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Adobe Extensions Explained - How to install and use them in Premiere Pro

In this guide we take you through how to install and use Adobe Extension for Premiere Pro and all other Adobe applications

Adobe Applications are very powerful, but you can take them to the next level with Adobe extensions and plugins. Developed by third party studios, these Adobe plugins and extensions add extra features to Creative Cloud apps, allowing them to do things that would otherwise be impossible.

There’s a little confusion about what exactly Adobe extensions are, how to install them, and how to use them. If you’ve got questions about how to manage extensions with Adobe Extension Manager, how to download Adobe plugins and effects, or if you just want a little more info on the topic, read on!

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What is Adobe extension?

Adobe extensions are pieces of software developed by third party companies that add functionality to Adobe applications such as Premiere Pro, Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects. They can be used in almost every app in the Creative Cloud lineup - think of them as Creative Cloud plugins.

Adobe extensions range in functionality. They can be practical and workflow-focused, such as time tracking tools for freelancers and video collaboration solutions for teams. They also bring more creative functionality to your Adobe applications in the form of asset browsers, colour gradient tools, and photo touch-up devices.

If you’re looking for free Premiere Pro presets, Premiere Pro plug ins, Premiere Pro extensions and more, check out our guide where we’ve rounded up the best Adobe plugins on the market right now. With a list for the best paid and the best free plugins, we’ve covered every budget, so you’ll find the Adobe Premier pro plug in for you.

What is Adobe extension manager?

Adobe Extension Manager was a tool that could be used to manage Adobe Extensions for all Adobe applications. However, it was discontinued with the introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe extensions are now managed via the Creative Cloud desktop app. 

That being said, if you do own Adobe CS6 or CS5, you can still use a legacy version of Adobe Extension Manager.

Where is Adobe Extension Manager?

If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud user then Adobe Extension Manager is now obsolete software. However, legacy users of Adobe Creative Suite may still want to install Extension Manager.

If you are using Adobe CS5, CS5.5 or CS6 you can install and use Adobe Extension Manager here.

How to use Adobe Extension Manager

Again, if you are using Adobe Creative Cloud you cannot use Adobe Extension Manager to add extensions to Adobe applications. Instead you have to use the Creative Cloud desktop app. For full instructions on how to install Adobe extensions using Creative Cloud just head to the next section where we cover it in detail.

However, if you still want to use Adobe Extension Manager for older versions of Adobe applications, you can check out detailed instructions here.


How do I install Adobe extensions?

It’s really easy to download and install an Adobe extension using the Creative Cloud desktop app. Here’s how to do it.

  • Step 1: Find an Adobe extension to install

To find extensions in Creative Cloud, click the ‘Marketplace’ tab in the top left hand corner of the app. This will take you to the plug-in marketplace where you can filter by types of extension, and by which Creative Cloud app you want an extension for.

  • Step 2: Install an Adobe extension   

How you install an extension varies slightly between extensions. 

Some extensions will have a ‘Get’ button next to them. To install an extension like this simply hit the ‘Get’ button and press OK in the dialogue box that appears.

Other extensions have a button labelled ‘Learn More’. Clicking this button will open a page in your web browser with more information about the extension. 

In the top right hand corner of the page you will find a blue button displaying the extension’s price - note that many extensions are free. Click on that button to acquire the extension, the button will then change to say ‘Install Now’. Click on the ‘Install Now’ button to be redirected to the Creative Cloud app. Press OK in the dialogue box that appears and your extension will install. 


Where are Adobe extensions installed?

When you install an Adobe extension through the Creative Cloud, the easiest way to locate it is via My Exchange. From here, go to the page of the extension you wish to locate.

On each extension page there is a ‘Where To Find It’ section. Opening this will tell you where you can locate each extension. Not every Adobe extension can be found in the same place, so it’s worth having a look.

Where are Adobe plugins stored?

Third party plugins for Adobe Applications aren’t all stored in the same place. As our blog is focused on video related advice and information, we’ll show you where you can find 

Adobe Premiere Pro plugins on your system:

  • Mac

Adobe Premiere plugins on Mac are stored in: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/

  • Windows

Windows users can find Premiere Pro plug ins here: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-Ins\7.0\MediaCore\

VST plugins are audio only plugins such as Accusonus’ ERA Bundle. They can be used in video and audio editors in the Adobe Creative Cloud ecosystem. To find these on your system go to:

  • Mac 

Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST3

  • Windows

C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3


How do I use Adobe plugins?

Creative Adobe add ons and extensions vary widely in their purposes and the specific Adobe Application that they are intended to be used in. As a result there is no hard and fast rule to follow when working out how to use an Adobe plug-in. 

Your best bet is to find the Creative Cloud plugin in My Exchange. If you head to the product page of the plugin you’re looking for, you’ll find a tab at the bottom labelled ‘Where To Find It’. If you click on this you’ll get detailed instructions on how to find and use the extension within the Adobe application it is designed for.

→ Check out our guide on editing audio in Adobe Premiere

How do I enable an extension in Premiere Pro?

Scratching your head wondering how do I enable extensions in Premiere Pro? Luckily, it’s really easy. To find extensions, simply head to the toolbar and go Window > Extensions. You should be presented with a list of all your installed extensions. To enable one, simply click on it - the extension will open for you to use.

Plugins don’t have to be Adobe extensions, there are lots of plug ins out there that can simply be downloaded and installed through your internet browser. Accusonus have an industry leading suite of audio clean-up tools that can be used by anyone to achieve professional quality audio no matter your experience. The ERA bundle is both powerful and easy to use and can be used in any video editor, including Adobe Premiere Pro.

April 14, 2021
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