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  05 May 2013
Render in png, opens fine with transparency in PS etC... no need for separate pass or whatever. Unlike TIFF...

By the way, PNG is a compressed but lossless format too.
  05 May 2013
Originally Posted by Horganovski: I'm still using AE 5.5 though and have no major incentive to upgrade, especially with the new subscription model.

OT: AE 5.5 was great and still had MotionMath. I used to use Trapcode SoundKeys to extract audio data, convert to keyframes with MotionMath and export the spreadsheet data into Electric Image and apply the data to objects for easy syncing of animation. I miss those days and haven't really tried the same thing in C4D yet.
  05 May 2013
Oops, I should have said AE CS5.5, I guess the version you are talking about is much older?

Regarding PNG, my understanding (possibly incorrect as this is a new area for me) was that it's best to work with formats like TIFF or EXR when compositing as they support 32 bit images? I didn't think PNG would suit but I could be wrong. I'm still getting a handle on working in LWF between the CG apps and AE (a bit clunky in Mental Ray but it works, I've not really tried it in Cinema yet).


Last edited by Horganovski : 05 May 2013 at 07:46 PM.
  05 May 2013
Png does 8 or 16 bit colors which is plenty enough most of the time.

A good middle ground for me at least :
-lossless compression
-universal file format
-embedded alpha
-good color space

Keep in mind that even the top end cameras are only 10 o 12 bits (see red epic).

32 bits is overkill for me most of the time (save hdr), but I don't know, I'm doing broadcast stuff, not high end cinema.
  05 May 2013
Thanks, good to know. I'm not doing anything high end either, just trying to get the most out of the render/comp (while learning the ropes at the same time!).

  05 May 2013
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