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Elsie StarbrookVideo Copilot solid alpha channel- Should be an easy one
by on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:16:23 pm

Hey all! I've been using Video Copilot plugin for the first time and right away I've found an issue- It's hiding up my footage behind it! I'm quite a newbie to AFX and I figure it's an alpha channel issue. Can anyone tell me how to make my lens flare solid transparent so I can see the background but still have the lens flare showing?

I hope that's clear! Thank you all!


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Video Copilot solid alpha channel- Should be an easy one
by on Feb 14, 2014 at 12:11:04 am

Generally the best way to achieve the most realistic result is to put the layer with the flare on it in Add mode. It adds the value of the brighter pixels in the flare to the background layer, making for a better look than just making it keyable.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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John CuevasRe: Video Copilot solid alpha channel- Should be an easy one
by on Feb 14, 2014 at 4:02:47 am

You need to change the Render mode from "On Black" to "On Transparent".

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Chris EvansRe: Video Copilot solid alpha channel- Should be an easy one
by on Feb 14, 2014 at 3:12:05 pm

If you watch the tutorials that come with the plug-in, it will explain things like this and a bunch of other important things. There are several ways to achieve what you are looking for, including what Joseph and John said, but Andrew Kramer actually recommends changing the transfer mode to screen instead of add because the lens flares were actually designed to be used that way and the falloff will look a little more natural. Of course, you should do whatever gets the best result, so play around with the different ways of doing it to get what you want.


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