There are two possible types of rotoscoping. Either you want to have animations that will appear on top of full frame video, or you want a full frame video to appear reduced in size within a masked area of an animation.
If you want to end up with superimposed animation on a video, import H.264, do your animation work based on that layer, export Video to get the animation as an MOV (the H.264 won't export), and combine that with the original video in another program, say After Effects or Premiere.
If you want an area of your animation to be showing a video, import FLV into the timeline, as a movieclip. Then you can resize the movieclip and use other layers to mask it into the right shape. You may hit memory issues if it's a long video.
You could download Adobe Media Encoder CS6 to do the FLV encoding.
Using your first method, I do have a .mov file type version. I can't seem to "see it" when i try to import it to the stage/library. Am I doing something wrong? Would it be alright if I may ask for a proper step-by-step guide if you know where to direct me to one?
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Make sure you're using and ActionScript 3 FLA, then you should be able to go File/Import/Import Video..., and one option is Embed H.264 video in timeline. Is that what you have tried?
The file type shouldn't matter, so long as the video codec is H.264.
That was very helpful. My mistake was that I was using HTML5/Canvas, and I even attempted one as a WebGL. I didn't think of using the ActionScript one.
Glad it worked. If you don't mind I will mark my reply as Correct Answer.
Hi Colin I imported a video that I want to rotoscope with, not on the video. How do I change the opacity of the video layer so that in a new layer draw the objects in the video?
Wouldn't you normally have the drawing layer on top of the video layer? Then it could stay opaque.
But, if you have a reason to work with the video on top of the drawing, or if you want to have transparency in the thing you are drawing so that you still see the video, do this:
right-click on a layer (in the area where the layer name is)
In there you can set the layer transparency.
Thank you Colin. My video layer is now transpant.