Exporting Videos from After Effects to the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Mini

In this video we will debunk the myth that you can't use the Hyperdeck Mini to playback your own videos and graphics. We'll use Adobe After Effects to export a custom lower third (with alpha channel) and play it back on the Hyperdeck Mini.

Thanks to John Barker from Here to Record for originally showing me how to tackle this problem.


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Video Transcript

Hey, content creators. Welcome here to I had a question from you when I was doing my studio build-out on how I use my HyperDeck, my Blackmagic design, HyperDeck Mini to play all of my motion graphics: my intro videos, lower thirds, the whole bit. And so I want to answer this question for you now. Sometimes people will tell you you can't put videos on the HyperDeck Mini. They think it's just used as a recorder, and that is not the case. And I initially found this out by watching a video from John Barker, Free to Record, I'll include a link in the show notes, on how he exports his videos from motion. Now I'm gonna do the same today from Adobe After Effects, just so I can show you the process, so you can get the value out of your HyperDeck Mini if you have one as well.

So, without further ado, let's dive in, let's take a look at how we create a very simple lower third, and how we get that to play back on our HyperDeck Mini.

So if we dive in here, I have a new After Effects project with a composition already created. So, if you look here, you can see that I'm set up at 1080p, 1920 by 1080, with a frame rate of 29.97. Now this is extremely critical because your HyperDeck Mini can work only in one frame rate at a time. Just like working with your ATEM switcher, they are designed to work in one frame rate. They can support a bunch of different frame rates, but you can only do one at a time.

So, let me just go ahead and give you some caveats. If you try to put a video onto your HyperDeck Mini, and it doesn't show up in the list of videos, so maybe you have 14 videos on there and only two show up. That's because the first video that it reads, it sets that as the frame rate, and then it ignores every other video. Now similarly, and this is kind of another topic, but if you're playing back stuff on your HyperDeck Mini and it's not showing up on your ATEM, that's because it's not using the same frame rate that the ATEM is reading.

So there's a lot of different pieces here that you need to look at, but the key piece is, you need to be sure you're dealing with one frame rate across these. And then that's what you export from After Effects Premiere Motion, whatever you happen to be using. And just as a quick note, we're doing After Effects today, I'm also gonna do a video about Premiere later this week.

So let's go ahead, this is good for us. The next thing I'm gonna do I have a couple of assets here that I've already added in. The first is a solid. And so I'm just drop this solid in here, and this particular solid is already configured for kind of the base color that I use for most of my stuff. And so I'm gonna go ahead and we're just gonna shrink down to be about this size, and I'm gonna go ahead and adjust the position here, and we're actually gonna have this fly in from the bottom right. And then we'll actually show the logo over this. And I've also pulled the logo in. So I'm gonna set this on top. Now obviously here we are not doing a tutorial on After Effects. That would be something that would take quite a bit more time. But this just shows you here kind of roughly the base that we would need of something to throw onto the HyperDeck Mini.

So here we go. I've got the logo in. That looks good enough for what we're doing. Now the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go through and we'll say we want everything fully in by, oh I don't know, about here is gonna be fine for us. And so I'm gonna go ahead and set key frames, or the first key frame for position here on the solid, and then we'll actually go back and we will move it offscreen here, and then we'll set a key frame here as well, and we will just have this be offscreen.

So when we actually play this, we will see this come in. Perfect. Yeah, we can speed this up just a tad, why not. Now the next thing we're gonna do here is we are going to set some opacity on the logo. And so I'm gonna go ahead and set a key frame for this. And then let me move this ahead to what I want it to be totally in. And we will set that there. I'm gonna move back to the previous key frame. We'll set this at zero. And so this gives us a nice little view here where, perfect, we've got that fading in. And then what we're gonna do, and I know there's a lot of things we could do here, including kind of cutting this reversing it, but in this point, we're just gonna fade everything out, and so I've got opacity there, we'll add it here as well. I'm gonna go ahead and set an opacity key frame here, and one here. And then for both of these we will just fade it out here. So we'll set another key frame on both, and then we will set them to zero, perfect.

So, this gives us this at the end. Perfect. We're fading that out. Now, what we're gonna do now is we're actually gonna export this. And this is where things are gonna get interesting. So I'm gonna go to add this to the render queue. Now, if you wanted to use Adobe Media Encoder, then watch my video on Premiere, because that's what I'll be walking through there. We can leave this here under render settings, for best settings we can leave that, but we need to click here under loss list. This is where all the magic happens.

So first, we want to be sure that our format here is QuickTime. Our video output needs to be set to RGB+alpha. And then we need to hit format options. Now, the HyperDeck Mini loves Apple ProRes, either 422 or 4444. We're gonna do Apple ProRes 4444 for this, and then we're gonna leave it there and we're gonna be sure that we had it set to a pre-multiplied setting here, as opposed to the straight setting. And you'll see that we're using a pre-multiplied key once we get over to the ATEM switcher. And then we can leave most of the rest of these options as they are.

So now, once we do this, and we hit render, it's gonna take this a little bit to render this out. Just give me just a second here. Perfect, and it's done. Now another thing you might not know. You can actually FTP into your HyperDeck Mini, assuming it's on your network. So I've entered the IP address here. And I'm gonna go ahead and hit Quick Connect. Then you'll notice here there's a folder called One. Now there probably will also be another folder called Two if you have two SD cards in. We just have one in this case, so I'm gonna click on this one. And, what you'll notice here is that I have all the videos listed. Now I've got a video here that I did a test of this earlier. I'm gonna go ahead and delete this one. And, I'm gonna go ahead and take this demo composition that we did, and I'm just gonna go and drag it over. It'll take just a second to copy.

Now, if you go back. Like I'm gonna pull up my ATEM software control now. It actually has that old video that I deleted, still showing here, and it doesn't have our video. So, let me tell you one little caveat. Unfortunately, the only time that the HyperDeck Mini actually reads video is when it's actually inserting an SD card. So, I just went and pushed that card in and out really, really quick, and now it's gonna actually read, and you'll notice here that that demo composition has now shown up. So that is now loaded here into our HyperDeck Mini. So, this here, this particular HyperDeck, this is my HyperDeck Mini. This other one is my HyperDeck Studio that's actually recording this.

I'm gonna go ahead and select the demo composition that we've just made. I'm gonna go ahead and select my key, and I'm gonna put it on air. And when I do, and I hit this play button, we will see our lower third play. Now this is again playing from the HyperDeck Mini, and this is gonna be recorded onto the HyperDeck Studio. And that is with again Apple ProRes 444 because we outputted the RGB plus the Alpha channels, and we actually set this in here to have a pre-multiplied key.

Let me go show you the setup of this really quick. I'm gonna go under pallettes, under my upstream key. You'll notice here that I'm using Luma. I have the fill source set to CAM 7. That is the actual fill output of my HyperDeck Mini. The key source is set to Camera 8 because that's going to be the key output. And then I have it set to a pre-multiplied key. So with those values in place, it allows me to go over to my HyperDeck, we'll notice here because it's on air, we see the little red box here around this particular HyperDeck. With our composition selected, I'm gonna hit the play button one more time, and you'll see our lower third show up here. So that allows us and that shows you kinda the beginning to end how to get from Adobe After Effects to something that will work with your HyperDeck Mini.

Now, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I hope it was useful to you. Be sure that you subscribe to the channel. If you haven't already, go ahead and do it, and be sure to tell other videographers about it so we can get as many people here to benefit from this as possible, because again, we're learning this together. We're going through this together.

So, thanks for joining me today on Be sure to tune in later this week. I'm gonna be sending out the video for Adobe Premiere, and using Adobe Media Encoder to properly get videos outputted for use in the HyperDeck Mini.

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