3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 20, 2010 3:32 PM by ImagineEditing

    How to import .avi in After Effects CS5?


      Hi all!


      Im trying to import a .avi video in After Effects... but always I have this error:


      "After Effects error: file ‘DVD Los hombres de Pep-Los amos del juego.avi’ cannot be imported — this ‘MooV’ file is damaged or unsupported."'




      I downloaded the latest Perian version, so now I can play all .avi movies in Quiktime, but is not posible to import in AE...


      I have an iMac, 27 inch.


      -About my iMac:




      -About the video file:




      I open the file in VLC, and then I press command + I, and open this window, then I go to "Details of the codec" so I get 3 tabs about the .avi file...





      + Info:  I bought DivX PRO, and I was able to import and play the .avi files in AE, but always appears the DviX watermark down-right... I sended a e-mail to DivX, and they told me that is not posible to disable the watermark in Mac, only in Windows...




      The question is... ¿Whow I can play this .avi file in AE?

      Note: I can't export to other extension because I have 4 videos of 2 hours, every week to edit. So I haven't  got too much time...



      Sorry for my English, and saludos from España!

        • 1. Re: How to import .avi in After Effects CS5?
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Buy a PC/ install Windows via Bootcamp! I know that sounds harsh, but working with these PC formats on Mac just isn't smart. I don't think you will be able to solve this in any other way. It's the most undesirable combination imaginable - PC-centric container format (AVI) with a PC-centric CoDec (Xvid) run through a 32bit middleware (Perian/ Quicktime) into a 64bit Program (AE CS5) on a Mac. See how that doesn't make any sense at all? Again, it is simply an atrocious workflow and problems are inevitable. The only real other alternative would be for whoever is supplying the files to use a more standard format like H.264.



          • 2. Re: How to import .avi in After Effects CS5?
            bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3

            contact the supplier of the clip and insist on a more reasonable, lower common denominator file format.

            If you can see this file in QT, you should be able to save it out of QTPro, if you have it, to a more useful fomrat.



            • 3. Re: How to import .avi in After Effects CS5?

              Do you have Final Cut Studio which includes the program Compressor? That's a great program to convert files. I know you said you don't have a lot of time to change formats, but it's fairly quick and you can queue multiple files to convert so you can have them all convert over night or something and ready to edit the next day. Another program, which is free, that you could look into is "MPEG Streamclip"...I'm not sure if it likes .avi's but it is a free video/audio conversion program that won't add a watermark. Just a couple ideas. Hope it helps.