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George Messa
Layering stills with video
on Jan 3, 2012 at 2:52:39 pm

Hi there,

Another quick question - I am putting logos into the video and I was wondering if there is a way, like in Photoshop, to layer them? In Photoshop I am deleting the backgrounds of the image so all thats left is what I want, then creating a canvas the size of my project in FCP. What I am trying to achieve, is the image I've made in Photoshop to come up in the bottom corner of the video. However, whenever I put the still into the timeline in FCP it creates a background for the image and just sits on top of the video. So is there any way to layer stills and video? Thanks in advance,

George


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Stephen Smith
Re: Layering stills with video
on Jan 3, 2012 at 3:45:27 pm

Make sure the Photoshop file is RGB, not CMYK. It should be transparent with no background.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Layering stills with video
on Jan 3, 2012 at 7:15:17 pm

And obviously, should be an actual .psd file that can carry alpha channel information, or a Tif or png even. A jpeg won't work.


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George Messa
Re: Layering stills with video
on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:02:17 pm

Thanks guys, I am embarassed to admit it but I had indeed saved it as jpg, as soon as I saved it as a PNG it started working again. Thanks for the prompt replies!


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Mark Suszko
Re: Layering stills with video
on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:27:29 pm

It's often the simplest things that cause the trouble because we get careless and less methodical over time. It happens to everyone, or it WILL:-)


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