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Harrison Gruber
Exporting Greenscreened Footage from After Effects into Final Cut Pro
on Sep 23, 2011 at 9:59:23 pm

I need to export my greenscreened composition as a Quicktime so I can edit it in FCP. I tried exporting it with a number of different settings but they all ended up with a black background when I brought them into FCP. What are the exact settings I have to use?

(I used keylight to greenscreen and II'm using AE CS5 and FCP 7)

Thanks!!!!!


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Exporting Greenscreened Footage from After Effects into Final Cut Pro
on Sep 23, 2011 at 10:30:37 pm

Are you wanting to create a mov file with NO background? Keyed out? NOT putting background in, in AE?

You have to render out with ALPHA channel. Look to the codecs that support alpha channel like ProRes444 and Animation.
In FCP right click to select composite modes.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Harrison Gruber
Re: Exporting Greenscreened Footage from After Effects into Final Cut Pro
on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:46:07 pm

That's right, I'd like to bring in just the guy I greenscreened out, no background, just HIM. I tried the animation codec and when I brought that into FCP I right clicked composite view but couldn't get my guy to show up without the black background. I'm trying the apple pro res 4444 thing now to see if the results are different.

Here were my export settings:

Lossless+Alpha
Alpha+RGB
QUicktime
Animation Codec

Tried all the options in composite view--is there something I'm missing?


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Exporting Greenscreened Footage from After Effects into Final Cut Pro
on Sep 24, 2011 at 1:26:41 am

Make sure that FCP is interpreting the alpha channel correctly as transparency.

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Harrison Gruber
Re: Exporting Greenscreened Footage from After Effects into Final Cut Pro
on Sep 24, 2011 at 1:56:15 am

Thank you that worked.

For others struggling with this:

Exported from AE:

Lossless+Alpha
Quicktime PRoRes4444

and then in FCP

I dragged the clip into the timeline, selected it, went into View and for Channels selected RGB and Background Checkerboard.


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