7 Replies Latest reply on Dec 12, 2017 6:21 AM by ClayUUID

    MP4 into Animate

    Dazzer_21 Level 1

      On a Mac (Sierra) and using Animate 18.0. I have an .MP4 file that is a 30 second long animation. I wish to import this into Animate CC so that I can apply text and other effects on top of it, as well as add a separate soundtrack. The .MP3 I have imports just fine and the other bits an pieces are falling into place nicely. However, the .MP4 file is not playing ball. The best I can achieve is, having created the file as Actionscript 3.0 (not HTML5) and selecting Import Video from the File menu, I select "Load external video..." and browse to find the file. Having done that, I click "Next" and for skin, select "None". Having finished the Import, the file shows up as a static image on my timeline as the first frame only. The strange thing is that I had this working but it kept beachballing so I re-started the machine and started again. It hasn't worked since. I have tried converting files using Media Encoder and Movavi Video Converter, but nothing is working. Input would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you.

        • 1. Re: MP4 into Animate
          kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          everything up to "The strange thing is that I had this working...."  is expected.


          what do you see when click control>test movie>in animate?

          • 2. Re: MP4 into Animate
            ClayUUID Adobe Community Professional

            Indeed, I thought Animate had removed the ability to embed video files in SWFs. Or maybe it only works with FLVs? It's not something I've personally experimented with.

            • 3. Re: MP4 into Animate
              kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              you can load an mp4 into a flv_playback component with no skin (like the op described) and export the video ok. 

              • 4. Re: MP4 into Animate
                Colin Holgate MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                If the overall goal is to have animation and sound that goes on top of an existing video track, this would be the best approach:


                1. Keep your high quality video file. Make another one that is H.264, it can be any quality or data rate, you're not going to use it in the final video.

                2. In Animate, File/Import/Import Video/. Choose the Embed H.264 video option, and import that H.264 file you made.

                3. Do all of your animation, by scrubbing the timeline to get the timing right. For sound, use the uncompress WAVs that you have (but make sure they are 16 bit 44.1 kHz), and set their sync to Stream, so that as you scrub the timeline the video will stay in sync.

                4. In Publish Settings make the sound settings be Raw, 16 bit, 44.1 kHz.

                5. File/Export/Export/Export Video. Check the box that says Ignore stage color (generate alpha).


                At that point you'll have a large MOV file that has an alpha channel. Import that into Premiere, and place it on top of your original high quality video. Then export the project to get your final video file.

                • 5. Re: MP4 into Animate
                  Dazzer_21 Level 1

                  Thank you. I'll have a look at that today. Currently, although the timeline shows the placed MP4 as just populating the first frame, on testing the movie in a browser, the whole thing does play. However, this makes animating around it absolutely impossible, so I shall try this method out and see how it goes.

                  • 6. Re: MP4 into Animate
                    Dazzer_21 Level 1

                    Colin - thank you! Learning more and more as time goes on. Perfect!

                    • 7. Re: MP4 into Animate
                      ClayUUID Adobe Community Professional

                      In the long term, it would probably be best to learn After Effects for this sort of thing, as Animate clearly isn't intended for it.