Convert AVI Files in After Effects

Summary: For some reason when you import AVI's into after effects they don't show up as a video. When you click on the previewing screen it says "Video not available, cannot find 'vids:CFHD' Decompressor". 

In After Effects Help page, there is a Note says: In order for After Effects to import a QuickTime or AVI file, the codec that a particular file uses must be installed on the computer. (Common codecs are installed by both QuickTime and Video For Windows.) If you receive an error message or the video does not display correctly, you may need to install the codec used by the file. see Obtain support for additional formats and codecsfor more information. 

As far as we know, AVI is a 'container' which can incorporate most any sort of video and audio format. That is to say, AVI videos can be encoded by different codecs like DivX/Xvid, which makes After Effects refuse them. 
Then how can we make all AVI files compatible with After Effects? The best workaround is to convert AVI to MPEG/MOV(AVC) - the best two video formats for After Effects. 

After countless tests, I highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to all of you which can help you to encode any AVI files to Adobe After Effects supported MPEG/MOV(AVC) format (actually it is native supported by all Adobe products) at super fast speed effectively. What's more, besides Adobe After Effects, it also supplies powerful profiles to other NLEs, like FCP 7FCE, Avid MC .etc 

In addition, this program can support various common videos besides AVI, such as MOV/MP4,MKV,MTS,MXF,WMV .etc. The equivalent Windows version Video Converter is designed for PC users if they also want to edit AVI videos on PC, such as Premiere. Just download the right version and follow the step-by-step guide below to change AVI videos to After Effects smoothly. 

The trail-before-purchase is supported, just feel free to try it 

  

How to convert AVI to MPEG-2 for editing in Adobe After Effects Smoothly 

Install and run it, you will see the interface. 

Step 1: Add AVI files to the program 

Click the “Add File” button to select the AVI videos from your hard drive to this program. To save your time, this program supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time. 

 

Step 2. Select output format 

As mentioned above, MPEG-2 is the best compatible format for all Adobe products, just from "Format" drop-down lists, you can pick “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as Adobe After Effects preferable editing codec under “Adobe Premiere/Sony Ve…” option as the output format. 

 

Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality. 

 

Step 3. Start the conversion 

Finally, simply hig the big Convert button to start converting AVI to Adobe After Effects 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 easily. 

Related program 

Pavtube HD Video Converter / Mac Version: It is designed for converting HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon), non-protected HD or movies, DVR files (*.tivo) to other file types for playback on popular media devices like Apple TV, PS3, Xobx, Xobx360, WD TV HD Player. 

Pavtube Media Magician / Mac Version : A nice camcorder assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, MTS/ M2TS/ MXF/ MOV/ MKV/ TiVo/ WMV/ AVI/ MPG converter Meamwhile it supported upload edited video to YouTube directly. 

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Source: http://mediaconverting.blogspot.com/2016/03/edit-avi-in-after-effect.html

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