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.

Related Guide:

Using iPhone Videos in Windows Movie Maker

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