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.
Of course you loose any new features of the later version you edited with.
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.
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.
If you are seeing garbled text you did not follow the procedure to the lettre.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, it still did not work. I'm getting this error message.
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?
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?
Do you have google drive or such...
Yes I have google drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I suggest you start a new thread. What you're describing does not match the subject of this thread.