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Charles Bronson
04-08-2005, 06:28 AM
I'm just trying out After Effects 6.5 on a imac G5 10.3.6

I cannot import AVI - it says these is not a recognised format. The help checklist says it can play AVI with Quicktime 5 installed. I already have Quicktime 6.

What can I do to get AE to recognise AVI?

hitsuzen
04-08-2005, 08:56 AM
AE can import avi's, the avi's that you have were probably created using codecs
that did not come with quicktime, so once you install the right codecs, quicktime will be able to play it and hence, you will be able to import into After Effects. Unless those avi's were of the WMV9 variety in which nothing on a Mac will play. but other
codec types you should be able to download, like divx and xvid, 2 of the most popular ones.

Charles Bronson
04-08-2005, 11:01 AM
It was done from Premiere Pro on a PC and I seem to remember the compression was just Matrox AVI, which is the capture card

What is the best file type to use in After Effects on the mac?

hitsuzen
04-08-2005, 11:50 AM
Quicktime's .mov pretty much a standard.

I dont know why AE wont read Matrox AVI though.

Charles Bronson
04-08-2005, 06:05 PM
Quicktime's .mov pretty much a standard.

I dont know why AE wont read Matrox AVI though.


I've downloaded this VLC but it makes no difference to After Effects.
What on earth codec or whatever it is do I need to make my Matrox AVI work?

hitsuzen
04-08-2005, 10:11 PM
VLC wont be of much help in this case, It's just a versatile movie
player that can handle various formats and play dvd's without region restrictions.

I generally try to make quicktime pro able to view any video format ( well it still cant work with some formats) so I can use it with the FCP and shake.

I have never used Premiere Pro or used a Matrox card before so I can't really
test it on my side( plus do they make premiere or matrox for macs anymore?)
but I can ask and see if my mates know anything.

blubbernaut
04-09-2005, 12:58 AM
I don't know about the Matrox codec, but you should install the three most common internet AVI codecs: DivX, 3ivx, and XVid. That covers just about everything you'll ever play from the internet at the moment.

Regarding the Matrox codec, have you searched their site?

Charles Bronson
04-09-2005, 08:47 PM
The ting is, Quicktime can play the AVI on the mac. But After Effects still won't import it.

Picture and Sound are fine through Quicktime - so I obviously have the right codecs?

hitsuzen
04-10-2005, 01:49 AM
The ting is, Quicktime can play the AVI on the mac. But After Effects still won't import it.

Picture and Sound are fine through Quicktime - so I obviously have the right codecs?

Ok, so you probably have the right codecs on your Mac but
AE still won't import those files. I asked a couple of my mates
and they say that AE has difficulties handling AVI's and add
that you need the right codecs installed...probably not
what you want to hear.

My solution is to convert those AVI's to a AE friendly format.
If you have Quicktime pro and need to use compression, convert
the AVI's to .mov use the Sorenson codec with a high quality setting.
or you can convert them to sequential .tiff or .tga
(which is what I use for Compositing). This is uncompressed so file
size tend to be large.

I'm sure you can also do this from Premiere Pro. Hope this helps.