Background Remover

Background Remover automatically detects people, animals and objects that are the main focus of your videos, allowing you to extract a clean key from footage shot without a greenscreen or bluescreen.

Background Remover is a quick, easy choice for masking the backdrop to a scene.


  • Raise the Sensitivity parameter to preserve finer details such as hair or fingertips. This parameter works best for human subjects. Decrease this parameter when detecting inanimate objects, animals, or when the output appears noisy.
  • When you have the possibilty to control your surroundings before shooting a video that will be processed by Background Remover, remove any objects that might be moving behind your subject. A static background with fewer details will be easier to separate from your subject, giving excellent results.
  • When Background Remover is applied through the Title layer in Final Cut Pro the background is normally filled with transparent black. Assign media through the given Drop Zone and enable the Fill Background option to use this media as the background to your clip.


Background Remover requires macOS 14 Sonoma.


Background Remover is compatible with Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects.



Presets contain a snapshot of your effect configuration. 7 built-in presets are available.

When you save parameter configuration to a file on disk, this file can later be loaded to recreate the same effect configuration. Presets generated in one video application can be used by the same plug-in running in a different video application.

How do I use the presets popup menu?



Set to 90% by default.

Increase this parameter when detecting human subjects. This may lead to a more precise mask, preserving fine detail such as hair, fingers, etc. Decrease this parameter when detecting animals, objects or a combination of human subjects and inanimate objects.


Set to 90% by default.

Controls the amount of detail preserved along the edge of the detected subject.



The following options are available:


Off by default.

Inverts the black and white mask when the Output parameter is set to Mask.


Color set to
100% red, 100% blue, 100% alpha in the SRGB color space by default.
Color used to fill the subject.


Color set to
black by default.
Color used to fill the background.


The following options are available:


Set to 10% by default.

Strength of the blur applied to either the subject or background.



The following options are available:


Set to
100% green, 100% blue, 100% alpha in the SRGB color space by default.
Color used to draw the outline when the Outline parameter is set to Below or Above.


Set to 50% by default.

Size of the outline.


Set to 0% by default.

Softness of the outline.



Allows you to crop the output to a given rectangular region. This can be helpful in situations where multiple subjects are detected within the same frame, but you wish to display only those within a given region.

The following options are available:


A rectangular region, centered in the frame by default.

Initial location in the frame
Crop region, as a keyframable parameter. This parameter is available only when Crop is set to Keyframable Region.

Trackable Region

Lets you track an object in your video. When object tracking is complete, keyframes that follow the motion of the object over time are automatically created.

The object tracker can be controlled on-screen in Final Cut Pro and Motion:

On-screen controls for the object tracker
Identical controls are also available in the parameter inspector:

Controls available in the parameter inspector

For more information on how to display on-screen controls in the Canvas:

Displaying on-screen controls

Objects can be tracked forward or backward relative to the current playhead location in your timeline. In most cases, you will want to position the playhead at the start of the clip:

Playhead position at the start of the clip

Make sure the Trackable Region option is enabled to prepare for tracking:

Enable the object tracker

Position and resize the region around the object to be tracked:

Position and resize the rectangular region around the object you wish to track

Click the Track Forward button to begin analysis:

The Track Forward button

A window reports progress made so far:

Object tracking status

Click the Cancel button if you notice that the analysis seems to be following an object incorrectly. Reposition and resize the region before attempting to track the same object again.

When the analysis is complete, keyframes are created to follow the object along its path.

The analysis proceeds in the background even if you click on a different window. You can check on the progress of your analysis by selecting the Trackable Region command under the Window menu. If the command is missing from the menu, analysis is already complete.

How can I make my own adjustments to the results?

When object tracking analysis is complete, the rectangular selection around each tracked object follows the object along its detected path.

Make sure the on-screen controls are currently visible in the Canvas in order to see and manipulate the region around each tracked object. Note that each video application has different rules for when on-screen controls are visible in the Canvas.

As you step forward or backward by a single frame, you may drag the region to the desired location. If the motion path seems to wander off by a significant amount, you can click the Track Forward or Track Backward buttons to restart the analysis after applying the desired corrections.

You may also step through all frames where the analysis did a poor job of tracking the object, and manually reposition the region to match the actual location of the object. This gives you the flexibility to use automatic object tracking to estimate a motion path, while making fine-grained adjustments for the perfect results.

What if my object moves towards or away from the camera?

Under the options menu, enable the tracking of both position and scale:

Tracking position and scale

This option allows the tracked region to expand when the object moves closer to the camera, and shrink when the object moves away. Please note that this functionality works best with objects whose contour is clearly defined relative to the background.

Remember to track the object again after changing this option.

Better tracking of shaky video

Results of the object tracker depend heavily on the video being analyzed. When tracking objects in shaky video, increase the Smoothing level to prevent the resulting motion path from shaking along with the object. The current smoothing level is set through the options menu:

Increase Smoothing with shaky video

Remember to track the object again after changing the Smoothing level.

Better performance in Final Cut Pro

To speed up object tracking analysis in Final Cut Pro, transcode all clips to create Optimized Media.

How do I create optimized media in Final Cut Pro?

A rectangular crop region you may track to follow your subject as it moves across the frame.

Crop region, as a keyframable parameter. This parameter is available only when Crop is set to Trackable Region.


Set to 0% by default.

Blurs the crop region along its edges.