Solved - After Effects Won't Import MP4 Files

We all know that MP4 is supported by After Effects. However, many users have been facing issues when they try to import an MP4 file into After Effects. Why is this happening? And how to fix this issue?

Well, you could be facing importing issues due to the MP4 file codec. After Effects prefers H.264 and MPEG4 codecs, while MP4 is a container format which can hold various audio and video codecs. So if you receive an error message, or the video display is not proper, then you may have to install the codec used by the file. But then it’s not easy to find and install the codec.

There is a way to get MP4 and After Effects play well. You can convert the MP4 file to After Effects supported MPEG2 encoded MPG file format. And then transfer the converted .mp4 video to After Effects for edit. You need a third party software for help. There are many tools available out there. Choose a reliable one to convert.

The procedure is similar to almost all tools:

You need to download and install the software.

Then load MP4 files to the program, and click on Add Video button to import MP4 files. Or you can directly drag and drop them to the program.

Next, you should choose the output format, i.e MOV, MPEG2 or WMV.

The output videos will have the original quality of the MP4 video.

Finally, you need to hit on Convert button for the conversion process to begin.

Wait for some time. That’s it; your file is now converted to be used in After Effects. Now the file can be imported into After Effects CC / CS6 / CS5, etc., for editing.

Extra Information: If your MP4 file is corrupted, then you can use this MP4 Repair software to quickly repair MP4 file in just a few simple steps.

If you want to repair MP4 video on Mac, then follow this link.

Solved - After Effects Won't Import MP4 Files was last modified: March 3rd, 2020 by John Harris

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