Final Cut plugin: Gradients with transparency

In which I provide a free Final Cut generator that adds opacity controls to the built-in Custom Gradient generator.

While working on my next plugin, I needed a reliable way of creating gradients with opacity controls on the start and finish colours. Here’s Custom Gradient – Alex4D:

I also added a radius control for the radial gradients:

Download Custom Gradient - Alex4D
To use this plugin, download the ZIP document, copy the ‘Custom Gradient – Alex4D.txt’ file to

Your Startup HD/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Plugins

(Your Startup HD/Users/your name/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Express Support/Plugins for Final Cut Express users)

This plugin is a Video Generator. It will appear in the ‘Render’ category.

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  1. Rob said:

    When is this coming out on AE?

    • Alex said:

      I’m not much of a programmer, so we’ll have to wait until Adobe implement the Final Cut Scripting language in AE CS 2011…

      I imagine it wouldn’t be a big problem implementing this in Noise Industries’ FxFactory, but I don’t think they allow the distribution of free plugins for their system.

  2. Awesome Alex! I’ve been looking for this for a long time. If I had one more request, could you make all the Shapes with an alpha channel?

    • Alex said:

      I probably will!

      I haven’t used those generators for a long time, I assumed they did have an alpha channel. Odd that they don’t! Maybe it’s because they were first coded when computers were too slow to have lots of alpha channel layers.

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