How to open and edit AVI files in After Effects CS5/CS6/CC

Published on by Chris King

Have trouble importing AVI files into After Effects for further editing? If so, follow the quick-start guide to learn how to prepare AVI videos for editing in After Effects CS5/CS6/CC without quality loss.

How to open and edit AVI files in After Effects CS5/CS6/CC

When you add video files like AVI to After Effects, you may come across problems. This could happen because of the different codec in a number of AVI files as After Effects (even the latest Adobe PP CC) might not support all of these codecs. First of all, have a look at the related issues:

“I’d been using AE for a few month now, and suddenly whenever i import an AVI file it doesnt preview in AE, I can see the soundtrack but not the image. Any way to fix the issue easily?”

Since AVI can contain various video codecs, it would be difficult for you to find and install the codec. In fact, there is another easy option to get all AVI video and After Effects to play nicely. The quick workaround is to convert AVI to After Effects supported MPEG (the most compatible video format for AE) file format and then transfer the converted AVI videos to After Effects for editing.

Just to experiment I used Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to convert the AVI to MPEG-2 and surprisingly it works perfectly in Adobe AE.

This video app can help you change AVI into a different format (e.g. .mov, .wmv, .mpg) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into After Effects with smooth editing without any trouble. If you are Windows users, please get the Video Converter. Below is how to.

How to convert AVI to MPEG for After Effects CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC?

Step 1: Run AVI to MPEG-2 Converter for Mac and you can import AVI clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button. If you like, check the “Merge into one” box to join AVI clips together.

Step 2: Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPEG format.

Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start encoding AVI to MPEG-2(.mpg) for Adobe After Effects on Mac OS X(Mavericks included).

When the AVI to Adobe AE conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files for transferring to After Effects CS5/CS6/CC with easy playback or editing.

Additional Tips:

This powerful AVI to After Effects Converter not only can help you convert .avi to AE, but also enables anyone with AVI files to use in any non-linear editor like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc as long as transcode AVI to a recognizable format.

Comment on this post

Sonzy 12/16/2014 12:47

It seemed that only a few people used AE to deal with AVU files in that I got this tutorial just now after searching on Google several hours. Anyway, this article is much helpful. Thank you for sharing!

Gary 12/15/2014 12:07

Thank you sooooo much! I finally could import my AVI videos into AE after conversion by Brorsoft. This is the best software I found on Google. Thank you !