Guide on Importing footage on DVD into After Effects CC

What’s available workaround to successfully edit DVD footage in After Effects CC/CS6/CS5 without any issue? This article will give you the definite answers.

Adobe After Effects CS software is the industry-leading solution for creating sophisticated motion graphics and cinematic visual effects. A lot of users are willing to choose this ideal video editing tool to create their own masterpiece. There are occasions you find yourself facing DVDs as source videos for a project or need to do some “operation” on DVD with Adobe After Effects.

Whether it’s for a wedding video, a sport highlight film, or some other project, more and more people have their video footage on DVDs these days. Obviously this is not a wise move for editing – most video editing software doesn’t support DVD importing including Adobe After Effects. In order to solve the issue, the bes solution is provided for you.

To add DVD clips to After Effects CC, you’ll need to convert DVD files to After Effects supported video format. In this case, you can turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac .

With its help, not only DVD Disc movies, but also ISO, IFO, Video_TS, etc are allowed to transform to After Effects compatible format with fast speed while keeping its original quality. Besides, the DVD Converter also features some practical editing functions, including joining clips, trimming section of your fills, adding subtitles to your original files, replacing audio tracks, etc. catering for your different needs. If you are running a Windows computer, please turn to the alternative Windows version Brorsoft DVD Ripper.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Step 1. Load DVD movies

First, insert your DVDs into DVD Drive, and then drag the DVD files to the program; Or you can click “Disc” icon to draw into DVD movies you want to rip. Alternatively, you can hit “ISO/IFO” button to import ISO files.

Step 2: Select output format

Brorsoft DVD to Adobe After Effects Converter is able to output proper formats for video editing software and devices. To import DVD footage to Adobe After Effects, I follow Adobe Premiere/ Sony Veags tab and select MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format. Alternative formats are WMV, AVI, MOV, DV, etc. If you’d like to combine multiple DVD files to be a single file, you can tick the checkbox “Merge into one file”.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters

To make good control of the output file size and quality, you can adjust all the items in the following interface, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels. To bear least quality loss, you may view the video information in the Preview window.

A recommended setting is


Codec: mpeg2video
Size (pix): 720*480 (NTSC) or 720*576 (PAL)
Bitrate (kbps): 8500
Frame rate (fps): 29.97


Codec: mp2
Sampling rate (hz): 48000
Bitrate (bps): 96000bps
Channels: Stereo

Step 4: Start converting video footages from DVD for After Effects

Finally, press the convert button; it will start to convert DVD to MPEG-2 for Adobe After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC on Mac OS X immediately.

After the conversion completed you can click on “Open” button in the main interface to get the generated files and load the video to Adobe After Effects.

Additional Tips:

If you not only wanna convert DVD videos, but also intend to import Blu-ray or HD Videos such as MKV, WMV, MOV, M4V, AVI, FLV movies to edit with After Effects CC, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice. It is a yet professional all-in-one Blu-ray Ripper, DVD Ripper and HD Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. What’s more, its deinterlacing function and merging, cropping, trimming, adding subtitles ability are what its many competitive products lack of.

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  1. This DVD Ripper for Macs that Brorsoft came up with is very good for beginners. It’s simple layout makes it easy to rip DVDs on a Mac, which is not always easy for a novice like me. Brorsoft, thanks!

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