When you render a preview file or export for final output, Adobe Premiere Pro returns an error message that says, "Error compiling movie."
These errors typically happen because of GPU/video rendering issues, or if the project contains a special character in the name of the project. These errors may also occur due to wrong sequence settings and when you use third-party plug-ins.
To solve this problem, you may want to follow these steps:
- Save the project to a new location under a new name
- Remove third-party plug-ins from Media-Core
- Change the preview file codec and format under sequence settings
Note that the text that follows the error message gives you additional detail about the type of error.
|"Disk full."||Make room on the hard disk that you're exporting to, or choose a hard disk with adequate space. (See Managing the media cache database for more information on freeing up hard disk space by clearing out cached media files.)|
|"Duplicate file."||Make sure that the name and destination specified for the output file is unique.|
|"File not found."||Make sure all input (source) files are linked. (See Relinking offline media for more information.)|
|"I/O error."||Make sure the hard disk has adequate room and you have permission to write to the specified output location. (See Managing the media cache database for more information on freeing up hard disk space by clearing out cached media files.)|
|"Unable to save file. Destination file is in use by Premiere" or "Destination file is in use by Adobe Media Encoder."||An application is using the destination file. For example, the destination file can also be in use as an input file for another operation. If possible, close the program using the file.|
|"Invalid output drive."||The specified hard disk can't be written to or found. Choose another output location.|
|"Out of memory. To maximize available memory, set the rendering optimization preference to 'Memory.'"||See Optimize rendering for available memory.|
|"Unable to create or open output file."||Check that the hard disk has adequate room and you have permission to write to the specified output location. (See Managing the media cache database for more information on freeing up hard disk space by clearing out cached media files.)|
|"You do not have permission to create or delete the output file."||Choose a destination folder that you have write access to, or change permissions on the destination folder so that Adobe Premiere Pro has write access.|
|"Codec compression error. This codec may be unable to support the requested frame size, or there may be a hardware or memory problem."||Try an unconstrained codec, such as None in an AVI container or Animation in a QuickTime container to determine whether the frame size is the issue. (See Supported file formats for more information.)|
|"Unknown error."||The specific cause of the error is unknown by Adobe Premiere Pro. The Solutions for unknown errors section can help you identify the problem.|
If you receive the error message "Error compiling movie. Unknown error," this section can help you identify the problem.
- 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 Supported file formats 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.
If you still aren't sure of the cause of your Premiere Pro issue, perform the general troubleshooting steps in the following documents:
You may also want to report this issue in the Adobe Premiere Pro user-to-user forum.