I love editing in Final Cut Pro. But when it comes to keying, masking, tracking, or advanced color correction, Final Cut Pro is definitely lacking. For these tasks, After Effects is the way to go. The biggest problem has always been how to get your edit from Final Cut Pro to After Effects. Automatic Duck is great, but darn expensive. What's a pixelphile to do?
Go land yourself on Popcorn Island and enjoy the XML bliss of Final Cut 2 After Effects by Ross. The best FREE way that I know of, to get Final Cut Pro and After Effects to play nice with each other in our digital sand box.