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Careful updating to Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 and keeping your older Premiere versions installed

The new Creative Cloud app makes it easy to keep older versions of the apps installed just be aware of where the check boxes are when you update

With the new update of the Adobe video apps I think its worth a reminder to be careful when updating so you can keep your old(er) version if you need to get back to it. With the recent redesign of the Adobe Creative Cloud app, I think this warrants its own post instead of being tacked onto my article on the Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 update.

There is no problem leaving multiple installs of Premiere on your system. Adobe even facilitates this with an option to keep older versions installed when updating to a new, major release. This isn’t always an option because sometimes the smaller dot releases don’t give this option. And sometimes it’s even possible to open a newer project file in an older version of Premiere. Sometimes but not often.

Let’s walk through this.

With the new Creative Cloud app you can see what is installed, including different versions of Premiere. Hit the little three dots submenu and you can see what Other versions might be available.

This is what I have installed and what is available. If you think back there was some controversy earlier in the year as Adobe eliminated some of the older versions of the apps that were available. Some users saw different things depending on what you had installed but if I was to uninstall the 11.1.4 version above I don’t have any idea if I would be able to re-download it again. I’m not going to try but the truth is I don’t think I’ve opened it in a long time but I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you’re presented with this box you want to make sure the Remove old versions box is unchecked if you want to keep older versions of any of the Adobe apps. This box should be unchecked by default these days but it used to be checked by default. Regardless, give it a look before proceeding.

Also, note the Import previous settings and preferences. I always leave that checked as I have different keyboards shortcuts, metadata preferences, track patchings and timeline height presets saved and I always want them to move forward. I’ve seen reports that if you choose to remove the older versions that these settings might not transfer even with the Import box checked.

And while you’re at it check your Creative Cloud app preferences and make sure the Auto-update is turned off under the Apps tab. Under the General tab you can probably leave the Always keep Creative Cloud up to date as that is just for the CC app. But don’t let Adobe update everything else. Do it manually on your own terms.

It will then do its thing.

You may be left with something like this above. Notice that the new Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 no longer has CC in its name as Adobe has dropped the “CC” so it won’t sort the same alphabetically.

Happy smiles as we get new splash screens on these major updates.

When opening an older project in PPro 202o you’ll be prompted to save it as a new version as newer projects can’t be opened in older versions. I tested it. I added the CC2020 in the project name above to help me know what is what as far as project versions go.

Above are just some of my saved settings that came across into the PPro 2020 update. All the rest of them were there.

See, you can’t open newer projects in older Premiere versions.

If you really get separate you can use one of the unofficial and unsupported Premiere project downgraders out there. But those are used at your own risk. Wonder what happens to a newer PPro project that has had new features that is then downgraded? I wondered the same thing so here’s a quick test.

I took a project and pumped the volume up to the new +15 db and did some Auto Reframe in PPro 2020. I think downgraded that project and opened it in PPro 2019.

The audio opened back up with the old maximun db of +6. It playbed back fine.

The Auto Reframe sequences opened up in the downgraded project with all of the resizes and keyframing intact that was generated in PPro 2020. The Auto Reframe effects is gone and shown as offline in the Effect Controls as you can see above. This is what happens when you open most any project into a different version of PPro or an install that is missing third party filters and effects. Obviously those filters won’t show if they are offline. In the case of Auto Reframe you won’t be able to reanalyze any clips but if you’ve done the reframe work it looks like it’ll all be there if you downgrade. But best practice is to not downgrade your Premiere project file if it can be avoided.

As always do not update your installs mid-project. But we all know there are those that do and those that are always mid-project so I wrote this post about updating mid-project a long time ago.

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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn't really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production…