Feathered Crop

This plugin allows for cropping your image, both inside or outside, and to add feather to the cropped borders. It can also fill in the outside of the cropped area with color and add border to your cropped image. Graphic UI available. Supports 8, 16 and 32 bit depth. In Premiere Pro it works in RGB and YUV color spaces.

Feathered Crop interface

Supported software

  • Adobe Premiere Pro, versions CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.
  • Adobe After Effects, versions CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.

Supported OS

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x

Installation

The plugin comes without an installer. Please unpack the downloaded file and copy it to Adobe’s Media Core folder, so that both applications will see them.

The folder can be found on Windows here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore

and on OS X here:

MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

Substitute CS6 for your current version. If you have multiple versions installed, simply copy the plugin to each of the folders.

The plugin will show up as “CI Feathered Crop” under “Creative Impatience” group of effects.

If you keep getting error messages on Windows platform, or the plugin fails to show up, you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package, available from the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632.

Download the plugin here.

How to use it?

The plugin should be pretty self-explanatory for all of you impatient types, just apply it and start experimenting.

In case you need detailed instructions and tutorials, look here.

Known issues

None at present. Feel free to report them in the comments.

Road map

Below are the proposed features that could be added to this plugin in the future. If you are interested in further development, please donate. Feel free to propose additional features in the comments. The change log is also available.

v2.0

  • CUDA/OpenCL acceleration (stay tuned)

v1.4

  • Fixed feather control

108 Responses to Feathered Crop

  1. Julian Semilian says:

    hello, thank you very much for your feathered crop effect. Re: installation, when I follow the thread you suggested, there is no Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore in Common.

    Please advise.

    All the best,

    Julian Semilian

    • BartW says:

      Are you on Mac or on Windows?

    • BartW says:

      Unfortunately I have no way of checking Lion, however I’m a bit surprised that this folder does not exist. You might try creating it (assuming you’re on CS6), and putting the plugin there, and see if it works.

    • Sean H says:

      Make sure you clicked on the Mac Hard Drive in Finder, then Library, then Application Support, etc.
      If you navigate to your user’s home directory, then Library, you won’t find it.

  2. Arthur says:

    Hi, Bart,
    Many thanks for the great job.
    Having problem to seeing plugins in Premiere CS5. After Effects seems working O.K. (When I start AE it says plugins…. not loaded properly but I see them)
    As per your suggestion I put downloaded files in: (Windows) Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS5\MediaCore folder.
    I have Production premium CS5 suite. Any suggestions what is wrong?
    Arthur

    • BartW says:

      Make sure you have the proper version downloaded (CS5/CS5.5). The fact that AE tells you they didn’t load properly, something is indeed wrong. Premiere is dead silent and simply does not show the plugins, so the behavior seems to be fine… I have an idea, but it will take a moment. I will send you a file directly in the evening for testing, OK?

      • Arthur says:

        Thanks, Bart, for the reply,
        Yes, indeed I downloaded right version. I did it twice :-). That’s how badly I need this… :-) THX.

        • teddy58 says:

          IMHO – try send plugin file to “root” filder Program files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS6\Plug-ins\Common. For me works.
          Przy okazji – duże brawa dla autora – doskonała robota i pełny profesonalizm. Kapelusze z głów!!!

          • BartW says:

            Dzięki wielkie!

            You can put it in Premiere folder, but then After Effects will not see the plugin. It might be that if you only have Premiere installed, not the whole Creative Suite, you won’t get MediaCore directory created – I’d have to check. In that case putting it in the folder that you mentioned is perfectly fine.

          • Glenn Zimmerman says:

            Have tried every way but Sunday to load feathered crop into CS5 without any luck. Neither Premiere nor AE will see the effects. Only thing I can think of is that Im using OS 10.5.8 Please let me know if that’s the issue or if others may be experiencing problems installing this much needed tool. Certainly driving me nuts.

            Thanks so much.

          • BartW says:

            OS 10.5 might possibly be an issue here. The plugins are compiled as 64-bit libraries. You’re not the first person to have problems with CS5 and OS X, but there are also quite a few people using it succesfully in this configuration. I was not able to locate the problem so far. Unfortunately I do not have access to personal Mac platform to chase it.

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  4. cmbrougham says:

    Hi Bart,

    I’ve discovered a weird rendering issue with Feathered Crop; I’m not sure what is leading to it, exactly, but FC is the tipping point that results in the bad render.

    I can send you the project and media file, if it would help in debugging. I think there are two many different circumstances to try and replicate it alone. Shoot me an email and I’ll get it to you. Thanks!

    • BartW says:

      Let me know the settings that you use for final render and your platform and OS. There are indeed some problems in certain circumstances.

    • Brandon says:

      I think I am having the same issue. There is weird things happening when I go to render it in Windows, Premiere CS6. Funny enough, the same project in CS6 on a Mac seems to have no problem with it. I have tried different computers, etc. for the windows problem and FC seems to be the only common denominator.

      On a side note: Bart, THANK YOU for this filter! This has saved me multiple times.

      • BartW says:

        Thanks Brandon. If you could send me info about your sequence settings, export settings, and footage codec, privately or here, it would allow me to perhaps locate the bug.

        • shtoomp says:

          Hi im having a similar issue, only when i render i see the problem coming up, i have some lines around the picture edited… looks like a bug… im working on AVCHD 1080p sequence… any ideas ?

          • BartW says:

            Send me the screenshots.

          • John Putch says:

            When using feathered crop, and then exporting the movie to any codec, I get a flashing picture. See movie file attached to this link. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/47364957/Premiere_export_issue.mp4

            Using latest premiere pro, mavericks, New Mac Pro. This occurs even when I render this movie file out without text over it.

          • BartW says:

            Which Premiere version and what is source footage codec? Try using Maximum Render Quality and Maximum Bit Depth on export. I think for some reason transition on the text might be interfering, though no idea why. Consider nesting the text with transition, see if it helps. Also, is it only on GPU accelerated mode, or in software mode as well?

  5. Really really thank you so much!!!

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  7. Rod Sparks says:

    Dude, you are awesome. I can’t believe how quickly and easily you just solved my problem. I was about to ram my head into the wall over this feather cropping which I took for granted in Final Cut Pro 7. Then a quick internet search led me to this page and the problem was solved in no time. I couldn’t believe it worked. Greatly appreciated.

  8. jc says:

    have tried everything to make this app work but it never shows up in Effects.
    i am running win7 64 Prempro 5.5 5 2 and ae cs5
    in ae i get a non load warning but nothing at all in prem pro

    • BartW says:

      Which version have you downloaded? Make sure it’s the latest for CS5.5, not for CS6 – they are different!

      • Kevin L says:

        I’m having the same issue as ‘jc’. I’ve made sure I’ve downloaded the correct version. I’m running Adobe Premiere 5.0.0 on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I also tried it in After Effects, and I get the failure to load warning. No warning in Premiere, the effect simply isn’t there. I’ve also made sure it’s in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS5\MediaCore\

        Any ideas?

        Thank you!
        -Kevin

        • BartW says:

          OK, this obviously seems to be an issue for more people. I will try to follow it as soon as I can. So far, I have not been able to resolve it with jc. In the meantime, you can try using standard crop and Roughen Edges filter with smooth edges turned to 100%, it works similarly.

          • Kevin L says:

            I didn’t see a “smooth edges” choice in the Roughen Edges filter, but I did change the Border to 16, and the Edge Sharpness down to 0. This seems to work well enough for the project I’m working on. Thank you for your prompt response. It was a great help!!

  9. jc says:

    have tried both !! also tried vignette and that wont appear either.
    in after effects i get a ‘failed to load’ warning
    have re-downloaded several times etc etc
    its really frustrating because the plugin appears to be exactly what i need :(

  10. BartW says:

    I hope the new version of this plugin solves the issues that you guys have had with it.

    • BartW says:

      Those of you having problems running the plugin on Windows – you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable package, available at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632

      • Greg A says:

        This microsoft app does not want to install since a newer version already exists on my computer???
        For me, as with others, the plug-ins are not seen by Windows PPro CS5.

        • BartW says:

          The “Microsoft app” is the library of functions, from which the plugin uses a few math ones. If you have it already, then it should not be a problem. I have no idea why the plugin would not show in Premiere if you followed the installation instructions, and have the library installed. Does it show up if you open After Effects?

          • Greg A says:

            Update…
            After a couple of reboots the plug-ins appear to have installed in both AE and Premiere Pro CS5…
            Thanks Bart, I look forward to trying them out!

            Greg

          • BartW says:

            Thanks for the update, Greg! Glad you could get them to work.

          • Peter Veng-Pedersen says:

            I have the same problems as
            Arthur 2012/07/13 15:36
            Kevin 2012/12/14 06:33
            Followed your instructions exactly and also loaded C++ redistrib. and did several re-boots of OS
            AE got the effect control and it works there but it is not visible in PP 5.03.
            Tried to export AE project with the working effect control, but when opening the exported project in PP 5.03 got the message that the named control could not be found.
            I have CS 5.03 production premium, Win 7 pro, SP1
            Bart the vignette control is exactly what i need PLEASE look into this.

          • BartW says:

            Hi, Peter. Unfortunately I no longer have access to CS5, and can’t really pursue the issue.

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  12. Pierre Louis Beranek says:

    Fantastic work Bart! I wish I had found out about your great plug-ins a year ago! Keep up the great work! Thanks

  13. John says:

    Bart, thank you very much! I appreciate your work enormously! Gracias!

  14. Thanks! very appreciate this usefull plugin

  15. jon says:

    PLease please make an improved version of Premiere’s 8 point garbage matte with feathering and inverting

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  17. Brian Thomas says:

    Brilliant! I wish I’d stumbled over this a couple of weeks ago but it will be SO useful in the future! Now, where did I see that ‘Donate’ button..?

    • BartW says:

      Thanks a lot, Brian! Your support is much appreciated!

      • Brian Thomas says:

        Wow – I donate now and then to this and that but it’s not often that I get an acknowledgement. I didn’t send much – more next month! In the meantime keep up the good work! :-)

        • BartW says:

          Thanks. I always try to give credit where one is due, and every bit of support is appreciated.

  18. Worked like a charm! I’ll have to check out the rest of your plugins and make a donation! :)

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  20. Matt F. says:

    Hi there, I’m having an interesting issue. I’m running CS6 Premiere, and everything seemed to be working great until I exported the completed film, at which point all of the still images on which I had used the plugin simply weren’t there. When I clicked the “crop inside” button, suddenly they appeared, but the feathering wasn’t actually there. I have no idea what is causing this. Thoughts?

    • BartW says:

      Is your footage smaller or larger than your sequence size? Windows or Mac?

      • Matt F. says:

        I’m running it on a Mac, and the footage is smaller than the sequence (they’re portrait photographs; it’s a historical documentary).

        • BartW says:

          Could you send me a small sample project with 2-3 photographs, so that I could try to replicate it here? Contact data are on the “About me” page. I have a hunch, but I need to confirm it.

  21. Ben Finkel says:

    I can not get the Feathered Crop to work with Creative Cloud. I have put it in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-Ins/7.0/MediaCore/ and when I open After Effects CC it says, “After Effects warning: The following plugins have failed to load. Please reinstall these plugins: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-Ins/7.0/MediaCore/CI_feathered_crop.plugin”
    Also, when I open up a project in Premiere Pro CC that was started in CS6 with your plugin, I get “Video Filter missing: AE.BW F_Crop” Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    • BartW says:

      Weird. Which OS are you on? Is it a new problem (after the update to 7.0.1) or did you have it with 7.0.0 as well?

      You might consider downloading them again, if for some reason you mistakenly downloaded the CS5/CS5.5 version.

      • Ben Finkel says:

        Thanks for replying so quickly. I thought I would receive an automated email when you replied, so I never checked back. I am on OS X 10.8.4. I don’t know if I had the problem before the update to 7.0.1, because I did not try to open a project using feathered crop before updating. I just redownloaded and reinstalled and it is working great. Thanks so much. Also, I just installed CI Temperature which is awesome!!!

        • BartW says:

          Glad it worked for you. I was beginning to worry that new update for OS X did something weird, and since I’m locked on 10.7.5 I would have no way of checking.

  22. Marcel says:

    Thank you, you are hot !

  23. J.T.Jefferson says:

    any news on the CUDA support?
    I would pay another 30 buks :D

  24. Phil Hall says:

    FINALLY!!! THANK YOU!!!

  25. Phil Hall says:

    Although, now the video freezes during timeline playback. I’m using Premiere 5.5.2 in Adobe CS5.5. Any issues that need fixing?

    Thanks!

  26. Phil Hall says:

    That’s on a Mac Pro, OS 10.8.5

    • BartW says:

      At present moment there is no way I can test this combination, since I lost access to Premiere CS5.5 a few months ago, and on Mac I am locked on 10.7.5 without the ability to upgrade.

      However, here are some troubleshooting steps: the very first thing I would try is rendering the offending part – does it render properly and then play correctly? If so, then perhaps it is simply the issue of dropping frames – your CPU is not able to play the footage with the effect applied at the required speed. Are you seeing a red x icon in the lower right corner of the Premiere window? If so, click on it and see if there are any errors. Other than that, I can’t really tell, it used to work pretty well for most of my projects.

      BTW, the GPU acceleration will only work on CC, unless there is a huge demand for CS6. I do not plan to support CS5 and CS5.5 in the commercial releases.

      • Phil Hall says:

        The project shows it’s rendered, but I did try rendering again to no effect. I repaired disk permissions and still no improvement. I removed the effect from the system, rebooted and still get the video freeze. I’m beginning to suspect it’s something other than the plug-in.

        Whatever the case, if I can get it to work, I will love this plug-in for as long as I use Premiere! (I’m an FCP man, but the company I’m working for already had Premiere when I came on board.)

        Thanks for your efforts. I’ll let you know when I get the kink worked out.

  27. Phil Hall says:

    Had my co-worker help me figure out the fix. Had nothing to do with your plug-in. I had to delete the render files and re-render. I re-installed the plug-in and it works great! Thanks again for your work on this!

  28. Fred says:

    This is really impressive, nice one dude!

  29. David Klein says:

    Oh my goodness, great job! You think that this would have been standard by now. Thank you so much for creating such a helpful plugin! :)

  30. ember nation says:

    oh my god this has been bothering me since i switched to Premiere after 10 years of FCP, thank you so much!!!!

  31. ember nation says:

    I think I love you

  32. Ethan says:

    I was using feathered crop and vignette in Premiere CC, but recently updated my Mac to Mavericks. I believe it was at that point that the plugins stopped working: I can see them on a clip, but they no longer effect it — my cropped clips now look like they did before I applied Feathered Crop. Are other’s having trouble with Premiere CC and mavericks?

    • BartW says:

      I checked, and everything works fine here on 10.9.1 and Premiere CC 7.2.1. Must be something else, Ethan.

  33. victor says:

    Hi Bart. Is there a version that works with Premiere CC?

  34. mattmilewski says:

    What about in AFX CC? Will it work?

  35. Christiaan says:

    Just wanted to say thanks again. Man I LOVE your Feathered Crop Plugin.
    FANTASTIC!
    Warm greetings from the Netherlands.
    Christiaan

  36. AugustusCaesar says:

    Works perfectly and was EXACTLY what I was looking for! For what it’s worth, I use Premiere Elements 11 (not Pro) and use Windows 8.1, so I figured there was a chance that the plug-in wouldn’t be compatible. Fortunately, it works like a charm. Thanks again!

  37. gracias. aun funciona!

  38. David Rose says:

    I join the chorus of praise for your work!
    I installed Feathered crop in CS6 then upgraded to CC. Feathered crop is in a file /common/plugins/CS6 – but CC doesn’t see it… any suggestions?

  39. David Rose says:

    Hey Ho! It works. Thank you very much… (Feeling rather dumb for not knowing waht /7.0 was for…)

  40. Marco Navarro says:

    Hello, Bart.

    I’m currently trying to install feathered crop but it won’t show up in Spanish Premiere CS5.5.2 x64 running on windows 7 x64. I’ve installed visual c++ twice but still won’t work. Digging a little in the computer I found a log file called plugin loading, that states this: Loading C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS5.5\MediaCore\CI_feather_crop.aex
    The registry tells us to cache so the plugin will be loaded from the cache.
    The plugin is marked as Ignore, so it will not be loaded.

    I badly need this tool… Any hints on how to make it work?

    Thank you a lot.

    • BartW says:

      Hi Marco,

      Unfortunately, I have no idea how I can help you. I don’t even have CS5.5 installed on my system anymore. You can try trashing your preferences while loading (by pressing shift+alt while starting Premiere), perhaps this will help. Also, make sure that you have downloaded proper version (CS5 one). Beyond that, I really have no idea.

      • Jörn Räuber says:

        Hello Bart, hi everyone,

        this might be HELPFUL if these (really great!) plugins DON’T LOAD in PREMIERE CS5.5 on WINDOWS 7.

        I have put the .aex files in all mentioned folders, but the plugins didn’t show up in my Premiere CS5.5 (5.2.0).
        Then I installed the c++ package (see Bart’s post above), tried, rebooted, tried, re-installed, tried, changed the folders… But nothing worked.
        After reading Marco’s post about that ‘Plugin Loading.log’, I checked it and found the same messages in it as Marco described.
        It seems like the plugins were disabled in windows registry. (Maybe because of the first try with missing c++ package?)
        The solution was quite easy (in my case), I hope it works for some others too:

        – start regedit (click on Windows Start Logo, type “regedit”, I guess you’ll know…)
        – go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Premiere Pro\5.5\PluginCache.64\de_DE\
        – find the registry keys named like the missing plugins and delete the keys (they had “ignore” set to “1”)
        – start premiere and the plugins are there!

        Instead of navigating through the registry you can also use the search function of regedit (for example type “CI_feather_crop”), of course.

        Many thanks for these very helpful and cool plugins!

        Cheers,
        Jörn

  41. i have final project says:

    thank you dude it’s really helpful.

  42. Henk H says:

    Wow I like it. looking fore easy plug ins and this is really one.

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  44. Thanks so much, this just saved my life! Not literally. But still. Thanks.

  45. Laura says:

    Will this work on CC programs?

  46. Tom Riddle says:

    When I go to Export from CS6 premiere the program has started crashing — Adobe Media Encoder fails. I re-installed the plug-in and rebooted. When I moved the Premiere project to another computer, your plug-in appeared as the culprit in export failure. I use Windows 7 on a portable workstation. The plug-in performed flawlessly for two weeks. I can’t imagine why feathered crop now is causing problems. Can you help? Project is due tomorrow.

    • BartW says:

      Have you tried exporting to a different codec (other than H264/Mpeg-2) and seeing if it helps? Honestly, I have no idea, but some people did report weird issues from time to time, perhaps there is some bug that causes this. What are your sequence and export settings?

  47. Hello, such a long thread can’t look through it all but I had some install issues also here is the correct path for Mac based op systems using OSX 10.10.01 with Premiere 7.0.
    MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

    DO NOT INSTALL IN: MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore

    I hope this helps, just was my issue. Thank you guys!

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