Final Cut Pro X Free Effect Friday: Alex4D Inside-Outside plugin

My contribution to this week’s Free Effect Friday is a new free Final Cut Pro X effect: Alex4D Inside-Outside.

For more information and download links, visit my website:


Inside-Outside is based on an effect I created for myself when I shot some interview footage too soft and didn’t want to oversharpen it. The prototype version slightly sharpened the interviewee’s face and slightly blurred everything else. This made their face look clearer than when I oversharpened it – and it hid my mistake.

It is especially useful for some DSLRs because their built-in sharpening isn’t very good, so camera people advise us to turn the sharpening off and sharpen with more control in the NLE.

Seeing as it sometimes helps to direct people’s view by brightening the subject and desaturating the surroundings, I added brightness, contrast and saturation controls to the inside and outside areas of the effect.

Here is a video showing what it can do:

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


Free Effect Friday

‘Free Effect Friday’ is an idea popularised by Here are links to lists of new free effects they published on Friday June 14Friday June 28,  July 8th, July 19th and July 26th.

On Fridays search for #FreeEffectFriday on Twitter to see who else is making free plugins for Final Cut Pro X.

  1. Janice Valdez said:

    I’m a MAC newbie, and there has to be an answer for this. I downloaded one of your dmg files and couldn’t install it because it wasn’t from the App store.

    • Alex said:

      1. Go to the Apple menu and choose ‘System Preferences…’
      2. Click the ‘Security & Privacy’ icon on the ‘Personal’ section – the first row of icons
      3. Click the lock in the bottom-left corner of the Security & Privacy window
      4. Enter your password (if the lock is unlocked you don’t have to do steps 3 and 4)
      5. In the lower half of the window click the ‘Mac App Store and identified developers’ radio button. I am an Apple-identified developer!
      6. Close the Security & Privacy window

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