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Trey Yoder
Importing MPEG's into After Effects
on Nov 20, 2009 at 1:40:01 am

Ok i've been looking around, and I can't seem to find an answer to this question. Is there anyway to make MPEG a supported footage file extension in After Effects. Because for some reason, it's not on mine and it won't let me import my footage.

Trey Y.

p.s. Please don't tell me to get a converter.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Importing MPEG's into After Effects
on Nov 20, 2009 at 4:13:55 pm

[Trey Yoder] "...Please don't tell me to get a converter."

Well, then, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, because AE doesn't play nice with mpeg. You could get MPEG Streamclip -- free, both mac & win. Google it. Or you could use Adobe Media Encoder if you have it. Same goes with Final Cut Pro -- you get Apple's Compressor with the editing application. But you have to convert it. 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, mp4, 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.

Dave LaRonde
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Todd Kopriva
Re: Importing MPEG's into After Effects
on Nov 21, 2009 at 12:53:41 am

Are you using the trial version? The trial version doesn't include some MPEG codecs.

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
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