To make Canon XF705 4K H.265 footage compatible with Adobe After Effects CC perfectly, the easy option is to convert the Canon XF705 H.265 (.mxf) to a more editable format- H.264. Here is how.
Canon has just announced the XF705 camcorder. The XF705 is the companies flagship model in the XF series and can shoot 4K UHD 50P in full 4:2:2 10-bit. The new XF-HEVC file format utilizes HEVC encoding technology that is about twice as efficient as mainstream H.264/AVC. By using XF-HEVC the XF705 can record 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit files directly to widely available SD cards. The way this works is Canon is using (H.265) video compression, and then packaging it inside the industry standard Material eXchange Format container. The 4K camera can build 4K videos in MXF wrapper. I have got a Canon XF705 for days. Just curious if people have been able to work with the Canon XF705 4K videos in After Effects CC natively yet.
I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find about the Canon XF705 4K H.265 to After Effects CC workflow. The final result I found from all relevant forums is that After Effects CC doesn’t do 4K H.265 perfectly yet.
A common solution to import Canon XF705 files to Avid is to AE in the footage- but it won’t be 4K H.265. Largest project you can have is 4K or 1080P H.264. I have tried my best to make it, frustratingly, no luck. An alternative and decent solution is to use a third-party video app to convert Canon XF705 H.265 codec to After Effects CC native format before importing. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate is what most guys recommend.
Free download Canon XF705 to After Effects CC Converter
Overall, this Canon H.265 video converter provides the most reliable and professional 4K solutions to all format issues including 4K MOV, 4K XAVC/XAVC S, 4K MP4, 4K MXF and more. With it, you can transcode Canon XF705 4K H.265 to After Effects CC without any quality loss. It comes with hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as H.264 for After Effects CC, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro X, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas Pro 16. Besides, this 4K video converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Tips Editing Canon XF705 4K MXF in After Effects CC
Step 1: Load 4K footage to the converter
Run the best H.265 to After Effects CC Converter and click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button, browse to the Canon XF705 footages and load them to the converter for conversion.
Step 2: Choose a proper output format
Click “Format” bar to choose output format. You are recommended to choose “Editing Software -> Adobe Premiere AVC (*.mov)” as the target format.
Tip: Advanced 4K video settings
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. You’d better downscale Canon XF705 4K to 1080p for easier editing in old version editing software. Of course, if you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.
Step 3: Start converting H.265 to H.264
When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Canon XF705 4K H.265 video for After Effects CC on Windows 10. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
After the conversion, it’s freely to import Canon XF705 4K H.265 videos into H.264 codec for After Effects CC natively editing.