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Marcus Lovitt
Importing video from Vegas Platinum 9 into AE CS5
on Sep 23, 2010 at 1:14:44 am


What is the best format to import video from Sony Vegas Platinum 9 into After Effects? I'm trying to maintain the highest quality (ie file size isn't so important at this stage).

It was suggested that I use MPEG2, but unfortunately it didn't work. Any other suggestions?



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Dave LaRonde
Re: Importing video from Vegas Platinum 9 into AE CS5
on Sep 23, 2010 at 3:02:00 pm

If you do NOT run AE 10 (aka CS5), mpeg2 isn't a good choice. Here's why:

Dave's Stock Answer #1:

If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following -- footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, AVCHD, mp4, mts, m2t, H.261 or H.264 -- you need to convert it to a different codec.

These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide variety of problems.

I'm a Mac guy, so I like to convert to Quicktime movies in the Animation or PNG codecs; both are lossless. I'll use Apple's Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder or Quicktime Pro to do it.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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