How to Edit iPhone 6S (Plus) 4K in After Effects

I’ve been filming a little bit of 4K video on my new iPhone 6s+ and I’m wondering how to edit iPhone 4K videos in After Effects. Searching the web, some guys recommend Final Cut Pro X which could do it natively. While, I wanna stick with After Effects, the workaround I need is to convert iPhone 4K MOV to After Effects with proper settings.

Actually, the 4K video was restricted to edit in After Effects. Only the latest version After Effects CC can natively support 4K video like Sony’s XAVC. The previous version After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6 has not yet been updated for 4K support. What’s more, due to the format limit, we can’t edit 4K MOV from iPhone in After Effects flawlessly. As mentioned above, we need to encode iPhone 4K to After Effects compatible video and even downscale 4K to 1080p if necessary. What you need is a 4K video converter application.

Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the ideal 4K video converter for you, which can take your high quality 4K files and convert them into a supported format like MPEG-2 for editing in After Effects any version. Besides AE, this software can also export professional encoders like DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premier Pro and more. This 4K video converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as the users want. For Windows users, 4K Video Converter is the alternative choice.

How to convert iPhone 4K footage to MPEG for After Effects

Step 1: Load source iPhone 4k files

Launch the 4K Video Converter on your Mac, and you can either click “Add” button to import .wmv files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.

Step 2: Select output format

To import WMV files to After Effects, you can follow Adobe Premiere/ Sony Vegas column and select MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format.

Step 3: Video/Audio settings

Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.  If you are using After Effects CS6/CS5/CS4 which does not fully support native 4K files, 1080p would be the best settings. Of course, if you wanna get a 4K workflow in After Effects CC, you can keep the original 4K video resolution.

Step 4: Start conversion

Click the convert button under the preview window, the iPhone 4k video converter will start encoding 4K MOV for importing to After Effects.

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC perfectly.

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Best software to convert GoPro H.264 4K to H.265 4K

I got some clues that H.265 compresses video files to 50% with the most proficient encoding format today, MPEG-4, or also known as the H.264. So, I am trying to convert native GoPro H.264 4K to H.265 4K video file. A little searching turns up the solution. If you also wanna encode some H.264 files to H.265 format, just read on.

In order to convert H.264 video to H.265, you will need to have a reliable H.265 converter to do the job. Overall, Brorsoft Video Converter is considered to be the best choice for you.

This software is a powerful H.265 encoder, decoder and converter. It can help you convert non-H.265 videos(H.264, MKV, DivX, AVI, WMV, MOV, MXF, MPG, MTS…) to H.265 files and vice versa. It’s easy to use, and performs professionally. With it, you can fast convert GoPro H.264 4K video to H.265 4K seamlessly. What’s more, this video converter severs as a wonderful H.265 video player for you. And with the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. For Mac users, you can get H.265 Converter for Mac.

Start GoPro H.264 4K to H.265 4K Lossless Conversion

1. Add GoPro H.264 videos

Run the H.264 to H.265 Converter program, go to the menu bar, select Add button to select the GoPro H.264 files you want to import. You can also directly drag the video files to the program for conversion. It supports batch conversion so you can import multiple files at a time.

2. Choose H.265 as output format

From the drop-down list of ” Format” > “Common Video”, you can select H.265 Video(*.mp4) as the target format.

Tip: You can change the format parameters by click the Settings bar. The video size, video encoder, frame rate, bit rate, audio encoder, channel and more other parameters can be adjusted in this Settings option.

3. Start H.264 to H.265 conversion

When all the settings are done, click the Convert button to start encoding GoPro H.264 files to H.265. The conversion time depends on your video size, computer performance, output settings, etc. Generally, it won’t take too long. After the conversion, you’ll get resulted H.265(HEVC) videos for better usage.

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Can’t import Android Video to Windows Movie Maker- Solution

No matter have an Android phone or tablet at hand, you probably would like to capture some videos with it. At least I have had the experience. While, something frustrating, when I tried importing Android video to Windows Movie Maker for editing, I got this error: the file could not be imported. What can I do to fix this?

I have researched the web, tried to follow these instructions and finally solve the Android video to Windows Movie Maker incompatible issues. Below is the solution I share with you.

Windows Movie Maker is most popular video editing. Basically it can only support WMV, AVI format. The point here is, mostly, the video you shot by your Android phone is .3gp or .mp4 format, both of which are not friendly for editing in Windows Movie Maker. In order to make the videos from Android compatible with Windows Movie Maker, the easy workaround is to convert Android video to Windows Movie Maker most likely format like .wmv with a 3rd party video app.

1. Download and install Brorsoft Video Converter

It works as a best Android video converter. Applying it, you can transcode Android files to Windows (Live) Movie Maker supported WMV, AVI, etc. with high output video quality. Plus, it can also help you to convert Android videos to MOV, FLV, AVI, MKV, MPG, etc. for different uses.

2. Launch Android video converter and click add button to import source video files to the program.

3. Click Format bar and choose “HD Video” > “WMV HD(*.wmv)” as the output video format. AVI is also the choice.

Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

4. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Android videos to Windows Movie Maker friendly format.

After the conversion, you can get the converted Android videos from output folder for further editing with Windows Movie Maker without trouble.

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Solution to play AVI files via Plex

I have what seems to me to be an extremely weird problem. I got some AVI movie files, and want to play AVI files via Plex. Anyway, I received no luck. Searching Plex forum, we found many guys are facing the similar troubles “AVI files not seen in Plex”, “Plex won’t play AVI files”

In the very end, I astonishedly found a workaround to fix the issue by converting AVI to Plex compatible format with an amazing tool. Here is how.

First download and install Brorsoft Video Converter.

Overall, this video app is professional on fast transcoding AVI to Plex Media Server with MP4 format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports AVI videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF, TiVo, MTS, MOV, VOB, WMV .etc. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos on Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included) for further usage.

How to convert AVI to Plex for playback

1. Import AVI videos > Launch the AVI file converter program, and click “Add” button on the main interface to load your AVI files for converting. (Drag&Drop function is included.) It supports batch conversion.

2. Select output format > Click “Format” bar and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. If your source video is in 1080p and you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.

3. Further Settings > With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

4. Start AVI to Plex Conversion > After all necessary settigns, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start encoding AVI to Plex friendly MP4 video.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Now you can stream AVI files through Plex Media Server to HDTV, PS3, Xbox360 or other devices with ease.

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How can I transfer AVI to TiVo program

Recently I downloaded a couple of movies off the internet stored on my PC. They typically come in .avi format. When I copy these AVI files to my TiVo programs file, it does NOT show up in the “Now Playing on my PC” folder (at the bottom of the “Now Playing” section). I have researched the web and tried to follow some instructions. Now I’ve worked the best way to transfer AVI to TiVo from PC for playback with ease.

AVI is a container format that can use any combination of codecs. The only ones that Desktop Plus supports are DivX (v4 & higher) and Xvid. If your AVI movies contained other video/audio codecs, it won’t supported by TiVo. As some guys recommend, it should support MPEG-4, MPEG-2 format perfectly. To upload AVI videos to your TiVo, you need to convert MKV to a TiVo friendly format first. Below is the detailed guide.

First download and install Brorsoft Video Converter, which is an all-in-one video converter tool that lets you effortlessly convert your video and audio files from one format to another at ultra-fast speed. It supports a wide range of formats like AVI, VOB, MXF, AVCHD (.mts/.m2ts/.m2t), TiVo, MPG, WMV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV, AVCHD, etc., and includes presets for popular devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC, Nook Tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7/10, etc. What’s more, the built-in editor lets you personalize your videos before the conversion. With it, you can fast encode AVI to TiVo supported file type with the best quality.

If you’re using a Mac, simply turn to Video Converter for Mac, which allows you to convert and transfer AVI files to TiVo on Mac OS X (including El Capitan and Yosemite). Now download the right version and follow the tips below to finish your task.

Guide: How to convert AVI to TiVo format

Step 1: Start the AVI to TiVo converter. As long as you launch it, the following main interface will pop up. Now you can click on “Add” button to import .avi files which you want to convert into this program. It supports batch conversion, so that you can convert several MKV files at a time!

Step 2: Hit the drop-down list of “Format” to choose “Common Video -> MPEG-2 Video(*.mpg) as the best format.

Tip: By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 3: Finally, press “Convert” button to start AVI to MPEG-2 conversion for TiVo. After conversion is done, simply click “Completed” to back to main interface, and click “Open” button to find generated output videos and then transfer it from your PC to TiVo. You’re done.

Additional Tip: How to transfer home/downloaed videos from your PC to TiVo

To transfer home videos from your PC on your home network to your TiVo media device, you must have purchased the Home Networking Package, and downloaded and installed the TiVo Desktop 2.8 software (which comes as part of the Home Networking Package).

To make sure you’re using TiVo Desktop 2.8, launch TiVo Desktop and go to Help > About TiVo Desktop.

1. On your PC, open My Documents > My TiVo Recordings.
NOTE: You can change the location of this folder under File > Preferences.

2. Copy the home videos you wish to transfer to your TiVo into the My TiVo Recordings folder.
Supported files include:
indows Media Video (.wmv)
QuickTime Movie (.mov)
MPEG-4/H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v)
MPEG-2 (.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2)
DivX and Xvid (.avi, .divx)

3. These will now display in your TiVo Desktop’s Now Playing List.

4. On your TiVo, navigate to TiVo Central > Now Playing List.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select your “Now Playing on [YOUR PC]”.

6. Select the video you wish to transfer and follow the screen prompts to begin the transfer.

7. While the video is transferring, a blue light will be lit on your TiVo media device.

8. Once the blue light turns off, the video has finished transferring. You can find the transferred video in your TiVo Now Playing List.

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Convert Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to QuickTime MOV Video

I have what seems to me to be an extremely weird problem. I got some Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files saved on my computer HD and wanna play them with QuickTime Player. I though that QuickTime Player could support MP4 format. However, the result showed that QuickTime Player could not recognize these video files. How can I play Sony XDCAM EX MP4 in QuickTime on Mac?

As far as we know, the Sony XDCAM EX line of cameras offers a great form factor and workflow. They’re perfect for any shooting situation where you need a lighter, more compact camera, but don’t want to sacrifice image quality. They also provide a simple, tapeless workflow that speeds up your file transfer and editing process. But these SxS cards are not supported by the QuickTime Player. If you are eager to transfer Sony XDCAM EX MP4 videos to QuickTime Player for playing, you’d better encode Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to MOV first.

To achieve the goal, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended to you which is professional on dealing with Sony XDCAM EX MP4 footage to MOV for playing on QuickTime Player. Moreover, it also offers other native codecs for media players and NLEs such as VLC, iTunes, FCP, iMovie, Avid, Premiere and so on. Now, download the software and follow the guide to start conversion.

Transcode Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files to MOV for QuickTime Player

1. Launch the  Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to MOV converter program and click “Add” button to load Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files you want to convert. You also can simply drag&drop the files to the software’s window list directly.

2. You can choose “Common Video -> MOV – QuickTime (*.mov)” as the output format. The default setting will work great, you also can customize video and audio output parameters, such as resolution, bit rate, audio channel, etc and save them as your profile.

3. The last step, click “Convert” to encode Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to QuickTime MOV. The conversion windows will pop up immediately.

In a couple of minutes, your videos will be successfully converted into MOV. Then, you can click “Open” to find your converted QuickTime MOV videos quickly. Now, you can open the encoded MOV files via QuickTime Player without issue.

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Tips & Tricks: Stream AVI files over DLNA

I have what seems to me to be an extremely weird problem. My Panasonic TV is DLNA enabled and I have streamed some videos from my Asus Router (which has attached storage)… but it won’t play AVI files. So my question is, any solution can help me stream AVI files over DLNA easily? Is there a format which is suitable for both the PS3 and the DLNA Panasonic plasma TV?

Researched the web and tried to follow these instructions and I finally get the issue resolved. Actually, some DLNA compatible devices can support AVI format, but it is limited to Xvid/DivX SD. Some DivX HD AVI movies are not supported well. In usual, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 are the typical supported formats by DLNA. To make all AVI files DLNA compliant, you can convert AVI to DLNA most compatible format first. Brorsoft Video Converter  is the best solution for you.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding AVI to DLNA supported format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports AVI videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MTS, MKV, VOB, MOV, WMV .etc. Plus, it offers kinds of preset profiles for media players including PS3, iPad, iPhone, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nook HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Galaxy S6, etc to meet your different needs. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the alternative choice. Now, I will give a detailed guide on the whole process from converting AVI to DLNA supported video.

Tutorial: How to stream and play AVI files over DLNA

1. Load AVI files to the converter

Start the AVI video converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your AVI files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

2. Choose output format

Click Format bar and choose a DLNA supported video format. MPEG-4, MPEG-2 from “Common Video” are all the proper choice.

Tip: Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters. As for DLNA streaming, select a proper bitrate and resolution based on your WLAN bandwidth.

3. Start encoding AVI to a DLNA compatible video

Click Convert button to start converting AVI to DLNA compatible video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button and then stream AVI via DLNA to other media devices for sharing. Enjoy.

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Best M3U8 Video Encoder for Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite)

As we know, an index file (.m3u extn) can be used in the web page for HTTP live streaming. Many guys including the iPad, iPhone, iPod users are eager to convert MP4, WMV, MKV, AVI, H.265, XviD, etc to M3U8 for http live streaming. Where I am going to introduce the best M3U8 Video Encoder for Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite), which can help you encode kinds of videos to m3u8 for easier streaming and playing.

We find there are some guys recommend FFmpeg for encoding videos to M3U8, but based on our testing, it’s very difficult for users to use on Mac and not so user-friendly. Although FFmpeg probably exist in your distro’s repositories, it might be out of date or it might not have support for some videos complied in.

Taking the support for M3U8 encoding as well as program stability, converting speed, output quality, user customization, and user friendly level, etc into consideration, here our review experts have tested and picked out the best M3U8 Video Encoder for Mac- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to meet your needs.

This Mac video converter is rated as the video M3U8 video converter for Mac OS X including El Capitan, Yosemite and Mavericks. It enables users to convert any video format MOV, MKV, FLV, M4V, WMV, MPG, 3GP to M3U8 with original quality kept. What’s more, it has built-in optimized profiles for popular devices iPad, iPhone, Galaxy tablets/phones, Surface tablets and more. Thanks to the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. Just download the program and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert videos to M3U8 on Mac OS X smoothly.

Guide: How to Encode Videos to M3U8 Format in Mac

Step 1: Load video files to the software

Laucn the Mac M3U8 encoder. Click the “Load files” or “Add Video” button to the top menu bar to import source video files .avi, .wmv, .mov, .mp4. .flv, .mpg… to the program for conversion. It supports batch conversion.

Step 2: Select HTTP Live Streaming m3u8

From “Format” drop-down options, you can locate and set the output format as HLS Streaming(m3u8) > ipad m3u8 streaming or iphone m3u8 streaming. By clicking the Settings icon, you can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.

Step 3: Edit source videos(optional)

Click the “Edit” icon on the main interface to open “Video Editor” window, you can trim, crop, add text/image/video watermark, apply special effect, enable srt, ass, ssa subtitles.

Step 4: Start m3u8 encoding

Finally, hit “Convert” button to start encoding videos to M3U8 on Mac OS X. After the conversion, you can get the output videos by hitting the Open button on the main interface.

Editor’s Note: The output m3u8 files should be named without space and file path should be in plain English or pure digital, otherwise you couldn’t play them successfully. Now you can stream the converted files to your iPhone/iPad with a HTTP Server.

P.S. If you have no idea how to build a local HTTP server, you can have a reference at the following steps:
1. Download XAMPP software and install it in the path of E:\xampp
2. Launch XAMPP in E:\xampp with the interface below
3. Check “Apache” module and hit “Start” actions and you will finish the local HTTP Server setting up process
4. You can confirm the HTTP Server address by typing 127.0.0.1 in your browser
5. Build a folder name “m3u8” under the path of E:\xampp\htdocs
6. Transfer your M3U8 files under this folder, you will then be able to access all your files in the browser with the HTTP Server address: 127.0.0.1/m3u8

Enjoy!

4K workflow in Final Cut Pro X/7

Q1: “Can FCP 7.0.3 edit 4k material? I’m working on a 4K project on a MacPro.”

Q2: “I may have a 4K edit job in the next few months. I’m running FCPX on an iMac. Can Final Cut Pro X support 4K files perfectly?”

As more and more 4K support cameras come out like Sony F5, F55, Sony AX100, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, DJI Phantom 3, Canon XC10 and more, more and more guys are stuck in 4K importing & editing issues. The typical one is how to import 4K to Final Cut Pro 7/X. In this article, we will talk about the issue and give you some hints.

Although FCP-X(FCP X 10.1.) supports some 4K videos( 4K ProRes, Sony XAVC and REDCODE RAW), while old version FCP X and Final Cut Pro 6/7 and like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format and will continue to do so for a long time. If you want to have a smooth 4K video and FCP workflow, you are advised to convert 4K video to ProRes in proper settings(1080p) for further editing in FCP 6/7/X.  With the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can easily achieve the goal.

Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K video converter, player and editor. Unlike some free video converters, it is capable of serving as the best 4K Video Converter for Mac. It provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for FCE (Final Cut Express) and iMovie, MP4 for any mobile or PC video players, and more formats for better editing, playing, and burning. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want.

How to Convert 4K videos to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Add 4K source video > Click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to load original 4K videos to the program. Or you can simply drag&drop the videos to the software.

Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format > Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP  on Mac.

Step 3: Advance video/audio settings > You can click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.

Step 4: Start 4K to FCP conversion Hit the convert button to start the 4k video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. And you can start editing these transcoded 4K files in FCP 7, FCP X. Create a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in FCP.

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How to get Plex to see and play MKV files

Q: “How to get Plex to play .mkv files. I’ve searched and can’t find a way through this. Can anyone help? Plex will not see MKV files I have on my laptop.”

We find more than one guys are looking for the solution to playing MKV via Plex as there are so many issues around it. In fact, there is an easy way to fix the issue. In order to stream MKV files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert MKV to Plex compatible video files. Along with some help from third party program, it can be done effortlessly. The video converting app I applied is Brorsoft Video Converter.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like TiVo, MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.

MKV to Plex Media Server conversion steps:

1. Click the “Add Files” or “Add From Folder” button to load MKV videos for converting.

2. Click Format bar to select a proper format like MP4 from Common Video profile.

Tips: Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the “Settings” button on the main interface for getting the best quality

3. Tap the Conversion button on the main interface to start transcoding MKV to Plex Media Server.

The process will be finished soon. After the conversion, you can easily find the encoded MKV files in the destination folder by clicking “Open” button. Afterwards, you can play and share the video to your other devices via Plex with ease.

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