Importing an mov file

How can I import an mov file. Sees like a feature it should have?

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  • Please do watch the tutorials on the right side of the page.

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  • Craig,

    John Petze asked how to import an MOV file. But you showed how to import a jpg. This goes to the problem I was speaking about in another thread. How can you import an MOV file or AVI file without it becoming distorted ? I have found that I can import it to the media area, but when you try to place it on the timeline it becomes distorted and squeezed. 


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  • Alan Feller MOV files are imported the same as any other media. Codec compatibility is paramount. MOV and AVI are containers, not codecs. 

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  • I'm actually having issues with mov files in Screenflow 7. Whenever I export a .mov from After Effects and bring it into Screenflow, it appears in the library but nothing actually shows. I have to open the mov in Quicktime, save it as a converted mov, and then it works. This wasn't an issue in Screenflow 6. Any idea why this is happening now?

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  • Jacob Hidas MOV is a container which can contain any number of codecs. If you're exporting Animation codec, Apple has deprecated it so it no longer plays natively. If you need a codec with alpha channel you should use Apple ProRes 4444 with alpha channel.

    I'm making a best guess because you don't mention the codec. It's important you confirm that information.

    Otherwise if you open Animation MOV in Quicktime X, you'll note that it won't play natively there either. Quicktime will automatically convert it to Apple ProRes 4444 though and you can then use that converted file in ScreenFlow. We are examining supporting Animation MOV independently of Apple.

    If you are not using Animation codec, please check the codec and post what you're using. Otherwise please link to the After Effects exported file and I can test on my system.

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  • Hi  CraigS

    Thanks for the explanation - I wasn't thinking about the codec in this instance. My concern was that it USED to work, same settings, in Screenflow 6 used to have no problem.

    Checked AE and I changed from Animation to h.264, and that seems to have done the trick - I can now bring the file into Screenflow, no problem.

    Thanks for the quick reply!


    - Jake

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  • Jacob Hidas Generally the only reason to use Animation is that it carries an Alpha channel. Apple now supports ProRes 4444 for that. H.264 works if you don't need an alpha channel.


    You're welcome of course.

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  • Jacob Hidas Im haveing the same issue. What do you mean by "Checked AE and changed the animation to h.264". I have a .mov that is an alpha channel. How do you do what you just said?

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  • Dustin NcCorchuk said:
    I have a .mov that is an alpha channel. How do you do what you just said?

     MOV is a container. It can contain either Apple ProRes 4444 or Animation with Alpha. On Windows you'd likely only be able to do the latter. On recent Mac OSs it would be the former. So it depends whether you're using AE on Windows or Mac. H.264 doesn't contain Alpha if you don't need it. AE allows you to select the codec when exporting.

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  • CraigS im using Mac OS Sierra. How do I get my .mov to show up in screenflow?

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  • Dustin NcCorchuk Import as I show in the tutorial I posted 11 months ago.

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  • it doesnt work. thats why i am here.

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  • Dustin NcCorchuk Hey - So what happened in my situation was the file that I wanted to export was created in After Effects (AE). In the export settings, I had to change it from animation to h.264, and that allowed it to export so that I could use it in Screenflow. 

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  • Dustin NcCorchuk It's possible there's a compatibility issue. MOV is a container which can have any number of codecs which may (or may not be) compatible.
    ScreenFlow 7.1 fixed the compatibility with Quicktime Animation MOV so the current version 7.2 should work.

    Please post a link to the file and I'll test.

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  • Jacob Hidas As noted above that issue should have been fixed with ScreenFlow 7.1.

    Release Notes
    7.1 – Changes
    FIXED - Apple Animation MOV's not playing in ScreenFlow 7

    If Animation is still not working for you please report the issue.

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  • CraigS  Hey - that's great to hear. I haven't had to test the problem since I had it, so I'll let you know if that changes. I was only trying to answer Dustin's question to me. 

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  • Jacob Hidas The issue should be fixed. Of course we like confirmation from users just in case there are variables.

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