Get After Effects to Work Well with MP4 video files

Summary: Have trouble of importing MP4 video files into After Effects? The easy and quick workaround is to convert MP4 to After Effect compatible video format, such as MPEG-2. Below is how-to.

Although Adobe has claimed that After Effects natively supports MP4 importing. But the problem with MP4 is, when you plan to import and edit MP4 file with After Effects (including After Effects CC), you probably still come upon importing issues now and then as below:

"I am trying to edit some lengthy gameplay I have previously recorded. I used eye TV 3 and a HD PVR to capture the video and then converted the videos to mp4. When using iMovie everything works fine and importing the mp4 video to edit has no issues. But when I import the same mp4 file to After Effects the video is extremely chopping and a green frame pops into the picture on playbacks every few seconds. I am lost and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks."

So what's matter? Actually, this is due to the MP4 files codec, After Effects prefer MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others while MP4 is a container format which can hold a variety of video and audio codecs. If you receive an error message or the video does not display correctly, you may need to install the codec used by the file. However, it's difficult for you to find and install the codec. Fortunately, there is a better option for enabling your MP4 files work nicely with After Effects, i.e., converting MP4 file to After Effects supported MPEG-2 encoded MPG (the most compatible video format for AE) file format and then transfer the converted MP4 videos to After Effects for editing.

To do that, you need to get a third-party program for help. After countless tests, I highly recommend Brorsoft Video Converter to all of you which can help the users to change MP4 to Adobe After Effects supported format with fast encoding speed and zero quality loss. What's more, it also supplies powerful profiles to other NLEs, like Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Resolve, Windows Movie Maker, Davinci Studio, etc for Windows users. It has an equivalent Mac version Video Converter for Mac users.

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How to convert MP4 to After Effects supported file formats

Step 1: Load source MP4 files

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

Step 2: Select output format

To import MP4 files to After Effects, you can follow Adobe Premiere/ Sony Vegas column and select MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format.

Step 3: Start MP4 to AE Conversion

Finally, press the convert button; it will start to transcode MP4 files to MPEG-2 for After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC immediately.

After a while, you will get the converted MPEG-2 files which are ready to be imported to AE for further editing without problems.

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