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erik sakariassen
Importing mov
on Jan 31, 2010 at 3:28:25 pm

I am trying to import a mov file to After Effects, but all I see is a shite screen. I can't open the video file with quicktime, but I can see it with VLC player. I know that it's a codec problem. What should I do?


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Joey Foreman
Re: Importing mov
on Jan 31, 2010 at 5:04:24 pm

The shite screen indicates an excess of fecal matter in your footage.
Try the Trainspotting codec.



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erik sakariassen
Re: Importing mov
on Jan 31, 2010 at 5:13:47 pm

Can I download it somewhere?


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Steve Roberts
Re: Importing mov
on Feb 1, 2010 at 2:32:42 am

Jaaaaaaysus .....



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David Johnson
Re: Importing mov
on Jan 31, 2010 at 5:59:55 pm

Figure out what codec the file is in and use conversion software that can read that codec to transcode the file to a codec QuickTime and AE can read, which there are very many of.

You can search this forum and related COW forums for answers if you either don't know how to figure out what codec the file is in or don't know what conversion software to use ... there are various software tools available to identify codecs, as well as to convert files to different codecs (including free ones in both categories).


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Steve Roberts
Re: Importing mov
on Feb 1, 2010 at 2:41:12 am

If you're really stuck try opening it in a dumb word processor like Notepad. Search for "Apple Video Media Handler". You may find the codec (e.g. "HHH.264" ) eventually appearing sometime after that text string.

I'd paste the code into this post, but the COW couldn't show it.



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erik sakariassen
Re: Importing mov
on Feb 1, 2010 at 6:30:02 pm

My VLC playes says thats the movie uses the mpgv codec. Does it make any sence?


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Steve Roberts
Re: Importing mov
on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:12:53 pm

Never heard of it, but the "mpg" is a clue. AE won't like it. You need to use VLC player (or whatever can open the file) and convert to a Quicktime movie, to Animation codec or Photo-JPEG.

Or you could search for "mpgv" "quicktime" "download" to see if there's a codec. You may need Quicktime's MPEG-2 components -- check the Apple site.

But do convert before importing into AE.



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