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Blend Mode and Masking does not export properly

Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019

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I have an animation with a "shine" overlay which is masked in Animate. I need to export this .swf or video file with alpha channel to After Effects for compositing.

bits animate.gif

The first attempt to import the .fla file to After Effects resulted in the "shine" overlay blend mode not working and it comes in as opaque.

bits ae.gif

The second attempt was to export the layers as a QuickTime video with alpha channel. There was a rendering issue and the mask from Animate was not properly handled resulting in the "shine" box being visible outside of the mask. Also, the blending mode does not look the same as in Animate.

bits mov.gif

Is there a better workaround for this issue? I was thinking to possibly export the bits animation as a .swf and the shine as a .swf and composite them together in After Effects. I will try this for now until a better answer comes around. Thanks.

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Community Beginner , Jun 16, 2019 Jun 16, 2019

Hi n. tilcheff,

Thank you for the tip! I ended up separating the purple bits and the shiny part in Animate as separate layers. I then imported those .swf files into AE and did my compositing of them there. Worked as expected and I got the result I was looking for.

If I run into this again, I will try your suggested method. Cheers!

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May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019

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Hi mate,

PNG-sequence usually works best. If you choose 32-bit it will export with alpha.

You can also try publishing a SWF 'optimized for AE'. It may work better. Have not tried it myself, but there was some hype around this new feature.

Good luck!

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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Hi n. tilcheff,

Thank you for the tip! I ended up separating the purple bits and the shiny part in Animate as separate layers. I then imported those .swf files into AE and did my compositing of them there. Worked as expected and I got the result I was looking for.

If I run into this again, I will try your suggested method. Cheers!

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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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Exporting it to media encoder (file>>export>>export video/media) worked perfectly fine for me when exporting a single image that had blending and masking:

update_NEO0.jpg

exported from Media Encoder

 

whyuexportwithmedia.jpg 

exported from Animate

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