How to open and edit Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 files in After Effects CS5/CS6/CC

Any trouble while importing Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 files into After Effects for further editing? If so, follow the quick-start guide to learn how to prepare AVCHD/MP4 videos for editing in After Effects CS5/CS6/CC without quality loss. 

Both the XA30 and XA35 are equipped with an integrated 20x Canon zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 26.8 to 576mm. Like the previous models, they record AVCHD or MPEG4 format video at resolutions up to 1080p and at frame rates of 24, 30, or 60 (23.98, 29.97, 59.94) fps. The camcorders also offer slow and fast video recording, including a new interval mode that adds selective speeds from 2x all the way up to 1200x for producing time-lapse video effects. 

Although Adobe announced that After Effects natively supports AVCHD importing, and mostly you can import MTS to After Effects for editing, you'll find the movie hops back and forth, or the video quality lost when you play it as the users described below. 

Q: Thousands Of Avchd Files, No Way To Preview? 
"As the subject says I have thousands of AVCHD files with my Canon XA35. I just bought Adobe CC Production Premium. In After Effects I have no way of knowing which MTS file is which. In Sony Vegas Pro, I could easily preview them (Vegas Pro shows a thumbnail in the file browser). I tried Bridge, and no go there. Is there any way to quickly get a thumbnail or a preview of what each MTS (AVCHD) file is, or am I stuck with having to import them all into AE and then weeding out the ones I don't want? 

Well, AVCHD, a high-definition recording format designed by Sony and Panasonic that uses H.264 (conforming to H.264 while adding additional application-specific features and constraints) codec. H.264 encoded MTS video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing. And, After Effects prefers MPEG-4 codec instead of others while MP4 can contain various video codecs, so , if you want to import Canon XA35/XA30 MP4 to After Effects for editing, there will be some troubles. 

To smoothly import and edit Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 files in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC, the easy workaround is to convert AVCHD/MP4 to MPEG-2 which is the best codecs with best results when working with Adobe AE. 

 

Just to experiment I used Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to convert the Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 to MPEG-2 and surprisingly it works perfectly in Adobe AE. 

This video app can help you change AVCHD/MP4 into a different format (e.g. .mov, .wmv, .mpg) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into After Effects with smooth editing without any trouble. If you are Windows users, please get the Video Converter. Below is how to. 

How to convert Canon XA35/XA30 to MPEG for After Effects CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC? 

Step 1: Run AVCHD/MP4 to MPEG-2 Converter for Mac and you can import AVCHD or MP4 clips from Canon XA35/XA30 to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button. If you like, check the “Merge into one” box to join video clips together. 

 

Step 2: Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPEG format. 

 

Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start encoding Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 to MPEG-2(.mpg) for Adobe After Effects on Mac OS X(El Capitan included). 

When the AVCHD/MP4 to Adobe AE conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files for transferring to After Effects CS5/CS6/CC with easy playback or editing. 

Additional Tips: 

This powerful AVCHD/MP4 to After Effects Converter not only can help you convert mts, m2ts, mp4 to AE, but also enables anyone with Canon XA35/XA30 AVCHD/MP4 files to use in any non-linear editor like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc as long as transcode AVCHD/MP4 to a recognizable format. 

More Topics: 
MP4 to iMovie 
MP4 to After Effects 
MP4 to Sony Vegas 
MP4 to iTunes library 
MP4 to Adobe Premiere 
MP4 to Windows Movie Maker 
MP4 to Avid Media Composer 
Converting Canon XA10 AVCHD to Pinnacle Studio 
Workflow for importing Canon XA10 MTS to DaVinci Resolve 11 (Lite) 
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Editing Canon XA10 AVCHD MTS/M2TS files in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS7 Smoothly

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