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Open Premiere Project in Older Version - Downgrade Project Version

Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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Premiere Pro users sometimes want to open their project in an earlier version.

Here’s the quickest way to open your projects in an earlier version. Only 4 steps to revert the PP version.

 

This assumes you have 7-Zip installed. It’s free and awesome and why would anyone not have it! 🙂

 

Also, that you have a COPY of your project that you will be converting.

 

++++ Make a Copy of your project with a New Name in the same folder as the original ++++

 

     1) Right-Click the COPY of the project and from the 7-Zip menu select “Open Archive”

     2) In 7-Zip there is one file same name as the project – Right-Click the file and select EDIT*

     3) On the fourth line change the Version = “??” Change the number portion to “1” Save and Close

     4) 7-Zip will ask you if you want to update that file in the archive, Select <OK>

 

That’s it! When you open the project Premiere Pro will say it is from a Previous Version, and will give it a new name as usual.

 

*Of note, on step 2, the bigger your project the longer it takes to open.

 

Here’s a link to an online program which requires you to upload the file but will do the above for you.

 

joshcluderay.com/downgrade-premiere-project-converter

 

Of course you loose any new features of the later version you edited with.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 04, 2019 Oct 04, 2019

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I've tried this and it did allow me to load the timeline but it was unplayable.  This was a simple, cuts only project...  Somewhat useful, but better to control which version of premiere you're working in.  You can have cc2018 installed at the same time you have 2019 installed.

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Oct 04, 2019 Oct 04, 2019

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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For some reason this process isn't working for me because when I get to the step about opening the project file with Textedit, I don't see lines of code that are discernible. I just see a bunch of random characters as if the project file has been encrypted.

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Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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If you are seeing garbled text you did not follow the procedure to the lettre.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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Aha, got it, thank you! I was opening the zip file with text edit- I needed to double-click it first and then open it with text edit.

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Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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I just tried it and it's still working well. I have Notepad++ in TOOLS\Options\Editor in 7-zip and it opens up in a few seconds when you select F4 or Edit from the context menu in step 2 above. I don't know how TextEdit works, and I'm on Windows.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Unfortunately, it still did not work. I'm getting this error message.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Professor,

 

Here's my guess: you're trying to open a text file that has not been zipped.

 

In the original instructions, it is editing from within 7-zip. If you edit with something else, then you will not be prompted to re-zip the file.

 

Rename your unzipped (text) version of the file you edited. Right click, pick 7zip and "Add to Archive." I "think" the right setting is gzip format. Save and then rename so the extension is .prproj.

 

Does that work?

 

Stan

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Yes, that would be great. I also tried Josh's converter and it didn't work- same error message. Can you message me your email or how should I send it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Do you have google drive or such...

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Yes I have google drive.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Yeah I already tried that, but it didn't work. The text file was made into a gz format using Keka, and then renamed .prproj.

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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I can try and make the change for you if you want to send me just your project file.

 

Otherwise, you can try the online version I link to above. I don't know Josh, but I uploaded a proj some time ago and it worked just fine.

 

 

joshcluderay.com/downgrade-premiere-project-converter

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 07, 2021 Mar 07, 2021

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Hello for this case i did an video tutorial and i posted in YouTube with this link : https://youtu.be/H-pyi6i7gjU

Let me know if you found this video helpful on this topic.

In this video tutorial I'm explaining how to open new pp project to older versionIf you are facing with this error "this project was saved in a newer version...

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Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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THANK YOU!!!

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Jun 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021

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I keep getting 'this project could not be loaded, it may be damagedd or contain outdated elements' - I can't find a fix or workaround for this. I jsut need to access the project and not edit anything. 

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Jun 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021

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I suggest you start a new thread.  What you're describing does not match the subject of this thread.  

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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I tired this but no luck, I am using Premiere Pro 2021 downgrading to 2020?

 

I tried it several times and even tried the website link. 

 

http://joshcluderay.com/downgrade-premiere-project-converter/

 

I am guessing maybe this doesn't work when downgrade from the new PP 2021 to PP 2020?

 

 

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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I think still works. Got any details beyond 'it doesn't work'? Win/Mac, where does it 'fail', any messages, etc....

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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'this project could not be loaded, it may be damagedd or contain outdated elements'

 

That's the message I get

 

I use a Mac Platform.

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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Perhaps I could email you the project file and see if that maybe helps? Or maybe attached here? 

 

 

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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It seems to work, let me know.

I'm on Win10 21H1, PP 15.4.1

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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So I just tried upgrading again to version 14.0.3 from 14.0.1 and still get same error message...strange I'm curious what version of 2020 Stan is running.

 

'this project could not be loaded, it may be damaged or contain outdated elements'

 

Sounds like it forsure works for Version 15.4.1 for you, I may have to try that seems like the two versions up above don't play nice with this for some reason.

 

 

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Oct 14, 2021 Oct 14, 2021

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I tested on Premiere Pro 2020 (version 14.9.1 which was the final 2020 update). You should have an update available for 14.9.1. But a project reverted to version "1" (or "0") should open in any version.

 

I also tested on PR 2021 (15.4.1).

 

Stan

 

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