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Oliver Koch
After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 5:47:21 am

Hi everyone,

I've updated After Effects to the latest version 15.1.0 today as well as the media encoder.
Now I can't use my extended Quicktime codecs anymore. They're not showing up in the codec dropdown anymore.

The option for Quicktime itself is still there along with the few ones AE comes with on Windows, but all the ones I installed on top of that have disappeared.
(pretty much the extended codec library you get from QT 7 plus a few other ones)
I uninstalled and re-installed all components but they're not made available for me to use.
I'm on Windows 10 by the way.

I'm heavily reliying on the usage of QT codecs such as HAP for my daily production.
Does anyone have a hot fix for this by any chance? Any help would be highly appreciated.

Cheers! ☺



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Steve Bentley
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:42:36 am

Have a look at a few of the previous threads with everyone lamenting the loss of these codecs. We don't know if this is a done deal or not or if it's just Adobe and Apple's ongoing spat.



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Oliver Koch
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:56:58 am

Umm...what?! Just had a good read. This is insane! Have they finally lost it entirely?


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Oliver Koch
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:58:34 am

Just downgraded to previous version via CC app. At least that fixed it for now.
Clowns...


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 5:02:13 pm

What slays me is that Adobe damn near gave zero warning they were going to do this. As if nobody on Earth used a lot of different quicktime codecs. Hell, I've got some archive footage in the Media 100 QT codec!

Sure, Adobe probably mentioned the change in some employee's blog. That's hardly shouting it from the rooftops. The scum.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Steve Bentley
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 6:31:27 pm

That's "Rebel Scum"!



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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:09:59 pm

Actually, it's more like, "evil empire".

In my opinion, Adobe is a manipulative, uncaring cesspool of a company.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Greg Jones
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:27:49 pm

I wonder if this has anything to do with Adobe not supporting 32bit Quicktime Codecs anymore? I've noticed a warning in the last few installations of Premiere that 32bit Quicktime support would be discontinued in a future release. This might be that release.

Greg Jones
D7,Inc.
Orlando,FL.

Greg Jones
Orlando,Fl.
http://www.d7-inc.com


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Greg Jones
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:29:14 pm

Actually this explains it here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/quicktime7-support-dropped.html

Greg Jones
D7,Inc.
Orlando,FL.

Greg Jones
Orlando,Fl.
http://www.d7-inc.com


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Mark Whitney
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 8, 2018 at 3:27:30 am
Last Edited By Mark Whitney on Apr 8, 2018 at 3:28:43 am

[Greg Jones] "Actually this explains it here:"

Workarounds

If you run into issues because of this change, use any of the following workarounds:

For export formats, use the currently available newer codecs.
For import formats, transcode legacy footage to a newer codec.

Perhaps, but do they offer any utility or even recommend a means of doing so?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 8, 2018 at 3:14:34 pm

The only sure-fire way I'm aware of is NOT to do the update, drop what you're doing, run out and buy boatloads of storage, and use the previous version to transcode your stuff.

And hope you don't miss any must-have shots.

This is why I stay a version behind. Been doing it since CC 2012. Too many bugs & rude surprises in the current versions.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Mark Whitney
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 8, 2018 at 5:44:44 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "The only sure-fire way I'm aware of is NOT to do the update, drop what you're doing, run out and buy boatloads of storage, and use the previous version to transcode your stuff."

Not everyone has that luxury unfortunately and I'm simply inquiring as the issue has come up on the Newtek forums.

I've remained with the CS6 suite as I got tired of Adobe surprises over the years & feel a bit sorry for the newcomers that don't get much choice.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 9, 2018 at 2:24:45 pm

[Mark Whitney] "I've remained with the CS6 suite as I got tired of Adobe surprises over the years & feel a bit sorry for the newcomers that don't get much choice."

I agree.

At home I run CS 5.5 on a legacy machine. At work I run CC 2017 -- it has as many bug fixes as it'll get and after about 5 months, there have been no problems.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Greg Jones
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 9, 2018 at 1:50:29 pm

I installed the new version and haven't really had any of the issues other people are having. As far as 32bit codecs, I still have Adobe Media Encoder 2017 installed on my machine so the couple times I've had clips that are in an older codec I brought them into Media Encoder 2017 and encoded them to a more modern codec and they worked fine. I agree it would be nice if Adobe made a way of asking you to transcode automatically any clips that it does not agree with now. It's going to be a nightmare for older projects. Looks like I'll have to keep a copy of the older Premiere and Media Encoder on hand if I have to open an older project that has a ton of 32bit video files.

Greg Jones
D7,Inc.

Greg Jones
Orlando,Fl.
http://www.d7-inc.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 9, 2018 at 9:52:00 pm

[Greg Jones] "I installed the new version and haven't really had any of the issues other people are having."

I'm glad you haven't had problems.

Just watch out for the issues using paint & brushes, selected PostScript typefaces not working and even difficulties importing PNG image sequences. To name just three.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Richard Garabedain
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 9, 2018 at 10:23:24 pm

I have not had quicktime work in after effects in about a year now. was there a fix?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After Effects missing / killed Quicktime codecs after latest update?
on Apr 9, 2018 at 10:32:41 pm

According to what I know, the last thing to have all the QT codecs is 15.0.1.
If you have it, you have other issues.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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