Fix errors when rendering or exporting

Did you run into errors when you were compiling or rendering your project? Read this first.

Specific errors when you render or export

When you render a preview file or export for final output, Adobe Premiere Pro returns the following error message Error compiling movie. The text that follows the error message gives you additional detail about the type of error.

Use the filters below to quickly jump to your error and to resolve your issue.

Media cache issues

Most issues related to Error Compiling Movie errors are related to Media Cache and Media Cache Database which holds .CFA and .PEK files generated by Premiere Pro while importing a clip(s) for the first time in the Project bin. This issue might be related to any Audio/Video effects applied to clip(s) in a sequence(s).

Try these solutions:

Render the timeline

Mark In and Out points on the timeline for the portion that needs to be rendered and go to Sequence > Render In to Out to render the timeline. While exporting, make sure that Use Previews is selected.

Delete the media cache

Try deleting the cache files from Media Cache and Media Cache Database folders. For more information, see How do I manage the Media Cache in Premiere Pro?

Deselect the Hardware Encode/Decode option

If the export is in H.264 or HEVC format, then try deselecting the Enable hardware accelerated encoding and decoding (requires restart) option in Edit > Preferences > Media (Win) or Premiere Pro > Preferences > Media on macOS.

Change the Renderer option for Mercury Playback Engine

Go to File > Project Settings > General > Renderer to Mercury Playback Engine Software Only mode. Delete the Preview files when prompted.

Remove audio or video effects applied in a sequence

See Remove Audio/Video effects, third party plugins used in Premiere Pro or try exporting XML from Premiere Pro and then Re-import in Premiere Pro.

Disk Full error


Make room on the hard disk that you're exporting to or choose a hard disk with adequate space. For more information, see How do I manage the Media Cache in Premiere Pro?

I/O error


Make sure the hard disk has adequate room and you have permission to write to the specified output location. (See How do I manage the Media Cache in Premiere Pro? for more information on freeing up hard disk space by clearing out cached media files.)

Unknown errors

The specific cause of the error is unknown by Adobe Premiere Pro and you will need to figure out if a specific output format, or clip is the source of the issue.


To eliminate the specific output format as the cause of the problem, render and export to a different output format and codec. For example, use an uncompressed AVI file, a QuickTime movie using the Animation codec, or a sequence of PNG image files. (See File formats supported for export for more information.)

If the problem persists, remove one clip at a time from the sequence. Try to render and export after each removal to determine if a specific input clip is the source of the problem.

If you identify a specific clip as problematic, remove all effects from that clip to determine whether the problem persists without the effects. In some cases, the underlying cause of the error is that an input source file is corrupt or poorly formed. The only solution is to find an alternate source for the clip.

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