Quick Tip Tutorial: Rendering Transparency - Exporting Video Footage with a Transparent Background in After Effects
Whether you're working with a still or moving file, the reason for a transparent background is simple: flexibility.
In After Effects, specifically, exporting your footage with a transparent background allows you to place it above or below other footage, text or images in your video editing timeline.
In our latest Quick Tip Tutorial from Birmingham-based motion designer, director and SOM alum Jacob Richardson, we show you how to render and export your Adobe After Effects file with variable alpha layers, providing variability in opacity so you can adjust the layering effects in your project to achieve your desired result.
How to Export with a Transparent Background in After Effects: Quick Tip Tutorial Video
How to Export with a Transparent Background in After Effects: Explained
Before beginning the process of rendering and exporting your footage with transparency in After Effects, you need to select your composition, either in the timeline or project panel.
Once you've selected the right composition, click the Composition menu at the top of the application window and select Add to Render Queue.
Your Render Queue window should open, with your composition in the queue.
Next, select your settings.
Move your cursor to the left side of your window, and click the dropdown menu next to Output Module. The Output Module settings window will pop up.
Click Format, and then select Quicktime, the industry standard.
Finally, still in the Output Module settings window, under Video Output, click Channels, select RGB + Alpha, and then click OK at the bottom of the window.
You're now ready to export with variable alpha channels!
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