How to Export a Movie with a Transparent Background in After Effects
In this quick tutorial I’ll show you how to export a Quicktime movie with a transparent background in After Effects.
You’ll learn what your composition should look like and how to check your transparent background before you render. I’ll also walk you through the exact render settings for exporting a transparent background.
Bonus at the end
At the end of the video I’ll walk you through the easy peasy steps to saving the render settings so the next time you need to export a movie with a transparent background so you don’t have to push all these buttons in the future.
Let’s get started!
1. Check Transparency
Click on the ‘toggle transparency’ grid button to view the transparent areas (shown as a gray and white checkerboard grid) and your visible layers.
If everything you want to be transparent (in this case the background behind the text) turns into a checkerboard grid then congratulations you’re ready!
Hold on, what if you click the toggle transparency button and you don’t see a checkerboard background?
Take a look in your timeline and look for any solids or layers that are covering up the background. Turn these layers off then re-check transparency.
2. Render Settings
Add the comp to the Render Queue. Go to the Composition Menu and select Add to Render Queue.
In the Render Queue tab click on “Lossless”
In the Output Module Settings window select Quicktime as your format and “Animation” in the Format Options area. Go to the Channels menu and select ‘RGB + Alpha’.
Click OK and Render away!
Too much button clicking? Let’s create an Output Module Setting template for next time.
In the Edit menu, select Templates, then Output Module…
In the pop up menu click on ‘New’:
Select same settings from Step 2 above:
Re-name the setting to “Render with Alpha”
Add a comp to the Render Queue (Edit/Add to Render Queue). Select your new setting from the Lossless menu:
Hang on- did you download the Free Lower Thirds pack yet?
You did? Great!
Now that you’ve got some sweet animated lower thirds for your video project watch this tutorial to see how they can be imported into your favorite video editing software.
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