Mar 072013


Adobe Photoshop is well know as an image editor software. In addition, it is also a powerful, graphics editor, text editor and video editor. Starting from CS3 Extended, users can do simple video enhancement and animation which may bring unexpected effect. In Adobe CS5 Extended edition, video editing is comprehensive and efficient with a broad compatibility of video file formats such as MOV, AVI, MPEG-4, and FLV formats and easy workflow.

Though Photoshop CS5 and CS6 were claimed to be compatible with MP4, MOV, M4V, when trying to import an .mp4 file or .mov file or .m4v file into Photoshop to make gif, a messages just pops up “Could not complete the Video Frames To Layers command because the movie file could not be opened.”

How to Solve Photoshop CS6/CS5 Won’t Add MP4, MOV, M4V Issue?

Photoshop uses QuickTime to parse video files. If you can’t import MP4, MOV, or M4V to Photoshop CS6 or CS5, first make sure you download and install the latest QuickTime player.

If you are using the latest Quicktime player but sitll have problem of opening MP4, MOV and M4V in Photoshop, you can follow the guide below to convert your source MP4, MOV, or M4V to Adobe Photoshop supported MPEG-4 video, or if your source MP4, MOV, M4V video files are not protected, you can download the Codec Pack to help Photoshop read the video codec of your source video.

  • Method 1: Download and install K-Lite Mega Codec Pack.
  • Method 2: Convert MP4, MOV or M4V to Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CS5 supported MPEG-4 Video

Method 1: Download and install K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

Before you download K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, you should know that the discussions of troubleshooting issues with Adobe application caused by particularly K-Lite Mega Codec Pack are never stopped. Some users think the codec pack will fill the system with a lot of garbage, and some of the codecs replace codecs that Photoshop and other Softwares install and will cause the instablility of software running. And even though K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is installed, Photoshop still cannot load MP4, MOV or M4V videos reported by some people.

Method 2: Convert MP4, MOV, M4V to Photoshop CS6 or CS5 supported MPEG-4 video

PrePare: Free download Aiseesoft Video Converter

Free download Aiseesoft Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac). Install and launch the program.

Step 1: Add MP4 to iMacsoft Video Converter

Press on “Add file” button to add your source video

Convert MP4 to Adobe Photoshop supported format

Step 2: Set Photoshop CS6/CS5 supported MPEG-4 video

Click on “Profile” drop-down and select the “MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4)” as the profile from “General Video” category.

Step 3: Start converting MP4 to Photoshop CS6/CS5

Press on “Convert” button to convert MP4 to Adobe Photoshop supported MP4. Now you can successfully import MP4 to Photoshop CS6 or CS5 for edit.