Convert & Import Avid DNxHD MXF clips for Editing in After Effects
Summary: Have trouble of importing Avid DNxHD .mxf files into After Effects? Well, this article aims to offer you a smooth workflow of editing Avid DNxHD .mxf files with After Effects.
Avid Media Composer is non-linear editing system which allows us for film editing, uncompressed standard definition (SD) video and high definition (HD) editing and finishing. There are some occasions that you want to import Avid projects to After Effects for further editing. However, the problem is that you'll find it a painful experience to work the Avid DNxHD.MXF files with After Effects. Now let's take a look at one common issue quoted from the current forum.
"Hello, I have some DNxHD files with a .mxf extension on them which I would like to bring into After Effects. I've never done this before. I also notice that the audio left and right are separate channels. But I don't even care about the audio, I just want to bring in the video. How would you do this?Thanks for your help!"
In general, After Effects does support mxf import or export, but has strict requirements only limited to P2 and XDCAM, and obviously DNxHD codec is excluded. And the easiest way to get this DNxHD MXF media imported into After Effects CC/CS6 is to encode DNxHD MXF to a Quicktime basic codec. In AE, you can render DNxHD to Quicktime container directly. However, it will be long-time duration for encoding the DNxHD MXF to Quicktime.
Luckily, there's an easier and quicker way to import Avid DNxHD .mxf files into After Effects - transcode DNxHD. mxf to MPEG-2, the optimal video format when working with all Adobe products. In order to fulfill this task perfectly, I'd like to highly recommend Brorsoft MXF Video Converter for Mac, which enables you easily convert DNxHD .mxf to MPEG-2 for editing smoothly in After Effects as well as other famous codecs like Apple ProRes, Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, etc to seamlessly fit for FCP, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer. iMovie and more NLE systems. If you're a Windows PC user, you can turn to the Windows version here. Now download the right version and follow the steps below to start converting Avid DNxHD .mxf to MPEG-2 for After Effects.
How to Convert DNxHD MXF Files to MPEG-2 for After Effects CC/CS 6
Step 1. Add DNxHD MXF files
Click File > Add Video/Audio to load DNxHD MXF files to the program. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.
Step 2. Choose After Effects compatible format
Click the format bar to choose output format from the dropdown list. For After Effects editing, Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) is one of the best compatible video formats for you to choose.
Tips: Click the "Settings" icon and you will get a new interface named "Profile Settings". You can change the default codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.
Step 3. Start the conversion
Finally, simply hig the big Convert button to start converting DNxHD MXF to Adobe After Effects CC/CS 6 friendly video formats.
Within several minutes, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the "Open" button. And then you can import the converted files to Adobe After Effects CC/CS 6 easily.
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