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    Hi Jason. Thanks for submitting this feature request.

    Can you elaborate on how you would like this work?

    You can already import multiple image sequences by dragging multiple folders containing image sequences from Explorer or Finder. (When you drag a folder to the Project panel, After Effects automatically looks an image sequences inside each folder.)

    That's is a fairly simplistic method, so I imagine you're asking for a more refined way to import image sequences. Can you explain how you would imagine this to look and work?

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    In After Effects 15.1, JSX files can be imported just like footage and then referenced using expressions. (This was also possible in 15.0, although the extension was .JSON, and this caused a problem with upgrades to the JSON parser in 15.1; proper JavaScript code is not actually legal in JSON schema!)

    I'd like to give you an example. Since I can't attach files here, we'll do it by text.

    First, create a new text file. Save it with the .jsx extension (ex., "myFunctions.jsx").

    Copy the following into the file (two functions that calculate the circumference of a circle given an input value) and save it:
    {
    "circumferenceFromDiameter" : function(diameter) {
    return diameter * Math.PI
    },
    "circumferenceFromRadius" : function(radius) {
    return radius * 2 * Math.PI
    }
    }

    Now import that JSX file into After Effects 15.1.

    Create a new text layer, and add this expression to the Source Text property:
    footage("MyFunctions.jsx").sourceData.circumferenceFromDiameter(5)

    ("5" can be any value, it's simply the input value for the function.)

    This will return the result of the function, calculating the circumference of a circle with the given diameter, to the text layer.

    If you want to easily reference the function multiple times in an expression, you can declare it as a function in the expression:
    function myFunction(myValue) { return footage("MyFunctions.jsx").sourceData.circumferenceFromDiameter(myValue)};
    myFunction(5)

    Once you've created the expression, you can save it as an animation preset (Animation menu > Save Animation Preset). Of course, for the preset to work in future projects, you will need to have the JSX file present in the project. To help with that, you can create a project template and set it as your default project in Preferences > New Project > New project loads template.

    If you edit the JSX file outside of After Effects, the changes will be automatically recognized when you save the file.

    Finally, although the expression references the JSX file as a footage object, you should add the JSX file to the composition you use it in. This is because certain functions that create a copy of the project, like exporting a Motion Graphics template or using Adobe Media Encoder to render the comp, do not remember to look at expression references to footage objects and will fail to copy the file. (We consider this a bug.) But if you add the JSX file to the composition, the file will be copied.

    I hope that helps clarify what is currently possible in After Effects. If you see additional functionality that you'd like, let's continue the discussion here, or you can create separate requests.

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    Do you use Adobe Media Encoder to export your compositions to H.264? The H.264 options in AME are very flexible.

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    Thank you for submitting this bug report. Can you please:

    1. Provide us with a sample file that causes the problem? If you prefer not to post a public link, you can email it to aebugs@adobe.com.
    2. Tell us which application created the ProRes file.

    Once we receive the file, or details on how we can create a matching file ourselves, we will inspect it to understand what has changed that is causing it not to import in After Effects 15.1.

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