How To Fix Premiere Pro Exporting Black Video

To resolve the black video export issue in Adobe Premiere Pro, ensure your video drivers are updated and adjust the Mercury Playback Engine settings accordingly. If faced with the alpha channel bug, consider exporting without transparent elements and then reintegrate them in an older version of Premiere Pro.

September 27, 2023
How To Fix Premiere Pro Exporting Black Video
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Why Is My Exported Video Black In Premiere Pro?

In this comprehensive guide, we'll demystify the intricacies of Premiere Pro, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to tackle the black video export issue head-on. From understanding the nuances of video drivers to the intricacies of the Mercury Playback Engine, we've got you covered.

What You'll Discover:

  • Video Drivers: Why They Matter and How to Update Them
  • Mercury Playback Engine: Adjusting for Better Exports
  • Preview Rendering: A Sneak Peek Before the Final Show
  • The Power of Using Previews in Your Exports
  • The Alpha Channel Bug: Understanding and Overcoming It

Updating Video Drivers

Locating the Driver Update: First off, believe me, one of the most common culprits behind this issue is outdated video drivers. To tackle this, you'll need to ensure your video drivers are up-to-date. If you're using an NVIDIA GPU, for instance, you might need to visit NVIDIA's official website.

How to Update:

  1. Navigate to the manufacturer's website.
  2. Look for the 'Drivers' or 'Support' section.
  3. Search for the latest drivers compatible with your GPU model.
  4. Download and install them.

Adjusting Mercury Playback Engine Settings

Accessing Project Settings: Now, let's dive into the Mercury Playback Engine settings in Premiere Pro. This might sound a bit technical, but no worries, I'll guide you through it. You see, sometimes, the way Premiere Pro processes video can cause export issues.

Steps to Adjust Settings:

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. Go to the 'File' menu located at the top-left corner.
  3. From the dropdown, select 'Project Settings' and then 'General'.
  4. Under the 'Video Rendering and Playback' section, you'll see an option labeled 'Mercury Playback Engine'.
  5. If it's set to 'GPU Acceleration', change it to 'Software Only'. On the other hand, if it's already set to 'Software Only', try switching it to 'GPU Acceleration'.
  6. Save the changes and exit the settings.

Preview Rendering Your Project

Understanding Preview Rendering: Guess what? Before exporting, you can render a preview of your project. This allows you to see how the final video will look without actually exporting it. It's like taking a sneak peek.

How to Render a Preview:

  1. In Premiere Pro, open your project timeline.
  2. Go to the 'Sequence' menu at the top.
  3. Select 'Render In to Out'. This will render the entire sequence.
  4. Once rendered, play the timeline. If everything looks good, you're on the right track.

Exporting with Previews

Why Use Previews: Now, if your preview rendering went well, you can use those previews during the actual export. This can save time and often bypasses the black video issue.

Steps to Export with Previews:

  1. Go to 'File' and then 'Export' followed by 'Media'.
  2. In the export settings window, at the bottom, you'll find a checkbox labeled 'Use Previews'. Check it.
  3. Proceed with the rest of your export settings and then hit 'Export'.

Addressing the Alpha Channel Bug

Understanding the Bug: To be honest, there's a known bug related to the alpha channel during export. In a nutshell, if you have transparent elements in your video, they might appear black during export.

The Workaround:

  1. Export your video without any transparent elements like animations, logos, or titles.
  2. Create a new project in an older version of Premiere Pro.
  3. Import the video you just exported.
  4. Now, add back all the transparent elements.
  5. Export again. This time, the issue should be resolved.