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Open a New Premiere Pro Project on an Older Version! New PP Project on Older version, no software!

February 12, 2020

Hey guys my name is Scoby today I’m gonna be showing you how to open up a new Premiere Pro project file on an older version of Premiere Pro So when you try to open up a new Premiere Pro project file you might get this error in Premiere Pro saying this project was saved in a newer version of Premiere Pro and could not be opened in this version I’m gonna be showing you step-by-step how to fix this we will not need to use another PC We will not need to re export as an XML file because that has given me a lot of trouble in the past in this case all we need is the Premiere Pro project file, and I’m gonna be showing you how to fix it right now So I will mention before jumping into this you are going to need 7-zip 7-zip is a free extraction software I’ll leave a link to this in the description down below Download and install the version that most suits for your PC and get that installed after this we’re just gonna be affecting our project so The first thing I’ll be doing is making a copy of the project that is from the new version of primary Pro Now this is really just a backup in case you need to go back to the original file But in this case we’re just gonna be copying and pasting by clicking ctrl + C and ctrl + V or cmd + C in cmd + V if you’re on a Mac and were going to be using our copied version And we’re gonna rename it to downgrade Now the reason we do this is just so we know which project we’re working with and we won’t have to worry about seeing copies and stuff and we’re gonna be naming this project to downgrade just so we know which project we’re going to be using Once you have this done. We’re gonna be right clicking We’re gonna be going to 7-zip and we’re gonna be extracting here Now we’re gonna be extracting the files from our actual Premiere Pro project And you’re gonna be left with two files from this You’re gonna be left with an actual downgrade file And we’re gonna be left with the actual Premiere Pro project So in this case we’re gonna be focusing on the actual downgrade file And we’re gonna be opening up this downgrade file with any text editor you want In this case I’m going to be opening it up with notepad but of course any text editor you want to use in your case is fine We’re gonna open this up once you open up to downgrade file. you’re gonna notice we’re gonna have thousands and thousands of lines of code in this case we’re looking for the fourth section sections are broken up with these brackets You can see that, there’s a triangle bracket at the start and finished We’re looking for the fourth section so we have one two three, and then we have the fourth section here I’m gonna be coming over on it slightly and in our fourth section at the very end of the string, we’re gonna notice that there’s a version equals and inside this version there’s gonna be a number inside the two curly brackets We’re gonna be changing this version number to one and we’re going to be saving the file by clicking ctrl + S We’re gonna go to file and save depending on whatever editor you’re using And we want to X this file off So now we’re gonna be bringing this downgrade file into 7-zip to add it to an archive So what you wanna do is right click the file hover over 7-zip. We’re gonna be clicking add to archive from here From here You can rename your downgrade file if you wish I’m gonna keep it name downgrade for now and we’re gonna be setting the archive format to gzip and you want to keep all other settings on this actual file to be exactly the same as mine right now Once you’ve already set up we’re gonna be clicking ok so once you’ve this method complete we’re gonna be left with a downgrade.gz file We’re gonna change the extension from a .gz to a .premier Pro project file so we want to do is double click in here to rename it we’re gonna be naming it .prproj which is a dot Premiere Pro project extension you want to click enter to allow this You may get a warning saying this file may become unusable what you want to do is click OK click yes and your project will change to a primary Pro project file so now if we’re trying to open up our new-made downgrade file that has the number 2 brackets because it’s the second Premiere Pro project You’ll notice that our Premiere Pro project will open Now you will have to remake a file because this is from an older version So we’re gonna have to make it from a new version of Premiere Pro So give the file whatever name you want, so you can rename it remade version and you can give it a day or whatever you want to call it click enter in this case the other PC I was using this project on had a different type of GPU so it’s just saying it’s gonna switch to the different type so you want to click OK and your project will open I’m not gonna bother re linking any of these files in this case because it will take too long So I’m just gonna click cancel, but you’ll see the project will open up fully I have all the titles and all the bins of my original video I also have all my sequences and everything is set up in the correct order So as you can tell everything works the sequences are still here all the files are still in the correct order on the actual timeline The only thing is I’m not gonna relink the actual files right now But of course they’re really easy to relink, and this even works across OS’s the actual new version of Premiere Pro I was using was from a Mac version But all you have to do is do this method and it will work across OS’s It will work across versions, and it works really really well but anyway guys if you enjoyed your story be sure to drop a like subscribe if you’re new check out the other videos on the Channel I’m also gonna leave my paypal link down below if you want to support the channel if you find these videos helpful I’d really appreciate it it would really support me anyway guys, thank you so much for watching next time as always Keep it saucy Peace


  • Reply Scoby Tech February 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    UPDATE! So, for those users who are running Mac's and wanted to do this method I finally got my hands on a mac again to make this same video, but with some alternative mac compatible software but it is essentially the same method! You can find that here:

    Mac Version:

    Secondly, I wanted to thank everyone who liked and commented on this video I did not expect such a big amount of support on this video. It was just something I came across and had to share it but I am happy to be able to help so many others!

    Not trying to pan handle with this last part but I do plan to continue to make high quality, helpful videos like this in the future and want to keep the channel active! So, if you wish to help me out for these tips I am also going to be linking my paypal here and in the description if you feel like helping a content creator out!


    Also, if you want to request any tutorials feel free I will get around to them once I can!

    Thanks again for the support!

    Much Love,
    Scoby <3

  • Reply Lautaro Nuñez De Arco September 26, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    You are my new idol

  • Reply Snake Discovery September 28, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    This is a fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much for helping me resolve this issue with Premiere that I recently ran into!

  • Reply Flip D Switch September 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    You are a godsend, my guy!

  • Reply FroDaddy Productions October 3, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Thanks man! also putting in your own version number in the code also worked for me as well!

  • Reply frenzy charters October 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    My project is empty after all.

  • Reply freaky funk October 8, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Does this work on after effects ?

  • Reply δημητρης παπαδιμος October 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    you are the best……. tnx

  • Reply Ricochico October 9, 2019 at 4:54 am


  • Reply Sauceddie October 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    You are a life saver my guy! Thank you!

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    You are a genius 🙌🙌🙌

  • Reply rivka shoshan October 10, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    dudeeeeee you saved us

  • Reply What's up on Earth October 10, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much. Excellent tutorial. Clear, straight to the point, and it works 💪💪

  • Reply Netobatako October 10, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Funciona! Me salvo la vida!

  • Reply Aanzu Pun October 11, 2019 at 9:42 am

    What should I do when I need the premier pro project from older version to open on the latest version of premier pro?

  • Reply Andaç Meral October 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Saved my project. Thanks!

  • Reply Idiotic Seeker October 12, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Thanks a lot,It's so useful trick for me move a lot of my projects for editing in another PC
    Thanks,you make my life easier

  • Reply Buchoy October 13, 2019 at 2:34 am

    This is great man thanks so much <3

  • Reply Aman Upadhyay October 13, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Thanks.. this tutorial saved my project and life!

  • Reply Koláček Tossik October 13, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you ! 🙂 you save my project 🙂

  • Reply X Support October 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I'm on windows and I guess im the only person which this method doesn't worked. I made it according to the tutorial but when I archive the downgrade file it becomes a winrar file. what the heck?

  • Reply abdo Ait Salem October 17, 2019 at 9:01 am

    thank you so much

  • Reply Telcean Mihai October 17, 2019 at 8:27 pm

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  • Reply Jose Ignacio Mora October 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks man, saved my project! 🙂

  • Reply Rashik Shrestha October 20, 2019 at 5:47 am

    you are the best

  • Reply Israel Dasco October 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    You are a saver… This is the best tutorial ever, thanks man it works like charm

  • Reply Ahmed Amr October 23, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Can it work with an after effects file
    Plz help??

  • Reply Loktion Banger October 24, 2019 at 11:36 am

    you are not the king, you ARE king!

  • Reply Reena Goordin October 25, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I love you ! Thank you !

  • Reply Gandini Cesare October 26, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I can't open the extracted file with 7Zip in notepad. Can you help me?

  • Reply Technical Aman October 26, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Thnx it's working

  • Reply Glen Vnl October 27, 2019 at 10:18 am

    I have a project that I'm working on for about 1 year and all mp3 files were red, I can't thank you enought!!!!!!

  • Reply Lexa October 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I did it all well except "Add to Archive" i just changed it format to gzip and after for some unknown reason it becomes winrar file, and inside that winrar file is that my file who i wanted to make gzip but it wont, what should i do?

  • Reply Theavy Fairy-Story November 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Thank so much

  • Reply G.Roshan gounder November 2, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    the gz file turn into a zip format

  • Reply Gabriel Merino November 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    people like you deserve the heaven

  • Reply Harry D. November 6, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    You're a damn saint

  • Reply Flourish Ledits November 12, 2019 at 3:04 am

    didnt work 🙁

  • Reply Muin Sapidin November 12, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    it work! Live saver. Thanks bro!

  • Reply BraunesToast November 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm


  • Reply Pim Meelhuysen November 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks dude!

  • Reply Satiwa November 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    congratz! you are the MAN!

  • Reply Andrew Johnson November 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    So incredibly useful, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Sarmad Art November 18, 2019 at 12:31 am


  • Reply Kael November 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Hello! It says when I tried this that it is saved in an older ver. of Pr and can't be opened. I can't downgrade it from 2020 to 2019. Help? Thank u.

  • Reply AFA025 motovlog November 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    thank you so much 😊😊😊

  • Reply Dhananjay jadhav November 21, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Thank you brother 🙏

  • Reply AHMED ALYOUSIFY November 21, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you.

  • Reply Arcane Agent November 22, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    This is some harry potter type modification bro

  • Reply Barath Kumar Senthil November 24, 2019 at 3:36 am

    i tried this but the videos are like corrupted and some random lines are there…help

  • Reply Sachin Bendre November 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Hey Scoby, I work on the window system and gone through the video, applied the same procedure to downgrade my " adobe premiere pro CC 12.2.1" into version "12.0.1" but I'm stuck in between. after adding to the archive it's not converted into the " downgrade.gzip" file so the further procedure is stuck, please give me any solution if you have, its very urgent for me. thank you!

  • Reply Jaydev Raol November 27, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Thank you so much.

  • Reply LEE ZHENGXIANG November 28, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    hey is this solution can use in older version to newer version?

  • Reply UndeadSlayer5 December 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

    What if ur using WinRar i dont see an option to extract files

  • Reply Katie Karpowicz December 3, 2019 at 12:55 am

    This tutorial just saved me! Thanks!

  • Reply Photoshop Trigger December 4, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Thank you very much sir It Worked …..

  • Reply Viccarti December 4, 2019 at 2:38 am


  • Reply sonia grieco December 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

    thank you so much. amazing tutorial!

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    Millions Like for you <3

  • Reply ابراهيم خليل حبوش December 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    thank yooooooooooooooou ♥️

  • Reply Richard Wood December 10, 2019 at 12:07 am

    you're a genius this method still works, thank you so much. Just downgraded from Pr 2020 back to 2019 nice one.

  • Reply Budi Sutarji December 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

    thx dude, u save my works!
    anw, Premiere CC 2019 is too much, so needy… even my VGA not worked it said, wth, i have to downgrade

  • Reply V-MAX Studio December 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for that bro! Really useful)

  • Reply Siddharth Hariprasad December 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks bro This saved me a lot of trouble

  • Reply Veni Vidi Amavi December 17, 2019 at 4:57 am

    1:55 THANK YOU for explaining the separate sections!! This was the only part I messed up on, I'm very grateful you explained it because depending on the notepad program you open it up in, the HTML looks different.

  • Reply Veni Vidi Amavi December 17, 2019 at 4:57 am

    but my icon will not change into the purple Premiere icon, why is this? I'm renaming it with the ".prproj" too…

  • Reply saul l December 20, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Hey does this work for after effects too?

  • Reply Min Thein Kyaw December 24, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Thanks brooo!!

  • Reply Honest Panda Live December 24, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you so fuckin much. You saved my ass

  • Reply TrapMusicFHD 120 December 24, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    it says "can not open file as archiev" could you pleas help me? (After Effect File)

  • Reply Nizzoi Paul Robert December 25, 2019 at 9:56 am

    It still works on any version of premier!! At least on the ones i tried 2018 and 2019

  • Reply Nizzoi Paul Robert December 25, 2019 at 9:56 am

    It still works on any version of premier!! At least on the ones i tried 2018 and 2019

  • Reply adibese December 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Wow, that was great

  • Reply sion January 1, 2020 at 2:45 am

    you fucking saved my life

  • Reply Hafiz Aditya January 1, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    in my case, the code inside notepad is different

  • Reply Gerik Xavier January 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    bless you my guy

  • Reply mohamed reda January 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    thank you very helpful

  • Reply mike foerster January 8, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    thx great

  • Reply Sohayung January 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    is it work for 2017 to 2015 premier proj

  • Reply Universal Photoshop January 10, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    eyw knk subscribe

  • Reply Jose Tejeda Ciprian January 13, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    i followed all your steps and attempted to open it in my classroom but now it says "this project was saved in a earlier version of adobe premiere pro and can no longer be read." please help asap i have deadlines!

  • Reply The Mad Gear January 13, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    T'ousands and t'ousands

  • Reply Виталий Полянский January 14, 2020 at 8:51 am

    thanks, man!

  • Reply Kedar Avasarikar January 22, 2020 at 10:51 am

    thanks a lot bro for this helpful tutorial…

  • Reply Thanh Nguyen January 23, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Many thanks

  • Reply Thanh Nguyen January 23, 2020 at 9:08 am

    I tried but it didn't work. New version is 2020 and old one is 2019. Let's me know if you find other ways. Words can't enough to say how it meanful to meaningful to me

  • Reply dal Segno January 25, 2020 at 12:15 am

    thanks Scoby Tech….!!!

  • Reply Olly Showreel January 25, 2020 at 12:17 am

    you made my day…!!! for ever grateful

  • Reply Just Kirin January 25, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    OMG thank you so much , it really helps

  • Reply Zeejah January 26, 2020 at 9:09 am

    My notepad is not responding,It freezes

  • Reply kiran mp January 27, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks a lot man🙏

  • Reply Justin Livingston January 30, 2020 at 2:07 am

    No software! Meanwhile the first step is to download software…

  • Reply Go Kifu January 30, 2020 at 3:06 am

    awesome, work for me

  • Reply 奶粉 Jonathan January 30, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    This tricks still work on CC 2019.
    This help a lot!!!! Thanks so much~

  • Reply Aleksandar Aleksovski January 30, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks a lot

  • Reply Anshul Joshi January 31, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    This is amazing… Thank you so much. Was going crazy trying to open a project file from CC 2018. CC 2019 and CC 2020 could not open it – would hang after asking to rename the file. I downloaded CC 2018 after a lot of searching and it said the file was a newer version. Could not upgrade to 2018.3 – since I couldn't find the upgrade. Thanks for nothing, Adobe! I'm a paying user and I can't open my old project files! This method worked. Otherwise would have lost all the work I did on that project. Cheers man!

  • Reply Cheysserr February 1, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    thank you!!

  • Reply Fola Sar February 2, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I got " The project could not be loaded, it maybe damaged or contain outdated elements."

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