Importing a PNG sequence in After Effects

Get a sequence of individual frames as images into Adobe After Effects and use them as a combined video clip. Also works with a transparent background.

This tutorial shows screenshots from a previous version of Rotato, so they might look slightly different on your Mac. We will be posting an updated tutorial shortly!

Read more about transparency in our guide to transparency.

How to do it

See how to export your Rotato animation as a PNG sequence, or watch the full video below.

Once you have all the frames as PNGs on your hard drive, let's get them into Adobe After effects in these simple steps.

  1. Create or open a composition in AE
  2. Double click the asset area or go to File > Import > File
  3. Navigate to the folder with your PNG sequence
  4. Choose the very first frame (the one with "...Frame 1.png")
  5. Check the PNG Sequence checkbox and click Open

That's it. You now have your animation in After Effects as a "PNG Sequence" type, which behaves much like a composition. You can drag it onto the timeline and use it as any other clip. If you exported your sequence with a transparent background, you can also layer other clips, compositions and elements below it.

Watch a video


See also: How to import a PNG sequence in Final cut