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Ashraf AzizAfter Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:36:33 am

Hi everyone, I created a wonderful animated signature in After Effects CS5 and within Premiere Pro CS5 I imported the AE composition and added it to my initial video, but unfortunately while the animation works fine, the signature has a white rectangular back ground which I failed to make it transparent to show the animated signature only over the video. I would appreciate very much helping me to do that task. Thank you in advance. You are great.


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Dave LaRondeRe: After Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 7:32:41 pm

Go back to the After Effects project and get rid of the white background layer.

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


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Ashraf AzizRe: After Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:30:54 pm

I could figure a solution to the problem by adjusting the opacity of the composition in AE, and making some slight editing in Premiere Pro. I may add that I got a better result in achieving my above mentioned target by selecting the opacity blend mode "Linear Burn" and changing the position of the signature under motion effect.


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Dave LaRondeRe: After Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:53:43 pm

I don't know how you made the signature. Write-On is good, Stroke not so good.
But both give you the option of painting on a transparent background rather than the layer. Using that option could help a lot.

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


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Ashraf AzizRe: After Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:37:23 pm

The steps I followed to make the animated signature were as follows:
1) I scanned a handwritten signature and I saved it as a TIF image
2) I imported the above mentioned image in Adobe After Effects
3) I used the pen tool to mask the signature
4) I created a white solid composition
5) I copied the masks to the White solid composition.
6) I copied the white solid masks to a new video composition with same size of my Premiere pro project 1920x1080 and I started to amend the brush size, hardness...etc under stroke
7) I made the end of the stroke feature to be 0% at the start
8) After 3 sec. I made the end comes back to 100%
9) I checked the animation of the signature and it was great, I made the length of the composition becomes 20 sec in length to match the handwriting natural speed
10) I resized the composition to show a size of my signature which does not exceed a 10% of the quarter of the right corner of my video and I selected a transparent background (which did not help in making the rectangle behind the signature transparent), I decreased the opacity to 50% then
11) I opened the Premiere Pro and imported the compostion and I selected the settings I described earlier and at last it worked perfectly.


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Dave LaRondeRe: After Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:55:42 pm

You missed a step: in the stroke effect there is a drop-down where you can put the stroke on the original image or on transparent. In your case, it should be transparent.

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


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Ashraf AzizRe: After Effects -Exporting animated signature to Premiere Pro CS5
by on Dec 16, 2014 at 11:27:45 pm

Dave, you are absolutely right. I missed this crucial setting. With your help I could put back the opacity to 100% and the result is even better. I appreciate your kind help. Many thanks.


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