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Help with Animation / Media

Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2008, 2:34am

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Rid3r

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Hi, I'm trying to overlay a media file on a TV in my movie but when I drag the media file in to the project it is about 75% transparent and I want it 0% (so you can see the media file clearly). But there isn't a transparency slider for animation objects, so how do I make the video non-transparent?

Here's an image of the problem:
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/Rid3rboy/FXprob.jpg
Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2008, 4:14am

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Axeman

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This seems to be an EffectsLab related question, so I've moved it into the support forum. Please post in the appropriate forums, as you are more likely to get the answer you are after.

The problem is that you are trying to do some compositing in a not-really-compositing program. If you create an alpha channel in the footage you are trying to overlay, you can get it to work, but you'll be better off using a proper compositing app. If you have a decent editing app, it can probably handle this sort of thing, actually.
Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2008, 4:24am

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RodyPolis

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yeah, composite lab would easily do this. or you could mask the tv then put the footage over it.
Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2008, 7:49pm

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Rid3r

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Axeman: Thanks for moving this, this is actually my first post here so I wasn't really sure.

I'm buying CompositeLab probably next week so everything should work out. Thanks.

Also, is the alpha channel in the Color settings?
Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2008, 9:09pm

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Axeman

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What color settings? What is the context of your question?

An alpha channel is a channel separate from the color chanels, which contains transparency data for the image or clip. It typically isn't included unless you create it, its not there by default. With Compositelab it doesn't matter though, you can just lay the footage one clip over another and composite it however you like.
Posted: Tue, 26th Aug 2008, 5:04pm

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No Respite Productions

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Axeman wrote:

This seems to be an EffectsLab related question, so I've moved it into the support forum. Please post in the appropriate forums, as you are more likely to get the answer you are after.

The problem is that you are trying to do some compositing in a not-really-compositing program. If you create an alpha channel in the footage you are trying to overlay, you can get it to work, but you'll be better off using a proper compositing app. If you have a decent editing app, it can probably handle this sort of thing, actually.
Would you call Sony Vegas Platinum (8.0) a decent enough editing app to sort this out? Only reason I ask is that I frequently run into this problem and before now I thought it was me doing something rather stupid... which may or may not be the case from seeing this post smile

Thanks,

NR
Posted: Tue, 26th Aug 2008, 9:52pm

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Axeman

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I've never uses Vegas in my life, but I'm thinking it can handle that type of basic compositing. Someone that knows Vegas would have to confirm though.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2008, 6:34pm

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SilverDragon7

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I do believe that Vegas Platinum can export Alpha, but you could always composite the clip on to the TV in Vegas instead of Effectslab.