This Matte filter gives you much more control over feathering. You set up two shapes – one is the inside of the matte, the other being the outside of the matte.
Here is the filter in Wireframe mode, where you can see the two shapes:
If you switch to Preview mode, you can see how the blend between the inside and outside shapes effects the matte:
If you change to Final mode, increase the value for Steps in the Smoothness section, and overlay on top of a desaturated, darkened copy of the clip, you get this:
Here are the controls:
You can enable and disable points on the matte:
If you enable less than three points, all eight points become temporarily enabled.
You can also only use the outside shape to form the matte:
In this mode you can choose a feathering value to apply to the outside shape:
To use these plugins, download the ZIP document, copy the ‘Alex4D IO Matte.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)
The filter appears in the ‘Matte’ filter category.