After Effects random green frames with imported screen capture footage

Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018

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Hey guys,

I'm importing some screen capture footage recorded on mobile devices into After Effects (mp4), but there seems to be random green frames.. At first i thought it may be just  problem when previewing in AE, so I did a quick test render and the output file still shows these random green frames.

The footage plays back perfectly in any other app including Premiere, so I tried editing in Premiere then sending to AE via Dynamic Link but the random green frames still show in AE (and then the Dynamic Linked comp in Premiere). I also tried rendering in Premiere then importing the new rendered file into AE, but still the same issue.

I thought it was maybe an issue with the footage that the iPad had generated, but I also tried using an Android device and the same problem.

What could be causing this? Any ideas on how I can fix it?

At the moment it seems i'm restricted to editing this footage in Premiere as After Effects just does not seem to like this screen capture footage

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Participant , May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018

I think mobile devices record with VFR (Variable framerate).

In AE, in project window, try "interpret footage" / "conform to framerate"

2018-05-17 15_30_32-.png

If it doesn't work, try exporting from premiere to Media Encoder as image sequence (png tga or tiff) and import as image sequence in AE

Hope this helps

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Participant ,
May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018

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I think mobile devices record with VFR (Variable framerate).

In AE, in project window, try "interpret footage" / "conform to framerate"

2018-05-17 15_30_32-.png

If it doesn't work, try exporting from premiere to Media Encoder as image sequence (png tga or tiff) and import as image sequence in AE

Hope this helps

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May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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Guys,

I just had the same issue (randon green frames present themselves using screen capture footage. In addition, I also had random frames from elsewhere in the footage. I did the conform to framerate thing, and it did take care of the random green frames, but not from elsewhere. So, I opened up the screen capture footage in Quicktime and exported as a .mov and imported into AE. Voila! No random screens!

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2019 Nov 14, 2019

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Where can I download QuickTime 🥺

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New Here ,
Dec 21, 2020 Dec 21, 2020

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This worked for me. Thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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Thank you so much for this advice! 

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Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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Thanks for your reply. You're a star

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May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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Welcome John 🙂

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Participant ,
May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018

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Oops, John. After further observation, I noticed the random green frames began showing up again. Sorry for jumping the gun.

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May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

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Okay. I have figured out an alternative to the correct answer above which may be easier. Here's what I did on my Mac. Don't bother converting the footage into another format. Just keep it native .mp4 or .mov.

If you have these random green screens popup in your variable rate screen capture footage after importing to AE, do these steps:

  1. Right-click on the footage within your AE project window.
  2. scroll down to "interpret footage"
  3. Select Main
  4. At the bottom of the dialogue box that comes up, select "more options"
  5. Under variable frame rate mode, select "smooth video motion".
  6. That's it!
  7. Now, your audio will be effed up, but, you can extract that audio from your screen capture if you absolutely need it, and place into your project as an audio file by itself. Some timing adjusts may need to occur in your project timeline.

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LEGEND ,
May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

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Or -- since you're working with professional applications that expect professionally-made footage --

DON'T DO SCREEN CAPTURES IN VARIABLE FRAME RATES

And use good capture codecs, too!  

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May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

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I agree wholeheartedly, Dave, DON'T USE VARIABLE FRAME RATE VIDEO (UGH! like iPhone footage for example). During this process, we actually found a screen capture software by Debut that let's you specify the frame rate! We will obviously choose 30FPS!

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New Here ,
Jul 09, 2019 Jul 09, 2019

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So.. some of us are just trying to take footage from work in progress app development to present. maybe you can recommend a capture program for iOS and Android that app devs can use to grab footage to present to clients, or internally instead of responding with some condescending answer. If you aren't gonna contribute knowledge, why would you reply to just lambaste? Is your life that sad?

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New Here ,
Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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@gimmetheprize Agreed, anyone who has worked with Android (especially development) would know that screen capture is a nightmare there (getting even internal audio is a pain in the ass) and it's not as simple as 'capture in constant frame rate then'. Telling people to 'avoid VFR' isn't helpful at all.

 

For instance, Android Studio's emulator is crap so it makes very little sense to record it for most parts and the app I use to capture footage of an actual device lets me specify frame rate (without mentioning whether it's variable/constant) but it comes out as variable no matter what.

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New Here ,
Oct 21, 2019 Oct 21, 2019

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shut the fuċk up dave all you do on here is talk shįt

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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🤣🤣

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New Here ,
Jan 22, 2022 Jan 22, 2022

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What a legend 

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Dec 06, 2019 Dec 06, 2019

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I think you need to calm down. You can't expect everyone to have a good PC or even have a capture card for that matter. If you want to talk about "Proffesional Footage" then why have ya'll been suggesting Quicktime? Why not a beefier software like OBS or Camtasia. 

Personally I think OBS is the best. I use it with my elgato capture card to record 600+ fps gameplay. 

 

The fact is it does not matter how you capture your screen. 

 

Record with a variable frame rate or not it doesnt matter. Changing the footage to smooth video motion will fix this problem without any stupid Quicktime workaround. Infact quicktime gives you the option to save as audio only in the event that changing your footage to smooth video motion ruins your audio.

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

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I don’t understand why you have to be aggressive, not the first time you do this. Please revisit this behavior.

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

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Thanks  sholderman1

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2019 Jun 15, 2019

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sholderman You are Genius!!! THANX A LOT

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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I'm sure the work around will work great...once I am able to check the "More Options" box...any idea as to why I can't click on it? It is currently grayed out for me and no manner of checking/unchecking seems to release the button for me.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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I did find a thread that suggested to try this fix before adding the video to a timeline/comp. But a quick test of this suggestion did nothing to change the state of the "More Options..." button.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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I resolved the issue -- the files my client provided were .webm and in converting to a usable format in VLC, my videos were turned into .m4v. After Effects apparently does not like these files much. I simply edited the files names to .mp4 and after reloading each file, they were able to be set to "smooth motion".

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Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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Thanks @sholderman1 . I have solved this problem in your way.

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