After Effects CC 2023: How To Export Transparency (Render Queue)

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This tutorial will show you the fast and easy way to export animations with transparency (no background) using the Render Queue in Adobe After Effects CC 2023.

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Transparency = Alpha Channel
RGB + Alpha is the Channel for exporting videos with no background.

Render Preset Used in Tutorial To Export Transparency (Alpha)
High Quality w/Alpha
Format: QuickTime
Output Info: Apple PrRes 4444
Channels: RGB + Alpha

Similar Preset for Exporting w/Alpha:
Lossless w/Alpha

00:00  Intro: About the Tutorial
00:16   Intro Pt 2: Make Template + Envato Elements Animation
00:30  Add To Render Queue
00:59  The Secret Menu in Render Queue!
01:12  Output Module Settings (High Quality w/Alpha)
01:26  Output To: File Name + Destination
02:03  Last Step: Render Button
02:32  How To Make Render Queue Template
03:07  How To Use Render Queue Template
03:18  Modify or Delete Template

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2023 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To the RotoBrush 2 Tool in Adobe After Effects CC 2023:

  1. Add Footage to Composition
  2. Double-click on footage to open in Layer
  3. Go to top toolbar and click on the RotoBrush Icon
  4. Move CTI (Playhead) to the beginning of the timeline
  5. Select the RotoBrush Tool (Option/Alt + W)
  6. Cursor should turn into green circle with crosshair
  7. Make one stroke across object to be separated from the background
  8. The pink stroke around the object is the selection
  9. When brush is green, brush to add to selection
  10. Press Option or Alt and the brush will turn red.
  11. When brush is red, brush areas to be removed from selection
  12. Go around the entire object adjusting the selection so it is as good as possible
  13. Press the Space to start propagation
  14. When green status bar is complete, review footage to see how AE did with the RotoBrush
  15. Drag CTI to the beginning and scrub to the right frame by frame inspecting the selection
  16. Adjust selection as necessary
  17. Use the buttons under the Comp Window to view select with different overlays
  18. Use the ‘Effect Controls’ and change to ‘Best’ Quality
  19. Use Feather & Shift Edge to fine tune selection
  20. Use the ‘Refine Edge Tool’ for more detailed selections such as hair
  21. When happy with selection for the entire duration of clip, press ‘Freeze’ to hold propagation I place
  22. Press ‘Freeze’ again to Unfreeze and continue editing
  23. When done, click the ‘Comp’ tab above the Comp Window to return to main Comp
  24. RotoBrush footage now on a transparent background
  25. Add footage below or place RotoBrush layer in any scene.
  26. Open Layer and select RotoBrush Tool at any time to refine if necessary