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Shaun KnappExporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
by on Oct 20, 2010 at 6:20:36 am

This is a lame brained question for most, and will reveal me to be way too much a beginner for some tastes, but here goes.

I have a sweet overall background that is animated. I'm now making it into a lower third. I made a solid layer, then put a mask on it. Within that mask, I've got my text. You can see it now with a screen shot. But now, how do I get that lower third all by itself without the grey "solid" that is there too?



What setting or remaking do I need to do to bring in that lower third just by itself, without the grey solid?

Shaun K.

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Shaun KnappRe: Exporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
by on Oct 20, 2010 at 6:48:07 am

Perhaps another screen shot would be helpful



I want only that lower third where the yellow box (my mask) is. Looks like I need to learn about "mattes" which I really don't yet know much about.


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Kevin CampRe: Exporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
by on Oct 20, 2010 at 2:59:47 pm

there are several ways to get the transparency. since your shape seems to be pretty simple and you're at a later stage in the project, the easiest way may be to create a new solid that is the size you want the lower 3rd to be. you can use a mask, or even copy/paste the yellow mask you already have onto the new solid.

with that new solid at the top of your comp, set the blending mode for the layer from 'normal' to 'stencil alpha' from the mode dropdown. this should knock out everything bellow that layer.

if you toggle the transparency grid (checkerboard looking icon at the bottom of the preview window) you should see the background toggle between the comp's background color and the transparency grid.

when you render you will need to render with an alpha channel. check out this tutorial:

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/straight_vs_premu...

Kevin Camp
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Shaun KnappRe: Exporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
by on Oct 20, 2010 at 3:59:46 pm

Oh sweet, thank for that. I began to just export and was going to "key" out the grey, which did work in a trial render of a few frames, then checked back here, implemented your advice. Thanks a ton for that.

Looks like I had to render out in a codec other than ProRes, which doesn't allow for RGB+Alpha, so just went with the native default Animation codec. Keying this thing with the ProRes codec is almost tempting because of file size and FCP making it have to render when brought into the timeline.

Regardless, thanks a ton for the tip. I'm implementing it now. Here is the screen shot of the alpha you helped me knock out.



Shaun K.

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Dave LaRondeRe: Exporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
by on Oct 20, 2010 at 4:04:12 pm

In the ProRes family, only ProRes 4444 supports alpha channels... which in my mind is the only reason to use this codec in the first place. For anything else, You have the other varieties of ProRes.

Dave LaRonde
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Michael SzalapskiRe: Exporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
by on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:38:38 pm

There are a zillion other ways to do it too. You could precomp everything and mask it, for one.
As you are just starting out in AE, may I recommend this wonderful (free!) resource? It should help you a lot as you start along your way.

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