How to Open MKV File in After Effects Efficiently

We often see people trying to edit MKV files in After Effcts. While some guys struggle mightily. What’s the deal? Why can’t we import MKV to After Effects and edit happily away? Read on to find it out.

Based our experience and as some guys mentioned in Adobe forum, .MKV is just a container, like AVI. There are, literally, zillions of different codecs that it could be. You probably just don’t have the codec on your machine with which that particular .MKV file is encoded. A quick fix is to convert MKV to After Effects compatible file type like MPEG-2, which will save us both time and trouble, then all we need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

Download and use Brorsoft Video Converter, which is able to resolve your trouble effortlessly. This video app can help you convert MKV into a different format (e.g. .mpg, .wmv) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into After Effects with smooth editing without any trouble. With it, you can also effortlessly transcode MKV to MPG for Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas, DNxHD for Avid MC, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, etc. If you’re using a Mac, simply get the equivalent Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to encode MKV to After Effects on Mac OS X(macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite). Here is guide for converting MKV for using in AE.

How to Convert MKV to After Effects editable format

1. Download, install and run the MKV file converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source .mkv videos.

2. Click “Format” bar and choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format on the drop-down menu. Of course, you can also choose AVI, MP4 from “Common Video” as the output format.

3. Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

4. Click the convert button under the preview window, the MKV to After Effects Converter will start encoding MKV for importing to After Effects. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC perfectly.

Related Guides:
Editing MKV Videos in Final Cut Pro X/7
Get MKV Files to iMovie on Mac
Importing MKV Videos to Davinci Resolve(macOS Sierra)

4 thoughts on “How to Open MKV File in After Effects Efficiently”

  1. Adobe also doesn’t really open source multimedia formats like MKV. Brorsoft video converter is the tool I like to change the file format.

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