Exporting from After Effects with a Transparent Background
here's how you can export your video clips with a transparent background which is very beneficial for graphics like this with titles. So if I click on the toggle transparency, you can see that this actually doesn't have a black background. It's transparent so go up to rent composition, add to render, queue, click on lossless. And there's one thing that we have to change to make this a transparent background and that's under channels, choose RGB plus alpha. So it actually saves the Alpha channel which is the front layer separately than the back layer. Under format options. Not all of these work with a transparent background so H 264 won't work but animation or pro res will work so I can choose pro rez and then click Ok then. Okay, you can play around some animation is a really large file size. So pro res will be a lower file size but still a great quality. Now let's change the output to and just call this transparent so we know what we're working with click save and then render it out. ...
Now, once it renders out we'll see that when we play this at least on a Mac. I'm just pressing space bar to play it. You can already see that the background has this kind of transparency versus the lower third. Here is the lower third transparent. So that's what we want. Now, if we go back to that premiere Pro project file and bring in this lower third and then drag this onto our video clip. We can see that now. It has a transparent background so I can put this over our video clip and this is perfect because if I want a lower third and I want to use it over and over and over for all of my videos then I can export it and save it and reuse it. There's another way that we can bring in any sort of transparent composition or really any composition into premiere Pro. And that's using adobe dynamic link, which is this sort of automatic process that happens in the background where you can use multiple adobe products at the same time. So say I find my lower third composition in our project window. What I could literally do is choose this, click it and drag it and I'm still holding it down and then tab over to premiere Pro and to tab on a Mac. It's command tab. So I believe on a pc, it would be something like control tab. And then I dropped this composition. I still have it. I'm clicking it and I drop it into our project and look at that. We have this composition. It's an After effects project composition inside our office, this project. And if I take this now I can put this on top of any video clip. And the cool thing about this is that it's a live project. So say I make some change in after effects. So let me go to the lower third and change the name. Maybe I want to I have my middle initial which is john if anyone is curious and then if I go back to premiere Pro, whoa look at that, it automatically changes. So this is great for lower thirds. It's great for any sort of titles. It's great for any sort of animation in after effects when you're working together with premiere Pro. And as I've mentioned before, I really believe After effects is a great program for building out complicated graphics but not editing an entire video. That's what I use premiere Pro for. So that's how you can export your project with a transparent background and also how you can use after effects compositions in a premiere Pro project. This doesn't work with other programs, like if you're using another video editor, but it does if you're using working with adobe, premiere Pro. So I hope you enjoyed this lesson. And if you have any questions, let me know otherwise we'll see you in another lesson.