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Ellen Pollard
Render on transparent, using "Drop Shadow" pretty please
on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:59:06 am

Hello dear after effects experts!

I need to make subtitles for an animation.
To make them easy to read, I use the layer style "Drop shadow".
When I render on transparent, quicktime, animation codec, "RGB + Alpha", it doesn't work :(
Without the layer style it works perfectly.

Please please help me with a solution :)

Thanks! Ellen


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Walter Soyka
Re: Render on transparent, using "Drop Shadow" pretty please
on Feb 11, 2014 at 1:58:21 pm

What do you mean by "it doesn't work?"

Can you describe exactly what steps you're taking, what you expect to see, and what you're actually seeing?

Walter Soyka
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John Cuevas
Re: Render on transparent, using "Drop Shadow" pretty please
on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:07:46 pm

I just created one and it worked fine, where isn't it working for you, in an NLE? Have you tried importing the graphic back into AE and checking there---cause some NLE's can be finicky about how you bring in alpha's.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Ellen Pollard
Re: Render on transparent, using "Drop Shadow" pretty please
on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:12:57 pm

Hello all!

Thank you so much for the responds.
There is one episode in which it wouldn't work.. As soon as I tried it in the other ones it was fine with codec "animation" and RGB+Alpha.
So just made the first one again.

tsss computers ;)


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Render on transparent, using "Drop Shadow" pretty please
on Feb 12, 2014 at 1:08:56 am

You said "layer style". Don't use the drop shadow layer style. Ijnstead, use the Drop Shado effect in AE.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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