How to import MP4 files into After Effects CS5/CS6/CC

Published on by Chris King

After Effects won't import MP4 files? Can't find the right codec for editing MP4 video in AE CS5/CS6/CC? If so, check out the article to get your issue fixed.

How to import MP4 files into After Effects CS5/CS6/CC

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? 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.

Besides this, there is another easy option to get your MP4 and After Effects to play nicely. The quick workaround is to convert 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 for Mac 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 FCP, iMovie, Avid, Premiere .etc for Mac users. It has an equivalent Windows version Video Converter for PC users.

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

How to convert MP4 to After Effects supported file formats

Step 1: Load source MP4 files

Launch the Video Converter on your Mac, 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.

Comment on this post

Susan lee 12/15/2014 12:37

I got some MP4 files into after effects, but it is imported as a audio. I checked the reason why from this page, I think I got some clues. Tried to convert MP4 to MPEG-2 in brorsoft vido converter, it works. I now getting the full version of the software. :)