If you are trying to export and render projects in Adobe Premiere Pro but constantly have problems with Export Errors, particularly Error Completing Render and Error Compiling Movie. This article will guide you through a couple of solutions as well as a workaround that will solve the problem for you.


  1. Learn how to fix Premiere Pro Export Error - Error Completing Render.
  2. Fixing Premiere Pro Export and Render errors - Error Compiling Movie.

How to Fix Adobe Premiere Pro Export Error - Error Completing Render.

Export errors in Premiere Pro are some of the most common error messages you'll come across while using Premiere Pro and happen at the worst possible time. When you are trying to export your finished project. Work your way through the steps below to solve the problem. If they don't work use the final workaround to export your project using what I like to call Emergency Export. You can also try using h.264 as your export format.

Delete Media Cache

Delete the Medica Cache and the project will recache everything without the corruption or whatever was causing the problem.

  • Restart Premiere Pro and do not open any new projects.
  • Next, click on Edit > Preferences > Media Cache, and click on Delete under Media Cache Files. You’ll see two options; choose the last one.
  • Since you are getting the error on a project you are working on; the media cache is not “unused.” so choose Delete all media cache, then click Ok and Premiere Pro will restart.

How to Fix Adobe Premiere Pro Export error Error completing render

Update Graphics Card Drivers to Fix Error Compiling Movie.

If it has been a while since you clean-installed your graphics drivers take this opportunity to do it now. Clean driver installations solve a lot of problems.

  • Download Display Driver Uninstaller

  • Download the latest GPU driver you want to use.

  • Disable your Internet connection.

  • Run DDU and select the option to remove GeForce Experience (GFE) if prompted. You will get a similar message if you are using AMD Graphics.

  • When the process completes restart your computer.

  • Install the new driver and enable your internet connection again.

Use Software Encoding Instead of Hardware Encoding. (Workaround)

You can try switching from Hardware Encoding (fast) to Software Encoding (slow). This isn't really a solution but it might help solve the problem for this particular project. While the Hardware Encoder is 1000x faster the Software media encoder is a lot more stable/reliable.

  • Click on File > Project Settings > General.

  • Set Renderer to Mercury Playback Engine Software Only.

  • Click on OK.

How to Fix Adobe Premiere Pro Export Error - Error Completing Render

Why Won't Premiere Pro Export My Project?

Whenever video editing programs fail to render a project it's usually a single file and frame causing issues. Unfortunately, not all error messages give you specific information so it's hard to track down the cause. So you'll need to check your export settings and try to export in the most reliable h.264 format over any of the newer fancier ones. All the methods above will help with other "Unknown Error" Export issues.