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chris larsenMotion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Aug 22, 2011 at 4:21:45 am

I'm having some sort of alpha channel issue. Exporting from Motion 5 as prores 422 (fcp7 timeline settings), when I go into options color+alpha is the export option, but final cut 7 only shows a black background. My current workaround is to chroma key the black out, but this may not be a viable option for future projects.

additional notes,

export option: "Use current settings" creates a file that is unrecognized by final cut 7.

In the project properties I have set the background to transparent.

I have tried other variations of prores that have produced the same result.

Personal Opinion:

Final Cut X wasn't ready for release and anyone who uses it is doing Apple a $400 favor by testing for interface/workflow design flaws.

What FCPX needs: Better Keyframing (window for simple adjustment)
Magnetic timeline is garbage, any editor proficient in FCP never worried about it anyway. What I could do with the pen tool in 30 seconds in FCP7 takes me 3 times longer to do in FCP 10.

Colorgrading in FCPX is a joke, keep color alive and return all the necessary tools to use 3rd party softwares. audio editing and filters are also a joke.

any way... Enough griping help me out if you can, much appreciated.


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Mark SpencerRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Aug 22, 2011 at 4:27:02 am

ProRes 422 does not support an alpha channel. Try ProRes 4444 or Animation, with colors set to Millions+.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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chris larsenRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Aug 22, 2011 at 4:34:29 am

/facepalm

Thanks worked perfect.


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Tim SimpsonRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Sep 21, 2011 at 6:02:03 pm

Mark,
I tried this and it still has a black background in my fcpx project when i import it. I have set the motion 5 to transparency and also
saved as prores 4444 is their something i am missing.

I thought this was suppose to be easy as these motion is for placing in fcp on movies.
I am somewhat new to all this but got a job where i was forced to learn all this.

Not very stoked on FCPx with all the bugs especially serious playback issues.

Any help would be much appreciated thanks Tim


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Mark SpencerRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Sep 21, 2011 at 6:04:07 pm

Tim, Motion 5 is not compatible with FCP 7.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Tim SimpsonRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Sep 21, 2011 at 6:15:56 pm

I have fcp x and i still can't get any motion image or movie to show up in fcpx without having a black square box behind it.

Also note i watched your tutorial on fcpx how to publish features from motion 5 and have them be editable in fxpx, great stuff by the way biut
when i import a motion 5 movie in and i changed all the features like scale, rotate, ect it still is not editable in fcpx

once i am done this large tutorail video i have to get fcp7 as i have heard and read that fcp x is filled with bugs and bad stuff.
Is this just another bug in this program?
thanks for the quick response.

Thanks Tim


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Mark SpencerRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Sep 21, 2011 at 8:05:56 pm

If you want your Motion project in FCP X you need to publish it as a generator.

Where have you heard FCPX is filled with bugs? That has not been my experience at all.

The workflow between Motion 5 and FCP X is totally different than Motion 4 and FCP 7. It works, you just need to know what to do.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Tim SimpsonRe: Motion 5 and Final Cut 7, No transparency being transferred
by on Sep 22, 2011 at 3:41:45 pm

Mark,
Thanks I am actually having serious performance issues with fcpx.
Just on playing back, the video slows down alot and then the video and sound do not match and this has created a ton of problems in this very large dentistry tutorial project and am very frustrated because when i go to show the dr. the main point titles don't show up when he views the project to make final approvals.

I have went on FCPX comments and read more then half on so many complaints. I am stuck now to finish this in FCPX since i am 80% done.

Could you give me a brief rundown on how to publish a generator. I see that when you first open it gives option of making a fcpx generator but now my motion movie is done as a regular project. so do i have to do it all over as selecting create a generator for fcpx now?
Any help so i can finish this up.

also i have a ton of other video projects to do for the Dr. so would you recommdened i get fcp7? Also called apple today and they said they have a new fcpx and motion 5 update that might fix some of these issues hopefully. downloading now. Sorry for the long post just need to get this done.
thanks Tim


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