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  • HDV in after effects 7

    Posted by Bill Hash on January 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I had been doing all work with DV. With a recent music video I decided to shoot HDV. All editing was done on premiere pro 2 . After finalizing the edit I wanted to play around with a sequence or two in after effects 7.

    I started getting error messages and I came to find that after effects 7 cannot deal with or load HDV files. If that is the case why do they list composition and project settings in HDV?

    So my questions are ?

    My laptop does have CS4 on it has this problem of loading HDV into after effects been alleiviated?

    Bill Hash

    Michael Szalapski replied 14 years, 5 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Todd Kopriva

    January 4, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Are you using After Effects 7 Standard or After Effects 7 Professional? The Standard version can’t import HDV footage.

    BTW, After Effects 7 is the last version to have a difference between Standard and Professional. After Effects CS3 just have the single Professional version.

    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
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  • Bill Hash

    January 4, 2010 at 1:55 am


  • Bill Hash

    January 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

    for Todd

    here is the error text>>>AFTER EFFECTS ERROR The avi file is not of the expected format(-2147205010)(53::33)

  • Michael Szalapski

    January 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Convert your footage to a codec that doesn’t use interframe compression. From Dave LaRonde:

    Dave’s Stock Answer #1:

    If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following — footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, mp4, m2t, H.261 or H.264 — you need to convert it to a different codec.

    These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

    In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide variety of problems.

    Some popular options are Quicktime movie using the PNG codec or targa image sequences.

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