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Dan Brockett
Cannot get Motion L3 to key
on Mar 18, 2008 at 6:28:38 pm

Hi all:

Really lame question but I am very graphically challenged and only deal with motion graphics when someone puts a gun to my head as they have on this project.

I customized the "Weave" template in Motion 2. Changed it around enough to make it look pretty decent. Did a cool looking open and bumper. Bring them both into FCP, work and look great. Now my confidence is up. However, it quickly plummets back to Earth when I do the L3. When I bring the L3 into FCP, it has no alpha, even when I export it from Motion as "lossless+alpha" movie or as a DV (timeline in FCP is DV). When I look in the browser columns in FCP, the clip shows up with no alpha channel.

The L3 template in Motion shows up with a Grey background with a film strip that is labeled, "Background - Replace Here" in the Motion timeline. Do I need to somehow replace the BG with some sort of alpha channel before I export it? If I export it as is, that Grey background actually shows up in FCP. If I delete it and export it that way, the actual L3 clip ends up with a black BG, not an alpha channel BG. That means I have tried exporting the L3 from Motion in three different ways but no success.

What really obvious step am I missing here? You don't have to export the video clip you want to key the L3 over from FCP, into Motion, then back into FCP do you? There is a way to actually just export the L3 clip from Motion and bring it into FCP and have it key over a clip, right? Tried every composite mode in FCP too. Some of the almost got it but it still didn't look right. Some of them looked very weird too.

Motion 2, FCP 5.1.4, G5 dual 2.3gHz, 4 GB ram, QT 7.2

Thanks!

Dan


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Burt Hazard
Re: Cannot get Motion L3 to key
on Mar 19, 2008 at 4:29:18 pm

Export out of Motion: Animation, Color Depth: Millions of Colors+

In FCP: Make sure Modify>Alpha Type>Straight



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Dan Brockett
Re: Cannot get Motion L3 to key
on Mar 23, 2008 at 8:12:01 pm

Thanks for your reply, finally figured it out right after I posted this. It is not obvious to a non-graphics geek like me.

Thanks,

Dan

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