Hmm... I don't know why an export to WMV would require to look for a writer. I would recommend re-installing.
You are probably getting this error because an exe used for WMV encoding did not get registered for some reason. Two things you could try :
1. While installing Premiere Pro CS3,try right-clicking the setup.exe and choose "Run as administrator". Also, after the installation is over, when you launch the application for the first time, choose the "Run as administrator" option again.
2. If that did not work , then you can try manually registering the exe.The exe WMEncodingHelper.exe will be in the folder where Premiere Pro CS3 is installed.For eg, C:\ProgramFiles\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS3\. Now go to command prompt and type the following :
"C:\ProgramFiles\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS3\WMEncodingHelper.exe" /regserver
Don't forget to replace the path in quotes with the path as on your machine.
Hope this helps.
I tried the steps that you posted smd123 and that didn't work at all. I'll try doing a fresh install of Vista and PP CS3.
I got the same problem, and there just seems to be no solution.
Reinstalled Premiere Pro CS3, reinstalled Vista.. Checked forums and knowledge base for hours, to no avail.
"Writer not found". Seems to me it's either looking for a CD/DVD burner to write to, or a codec to use, the message is not very clear if you ask me.
I even went as far as replacing my dvd burner, and also tried exporting to wmv while the burner wasnt hooked up to the computer at all.
Anyone who has any ideas on what to try next?
Has anyone a solution to this problem, because we have the same Error :-(
The latest patch (3.1.0.) fixes a "Writer error" for Clip Notes. See if that helps your problem as well.
I couldn't fina a 3.1.0-Update but just a 3.0.1-Update. If it was just a typing error, I have to say that the 3.0.1-Update doesn't solve the problem.
Otherwise it would be nice to get a link to the 3.1.0-Update
I tried ist, but the Updater actually didn't find it. An on the Adobe Web- and FTP-Servers I couldn't find it .......
As Harm said open Premiere and "update".
It is there.
Perhaps I have to wait some days ....
Actually the Updater tells me, that all Updates are installed and Premiere is till Version 3.0.1 .....
Next week I hope it will perhaps be avalable on Adobe Download too ...
Tried it this morning and has no problem downloading and installing it.
Mine worked fine first time.
Try restarting after downloading all the updates.
We have a localized (German) Version of CS3/Premier Pro, perhaps this might be the problem for don't getting 3.1.0, although in some German forums they wrote of successfully downloads of the patch. We tried it on a second PC but same result, no update found.
I think the best way will be to wait a few days until it will be officially available at the Adobe Website.
I have also problem outputting .wmv files, giving me the same error "writer not found", though I'm outputting the file to C:\
I have installed the updates, reinstalled, clean installed, but still got the same error. The machine is a new HP Compaq 8710W running Vista Business 32bit.
Same problem, tried all the solutions in these forums. Strange thing is my copy of 2.0 works fine. It's just the CS3 version.
Digging deeper into this thing. I too installed PP CS4 on my XP machine. The install was buggy and I removed it. I'm not particularly interested in running PP CS4 since CS3 works just fine and there doesn't appear to be any immediate benefit to upgrading contrary to all the hype. Regardless, I have the software.
I'm also getting WRITER NOT FOUND when trying to do a Windows Media export from Adobe Media Encoder with PP CS3 that I wasn't getting prior to the CS4 upgrade.
I see that in previous versions of PP there is the following file: WinMediaWriter.vwr (228 kb)
located in Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0\MediaIO\writers
WinMediaOPWriter.vwr (340 kb)
\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS3\MediaIO\writers
And for CS4 WinMediaWriter.vwr (281 kb)
\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Media Encoder CS4\MediaIO\writers
This file is in a separate directory as you see unlike previous versions of PP.
Rather than uninstalling/reinstalling CS3 wouldn't it seem that there is a corrupt file somewher in the MEDIA IO folder (or elsewhere?) that was disturbed with the CS4 install? If it's just this one tiny feature that has been impacted I can't see going through all the motions without thinking the fix can be simpler than it appears.
for anyone still looking for a solution, I just came across an answer on a brazillian website that worked for me. I suspect it was the installation of CS4, then removal, that did this:
" Open the command line (cmd.exe) and then change directory to Premiere installation folder.
Execute the command "WMEncodingHelper.exe /RegServer". The executable WMEncodingHelper.exe is present in the Premiere installation folder.
It should work after this. "
Thanks so much typeb for your suggested solution. Indeed it worked for me. Typing the command "WMEncodingHelper.exe /RegServer" command inside the installation directory solved the problem. At first i was waiting for a response after typing the command but there was none. All i needed to do was to type the command then hit the enter button, exit the DOS command window and return to premiere.
I posted this so users like me who have no command executing experience in DOS could follow thru with your suggested remedy to the encoding problem.
Again, many thanks to you typeb, and thanks to adobeforums for this opportunity to interact with adobe users to solve software problems.
Thank you for posting the "cure." That info will very likely help many others over time.