quicktime does not support transparent backgrounds
Sure it does. It's mrely a matter of picking the right CoDec. Recent versions of PS just have issues with QT on a quite general level. Other than that you can always render to an image sequence. AE will even correctly handle native PSDs, but TIFFS, PNGs and a few otehr formats wil ldo just as well. just make sure to actually enable Alpha channel rendering.
Thanks for your help, I just tried that and the same thing has happened again where the whole screen is black and my text is simply flashing at me.
I just saved my project as an image sequence, would I now open this as a new AE project and render the video there? Sorry I'm completely at a loss, this is the first animation I have created that wasn't hand drawn!
Thanks a lot!!
I just tried that and the same thing has happened again where the whole screen is black and my text is simply flashing at me.
it's hard to tell exactly what you are doing, what is your setup or where are you going with this. creating cell animation in PS for it to be applied on video is most often practiced this way:
1. you import your video to photoshop to a video timeline
2. create a blank video layer on top of it and draw your animation
3. when you are done, uncheck the visibility of you video layer
4. render your video timeline with alpha
5. import the footage to Ae and composite it over your original video
when you are done compositing, from here it depends where this video is going. if it's for publishing online then:
6. render your video through Adobe Media Encoder to the preset of your choosing (youtube/vimeo)
7. upload to youtube/vimeo and get the acclaim you deserve
if you are practicing this workflow and and experiencing something different, please provide a few screenshots so we can see what is your setup and what is happening. you should also specify what exactly is the result you are expecting to accomplish here. why would you need your final export from Ae to be transparent? where is this video going? more information please.
Thanks for getting back to me again and in so much detail!
Currently I do not have the actual video the animation will be placed on top of which is why I need my final export to be transparent, I imagine this to work like a filter that my friend could later place on top of his final video.
Is there a way I could build the animation to be placed on top of the finished video?
This is what I'm working with at the moment,
and every time I export it the video looks like this
Thanks again, Ellie
Ah ha! you are previewing your video in a video player! a video player does not show you the alpha. no checkerboard in a video player. if you want to view your video on transparent just import it to Ae and watch it in all its transparent glory. if this video is going to a video editor/compositor so that he will composite it, you don't need to do anything else with this video and just send it to him.
a few notes:
you are working on a very large pixel canvas. are you sure you need all that resolution?
unless you have specific dimensions in mind, you should work within the HD presets that are available to you in PS. this way you know exactly how this animation will appear in the context of your frame. (which is most probably and HD final output). of course if you do intend to make this larger, you should work as large as you need to.
you are also working in CMYK, you should work in RGB. this should not ruin your graphics since it's only black and white, but you should practice the right workflow for video right from the start next time.
Thanks so much, you really cleared that up for me! I'm actually about to start making this again because I want to understand it better so will work on a PS HD canvas in RGB and hopefully I can get all of this to work for my friend.
Thanks for such great help!!
I'm actually about to start making this again because I want to understand it better so will work on a PS HD canvas in RGB
no need to redo your work of course, just change the canvas size to HD RGB. scale your layers to fit the size that you want. you are probably done with your animation, but here is some inspiration by ruffmercy:
he also works with Ps video timeline, creates his imagery frame by frame, exports it to Ae, and make the final composite there.