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 , Nov 01, 2021 Nov 01, 2021
If using the rollback technique outlined here (or with Josh's downgrade converter) there is another way. Save your sequence as an XML file. With the sequence selected (as you would for Exporting), click FILE/Export and then 'Final Cut Pro XML' and Save. Then open a NEW project in PP, keep it in the same folder as the current one, and File/Import and select the file you just saved. It should import fine. You may need to reattach some files, but maybe not also. Check it carefully just as you wou...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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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Community Beginner ,
Oct 14, 2021 Oct 14, 2021

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Stan,

 

Thanks for the share I'll try testing it out in the versions you mentioned. 

 

Sounds like Versions older than 14.9.1 (14.0.1 & 14.0.3) don't work for me for some reason I'll try it on 14.9.1 and see what happens, thanks! 

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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Riveraktre,

 

Same as MeyerPj, opens fine in PR2020. I did the manual conversion and also used the web link. 

 

If the one MeyerPj did for you does not work, can you upload one of the versions that is not working for you?

 

Stan

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
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Stan,

 

Here is the version, strange as you're running PP2020 as well.

 

Wait you said PR2020 are you using Premiere RUSH? or Premiere pro.

 

And if PP what version of 2020 PP are you running?

 

I am trying to opene it on 14.0.1 PP 2020

 

 

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Stan,

 

Here is the project file thats not working

 

Both the version provided by the author and the orignal one as well that is giving me the same error message.

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
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Oh so strange still no go, same message, maybe I need to update my premiere and maybe the versions I'm running maybe a bit buggy for this to work...

 

I attached the screenshots again of my version I'm using plus the error message.

 

I directly downloaded yours tried opening it on my Mac. 

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

 

 


By @Riveraktre

 

Works fine in 2021.

Lose the '&' character in the project name.

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks

 

I tried loosing the charactera and no luck, Stan proposed I try version 14.9.1 maybe that'll solve this mystery for me.

 

Long story short the new version 15.4.1 and other variants crashes on my computer unfornately so hence why I haven't upgraded onto these newer versions. 

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Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021

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Yes, I was never able to get it to work with my project. It said the same thing for me.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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If using the rollback technique outlined here (or with Josh's downgrade converter) there is another way. Save your sequence as an XML file. With the sequence selected (as you would for Exporting), click FILE/Export and then 'Final Cut Pro XML' and Save.

 

Then open a NEW project in PP, keep it in the same folder as the current one, and File/Import and select the file you just saved. It should import fine. You may need to reattach some files, but maybe not also. Check it carefully just as you would using the original way above.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 01, 2021 Nov 01, 2021

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Josh Downgrade converter is limited to 50 mb.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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hello, thanks for all the input. but i got actually the same problem as Riveraktre, i used to to the gzip way always. but now it stoped working

 

is there any other way solving it?

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Jonas,

 

I was never clear exactly what was happening. What problem are you getting? The converted project doesn't open, or...?

 

Stan

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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thanks for the reply. 

i am doing it exactly like said in all the tutorials. it also works with other .pr.proj files. but on file doesnt get downgraded.

 

it shows the same error like: Riveraktre

 

really have no more clue

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Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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Please post a screenshot of the settings where you are re-gzipping the file.

 

Stan

 

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Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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You have to be very meticulous when using the zip method.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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Right MyerPj,

Help documentation for info on that process: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/importing-xml-project-files-final.html

 

Just substitute Premiere Pro current version for "FCP 7" and the process is identical.

 

Thanks,
Kevin

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Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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XML was the first route I tried and it didn't work on my project. The converter didn't work either. The only thing I can think of is that it's probably something to do with the Legacy titling tool. There were a lot of texts in the project and with every version there's an update with the titling tool. Simple sequences usually work fine for me with XML exchanges.

 

I think Premiere Pro should just tried to make their updates backwards and forwards compatible. If Photoshop can do it, then why not Premiere?

 

An option to save in a previous version of Premiere would also work.

 

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Community: Please upvote this feature request: Save for a previous version of Premiere
 
Thanks,
Kevin

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Community: Please upvote this feature request: Save for a previous version of Premiere
 
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Kevin

By @Kevin-Monahan

 

I dont think this is ever going to happen.

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Dear Ann,

As Steve Hoeg used to say when he worked at Adobe (and I'm paraphrasing), "Anything is possible with software development."

 

Kind Regards,
Kevin

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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OSX users can use a suite of apps by Digital Rebellion that includes some handy utilities such as a Pr project downgrader, and a corrupt clip finder, Preferences and plug-ins manager, OS utilities, and several more.  I've used it for years and found it very useful.  Free upgrades, too.

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