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Patrick Paulson
text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:08:14 pm

I have created text in Motion (color w a grey drop shadow). I have selected "alpha+color" for the export.
Back ground is "transparent" in my canvas. When I bring it in to FCP and try to super it over my video on track one, I get my text with a solid black backround...no superimpose. What am I missing here?

Thanks for your help.

Patrick


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Stephen Smith
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:13:03 pm

Make sure in Motion you don't have a solid background. To do this go up to Edit, Project Properties. Change the Background option to "Transparent".

Stephen Smith
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Patrick Paulson
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:22:07 pm

background is transparent


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Dave Davin
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:27:40 pm

Hey Patrick

You could just save the Motion project and import the motion file into FCP without exporting it.

That should work.

Dave

Dave Davin
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http://www.raicproductions.com


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Patrick Paulson
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:33:29 pm

Hi Dave, thanks for the response. I want to have control of my video and text (gfx) independent of each other (video on track one gfx on track two). If I "round trip" it from FCP to MOTN then what I get is my text and video together on one channel.
When I export and select only "alpha" instead of "color+alpha" I get my text and my shadow, of course I no longer have the color, just white text and white shadow. I can't figure out why it's not sending me my color text with the shadow in a format that will super right over the video channel when I select "color+alpha".


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Stephen Smith
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:37:09 pm

If you want to Export it out Set It to QuickTime's Animation codec. Make sure it is set to Millions Color +. The plus stands for the transparency you want. You can also use ProRes 4444. Best of luck and hope this helps.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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Patrick Paulson
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:39:10 pm

I'll give that I try...heading out now, but as soon as I get back. I'll let you know how that works.

Thanks!


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Stephen Smith
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 4:40:36 pm

Sounds great.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

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Patrick Paulson
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 9:08:07 pm

Thanks Stephen! That works. Jeff also pointed out that Pro Res 4444 will work and it did.
Thanks again.


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 5:01:42 pm

Likely your export isn't sending out the alpha channel.

Millions of Colors + (The plus is what we need).

Animation or ProRes 4444 codecs. Nothing else.

Best,

Jeff G

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Patrick Paulson
Re: text export to FCP
on Feb 24, 2011 at 9:07:08 pm

Thanks Jeff,
Both Animation and 4444 work as expected. I was trying to export in Pro Res 422 (timeline setting) and no luck...Now I know. Thank you.


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