I am not sure I understand what you have done, BUT.. have you tried to set the layer to "Screen" mode?
Or, once you have cut the head out, can you not create a new composition, containing just the head, then just re-use that whenever needed?
Thanks for answering.
I took a portrait picture of a man.
I duplicated it.
I placed that in a layer above the first picture.
I cut out the lower jaw with the pen tool, so to speak (pardon the pun).
I placed a picture of an open mouth in between the two.
I am able to manipulate the lower jaw using audio files or manually to make it look like the man speaks.
I create a video files of him speaking various things to go various places in a video of a different man moving about.
I then place the talking head video file in a new project as a layer above a video of a man moving about.
I then cut out the head of in the takling man layer with the pen tool to make it look like his head is the head of the man in the video who is moving about.
Since the video of the man moving about has him going into and out, as well as changing sizes, I cut up tha video into segments.
I now have to place the talking head video into each segment and cut it out again and again in each segment.
When I cut out the talking head in the base talking head video and then created a video with that, in that created video there was a black background - so I still had to cut out the head in the ultimate video segment.
I am a complete newbie (but loving AE), so I have no idea what "screen" mode is.
Thanks again for your help
No hassles, unfortunately, I am also rather new,, but yes, it is a great program to use. Screen mode, is one of the layer modes that can be selected *see below* as I said, I am not sure if it will even work, but it was worth a try!
See if that takes the black background away from the layer. ?
I tired screen mode and it almost works. It got rid of the black background, but the head is semi-tranparent, even though th opacity is set to 100%. I can see the other layers behind it
ok, it was worth a try - Can you not just use masks on the head in the original base talking head video? I am going to admit that I am way out of my depth here ( I mainly do greenscreen work and a few simple compositions) but thought I would try to sound smart - Fail!
I am sure the other regulars will be online with advice soon. Untill then, if I can think of anything else, Ill shout.
I leaned from you, even though it was not the final solution.
I will try the masks as well
Anytime. Ill always offer whatever limited help I can!
Found out how to do this.
Problem is with output and with selecting transparency for background.
In the composition window at the bottom is a little box that say transparency grid when you hover over it. Click it and the background goes from black to a checkerboard.
Then when you render it, choose loseless with alpha channel. Then the background is transparent and you are cooking with gas!
Found out at creative cow.net.
Thanks again for your help
thats great, but even though you saw the black background previously, if you added the edited head layer, did it not rmove the black anyway? strange...but I am glas you came right!
I'm trying to figure out the problem here.
We're talking a couple of pieces here: a head and a lower jaw, right?
They're still images, right?
You made a mask for each image, right?
And you originally made each mask on the layer itself in the comp, right? We aren't talking about masking a nested comp, right?
If so, you have two options:
Duplicate the layers and use them again later in the comp, and re-work the animation.
Add the same still footage to the comp, then copy the appropriate masks and paste them to the newly-added layers.
Either way works fine.
If Dave's assumptions are correct, you could also just skip the masking and edit out the background of the layers in Photoshop. Then export them using the Export Layers to Files sccript with preserve transperancy turned on. Go to File - Scripts - Export Layers to Files. Then choose something like PNG-24 or TIFF, anything with an alpha channel, and click preserve transperency and turn off trim layers if you want to bring them back into AE in the exact same place or use trim to crop them, but then you'll have to reposition everything.
This screenshot is taken from my new blog where I did a short tutorial about working with image sequences in PS & AE. if you're curious or want more info check it out here:
Thanks, but I solved it
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