SliceX, the masking plugin for FCPX was well received when Coremelt released it on to the market in November. The latest update brings the much requested ability to keyframe mask points.
It's tough to make a complex mask in FCPX without roundtripping through Motion, it's even tougher because you can't round trip in the first place!
When Coremelt released SliceX back in November, it immediately plugged the functionality gap in Final Cut Pro X to enable editors to easily make complex masks. The points and bezier handles display will be familiar to anybody who has used a program such as Illustrator, Shake or any app that uses this method to make a shape or mask.
The good news is that the latest update to SliceX adds keyframing to the mask points and positioning. This means that complex shapes can be adjusted across time for a better matching mask. It now looks like a serious rotoscoping tool.
The second bit of good news is the fact that the update is free to existing licence holders and retails for only $49 for new customers. That discounted price is good until February 19th where it will rise to $79. There is also a free 15 day trial available.
'SliceXlets you create instant Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects directly in Final Cut Pro X without having to go into Motion or create the masks with an external program. SliceX includes nine motion templates for common tasks and you can also use the Shape Masks with built in effects, the built in color corrector or with third party plugins. In the latest free update you can now keyframe animate the shapes as well as the shapes position, rotation and scaling.'
For more information about the plugin, please check out our page from November where we embedded all the demo videos. A new video has been produced by CoreMelt to show the new keyframing features.