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How can I create a transparent background in Character Animator?

Enthusiast ,
Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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I want to create a few seconds of a puppet saying a few things in a transparent background. 

 

This is so I can export the video to my video editing software and I can add a few other things to show as background. 

 

 

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Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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Hi Elindo,

    Go to "File" menu and skip down to "Export".You can Export your video using the "Video with Alpha via Adobe Media Encoder". This creates an .mov video file where anything left blank (black) in CH is rendered and transparent. Bring the .mov file into your video editing s/w and there you are. I do this all the time.

    Be well fellow puppeteer. - Platty

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Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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Thanks..

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Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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For some reason that only gave a black recording screen and sound. 

 

I got a puppet with a black background.  the recording is only about 5 seconds, and it only shows a black screen with the sound. 

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Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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Apparentely it does work on premier pro. 

 

I didn't see anything from Camtasia when I imported the .mov file.  Only the sound with a black screen. 

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Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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Hi Elindo,

   Hmmm, that is strange. Some programs might have a problem with .mov with an alpha channel.

   However, when you say black background, do you mean the black (unfilled) background of the CH scene? That should render as transparent. If you have created a black background for CH, then all bets are off.

   I have done this several times with CH and Premier Pro.

   It appers that you want your cartoon character to be placed over a video. Is that correct?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2020

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Yes, step 1 really should be "what program are you going to use and does it support transparency or chroma-keying". Adobe supports transparency, but many other apps do not unfortunately. Some do support chromakey instead of transparency (drop a green background behind character in scene). You might also be able to export as PNG Sequence then load all the images up one by one in Camtasia (egad!). 12 fps x 5 seconds = 60 PNG files. Doable, but painful!!! (And assumes Camtasia supports transparency in PNG files, and you can make a PNG file appear for one frame...)

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Of course you can create the video with Camtasia, export a video file, then load into Adobe Prem Pro to add the Puppet on the top...

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