FIX: Adobe Premiere does not export video

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by Tashreef Shareef
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  • Adobe Premiere Pro is an industry-standard in terms of video editing software.
  • The articles below will be looking over some troubleshooting steps for video exporting issues in Premiere Pro.
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Adobe Premiere does not export video

Adobe Premiere Pro has become an industry standard when it comes to video editing, but many users reported that Adobe Premiere does not export video. This can be a big problem, so today we’ll show you how to fix it.

What do I do if the Premiere Pro export window is not showing?

  1. Install the latest Premiere Pro updates
  2. Restart your computer
  3. Ensure that you have enough storage space
  4. Close other programs
  5. Change rendering optimization preferences
  6. Check for Folder Permission
  7. Change Codec Format
  8. Check Media for File Corruption

1. Install the latest Premiere Pro updates

Before proceeding with any troubleshooting steps, make sure that the root of the problem isn’t just you having an outdated version of Adobe Premiere Pro.

Remember that Adobe constantly updates its software, and this means that your current version is most likely dated by now.

That being said, make sure you have the latest version installed, only go for the troubleshooting steps afterward.

Download the latest Adobe Premiere Pro version

2. Restart your computer

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You would be surprised to know how many times the errors can be solved with a simple restart of your computer.

Restarting your computer is always the first thing you should do after encountering an error and before applying any other fixes.

3. Ensure that you have enough storage space

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If Adobe Premiere does not export video, it’s possible that you don’t have enough storage space. To fix this issue, try freeing up some space and try again.

The error may also occur if you are using an external hard drive as a storage device for exported videos. Try to export the videos to the internal hard drive and see if the is resolved.

This is particularly helpful if you are getting Disk Full, I/O Error or Invalid output drive error.

4. Close other programs

If you are getting Unable to save file. Destination file is in use by Premiere, or destination file is in use by Adobe Media Encoder error, then look for any other application that might be using the destination file.

If you have other programs using the same file or trying to access the location, close the program and relaunch Adobe Premiere Pro.

5. Change rendering optimization preferences

In case that Adobe Premiere does not export video, the issue might be related to virtual memory. You can fix this by changing the rendering optimization preference from Performance to Memory.

  1. Launch Premiere Pro and go to Edit > Preferences.
  2. Click Optimize rendering for and select Memory.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.
  4. Close Premiere Pro and reopen the project for changes to take effect.

6. Check for Folder Permission

If you are writing into a folder without appropriate permission, you may encounter Unable to create or open output file error.  To fix this, you need to take full control of the said folder.

  1. Go the folder location where the exports are saved.
  2. Right-click on the Folder and select Properties.
  3. Open Security tab and click on Edit.
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  4. Under Group or user names, look for your username. If not found click on Add.
  5. Enter your username and click Check Names.
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  6. Click OK to add the user.
  7. Under the Permissions for username check Full Control option.
  8. Click on Apply. Click OK to save changes.

Adobe Premiere Pro does not require Full Control on any location but only permission for reading and writing. But, providing Full Control permission can resolve permission related error.

 7. Change Codec Format

By default, Premiere Pro uses h.264 or MPEG codec format for rendering videos. However, due to compression issues, you may get. Codec compression error. This codec may be unable to support the requested frame size, or there may be a hardware or memory problem error.

To fix this, try to change the codec format.

  1. Open Export Settings.
  2. For Format: click on Drop-down menu and select QuickTime or None.
  3. For Video Codec select Photo – JPEG from the drop-down menu.
  4. After that, try to export the video.

8. Check Media for File Corruption

If Adobe Premiere does not export video it is possible that some frames of the project may be corrupt.

One way to fix this is to disable all tracks but one and export the video. Do this for all the tracks until you can recreate the exporting error. If found, save the project with a different name and export the project by removing the problematic frame or track.

After that, create a new project and open the problematic track or frame and save it with a new name. Open the exported video and import the newly saved corrupt frame and insert it into the completed project. Export the video, and you should be able to render it without any error.

These are some of the solutions that you can try if Adobe Premiere does not export video. Be sure to try all of our solutions and let us know which fix that worked for you in the comments.

FAQ: Learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Is Adobe Premiere Pro free?

Unfortunately, no. However, the program can be tested out for 7 days without restrictions.

  • Is Adobe Premiere Pro worth the money?

If you edit videos for a living, then yes, a subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro is well worth the subscription.

  • Is Adobe Premiere Pro easy to use?

Adobe Premiere Pro is a fairly easy to use program although the learning curve might be a bit steep for complete beginners who have never worked with video editing software before.  Beginners should consider using more simplistic online video editors instead.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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