This tutorial will show you how to import and edit 4K videos in After Effects CC, CS6, CS5, CS4, etc. without rendering any other issues.

In recent two years, there are many guys made the switch to shooting and editing videos in 4K. Besides doing a major computer upgrade to handle the increased file size of the 4K video, in order to import 4K to After Effects or other editing programs smoothly, we need to do some other preparations like downscale 4K video for After Effects; convert 4K files to After Effects friendly format. Read on to learn details.

Actually, the 4K video was restricted to edit in After Effects. Only the latest version Adobe After Effects CC can natively support 4K video like Sony’s XAVC. The previous version After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6 has not yet been updated for 4K support. What’s more, due to the format limit, we can’t edit all kinds of 4K video files like 4K MP4, 4K MOV, 4K MXF, etc in After Effects flawlessly. How to solve the issues? As mentioned above, we need to encode 4K to After Effects compatible video and even downscale 4K to 1080p if necessary. What you need is a 4K video converter application.

U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate  is the ideal 4K video converter for you, which can take your high quality 4K files and convert them into a supported format like MPEG-2 for editing in After Effects any version. Besides AE, this software can also export professional encoders like DNxHD for Avid, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premier Pro and more. This 4K video converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as the users want. For Mac users, U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Converting 4K video for editing in After Effects

Step 1. Add 4K video clips

Install the 4K to After Effects converter and run it. Drag the 4K files to the software. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

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Step 2. Choose output format

This 4K file converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPEG-2 as the output format.

Convert AVCHD/XAVC S to MPEG-2 (*.mpg)

Step 3. Advanced Settings

You can click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. If you are using After Effects CS6/CS5/CS4 which does not fully support native 4K files, 1080p would be the best settings. Of course, if you wanna get a 4K workflow in After Effects CC, you can keep the original 4K video resolution.

Step 4. Start 4K to After Effects conversion

Hit the convert button to start transcoding 4K video to After Effects. After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. The converted 4K file will be ready for After Effects. Just enjoy your smooth editing process.