Making Transparent Video Does That Sound Difficult?
Perhaps you have seen websites using transparent video and wondered, “How did they do that?”
The subject is videoed in front of a green screen. Adobe After Effects keys out the green screen using a multitude of different keying systems. After Effects uses the easiest and best keying system offered, called Keylight(1,2). After Effects then renders the alpha channel version of the video in FLV using On2 VP6 codec format.
“This keying method was used in the following scores of films: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Die Another Day, Blade 2, Resident Evil, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, the Beach, Notting Hill, Sleepy Hollow, Chicken Run, Lost in Space, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Truman Show, Armaggeddon, The Big Lebowski, Mission Impossible, Last Action Hero, The Saint, Strange Days, Little Buddha, Waterworld, The Quick and the Dead and many, many more.”
Once you have used Adobe’s Keylight (1,2) to make the background transparent, you can use special software to show your transparent video. The transparent video lives in a layer called dhtml and the video shows the alpha channel video without a background. The web page has been substituted for the background. It is a nice effect.
Since the video is created without a background, you see just the subject. Actually, the background was a green screen or a blue screen. By using After Effects, you key out the background and you end up with just the alpha channel. (From The Blogmeister: I will have an example on the Home page of this site shortly)
You must purchase the correct software, to show the alpha only, but it isn’t too expensive. I use Josh Anderson’s transparent video player product because it has many features such as the video staying on the page as you scroll. After the first video has run, it can start or trigger another video to run. You can scroll down to a particular portion on a page, such as the sign in form. These are just a few of the features.
Although this is more advanced video than just uploading a video to YouTube, it pays off rather nicely. You may have some trouble finding After Effects software on eBay or elsewhere. It isn’t sold as a separate item. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase After Effects as part of a suite of products.
Actually, you could download their software and test it for 30 days. Perhaps you could even do what you need to have done in 30 days. Take the time to learn how to do this and you will be on the cutting edge of website marketing using website video.
If you want to be on the cutting edge of video marketing, then you need to learn how to do transparent video.Take a look at this video and learn about the techniques used to create such video footage. Oh, and there is another video on the tutorial page if you wish to see another perspective.