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How do I make a movie with a transparent background?

Photo to Movie is able to render movies with a transparent background. To do this, you need to set your background color to clear:

  1. Choose Document Info...
  2. Click Background...
  3. Choose the Color Wheel color tab.
  4. Slide the Opacity slider at the bottom to 0%.
  5. Close window. Click OK.

Next, render your movie to a format that supports transparency. There are many QuickTime formats that do, but many that don't. If you have lots of disk space, we recommend using the 'Animation' codec. Any codec that supports 'Millions of Colors+' supports transparency.

  1. Click Make Movie.
  2. Click the QuickTime tab.
  3. Select Custom for the Movie Format.
  4. Click on Video...
  5. Select Animation as the Compression Type.
  6. Select Millions of Colors+ as the Depth.
  7. Click Ok.
  8. Set your movie size as desired (640x480 for DVD, or better 1280x960).
  9. Click Make Movie.

Note that the Animation codec will produce gigantic files. You can delete it once you have imported it to FCP and resaved it. The Animation codec is essentially the same as Uncompressed 4:2:2.

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