Newbie Question Using After Effects 6.5 to create titles for use in Premier Pro 1.5

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by bugsy57, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. bugsy57

    bugsy57 Guest

    I'm sure I'm missing something obvious - lets start with the basics.

    In Premier Pro I am able to create titles using the in built titler and
    superimpose them on to a lower video track - not rocket science.

    But what I want to do is create a title sequence in After Effects which will
    be (at the moment) purely white moving text on a black background. I have
    managed to create the required clip in after effects and have exported it as
    AN avi clip.

    I now want to important this into premier and have the video on track on
    shine through the black of track 2 (which contains the title sequence
    created in AFX)

    I cant get this to work - I either get a solid black screen or just the
    video from track one. Ive tried using the luma key preset against the title
    sequence but this doesnt work either, I suspect this maybe something to do
    with alpha channels which I dont yet understand!

    Yes I have tried google and even the help text in premier but it doesnt help

    Thanks in advance,
    bugsy57, Sep 9, 2004
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  2. The effect you are working on is a 'track matte'. There are two ways to get
    it done

    (1) Import the background video footage into AE and create a track matte

    (2) Import the title footage into Premiere. Apply one of Premiere's keying
    effects to the title. In the keying effect controls, grab the eyedropper and
    select the text in your title footage. The text will disappear, allowing the
    background footage to show through

    Dave Veeneman
    V2 Productions
    Dave Veeneman, Sep 9, 2004
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  3. bugsy57

    bugsy57 Guest

    Thanks - do I assume that if I select the black background with the
    eyedropper then the background will become transparent and the text solid?

    Thanks again,

    bugsy57, Sep 9, 2004
  4. bugsy57

    RS Guest

    The "Black" background should be the alpha channel. If you did things right
    in AE, you should only have to put your title effect on top of your video
    and the alpha channel will be transparent.

    Dump the Luma setting and just try normal overlay.

    Not knowing exactly what you did in AE to create your titles, I don't know
    if you did something in exporting your avi that discarded the alpha channel.

    Sounds like your doing a simple text crawl across the screen. Can't you do
    that right in Premiere.
    RS, Sep 13, 2004
  5. bugsy57

    Bill Mecca Guest

    Seems simple enough you should be able to do it right in Premiere.

    another option, export your background video clip as an avi or QT and
    make it a layer in AE, create the entire clip in AE and re-import into
    premiere. I have never found the text in AE to be any great shakes, I
    usually create the background composite in AE and reimport in to Avid
    and add text there.

    But whatever workflow works for you.
    Bill Mecca, Sep 16, 2004
  6. bugsy57

    Jure Nemec Guest

    DV codecs does not support alpha chanell. You should render your AE project
    either as uncompressed or in any other video codec that supports alpha.
    Jure Nemec, Sep 26, 2004
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