Import 4K Video to After Effects CC
Which version of After Effects CC can edit 4K video
Now, more and more cameras and smartphones own the capability to shot video at 4K resolution. The demand for 4K video editing is also increasing day by day. For After Effects CC users, you may wonder the possibility to edit 4K video with After Effects CC. The fact is that only the latest version of After Effects CC can native handle 4K XAVC video shot with Sony camera, while the previous version such as After Effects CS6/CS5/CS4 haven’t yet been update with 4K editing support.
Minimum system requirements to edit 4K video
What’s more, editing 4K footage is a bit more complicated than just looking at the system requirements of the editing software you want to use. It is essential for you to update and optimize your 4K video to meet the hardware system requirements such as processor, graphic card, ram, storage, mother broad, etc. If your computer is not powerful enough to handle 4K resolution video, you can easily suffer video stutter or lagging issue when playback the 4K video on the timeline of After Effects CC.
Best editing workflow to edit 4K video with After Effects CC
If you are using the previous version of After Effects CS6/CS5/CS4 which not support 4K editing, then it is essential for you to compress 4K to 1080p to get a smooth workflow.
If you are using After Effects CC or later versions, but your computer is not powerful enough to handle 4K resolution video editing but you wish to get a fast post editing workflow, then downscaling 4K to 1080p still be a good option for you.
If you are using After Effects CC or later versions and your computer is also powerful enough to deal with 4K resolution video, but you try to load 4K video with the format of 4K MXF, 4K H.265, 4K Prores, etc, which is not included in After Effects CC supported file formats, you still need to perform a codec or format transcoding process.
Best tool to transcode and compress 4K video for After Effects
Here, you can easily fix all After Effects 4K video editing problems with our powerful yet simple to use 4K Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter. The program has full support all 4K video wrapped with various container file formats such as 4K AVI/WMV/MP4/MOV/MKV/MXF/TS/XAVC/XAVC S or encoded with various different compression codec like 4K H.264, 4K H.265, 4K Prores, etc. You can easily transcode and compress any unsupported 4K video to After Effects CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 specially optimized MPEG-2 formats with the optimal editing settings.
Edit 4K video with built-in editing options
Before loading 4K video into After Effects, you can do some simple editing with our program’s built-in editing functions. You can rearrange video clip order to merge them into one file, split large 4K video into smaller parts by file size, count or length, trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to remove black bars or edges, deinterlace interlaced video into progressive form, add special rendering effect to video, change output video picture effect or add external subtitle to video, etc.
For Mac users, please go to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to complete the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.
Step by Step to Transcode and Compress 4K Video for After Effects CC
Step 1: Load 4K video into the program.
Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load 4K video to the program.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, you can output After Effects CC specially optimized editing format “MPEG-2(*.mpg)” under “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas…” main category.
Tips: If your computer is not powerful enough or you are using previous version of After Effects CS6/CS5/CS4, it would be ideal for you to compress 4K to 1080p. Click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window to to compress 4K to 1080p for smooth editing workflow by choose the output file resolution as 1920*1080 from “Size(pix)” drop-down option.
Step 3: Start the conversion process.
After all settings are done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin to convert and compress 4K video to After Effect CC compatible editing codec or resolution.
When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem to import video to After Effects CC for smooth post video editing workflow.