RE:Vision Effects has released PV Feather, a per-vertex feathering control plugin for After Effects 6.5, 7 and CS3 on both Mac OS X and Windows.

The company says that users have been requesting better feathering control within After Effects for quite some time, and that PV Feather now fills that void. PV Feather (the "PV" stands for "per vertex") performs feathering by using an inner mask for filling, and an outer mask for feather control. The distance between the inside and outside mask controls the amount of feather.

PV Feather uses AE's built-in mask splines, which is designed to make the plug-in easier to learn. Its features include
8, 16 bit per channel and floating point image support, and the ability to move in tandem the corresponding control points of the inner and outer masks.

Automatic offsetting of masks is supported, as are AE's motion blur shutter and angle settings -- or RE:Vision's own ReelSmart Motion Blur if installed. The plug-in can also offset only selected mask points.

PV Feather is priced at $69.95 (around £35). Render-only licenses are $13.99 (£7).