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How to Import MP4 to After Effects CC for editing?

August 29 2016 , Written by Bonnie Published on #mp4 to after effect cc

Description: How to import all MP4 videos to After Effects CC for editing? Actually, the steps are very simple. You just need to follow the guide: How to encode MP4 to After Effects CC editable format. 

Read After Effects CC formatsAfter Effects CC supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 codec formats: MPEG, MPE, MPG, M2V, MPA, MP2, M2A, MPV, M2P, M2T, M2TS (AVCHD), AC3, MP4, M4V, M4A. So you can receive an error message or the video does not display correctly when you import H.264 MP4 files to After Effect CC, because H.264 codec is unsupported for After Effects CC. To import H.264 MP4 to After Effect CC smoonly, you just need to encode H.264 MP4 to MPEG-2 MPG (the most compatible video codec for After Effect CC) file format and then import the converted MP4 videos to After Effects CC for editing.

P.S. For more information about MPEG formats, see the MPEG website and the MPEG page on the Wikipedia website.

To get that goal, you need to get a third-party softerware for help. Luckily, a universal tool is highly recommended to you - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, it can help you to change MP4 to Adobe After Effects supported format like MPEG-2. It supports the latest Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, etc. What's more, besides Adobe After Effects CC, it also supplies powerful profiles to other NLEs, like FCP 6/7FCP XiMovieAvid MCPremiere Pro CC etc. for Mac users. In addition, this powerful tool has useful tools such as merge many MP4 videos into one, split long video into several video, and so on.

Download Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Mac and next will guide you through how to transcode MP4 to MPEG-2 for Adobe After Effects CC.


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How to Transcode MP4 to After Effects supported file formats?

Step 1: Load MP4 files 

Launch the Video Converter on your Mac, and you can either click "File" button to import MP4 files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.


Step 2: Select MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format

Click the “ Format ” button to choose output format from the dropdown list. For better editing on After Effects CC, choose “ Adobe Premiere/ Pro/Sony.. ” > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) is one of the best compatible video formats for you to choose. You also can choose WMV (VC-1)(*.wmv)/MOV(AVC)(*.mov)

Tips: you can click “Settings“ to adjust bitrate, frame rate and size(pix), etc for editing on your After Effects CC.

Step 3: Start MP4 to After Effect CC Conversion 

Finally, press the Convert button, it will start to transcode MP4 files to MPEG-2 for editing in After Effects CC as well as After Effect CS6/CS5/CS4/ immediately. 

Wait for the conversion to be done, you can import the converted MP4 video to After Effects CC for editing without any trouble on Mac.

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