Final Cut: My improved Crop plugin

This is an alternative to Final Cut’s crop section of the Motion tab.

This blog post used to host version 1 of my Crop plugin. I’ve updated it, so now you can download version 1.1.

When you blur the crop using the Edge Feather control, it only adds the feathering to the edges you crop. The built-in crop feathers all edges.


Here are the controls:

You can also invert the crop, so that the area removed is inside the area defined by the slider values. You can also choose the have different feather values for each edge:
…the result of these settings:

Download Alex4D Crop
To use this plugin, download the ZIP document, copy the ‘Alex4D Crop.fcfcc’ 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)

‘Alex4D Crop’ will appear in the ‘Matte’ filter category.

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  1. Good job dude! Now you can make a split screen with a soft edge without resorting to a travel matte effect.

  2. stu aull said:

    Alex – my thanks for yet another great creative tool!
    Stu Aull

  3. Nick Brownell said:

    Hey thanks Alex, appreciated. Just terrific!

  4. Vance said:

    My favorite use will be quick and dirty masks behind text. Soft on right and bottom.

    Very nice. THANKS

  5. Phil Eastabrook said:

    The number of times I’ve needed this! Mostly to paint out objects (mics etc) protruding into the frame. Will save me having to use multiple layers to get a soft edge in the frame and a clean outside edge of frame. Simple, brilliant. The way it should always have been.

  6. Chuck Savadelis said:

    Outstanding! This addresses a real need.

    Thank you, Alex!

  7. Alex said:

    This is an awesome tip, very useful!

  8. Misha said:

    Amazing plugins, I use this all the time, thanks a bunch!

  9. Scott Wilson said:

    Is there a version of this that is not a matte? I’m trying to dissolve between shots with matte/masks and the mattes combine during the dissolve and expose parts of the image that I have masked. I’m trying to avoid this. Any ideas?

  10. Saved my bacon! Thank you for your generosity!
    Jim Long
    Pegasus Productions

  11. Marcus said:

    Hmmm, when I apply this to a paragraph of typeset .psd text so I can ‘reveal on’ the ttext with the right-most edge feathered, my transparent areas are filled with white. Am I missing something?

  12. Alina said:

    Thank you so much! You just saved this Final Cut beginner (2nd day – woo hoo) a ton of headache and frustration!

  13. John W. McKelvey said:

    Thanks so much – this was really helpful!

  14. Pepo said:

    I feel like I have been sleeping under a rock for not having discovered this plugin before. This is what I always needed! Thanks!

  15. Have really been needing a plug in like this. However it would be nice if feather went much higher. Like 500

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