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Ben Muehleisen
Importing PDF to After Effects
on Apr 2, 2010 at 4:39:14 pm


I am trying to import a 40 page PDF into After Effects so I can manipulate each page separately. AE seems to only want to import the first page of the PDF. I can save the PDF as JPEG using Preview, but I have to select each page and save each page individually.

Is there a way I can:

1. Import my PDF straight into AE with each page as an individual file.

2. Batch save the PDF as JPEGs, so I don't have to do it 40 times.

I have CS4, so I have Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge and other programs, if one of those would work better for importing.

I am also having trouble when I import the PDF, it imports as vector art, with all the white space turned to alpha.

Any help is wonderful. Thank you.

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Importing PDF to After Effects
on Apr 2, 2010 at 7:06:02 pm

After Effects only imports the first page of a PDF file.

But you can use the Document > Split command in Acrobat to split (a copy of) a document into individual pages. Then you can just import the folder full of individual-page PDF documents.

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Brian Charles
Re: Importing PDF to After Effects - Alpha Issue
on Apr 3, 2010 at 2:35:34 pm

I routinely get PDF's from clients and have several dozen at a time. TO get rid of the alpha I created an action in Photoshop – adding a layer filled with white below the image then merge down – which I then batch in Photoshop.

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