premiere Pro for an unknown reason, try these general fixes to resolve the problem:
  • Verify that the filename does not contain any invalid special characters.
  • Try exporting with a different file format or to another hard disk.
  • Disable video effects, smart rendering and/or GPU rendering.
  • Attempt to export audio tracks without video, or vice-versa.
  • Restart Adobe Premiere and reattempt the export.
  • Reboot your computer and try exporting again.

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