Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
Let me make my request clearer. Im wanting to remove the background from a FCP X talking head shot so I can import it into Adobe Captivate.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 8:17 AM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
You need to export using the ProRes 4444 codec to preserve transparency.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Sorry Tom Im still learning here so I need more information. Do I apply the Keyer then export using ProRex 4444? Any other steps?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
That's right. You key the media. Make sure it looks right. View over checkerboard might help. Then export the project that contains the clip you want to use in Captivate using 4444.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 10:35 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
And Im doing this in Compressor 4. Thanks Tom. Hope this works. Been a ride trying to find out how to do this. Should have come here first. This puts the finishing touch to a new training program.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 11:17 AM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 1:21 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Comes out way too big and black. Blocks out everything on the page. I need it to be transparent around me. Im also thinking, and not sure how to do it, but I need to match the size of my Captivate project 640 x 480 with this video so when I import it I can place it on the timeline and it fits. I have looked all over the web for this and its amazing no one explains how to do this. Thanks again for any assistance. Im also just download and am going through Mark Spencers FCP X training program to figure this out.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 1:37 PM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
ProRes 4444 carries transparency information. If that's not coming through in Captivate you'll need to speak to someone from Adobe or try the Adobe forum. The Animation codec also carries transparency, but you cannot export it from within FCP. There is a porbably a setting in Captivate you have to assign to select the transparency for the clip, at least that's commonly the way in many Adobe applications. I don't know this one at all.
What format are you shooting? If you need to output 640x480 transparency, in this instance you need to edit in a 640x480 project. You'll have to scale the media there as necessary and export as I said.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Ok I will investigateand report back when I have the answer. Thanks for all your help.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 9:46 AM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
Im really frustrated. Seems there is nothing that documents this process. Im working my way through a tutorial from Ripple Training (Mark Spencer) but its still not giving me the details I need. Here is what I think is missing in my technological abilities:
1. Dont know how to size Final Cut Pro X correctly to give me the output I need to fit into my 640 X 480 document. My sense is Im a small taking head on the screen so its a smaller format but Im new enough not to understand how output works when changing sizes. I know how to tranform my physical size in FCPX but it seems the overall size of the video output is what Im not understanding.
2. Next, I think as you have explained that if I output to ProRes 4444 I should be able to import a headshot of me with a transparent background. There is nothing in Captivate that toggles the background of imported images. Its expecting a clean file. But for some reason its black when I import.
Any help is appreciated and any other resources where I can hire someone to walk me through this would also be an option. Ive lost nearly a week of productivity on my project as a result of this research. If by chance you want to test any of this you can download a free copy of Captivate for 30 day trial. Thanks
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 11:12 AM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
1. Make a new project that's 640x480. You have to make a custom project.
Set the viewer background to checkerboard so you can see the transparency. Key the image. When it looks right you're ready to export.
2. Are you sure Captivate supports alpha channeled video? There is no such thing as a "clean file." Video is always made up of pixels. The transparency information is carried in a separate channel called the alpha channel. If the application doesn't support this then you cannot do transparency with video. You should check this in the Captivate manual or on the Adobe forums.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
I had just set this up so Im on the right track. I will ck the alpha Channel question with Adobe tech support. thanks
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 8:40 PM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
So here is what Ive come up with that looks like it fixes the issue:
Goal: Export out a keyed talking head shot out of FCP X import with a transparent background into Adobe Captivate.
1. Export out of FCP X using codec 4444. Share/Export media
2. Then open Adobe Media Encoder. Select the file you want to convert to FLV. Choose the "Video" folder in the bottom right quadrant of the screen. Select encode alpha channel. Select ok and let it translate. Import into Captivate and while it will look like a white box around it when you generate and place on web it will be transparent.
3. Another thing I had to learn was I set my file in FCPX to be the same as the size of the Captivate file (as we discussed above). In this case 640 X480. Then when I opened the translated file in Captivate I sized the box so I was the "small person" in the corner of the screen talking. In FCP X I had to think ahead to decide how much I would shrink the image so it was the right size after resizing in Captivate. I used 1/3rds thus I had cropped it enough in FCPX so when I reduced it down I was the right size on the Captivate screen.
4. Adobe is still researching whether or not the file can be transparent in Captivate so will report that if I get a new answer.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 4:05 PM (in response to Ed Ferrigan)
Still not a total Fix
It worked once yesterday and today after I tried to repeat the sequence I now get frosty hair. Background is gone but hair comes out grey and moving!