I'm currently editing some video screen capture recordings I did under Linux using recordMyDesktop (basically OGG Theora video files).
Since there's currently no way to import Theora video into After Effects CC, I first need to transcode the video files into an intermediate format. I first tried with the Huffyuv and Lagarith losless codecs, but the file sizes came up too big.
I also tried transcoding to MP4 using ffmpeg with mixed results. It seems that After effects only likes a particular kind of MP4 encoded videos which I have yet to find. In my case, the footage would show intermittent "video offline" frames, which is undesirable.
The My ideal codec would be something that:
- Uses screen capture specific compression.
- Can be enumerated as a 64bit VFW codec inside Virtualdub 64.
- Runs in 64 bit mode (since I need to decode and edit inside After Effects).
- It's free (I'd pay for one, but first I'd like to exhaust my options).
Finally, I tried looking for VFW compatible screen capture codecs and here's what I found:
TSCC codec - TechSmith: Not free. Free version does not allow me to encode video using Virtualdub. I think this one can run with 64-bit applications.
inno Screen Capture Codec(iSCC): Not free. Don't know if runs in 64-bit mode.
MSU Screen Capture Lossless Codec: Free. Compresses files fairly nice. I think it kind of messes with the framerate of the video. Unfortunately, I didn't find a 64-bit build of the codec, so the 32-bit codec encoded files get rejected by After Effects :(.
I also read about using ffmpeg to encode to Quicktime mov with an animation codec here http://video.stackexchange.com/a/8315/6059. So I'll give that a try.
So has anyone else done something like this?