Import and edit iPhone XS Max videos in After Effects CC

iPhone XS Max features a Super Retina display with custom-built OLED. With CPU and GPU improvements, everything from the general snappiness of iOS 12 to gaming to augmented reality is faster for sure. You can take 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps footage easily. These, along with improvements to image quality, faster transfer speeds and smaller file sizes make this the new camera. But the problem is that iPhone XS Max H.265 videos can’t be imported to After Effects CC for further editing. After searching online and our multiple testing, some possible solutions turn up. Now I will share the best method to import and edit iPhone XS Max footage in After Effects CC flawlessly.

“Hello, I am having issues importing videos from my new iPhone XS Max (4K @ 60fps or 1080 @ 240fps) into After Effects CC. I see the file imported but can only hear audio. The video is imported as black only. I have been able to import it on the iMovie and the video shows up there. I’m wondering when After Effects CC will have support to H.265 correctly when it comes to the iPhone XS Max. Thanks! Note – I have macOS High Sierra on my Mid 2015 MBP. – Alex Trujillo”

“I am trying to import 4K H.265 footage shot using iPhone XS Max. I am able to play the file using QuickTime, even though for some reason it plays back in slow motion like the one shot with Samsung 4K Smart TV. When I try to import H.265 files, After Effects CC won’t let me select the .mp4 files to import. Had anyone encountered this problem? – Nick Gaugler”

Recommended File Formats Supported by After Effects CC

Refer to the video editing, the most basic decision you need to make is what’s the best video format for After Effects CC editing, so that you can finish your iPhone XS Max video editing work easily. Broadly, you can import the following video and audio formats in After Effects CC for editing.

Audio Formats: AAC, M4A, MPEG-1, MP3, WAV, AIF, AIFF

Container format: MPG, FLV, F4V, MP4, MXF, QuickTime MOV, MPE, MPA, MPV, MOD

Recommended Video and Audio Settings for After Effects CC

An unbounded video editing in After Effects CC also depends on the settings besides the file formats After Effects CC support. If you know what are the best audio/video settings your After Effects CC support, you can get a better result for editing in After Effects CC. Below is the recommended audio and video specifications for you to learn the best video format for After Effects CC.

Best Video Format for After Effects CC: MPG, MP4, MOV

As we know, iPhone XS Max records high resolution and high FPS videos with the new H.265 codec, while After Effects CC doesn’t support H.265 codec yet and the frame rate of your source video is limited to 60fps. In a word, to be able to work with iPhone XS Max 240fps H.265 files in After Effects CC, you will need to convert them to a format that is compatible with After Effects CC first, such as MPEG-2 codec and H.264.

Here, Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (Windows Version | Mac Version) will help you solve all the video/audio incompatibility issues once and for all. With 250+ video and audio codecs supported, this video converter can convert any video to the best video format and codec for After Effects CC, so that you can import your camcorder recordings, YouTube videos, or TV shows to After Effects CC without any problem. What’s more, you can even do some video editing work with its built-in video editor, and many more to suit your diversified needs.

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How to Transcode iPhone XS Max Footage for After Effects CC Editing?

Step 1. Load iPhone XS Max Footage
Run Acrok Video Converter Ultimate as the best H.265 to After Effects CC Converter, and load iPhone XS Max 4K H.265 video files into it from “Add file” icon which allows you to do batch video conversion. You don’t worry about the video converter interruption issue.

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Step 2: Select output file format
Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select After Effects CC best supported MPEG-2 codec as the desired output file format. For online high quality editing on high performance computer, it is ideal to choose “Editing Software” > “Adobe Premiere MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” or “Adobe Premiere AVC (*.mov)”.

Transcode iPhone XS Max Footage for After Effects CC Editing

If necessary, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” windows to custom video and audio parameters like video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Convert iPhone XS Max Video to After Effects CC
Hit the Convert button under the preview windows, the program will start iPhone XS Max footage to MPEG-2 MPG or H.264 MOV conversion for After Effects CC. When the conversion is completed, run After Effects CC and import the MPEG-2 codec footage for post production workflow.

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