Final Cut Pro X 10.2: New Masks
The new mask capabilities of FCPX in 10.2 were immediately a godsend: the video I was working on at the time immediately benefitted, and in that respect it was as helpful as the arrival of Libraries in 10.1. (Ripple Training have a great overview of the new masking features.)
The video was this little campaign message for my local Green Party candidate, Moira Crawford:
I knew when I filmed Moira that the porch behind her would blow out, but as each set-up was locked-off, I could film some under-exposed footage to mask in.
Whereas earlier versions of FCPX were limited to a four-point mask (unless you installed 3rd-party plug-ins), I could now mask out the window and play with this shot underneath.
Whether or not you like my grade (I made it quite flat to distinguish it from the B-roll, which was quite contrasty), it’s surely an objective fact that the porch blowing-out wasn’t ideal.
Previously, I’d have either done a less satisfactory mask in FCPX, or sent everything to Motion, which is a pain.
These enhancements to the default masking capabilities are most, most welcome.