Import QuickTime MOV files into After Effects without problems

Facing problems when importing MOV files to After Effects for smooth editing? Never mind! Read on to find the reason and the easiest solutio to fix the issue.


Adobe claims that After Effects CS5 and above (AE CS6, CC) offer native support for MOV format. However, sometimes you will find it a painful experience to import MOV files to After Effects. And you may encounter problems like these:

Problem 1: wait a long time to open the AE, it hangs on the initializing media core and takes about 10-15 mins to get through.”

Problem 2: can’t import the mov files, and if I import the mov to the AE project, this pop up comes “After Effects error: file ‘file’ cannot be imported – this ‘MooV file is damaged or unsupported.'”

Problem 3: can’t output the comp as mov. and this pop up warming comes “After Effects: One of the output modules could not be imported. It has been reset to use the default setting for the selected file format.”

As you see, Many users are puzzled by one thing that some files with MOV file extension can be imported into After Effects, but some may be unable to. So what’s matter? Well, that’s possibly because your MOV files, which may be from different sources, such as from some video editing software, or from different cameras, have different codec inside. Actually, MOV is a container file format which can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. After Effects can import MOV files, but the ability to import the data that they contain is dependent on which codecs (specifically, decoders) are installed.

We searched widely some possible solutions from Adobe official site are provided regarding DVCPROHDVideoOutput QuickTime component from Apple, deeper details and plans for longer-term solutions in After Effects and even the solution for a different issue regarding audio drivers. But technically, those ways still can’t help many AE users get rid of the MOV video importing, editing, outputting issues in After Effects. So, in this article we will introduce an easy and effective way to enable MOV files compatible with Adobe After Effects(any version).

You probably just don’t have the codec on your machine with which that particular MOV file is encoded. So you cannot import MOV to After Effects unless you convert MOV to After Effects compatible MPEG -2, WMV. Along with some help from the third-party program like EaseFab Video Converter, you can easily achieve your goal smoothly. The video app supports creating high quality WMV or MPG video for importing to After Effects without any trouble. And it can convert any video to After Effects compatible format without losing quality. If you are Mac users, please get EaseFab Video Converter for Mac (macOS Sierra compatible). Just download the right program according to computer OS and follow the steps below.

Convert QuickTime MOV files for After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC

Step 1. Add MOV video files

First download and install the MOV Converter for After Effects. When completed, start the program and then drag and drop your MOV files to the program. You can add multiple video files to convert at a time.


Step 2. Choose the output format

To import MOV files to After Effects, you can select MOV, WMV or MPEG-2 from “Editing Software” as the output format. All output videos will keep the original quality of MOV video and seamlessly fit After Effects CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4 and more.


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

Step 3. Convert MOV to After Effects

When everything is ready, click the Convert button and all the loaded MOV video files will be converted to into an editing-friendly format that can be imported into After Effects without any trouble.

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