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Daniel Schultz
transparent background for fcp
on Apr 8, 2011 at 12:52:47 am

I'm creating text quarter-thirds in ae. I want to do the text white to read over the dark footage in fcp. Is it possible to export the animated text in a format that will have a transparent background and white type over the footage in fcp? Sorry if this is a dumb newbie question.

Dan S.


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Joey Foreman
Re: transparent background for fcp
on Apr 8, 2011 at 1:27:08 pm

Do not Export. Render.

Set the Output Module to Channels: RGB+Alpha, Depth: Millions of Colors +, Color: Straight.

If you have FC Studio 3, set the Format Options...Compression Type to Apple ProRes 4444.

If not, set it to Animation.

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Daniel Schultz
Re: transparent background for fcp
on Apr 8, 2011 at 5:05:40 pm

Thanks for the help.
Ok...I think I did everything you said.
But the lower-third came into FC with a black background...wanted it transparent.
I set the background on the AE composition to white (#ffffff).
What did I do wrong?

PS, I'm in Final cut studio 3

Dan S.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: transparent background for fcp
on Apr 8, 2011 at 5:11:42 pm

If you added your comp to the Render Queue and you set the Output Module using the information that Joey gave you, you WILL get an alpha-channeled quicktime movie.

So now you need to go over what you did with a find-toothed comb and find your mistake.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Daniel Schultz
Re: transparent background for fcp
on Apr 9, 2011 at 1:59:25 am

I fine-tooth-combed it, and guess what?
You were right! (Don't you love hearing that?)

It worked. Thanks to both of you!

Dan S.


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