Hello video experts. There’s got to be someone here who can help me with this.
Does anyone know the right way to import a video with alpha transparency into Adobe Premiere CC? It doesn’t appear possible without workarounds and I’m trying to figure out if there’s an official way of doing it, or if workarounds are the only way to do it (and what the best workaround is). Here’s what I’ve done/tried:
- I exported a .mov from After Effects with alpha transparency. I can confirm that the rendered video/.mov contains the alpha transparency. When I play it back in QuickTime, there’s no background color, the transparency is there/working.
- When I import the exported video into Adobe Premiere however, it does not recognize the alpha transparency. It replaces the transparent background with a black background.
As I tried to troubleshoot this, it appears as though this is a common issue (and possibly a bug with Premiere). That doesn’t make much sense as After Effects and Premiere are both made by Adobe so you would think it would work. This is quite interesting (as a sidenote) because apparently Final Cut Pro automatically recognizes alpha transparency from video exported from AE. So if FCP can do it, why can’t Premiere do it?!
This article may be useful as a reference point to this conversation: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1095542
So the main questions are:
- Is there a proper/official way of importing video with alpha transparency into Adobe Premiere and if so, what is it?
- If it’s only possible via a workaround, what workaround do most people do to make this work?
- If the only workaround is manipulating AE so that the first frame in the timeline is blank/transparent before exporting, what’s the best/easiest way to do that in AE?
Thanks in advance for any help and recommendations!