2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2010 11:04 AM by TimeRemapper RSS

    How do I render stock footage as a flash file with a transparent background?

    nickharambee2 Community Member

      Hi

       

      I have some stock footage of smoke on a black background (.mov format) that I would like to convert to a flash file with a transparent background, which I will be overlaying over a PNG image on a webpage.

       

      I have managed to remove the black background in After Effects using a plugin called UnMult, but when I try to render as a FLV file in AE, even though I check the option to preserve the alpha channel and encode using the On2 VP6 codec, I still get a black background.

       

      So I am wondering what else to try, whether it be with AE or Flash CS4.  Is there a way of achieving this effect by directly importing the MOV file into Flash CS4 and removing the black background there, or do I have to use AE, and if so, how to achieve the effect I am looking for?

       

      I would be grateful for any help in getting this together

       

      Thanks

       

      Nick

        • 1. Re: How do I render stock footage as a flash file with a transparent background?
          bogiesan-gyyClL Community Member

          > I  have managed to remove the black background in After Effects using a plugin called UnMult, but when I try to render as a FLV file in AE, even though I check the option to preserve the alpha channel and encode using the On2 VP6 codec, I still get a black background.<

           

          Are you absolutely sure you don't have the alpha? It's possible your viewer is just showing black because that's what it defaults to with transparency.

           

          That issue with alpha viewing is often quite simply solved but I am NOT familiar with Flash's various codec functions. There are only a few codecs that will support alpha. In many codecs, the checkbox for preserving alpha actually accomplishes nothing since the codec cannot support the information. Also, you must choose "millions of color +" regardless of the preserver alph setting.

           

          bogiesan

          • 2. Re: How do I render stock footage as a flash file with a transparent background?
            TimeRemapper Community Member

            Render out a Quicktime (animation codec @ best/full, and use a straight alpha channel).

            Then, use Adobe Media Encoder to encode the video to the FLV format.

            In the options for FLV, choose on2, or Spark compression, but make sure that you enable the compression of the alpha channel.