Which non-obscure video formats with semi opacity are there?

I want to create clips with that format to have as overlay of other videos, so the format better has to be supported by main video editing programs.

  • What do you mean by semi opacity? Do you mean something like a mask?
    – Rafael
    Dec 31, 2019 at 8:52
  • Alpha channel, altering topic. Dec 31, 2019 at 9:41

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I'm assuming that by formats you mean codecs. The following are codecs that work in either Quicktime (.mov), AVI, and MXF containers, or as image sequences saved as discrete files.

Commonly used in the industry:

  • Apple Animation (has been around forever, 8 bit support only)
  • Apple ProRes 4444 (probably the most widely used? I have no data, just guessing)
  • Avid DNxHD & DNxHR (this could be just as widely used)
  • GoPro Cineform
  • PNG Sequence With Alpha (my favourite, allows for faster multi-instance renders), also TIFF sequences (ditto, but bigger files)

More obscure:

  • Avid Meridien
  • other image sequences: Cineon DPX, Maya IFF, OpenEXR, Targa

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