How to Easily Fix Media Pending Error (After Render) in Adobe Premiere Pro
Are you seeing a random single frame of the “Media Pending” error screen on your Premiere timeline? Here are some really quick ways to fix the problem.
In the last couple of Premiere releases, I’ve often encountered a strange bug: after pre-rendering my timeline, there is one single frame of a “media pending” error flashing up at random places in the timeline.
This occurs more often with particularly render-intensive timelines, especially ones with multiple nested sequences or dynamically linked AE compositions. As someone who habitually pre-renders my timeline so I don’t have laggy playback, this bug has been plaguing my recent edits. So, I spent some time finding the best ways to fix it.
While I haven’t been able to figure out specifically what’s causing the issue, with enough poking around, I found a couple of reliable solutions. If this error has been bothering you, too, here’s how to fix it.
Disable Then Re-Enable
After testing some different methods, the most reliable way to fix the issue has been the following:
- Select your entire sequence — either by clicking and dragging, or, with your timeline tab selected, hit Command+A to select all.
- Right-click on a piece of footage or audio in your timeline, and select “enable” — this will disable all of the media on your timeline.
- Now, right-click in that same spot, and click “enable” again. This will bring everything back to normal and re-enable your clips.
The only difference is that all of the media pending errors will be gone.
Yep, that’s right — “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” is still a viable solution for most problems.
Add a Cut
Another really simple way to fix the problem is to locate the clip that is giving you the trouble. As I said before, this is usually a nested sequence or dynamically linked graphic from After Effects. Now just add a cut.
That’s it. Just make a cut somewhere in that specific clip. This will also usually fix the “pending media” error.
Add One Frame
This is definitely a last-resort solution, since it will require you to alter your edit. If the other two approaches don’t work, I’ve found that extending the problem-causing clip by one frame at either the beginning or the end will fix the issue.
Like I said, I’m still not completely sure what causes this issue, but it has been consistently occurring for me across multiple machines and multiple Premiere versions, so I’m assuming some of you have run across the issue as well.
It seems that forcing Premiere to look for the assets again in some fashion fixes the problem. Why? Beats me.
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