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Mike Throck
Rednering shadows for AE lights on transparency
on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:23:49 pm

I've got some 3d objects casting shadows onto a white solid set to multiply, which catches the shadows. All of this is on top of a video layer.

How do I render these out with transparency? When I turn off the video layer under the white solid, the transfer mode turns the solid back to white, and no transparency is present.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Rednering shadows for AE lights on transparency
on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:32:25 pm

Are you planning to use this in an NLE or just as a precomp in AE?

If you're staying in AE and you put it in a precomp and enable the continuous rasterization switch, everything should work for you just fine.

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Mike Throck
Re: Rednering shadows for AE lights on transparency
on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:57:28 pm

No, it's a graphic that needs to be able to be used in an editor.

Can this even be done?


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Mike Throck
Re: Rednering shadows for AE lights on transparency
on Oct 21, 2010 at 8:21:00 pm

That was a pretty intense post, but I found the response that seems to work.

Using the channel combiner, but because I'm using a white solid instead of black, set "FROM" to MIN RGB and "TO" to Alpha. Then Invert.

Thanks for the link,


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