Ok, so I'm one of those annoying little Mac users, you've been warned.
As discussed earlier, Hitfilm seems to have trouble importing some (many) .mov files. I've made peace with converting these failed imports to .mp4 using Handbrake, which seems to solve the problem. Ok, not such a big deal.
I'm on to a trickier issue now, how to import .mov files with transparency.
I tried one, and it looked good in the media panel (unlike other failed imports). But when I moved it to the timeline digital garbage appeared in the viewer panel instead of the actual video.
So I then turned the video with transparency in to a .png image sequence, and used the import image sequence feature to bring the sequence in to Hitfilm. No workie, same problem as before.
I would convert the file to .mp4 with Handbrake, but my research tells me that will kill the alpha channel.
I am able to import and use a single .png image with transparency without a problem.
Summary: I'm looking for a way to export a .mov file with transparency out of Morph Age (mac image warping app) and in to Hitfilm, preserving the transparency.
Your thoughts are most welcome.