The build in gargage is no good as you cannot feather it BUT...
....you can make your own garbage matte in the Titler. Make a filled bezier shape in pure white.
superimpose over you footage and add a blur to make it feather.
Add Track Matte Effect to footage and set this to the matte.
If you want an animated matte drop the garbage matte effect on a white color matte, add the blur and keyframe the points over time.
Aha! thanks for your reply. I read something similar somewhere but it was presented as something so complex that it would hardly be worth the trouble. The way you describe it makes it sound worthwile, so I'm going to try that first. If I'm still not happy I think I'll invest in ae after all. Part of my hesitation was the idea that I might go back to fcp, but today the new fcp has been announced, and at least at the Red forum it is considered to be a step back towards a consumer app. Adobe is going to do a lot of business the coming weeks. So, Adobe is the future for me after all. Thanks a lot,
The Garbage matte in PPRO is exactly as the name describes.
It is only suitable for basic , simple and crude mattes.
Its inabilty to invert, shape or feather is a bone of contention with me.
On the other hand. Masks and Mattes in AEFX are awesome ..as you would expect.
That would make it maybe 4 times I have feature requested it since CS2.
Hate for Adobe to think I was a nuisance.
I guess Adobe will make sure ppro is a valuable program without containing
features that keep ae invaluable.
Hey that worked very well!! Problem solved. Many thanks indeed!
Glad to have helped.
I have also told them over and over to add keyframable soft masks like AE has. They just don't get it.
You can do so much with just that one tool.
DL with AE is nice but is no substitute for having keyframable soft masks in PP.
I watched a PP 5.5 CC demo at NAB 2011 at the Adobe booth. A NYC colorist was demonstrating
how to CC Red footage with PP5.5. When he had to make a soft edge mask he had to go into the title
tool and make a shape. That is very inflexible if it needs to be changed, nodes added or deleted, etc.
I was actually embarrassed for Adobe for having to use such a kludge.
Guys, take a look at Smoke!
I would love to hear their reasoning why they will not do it.