Alpha Tricks

Since there seems to be a lot of interest in using Alpha Channels, Alpha Tricks Group is intended to be a collection of posts and discussions on using Alphas in Studio Artist.

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Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2015

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Please forgive my newbie-ness 2 Replies

I just would like to know how to "export or save as" an image with an alpha channel or clipping path, so I can bring it into another program and have the background be transparent. The source image…Continue

Started by Heather. Last reply by Heather Feb 15, 2013.

Simple Alpha Use as a Selection 5 Replies

First, I'm baaaaaack!  :+)))  (Many thanks to John for getting me up to speed with 4.04, among all the other awesome things John does!)Oh, man, I forgot how much I love this software!And it's…Continue

Started by Michael Strickland. Last reply by John Dalton Synthetik Software Mar 15, 2012.

Processing Movie Frame Images with Embedded Alpha 3 Replies

There are 2 different approaches to processing movies in Studio Artist. The most conventional approach is to work with a Quicktime movie file as a source, and output to a processed movie file. using…Continue

Tags: movie, alpha

Started by John Dalton Synthetik Software. Last reply by Michael OBannon Feb 19, 2012.

Alphas, Masks, and Selections are all different things 1 Reply

As a new SA user, I've struggled with the difference between Alpha, Mask, and Selection in SA. I'm sure these concepts are old-hat to all the seasoned users here, but as implemented by SA, they are…Continue

Started by Michael Strickland. Last reply by John Dalton Synthetik Software Feb 3, 2011.

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Comment by John Dalton Synthetik Software on January 26, 2011 at 7:17pm
There are 2 daily effect blog posts queued for january 28th and 29th that are tutorial tips on working with alpha channels in studio Artist 4.
Comment by liveart on February 3, 2011 at 1:11pm

I am not an Alpha master. I did however use a pretty neat trick in my latest vid. If you watch you will notice a very subtle texture to the "background." Here is how I accomplished this effect:

1) set selection to smart source contrast

2) translate warp the selection in increments so that you get a patterned effect

3) use the Geodesic Warper  with "melt" effect variation on the selection to feather it..usually 2 hits

3) reset the Geo Warper with the effect set to Random orient melt

 your mask should now look something like this:now you can do all sorts of things to add a very subtle texture. One is to use the fixed color to add an "overlay" of a color masked by the selection. Another is to use the gradient lighting with the mask. Experiment and let me know what you discover.

Comment by Victor Ingrassia on February 10, 2011 at 7:16am
Alpha is the bane of my existence.  I wish I could take a class and have the concept stick in my translucent brain.  So I welcome this group.


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John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Leslie Harlow's discussion Live Video Roto-scoping
"I've done things like what you are doing using the live video frame capture option in the source area, and then processing that with a PASeq running in loop action. If you save the results as a movie stream, then the playback can be smooth and…"
John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Chris Northcross's discussion Change the default video player for "open file after write" option?
"Whatever is your default application for the media type (.mov file) is what will open. You can set that in the finder for any file type. I have it set to Quicktime Player 7 Pro on all of my machines, because it's so superior to the Quicktime X…"
John Dalton Synthetik Software replied to Chris Northcross's discussion User Slider temporal generator parameter in the group MSG
"It's a feature from SA 3.5 that is still around in V4, but not currently used anymore. In SA 3.5, MSG was edited in the MSG Evolver program. You created and extensively MSG presets in MSG Evolver, but we wanted people to have the ability to do…"
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Change the default video player for "open file after write" option?

I was wondering if its possible to change the default video playback application when setting Studio Artist to open a file after write? Currently, the file opens for me in Quicktime 10 which I no longer use as my default video playback application. Not a deal breaker by any stretch, just curiosity on my part.See More
Chris Northcross added a discussion to the group MSG

User Slider temporal generator parameter

What does the user slider temporal generator parameter do (and what are some best practices for using it?)I've noticed that some of the preset MSG patches have their processes set to user slider but I haven't been able to figure out how they work.See More
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