QuickTime Is Dead : How To Export HAP from Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro & Media Encoder ?

by Antoine on April 7th, 2018
Adobe finally dropped support for Quicktime but we have a working solution for exporting HAP codecs !

What happened

Adobe warned for years that Quicktime support was going away. Quicktime is abandoned by Apple (replacing it AVFoundation) and pose some serious security threats to its users. In the April 2018 release of Adobe video softwares, Adobe decided to drop support for the Quicktime exporter. Animation, ProRes and DNxHD are still available but codecs that were coded as Quicktime extensions don't work anymore, such as HAP codecs.

How to export HAP codecs from After Effects, Media Encoder and Premiere Pro ?

AfterCodecs are new native plugins for the whole Adobe CC Video suite, working on both Mac OSX and Windows. It brings fast and efficient codecs to After Effects's render queue and a new "format" choice in Premiere Pro and Media Encoder's "Export" Window. It supports HAP codecs, with Snappy lossless compression and CPU chunks for multi threaded decompression, without any resolution restriction and it even provides new algorithms for better HAP quality.
Here are two tutorials with screenshot to guide you through exporting HAP with AfterCodecs :

More features you'll need

An update also brought numerous improvements over the default options offered by the original work of Vidvox the creators of HAP :
  • AfterCodecs' Hap and Hap Alpha supports three different algorithms where you can choose your own tradeoff between quality and encoding speed : the two first algorithms are from ffmpeg and original Vidvox work. The latest one, the slower but with the best quality is a new one we developed so that you get the best quality in HAP out of your Adobe Projects !
  • AfterCodecs now supports any resolution without previous limitations (before the resolution had to be a multiple of 4 which is not very convenient in some situations)
  • AfterCodecs offers more feature than other exporters : for example you can export all your audio channels from Premiere Pro and they'll reimport the same way in your PPro projects, keeping all the audio information you have to store. Another example, you can tag the output video with VR360 and VR180 metadata !
Click here for more information about AfterCodecs !

Is .MOV Dead to ?

No, MOV is a standard still written and read by most video software and unaffected by Adobe and Apple decisions.
Happy rendering with AfterCodecs for Adobe CC !