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Is there any way at all (perhaps with a plugin, paid or otherwise) to save an Adobe Premiere Pro project file so that it's compatible with an older version of the software? The scenario I have is that I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 but I need to send project files for editing to someone who only has CS3.

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I dont know of any software for Premiere that can do this (there are plugins for After Effects but cant find any for Premiere - thats not to say they arent out there).

I think your best option would be to export your sequence as an XML. You will loose any CS5.5 features there are not in CS3, but this would occur regardless of which method you use to get the project into CS3.

  1. Choose File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML.
  2. In the Save Converted Project As dialog box, browse to a location for the XML file, and type a file name.
  3. Click Save.

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This is the only method, by exporting as XML or AMA (for AVID and some other NLEs). There is no backwards-compatibility for Premiere projects. – nchpmn Jul 3 '12 at 5:42

guys. I know this is an old topic, but I just found something that worked for me. I don't really know why, but it did. A friend has send me a project created with a recent version. I could open it, but only by clicking in the "download bar" in the bottom of my browser (google chrome). If I open the folder where the file was saved, I could't open it, but by clicking on the "google chrome download bar", it opens!

Hope this can be replicated.

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You might be able to get away just sending the project to them as is. They get some warnings on opening but I think it works (remember trying this with CS5 --> CS4)

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