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  • TGA’s in FCPX, or ProRes 4444 from Compressor.

    Posted by Sandeep Sajeev on July 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m cutting a series of Virals in FCPX. So far no issues, but my timeline is a mess!

    I have to insert various graphic elements into the final edit, which I’m getting as TGA Sequences from After Effects. I’m a little worried about bringing the Sequences into X and creating Compound Clips to overlay over the edit (after reading about CC’s crashing/corrupting peoples projects).

    So I ran a couple of sequences through Compressor, and chose the Quicktime ProRes 4444 with Alpha preset (Millions of Colors+ activated in Video Settings), but these exports don’t maintain the Alpha Channel.

    Any workarounds? I know the alpha channel is present in the TGA’s as I can see it in the CC’s.


    Sandeep Sajeev replied 12 years ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Jeremy Garchow

    July 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Not sure if Compressor keeps the alpha, actually. I’ve never tried it.

    Do you have Motion? I’d use that. Or Ae if you have it, those will work for sure.


  • Sandeep Sajeev

    July 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Spent the last hour trying out various TGA Sequences in Compressor, and it failed to carry the Alpha Channel forward in every single case. So guess it doesn’t work.

    Motion exports out the Alpha fine in each case.

  • John Davidson

    July 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t think you’d have a big issues with compound clips for your graphics. That may have been more prevalent an issue with earlier iterations of FCPX. I’d try to stay as native to my original graphics if I could help it.

    John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.

  • Andy Borowa

    July 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    What about ANIMATION codek?


  • Jeremy Garchow

    July 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Animation works too, it’s just very large and “heavy”.

    Make sure to set Ae or Motion to 16bit rendering for greater than 10bit accuracy.

  • Sandeep Sajeev

    July 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    The Compound Clips absolutely kill responsiveness. Everything slows to a crawl, and strange things happen – No Audio, Random Clips show up in the Viewer, and Media appears to go offline.

    I’m shocked at how buggy the implementation is.

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