RPF Files in After Effects

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RPF Files in After Effects
After Effects can add special effects to video. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

After Effects is used to add special effects to video. Rich Pixel Format files are data files that can be used in After Effects' camera layers for sequencing. After Effects will import the RPF camera data into the video's time line.

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Adding a Composition

Add the sequence that will be worked on to the composition. Select the layer in the time line to manipulate it.

Adding the RPF

With the layer selected, right-click and select "Animation" and "Keyframe Assistant," then "RPF Camera Import." Select the RPF file from the hard drive and click OK. The RPF file will be applied to the layer.

RPFs in After Effect

The RPF file contains key frames about the camera, object ID, Z depth, DOP depth matter and other effects. These effects are applied to the video layer and change its properties.

Why Use RPFs?

RPFs are primarily used in 3D Studio Max animation software. Videos that require additional effects work in After Effects often are rendered with RPF properties. The RPF file communicates these settings with After Effects so the user does not have to manually set the effects when the video is imported.

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