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Well there is a certain effect, sort of. Its like overlapping instead of Cross Dissolving. Cross dissolving is nice, but I like overlapping, like in iMovie you can do "overlay" which will overlay the previous clip with the next clip, which I find fun to use at a certain point in a amv.
sorry i should've mentioned this before.
Also, is it wise to get Motion for mac? will it be good for a AMV?
Also I have another question, is there a way to like outline a specific character and make them play in front of a background that you created yourself?
I've seen this in many videos, but I don't know what its called. Its like making every transparent while you make just the character visible, then you can make them appear in front of a background, I dunno maybe I'm just using Photoshop too much haha.
Masking, FCP has some simple 8 point masking systems but they will not do the job. You'll have to cut out the chars frame by frame in photoshop in your case. And then import and overlay them upon your other video that your using as background.
You could always use Motion's masking tools. That's what I do, they are quick and easy to use. You can do your roto, save the file and import the motion file into FCP. Otherwise you can export it as a lossless movie (Apple Animation), this will keep the alpha channel intact. Or you could do the entire composite in Motion, then just import the final movie into FCP.