"I have a weird problem with importing .mov files into Adobe After Effects CC. I already have one .mov file imported in the project, but when I try to import another .mov file, it says the file type is unsupported. I don't get it, can anyone help me?"
Many users are puzzled by one thing that some files with MOV file extension can be imported into After Effects, but some may be unable to. So what's matter? Well, that's possibly because your MOV files, which may be from different sources, such as from some video editing software, or from different cameras, have different codec inside. Actually, MOV is a container file format which can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. After Effects can import MOV files, but the ability to import the data that they contain is dependent on which codecs (specifically, decoders) are installed.
By installing additional codecs, you can extend the ability of After Effects to import additional file types. However, it would be difficult for you to find and install the suitable codec for smoothly editing MOV files After Effects. In fact, there is another easy option to get all MOV video and After Effects to play nicely. The easy workaround is to transcode MOV to an After Effects editing-friendly format such as MPEG-2, WMV etc. and then import the converted MOV files to After Effects for editing.
The article would show you how to convert MOV to After Effects step by step with a professional and easy-to-use Video Converter (Windows 8/8.1/7/Vista/XP compatible) from EaseFab Studio. The video app supports creating high quality WMV or MPG video for importing to After Effects without any trouble. And it can convert any video to After Effects compatible format without losing quality. If you are Mac users, please get EaseFab Video Converter for Mac (Yosemite and Mavericks compatible). Just download the right program according to computer OS and follow the steps below.
Guide: How to convert and import MOV to After Effects
Step 1. Add MOV video files
First download and install the MOV Converter for After Effects. When completed, start the program and then drag and drop your MOV files to the program. You can add multiple video files to convert at a time.
Step 2. Choose the output format
To import MOV files to After Effects, you can select MOV, WMV or MPEG-2 from "Editing Software" as the output format. All output videos will keep the original quality of MOV video and seamlessly fit After Effects CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4 and more.
Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click "Settings" icon to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3. Convert MOV to After Effects
When everything is ready, click the Convert button and all the loaded MOV video files will be converted to into an editing-friendly format that can be imported into After Effects without any trouble.