After Effects CC is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of film making and television production. While H.264 is the camera format used by most DSLR. How about working H.264 with After Effects CC.
Native H.264 workflow with After Effects CC
From After Effects CC supported file formats, we can see that it has included native editing support for H.264 compression codec, however, only H.264 codec wrapped in the M4V container file format can be loaded into After Effects CC. If the H.264 are wrapped with other unsupported container file format such as MP4, MOV, AVI, MXF, MKV, etc, After Effects CC will refuse to handle this editing format.
Transcode unsupported H.264 for After Effects CC editing
To get unsupported H.264 into After Effects CC, you can perform the file container rewrapping process with our best H.264 Converter – Pavtube Video Converter. The program has full loading support for all both 4K/H.264 files wrapped with different container file formats including AVI, MP4, MOV, MKV, MXF, etc. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple H.264 files into the application for conversion at one time. You can easily convert H.264 to After Effects CC readable H.264 M4V with perfect quality and super fast encoding speed.
Tips: The program supports hard-ware encoding acceleration, so that you can get up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Graphic card that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology.
For those people who wish to get a high quality and high performance editing workflow of H.264 video with After Effects CC, it would be much ideal to use our application to directly output After Effects CC specially optimized MPEG-2 editing codec.
Edit H.264 with built-in editing tools
Before loading H.264 into After Effects CC, you can complete some simple video editing work with the built-in editing options offered by this H.264 Video Editor. You can trim or cut video to remove the unwanted parts or segments in the beginning or end, crop video to remove the black edges or unwanted size area, add transparent text watermark, apply special rendering effect, insert external srt/ass/ssa subtitle, etc.
Pavtube Video Converter is available on Windows 10/8.1/8/7, it is also accompanied by an up-to-date Mac version – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac for macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.
How to Transcode unsupported H.264 for After Effects CC Editing?
Step 1: Load H.264 video into the application.
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import H.264 video with unsupported container file format such as AVI, MKV, MOV, MXF, etc into the program.
Step 2: Select the output file format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, you can either select After Effects supported H.264 M4V file formats by following “M4V – MPEG-4 Video(*.m4v)” under “Common Video” main category. Then click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window, from “Codec” drop-down list, choose “H.264″ to output, you can also tweak other settings according to your own needs.
You can also choose to directly output After Effects CC preset profile formats “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” under “Adobe Premiere/Son…” main category.
Step 3: Edit H.264 files with built-in editing options.
By default the Edit icon is grayed out. To activate the Edit menu, you have to select an item first. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip or rotate video, trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, edit audio or insert external subtitle.
Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from H.264 to After Effects CC supported H.264 M4V or specially optimized editing codec.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to import converted video to After Effects CC for some professional post editing workflow.