Summary: Adobe Premiere Pro is the leading video editing software application developed by Adobe Systems. This blog will guide the Adobe Premiere Pro users to deal with such instances with simple yet effective methods where due to some technical glitches, you face video playback issues.
|Problem 1: ‘My Premiere Pro 2018 was working fine until recently. Now it has turned slower in video playback, or won’t play videos at all, just showing white screen. I am editing a half hour documentary. Why is this hitch suddenly? How can I make my video footage play properly?’ |
Problem 2: ‘Playing a video file in a sequence or from project folder in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 doesn’t work. It displays either one video frame or the yellow ‘Media pending’ image. Any ideas how I can fix this problem?’
Although Adobe Premiere Pro is an advanced and one of the best video editing programs for professionals, it is not immune to technical glitches.
So if you are facing video playback issue or any of the below problems in the program, read on this post to know the ways to fix the issue.
Figure: Premiere Pro shows ‘Media pending’ image. Source: (/community.adobe.com/)
Restarting computer can fix incomplete updates/ installations, overheating, hardware or video driver glitches. These may be interfering with smooth functioning of Premiere Pro on your computer.
Whenever Premiere Pro has a problem in playing video, first try to restart/reset the program. It wipes off the recent directories in the program, without affecting video projects.
However, resetting preferences will remove any customization you had applied to the program, such as brightness of user interface, labels color, length of default transitions, etc.
After the reset process, close the program and launch it again. If your recent projects don’t appear on the Welcome Screen, it means the preferences were reset. Next, navigate to your video project location and open it to see if the video playback issue is resolved.
Ensure the video file you are trying to play in Premiere Pro is not corrupt. Check this by playing it in another program or on different computer. Also see, if other videos are playing in the program or not. If a specific file is not playing, it indicates video corruption.
To fix such corrupt video file, use Stellar Repair for Video. The software fixes all types of corruption issues in videos and make them playable again. It is easy-to-use and available for both Windows and Mac computers.
If the video is playing fine on other programs/ computer, move on to following troubleshooting methods given in this post.
Are you using more than one monitor while working on video projects? Sometimes, unknown technical glitches due to multiple monitor configuration cause video problems in Premiere Pro. Switch to a single display set up and check if the videos are playing fine in the application.
The cache files of imported video and audio files in Adobe Premiere Pro are stored in Media Cache Files folder on your computer.
When this folder gets too large or has any corrupt file/s, it might be the reason videos won’t play in the program. The solution is to delete these cache files.
Close the program on your computer. Navigate to the below location and delete the files. Next go to Trash (on Mac) or Recycle Bin (on Windows PC) to delete the files permanently.
Mac users can find and delete these files at below location: /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common
Windows users can delete the media cache files from: \Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common
Outdated or corrupt video card drivers won’t let videos play properly in Premiere Pro. You can fix videos not playing at all or other display problems by updating the video card (NVidia/Intel HD/AMD) drivers.
Visit the respective manufacturer’s website to update video drivers.
Also read: How do I Fix a Video Card Problem?
Although it may seem strange, but change in audio hardware settings do sometimes prevent videos playback. By changing the audio hardware settings, you may able to resolve videos not playing issue.
On Windows PC: In Premiere Pro navigate to Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware (Windows). You can specify ASIO or MME settings.
On Mac: Go to Preferences > Audio Hardware. Set Device Class to CoreAudio.
Figure: Premiere Pro Audio Hardware settings window on Mac
Now check if the videos are playing in the application or not.
Changing the Video Renderer settings in Premiere Pro can help in smooth video playback in the program. This is a quick fix to any video footage not playing or having slow rendering problem.
Figure: Project Settings window to change Video Rendering and Playback
When your Premiere Pro Won’t Play Videos, show error, black/ white screen or have other playback issue, try one of the above troubleshooting methods to fix the problem.
However, if the playback issue is with some specific files only, it may be due to video corruption. To repair a corrupt video you require a specialized tool such as Stellar Repair for Video. The professional software is easy-to-use and fixes video lag, stuttering, flickering, missing sound, and other issues in corrupt video files.
You may try the free trial version of Stellar Repair for Video, before making the purchase decision.
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