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SUMMARY: The easy workaround to get After Effects work well with MP4 video files is to convert and transcode MP4 to a more editing-friendly format like Apple Intermediate Codec along with some help from a third-party program. Here is how.

Have some MP4 videos either downloaded from Internet or taken by your cameras and want to edit MP4 with Adobe After Effects? However, if you want to import MP4 to After Effects for editing, there will be some troubles since not all MP4 files are supported by After Effects.

Adobe claims that After Effects support MP4 importing. But the problem with MP4 is, when you plan to edit MP4 file with After Effects (including After Effects CC), you may be unable to do this. So what's matter? 

Some people including you may be confused: After Effects says it supports MP4, but why I can’t import MP4 to After Effects? Well, this is due to MP4 file codec: After Effects prefers MPEG-4 codec instead of others while MP4 is a containder format (like AVI, MKV) can contain various video codecs. 

To get MP4 files to play in AE, the codec that a particular file uses must be installed on the computer. 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, MP4 can contain various video codecs. It’s difficult for you to find and install the codec.

To convert MP4 files to AE, we need to get some help from third-party software. Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. This converter can be used to convert any MP4 video to After Effects compatible format (MPEG-2/WMV/MOV) with fast conversion speed and high output quality. After the file conversion, you can edit the video as you like through After Effects. 

Meanwhile, this video convert tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are facing problems when editing MP4 video in After Effects on Windows, please turn to Windows Version.

The trail-before-purchase is supported, just feel free to try it:


How to convert MP4 to edit in Adobe After Effects Smoothly

Install and run it, you will see the interface.

Step 1: Add MP4 files to the program

Click the “Add File” button to select the MP4 videos from your hard drive to this program. To save your time, this program supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time.

Step 2. Select output format

As mentioned above, MPEG-2 is the best compatible format for all Adobe products, just from "Format" drop-down lists, you can pick “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as Adobe After Effects preferable editing codec under “Adobe Premiere/Sony Ve…” option as the output format.

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Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 3. Start the conversion

Finally, simply hig the big Convert button to start converting MP4 to Adobe After Effects friendly video formats. 

Within several minutes, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the "Open" button. And then you can import the converted files to Adobe After Effects easily.

Related program

Pavtube HD Video Converter / Mac Version: It is designed for converting HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon), non-protected HD or movies, DVR files (*.tivo) to other file types for playback on popular media devices like Apple TV, PS3, Xobx, Xobx360, WD TV HD Player.

Pavtube Media Magician / Mac Version: A nice camcorder assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, MTS/ M2TS/ MXF/ MOV/ MKV/ TiVo/ WMV/ AVI/ MPG converter and editor. Meamwhile it supported upload edited video to YouTube directly.

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