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Importing Transparent .mov Files?

New Here ,
Aug 06, 2018 Aug 06, 2018

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Hey all,

So I've been using After Effects CS6 for years, and just today I finally decided to update to the newest version. In CS6, when I imported a .mov file with no background, it would be transparent in AE. Now, however, the background is a solid black. I'm fairly certain that when I first got CS6 I had the same problem, and there was a setting I had to change, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was. Can anyone help?

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Community Expert , Aug 06, 2018 Aug 06, 2018

In the project panel, if the video info shows

[millions of colors + ] , then the plus sign means the video contains transparency.

when you place the video in a composition, click on   “toggle trasparency grid “ button in the comp window

one more trick, place an image or any photograph in the composition, then put the video file on top of that layer, now you can make sure if the video background is transparent or not.

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Aug 06, 2018 Aug 06, 2018

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What codec is that footage using?

What settings does it say under the interpret footage dialog?

When you say it's not transparent, do you have the transparency grid showing and then put the MOV in and it's not?

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In the project panel, if the video info shows

[millions of colors + ] , then the plus sign means the video contains transparency.

when you place the video in a composition, click on   “toggle trasparency grid “ button in the comp window

one more trick, place an image or any photograph in the composition, then put the video file on top of that layer, now you can make sure if the video background is transparent or not.

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Oct 11, 2021 Oct 11, 2021

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I'm looking to find out why .mov files that are transparent are not read as transparent in After Effects. I have a .mov file. When I preview it on my mac, it is transparent. Quicktime says its an HEVC with Alpha (8-bit). When I bring it into Ae it loses the alpha. There's no + after millions of colors, and it's not toggling the transparency grid. Any ideas?

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Has anyone discovered a solution to this? I am having the same problem.

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Aug 16, 2022 Aug 16, 2022

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Same problem here, was it because PC & Mac thingy?? I am using iMac

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