Have a Very Furry Christmas!
December 2, 2008 1:27 PM   Subscribe

I bought some stock video footage of a dog on a green background which I plan to chroma key out. Then I want to morph seamlessly into a graphic - still with the background masked out! And I want to do this all in Flash! For my Christmas Card! Not a total newbie at all of this - details inside.

OK, so I do know Flash and Photoshop pretty well and I've got the entire Adobe Suite to use but I've only used Premiere and After Effects a little bit. I've masked out the background from a video before so I think I can remember how to do that with a little difficulty, but what I'd like to do is to use After Effects (I guess) to take the last frame of the image, turn it into a gif or a png and get rid of the background all together so I can take the image into flash and - well - turn it into a talking dog. My lame attempts so far at this have looked far from seamless - my vision of my talking dog christmas card is far exceeding my ability unfortunately. Does anyone have any tips for me on how to best achieve my dream?
posted by katyjack to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
What part isn't seamless for you?

Pulling a still from the aftereffects comp is under composition>save frame as>file it will add it to your render queue.
posted by jade east at 1:42 PM on December 2, 2008

Response by poster: When I save it - it comes over with the green background and when I mask that out in photoshop, it looks different from the video - more anti-aliased. Is there a way to save with the green background masked out so that the background is just transparent?
posted by katyjack at 9:59 AM on December 3, 2008

Best answer: If you are using PSP7 or greater you can save it (transparency and all) as a PNG. Flash recognizes alpha channels in PNG files.

Even better - separate the jaw from the head and save a copy with just the head/body, and one with just the jaw. Import both and move the jaw around in Flash. Ruff! Ruff!
posted by ostranenie at 10:15 AM on December 3, 2008

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