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How to solve ERROR COMPILING MOVIE in Premiere Pro

Did you get an error message in Premiere that says Error compiling movie, Unknown error, Accelerated Renderer Error, Unable to produce frame? In this post you’ll find some possible solutions.

Also be sure you watch the YouTube video related to this post.

1. Restart export or Reboot

The first one fixed at least 75% of my compiling errors. It might sound strange but simply try to export the same sequence again. Sometimes it will work on the 2nd attempt.

But in case that doesn’t work, save your project, close Premiere, and restart your system. This might free up some system memory and maybe clean up some temporary files. Most of my errors are fixed after reboot.

2. Timestamp in the error message

Sometimes you will find a timestamp in the error message. And this might be the exact point where you want to search for the cause of the error. (See image below)

Error compiling movie Premiere Pro

You could go to this exact point on the timeline and make some small adjustments like extending a clip for a couple of frames, for example. In most cases, this will fix the problem.

But, if it doesn’t, then you might want to look into the effects that are applied to this clip. Often the Lumetri Color or the Warp Stabilizer effect can cause the issue. If you want to be sure, you can disable the effect and then make a selection and export that part only. If it does finish the export, then you might have found the cause of the issue.

Possible solutions:

  • Remove the effect directly from the clip and then create an adjustment layer and add the effect to it.
  • Change the settings of an effect.
  • Last resort might be to remove the effect entirely.

3. Export with Media Encoder

The third possible solution for ‘error compiling movie’ is exporting your project inside Adobe Media Encoder. You can do this by selecting Queue in the Export window.

Click Queue to export with Adobe Media Encoder

This will open up Media Encoder, and now you can export your video here. To start the export, you need to click on the green Play button icon on top.

Exporting with Media Encoder solved the error a lot of times for me.  So, definitely worth giving this a try.

4. Create new project, copy content

Another possible solution is creating a new project and then copy your existing project into it. This means when you start up Premiere, you need to select ‘New Project’.

After that, you need to go to the Project Panel, then right-click and select import.

Import your excising project into a new one

Then browse through your existing project, select it, and click Open.

Import project with these settings

Select “Import Entire Project” and the option “Create Folder”. And once it is imported, you can select the sequence that you would like to export. And then you’re ready to give the export another try.

5. Disable hardware acceleration (CUDA)

This one is for anyone who gets the error while Premiere is rendering on the timeline.

Please note that this solution will probably slow down Premiere’s overall performance, so I would recommend using this setting temporarily, only for the current project.

First, let me briefly explain the background of this solution. If your GPU or video card is powerful enough, Premiere will use it to accelerate encoding. If you have an NVIDIA card, then this is known as CUDA.

This all sounds great, but sometimes this can cause errors. So, it might be worth disabling this temporarily. If you want to do this, you need to go to File> Project Settings>General.
And then change the Renderer option to “Software Only”.

Disable CUDA or GPU Acceleration (temporarily)

Maybe this can solve the errors that you get while rendering on the timeline. And in case you have an older GPU, then this might also help during the export.

Remember to turn Hardware Acceleration back on for the next project because it will get a lot slower with Software Only.

6. Export with NVENC

This one is only applicable for newer GPU’s that support NVIDIA Encoder or NVENC, in short. On most new high-end NVIDIA card should have dedicated hardware for encoding H.264 and H.265 codecs. So this means that you now have the option to select NVENC for exporting your video if you have the right hardware.

NVENC Premiere Pro
Select Hardware encoding to use NVENC

So, make sure to select this one, by default, if you have the option. Of course, you could try to do the opposite and choose for software only if your export failed with NVENC on. Keep in mind that Software Only exports will take longer.

7. Update GPU drivers

And another one also related to the previous two is updating your GPU drivers. Most likely, you have an NVIDIA, AMD, or INTEL video card. You can find your model in the Device Manager, inside Windows. In Windows 10> Right click on the start button> Device manager. Then go to the displayadapters section.

Find your GPU model in the device manager

If you have found the manufacturer and GPU model, you can go to their website and download and install the latest drivers.

8. Copy All to a new Sequence

This one seemed to work for a lot of people. I don’t know why, but sometimes Premiere just screws up a sequence. In that case, it’s best to create a new one and copy the content to it.

So this means:

  • Go to the Project Panel, then click on the “New” icon and select “Sequence”.
  • In the window that opens up use the same setting as the original sequence and click OK.
  • Go back to the old sequence, select all the items and copy them.
  • Open the new sequence and paste all the items there.

And, after that, you’re good to go to give the export another try.

9. Change Editing Mode

This one was suggested by one of my viewers:

Go to the “Sequence Settings” and then change the “Editing Mode”.

If you change the editing mode, check the frame rate and resolution

If you pick one of the default profiles, make sure that it matches your current sequence settings in Resolution and Frame Rate.

Then click OK to save the settings and give the export another try.

10. Check disk space

This on might also sound obvious, but make sure to check your available disk space on both the drive you use for export and the drive where Premiere Pro is installed.

That’s it for now! If you have other solutions that I should add to this list, please comment on the video in YouTube or below this article.

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