Hello! When I import a recently received .m4v file into my after effects timeline the footage shows that it is only 4 frames long. It's true time is actually 4 minutes and 39 seconds. I've opened this file in Quicktime and it plays just fine.. VLC plays fine. My client nor I are willing to export/convert this file to a different format. The reason being is because it is a compilation of footage and it has already been exported a couple of times prior to coming to my doorstep. So I want to retain the quality of the footage, but also get this beast working in after effects. Any advice?
Codecs are H.264, AAC
Bit rate: 10,245
My brain: numb w/ slight headache
M4V video doesn't work well in AE CS4 or prior; unless you are using AE CS5 or CS5.5, you should transcode. You can transcode to a lossless format (like Quicktime Animation at 100%, or Quicktime PNG) without incurring any generational loss.
You might also try opening the M4V video in MPEG Streamclip and using File > Save As to rewrap the movie in an MOV container. If you use Save As (not Export!) it will not re-encode the audio or video streams, and you will not incur any generational loss.
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