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  • Premiere Project Downgrade

  • Joe Bloemer

    December 7, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    My workflow often involves the need to downgrade projects to previous versions. I’ve used the Edit XML/recompress technique successfully for years and it has saved me (and my clients) a LOT of headaches.

    That method no longer seems to work. Now I get the “The project could not be loaded, it may be damaged or contain outdated elements” error. This is even with project a containing no effects, just a simple timeline.

    Anyone know if Adobe figured out that this was a great convenience so they decided to prevent it? It seems a simple “export as” would be useful even it it included a warning newer features would not be included.


  • Robert Withers

    December 10, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Great this has worked for you. Do you always upgrade projects for new versions of Pr? Do we now need to save a version of projects somewhere so they can be worked on in older versions that we keep or download.?


  • Joe Bloemer

    December 10, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    No, I always work in the oldest version of Premiere that does what I need. Because I interface with many different systems, I’ve found this the best practice for me.

    Once a project is opened (and Saved) in a newer version it cannot be opened in the older version.

    Adobe is smart enough to tell you it is changing the version as you open it and saves it as the new version, leaving the old one intact. Any changes made to the new version cannot be opened in the old version.

    Photoshop allows you to save projects that are compatible with older versions of photoshop. Not premiere.

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