I've made an animation in photoshop CS 5.1 with three layers that I want to export to Apple's application Motion in order to work on each layer individually. I can easily make a quicktime file, but I can't work on each layer this way. When I import the photoshop file I get the prompt "All Layers," which I choose, but there is no movement when I hit play on the timeline. Only one frame is displayed when there are a number of different frames, and animations. So, I've tried everything I can think of, but can't seem to crack this one. Any help would be appreciated.
I'm using an IMac with 8 gigs of ram and 3 external hard drives with a terabyte internal drive.
Have you consulted Motion’s Help, googled or posted on a Macintosh Forum to find out which formats (and features) Motion supports?
And may I ask what work you want to perform on Layers that you would prefer to do outside of Photoshop?
Animated PSD layers are not even supported in After Effects, so it's extremely doubtful any of that would show up in a program from a competing vendor who would have to reverse-engineer it.... Therefore your ojnly option is to show/ hide layers as needed and render out separate sequences of the individual parts.
I'm sorry, but I'm new to how this Forum works. Sorry, that my posts didn't show up here. Not sure why.
Thank you for your suggestion which I've tried. So now I have three separate layers in Apple's Motion. However, I want to import the rendered video from PS as alpha channels so that they don't need to have a transparent layer in Motion such as "Add". I want them to come in as transparent layers. I see no option in "Render Video," for making an alpha layer. What do you think I ought to do please? thanks so much! Lucinda
Transparency support/ Alpha channels depend on the chosen file format. TIFF or PSD sequences will work just fine as will PNGs. Likewise, Quicktime Animation or PNG CoDecs support Alpha channels.