Free Final Cut Pro plugin: Alex4D Fade In Out effect

This simple effect fades a clip in and out using fades that last up to 2 seconds.

This works best for connected clips.


Download this disk image:

It includes an installation script for Spherico’s Motion Template Tool application, if you don’t have it on your Mac, download it. It is a freeware/donationware tool that simplifies effects installation for Final Cut Pro X users. MTT installs effects in the correct folders, creating them if need be. You don’t need to have Motion 5 installed for these effects to work.

Once you have MTT installed on your computer, double-click the ‘Install Alex4D Fade In Out 1.0.mtt’ file.

If you don’t want to use MTT, install these effects in Home / Movies / Motion Templates / Effects / Alex4D:

If you find this free plugin useful, you might like my Alex4D Animation Transitions plugin pack:

Find out more about Alex4D Animation Transitions.

There are many more free plugins on my Final Cut Pro X page


  1. rayfrake said:

    Simple in execution, but extremely useful. Saves me loads of time. Thanks!

  2. Michael said:

    Hi Alex,
    Thanks! Is there any way to create a “solid shadow” like there is in Title 3D? I use it for one client and can’t seem to replicate it in X.

    Thanks for these amazing filters and all your hard work!

    • Alex said:

      If you have Apple Motion, you can use the Extrude filter on text for a very similar effect.

  3. Greg said:

    Is there a way to change the default fade-in and fade-out times to be 0.5 seconds instead of 1 second? I have about a hundred clips I need to apply this effect to. It would be nice to not have to adjust the times on each one.

    Thanks for the plug-in! It works great!

    • Alex said:

      You can change the default value in Motion. If you don’t have Motion, you can download this modified version. (requires Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 or newer)

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