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Opacity background does not stay white

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May 2, 2006 9:44 AM
FCP 5.1 on an Intel iMac. I am scrolling credits on a still background. I have set the ultimate background as white, and have set the opacity at 43%. The whole thing has been rendered and saved.
If I manually move the indicator across the timeline, all looks well. However, if, in the Canvas, I play the scene, the background is black. Therefore, the opacity makes the still background even darker than it was.
Is it something I am doing wrong - or is this a problem with FCP?
Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • David Bogie Chq-1 Level 7 Level 7 (24,685 points)
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    May 2, 2006 9:58 AM (in response to Jane Evans)
    It's not that the background is black, it's just that there's nothing there. You don't want to reduce the opacity of white to get gray, you want to create a gray layer that is 100%.

    bogiesan
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  • Kevan D. Holdsworth Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    May 2, 2006 10:39 AM (in response to Jane Evans)
    Can you clarify?...not understanding what is your 'ultimate background' and for what you have set opacity at 43%...I'm reading this as comprising the following...

    V1 = white (slug)? (ultimate background?)
    V2 = still pic? (set at 43%?)
    V3 = text...what color?

    Did you create your text with FCP 'Basic Text', Boris Title3D or did you import from Photoshop or other external software?

    Could be the way FCP is reading possible alpha channels, which may be what Bogie was getting at...

    Please post back with more clarification of all elements.

    K
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  • Kevan D. Holdsworth Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    May 2, 2006 11:22 AM (in response to Jane Evans)
    To create a slug (if this is what you need), click on the small button at very bottom right of the viewer...looks like a film strip with sprockets and the letter A...and select 'slug', place it in your timeline, then double click on it to adjust color..etc.

    What exactly are you trying to achieve? Do you just want the text scrolling over your still pic, with the still pic being somewhat transparent and lighter?..if so, then above should work.

    You could also just apply any number of filters (image control or color correction) to the still pic and raise it's luminance..maybe throw a gaussian blur on the pic to help the text stand out from the background.

    If you lower the opacity of the still, it will become transparent to whatever is underneath...black, white slug..etc.

    K
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  • David Bogie Chq-1 Level 7 Level 7 (24,685 points)
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    May 2, 2006 11:46 AM (in response to Jane Evans)
    Is it something I am doing wrong - or is this a problem with FCP? < </div>

    It's you. You didn't create a background. All you did was change the appearance of the working surface in the Canvas. It's not really there.

    You stated you had applied 43% opacity to the ultimate white background. That's gray. What you meant to say was that you have applied transparency to the foreground. I answered your question as it was stated. But you don't know enough about the app to ask the question correctly. Not your fault, you just don't get it yet.

    You must create a slug of white to occupy the lowest layer in the sequence.

    bogiesan
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  • Maxx Power Level 5 Level 5 (4,925 points)
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    May 2, 2006 12:28 PM (in response to Jane Evans)
    Its not a slug that you want here its a Color Matte that you want (A slug is black- You can't change the color of a slug can you?). Go to the film strip thingy in the viewer and choose Matte>Color. Then in the viewer click on the Control Tab and make it white. Then add that to your timeline in V1
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  • Kevan D. Holdsworth Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    May 2, 2006 2:07 PM (in response to Jane Evans)
    My bad, Maxx...a color matte it is, not a slug. My apologies.

    K
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  • David Bogie Chq-1 Level 7 Level 7 (24,685 points)
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    May 2, 2006 3:23 PM (in response to Kevan D. Holdsworth)
    My bad, Maxx...a color matte it is, not a slug. My apologies.< </div>

    No apologies are necessary in this conversation. There are fundamental newbie user issues here. The original poster will figure them out by looking in the manual for some of the general terms we have used or keep experimenting. Either way, eventually it will even itself out and he/she will have learned plenty. It's a complex application.

    bogiesan
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  • Denis Murphy Level 5 Level 5 (5,655 points)
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    May 2, 2006 4:53 PM (in response to David Bogie Chq-1)
    By the way, welcome to the forum, Jane. Stick around, you will learn a lot (especially from David!)
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