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Why can't my After Effects CC 2015.3(13.8) import .MP4 files?

August 10 2016 , Written by Bonnie Published on #import mp4 to after effect cc 20153, #encode mp4 to after effect cc 20153, #cannot import mp4 to after effect cc 20153, #mp4 to premiere pro

Outline: Some users find that it is difficult for them to import all MP4 videos to After Effects CC 2015.3(13.8) for further editing. In this article, we will discuss deeply on this issue. 

As a quite hot file extension, MP4 is widely used for saving media data and can be found in lots of places online or off line. But the problem with MP4 is, when you plan to import the MP4 files to After Effects CC 2015.3 for editing, you may be unable to do this or MP4 file in After Effects CC 2015.3 only plays audio. So what's the matter? Well, this tutorial will show you what're the reasons and what's the simple solution to fix the problem. 

Actually, this is due to the MP4 files codec: After Effects prefer MPEG-4 codec instead of others. However, MP4 is a container file format which can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. If your MP4 files are not imported, it's possibly because of the codec used to create the MP4 file is not supported by After Effects. If you want to edit these MP4 files in After Effects smoothly, the easy option would be converting the MP4 to an AE compatible format, like MPEG-2, WMV or MOV. 

So if you are unable to locate your MPEG-4 files into After Effects CC 2015.3(13.8), you could adjust MP4 to After Effects file. And then a 3rd party software is needed. Personally, I have used Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, and it's a very affordable, fast, easy to use one software. It can help me convert all my MP4 files to After Effects CC 2015.3(13.8) compatible format, make MP4 footage working well in After Effects CC 2015.3(13.8). In addition, this program can support various common videos besides MP4, such as MOV, MKV, AVI , MTS , MXF, WMV, etc. Here is how t do it. 

If you're using a Windows, simply turn to Pavtube Video Converter, which allows you to transcode MP4 to After Effects on Windows (Windows 10 also included). Now download the right version and follow the tips below to finish your task. 

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The guide below will teach you how to convert and import MP4 to 2015.3 and After Effects CC, CS6, CS5 and more so you can make engaging movies with MP4 and other video like AVI, VOB, WMV, MOV and other video files. The Windows steps are same with the Mac.

Steps of converting unsupported MP4 to After Effects CC 2015.3 supported file formats 

1. Load MP4 files to the program 

Launch the program, and open the folder where you have saved the MP4 files, and then directly drag the files to the program interface, the files will be loaded to the program immediately. Alternatively, you can click "Add video" button to import the MP4 videos to the program. 


2. Select the output format 

Click "Format" bar and choose "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" as output format on the drop-down menu. It is also suitable for editing in After Effects CC 2015.3. 


Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need to get the best quality video. 

3. Start MP4 to After Effects CC 2015.3 conversion 

Hit the "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, let this smart Video Converter to do the rest for you! If you have added quite a bunch of video files, it would take some time to convert. In such case, you can click Option and tick the box "Shut down the computer after conversion". When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated MPG files effortlessly. Launch AE on your PC, choose "File > Import" to get converted MPG files into After Effects CS5/CS6/CC for further editing beautifully. Now using your After Effects CC 2015.3 to edit MP4 is so easy! 

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