Imagineer Systems Introduces Mocha Plus and Mocha 4 for Your VFX Needs

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There’s a lot of more technical information in these press releases, and I think they speak better than my summations would in regards to these.  Suffice it to say, having worked with many VFX programs over the years, I’m pretty excited about these upcoming programs:

Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, announced today the release of its flagship visual effects solution, mocha Pro 4.0. Packed with new innovative features that facilities with complex VFX production pipelines will love, mocha Pro 4 offers groundbreaking native Stereo 3D (S3D) workflow capabilities and advanced support for Python scripting. Watch the mocha Pro 4 promo video.

“Visual effects artists working on stereo 3D feature films have been asking for these new features, and we have worked closely with customers to understand and support their workflow,” states Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems. “With version 4, we are streamlining many of the complex corrective tasks that come with large S3D projects and expanding the compatibility of mocha Pro with visual effects applications such as Nuke, Ocula and Adobe After Effects. This allows a wider audience of VFX professionals to tackle some of the more dense effects work such as S3D rotoscoping, motion tracking and object removal.”

mocha Pro 4’s new Stereoscopic 3D workflow lets users quickly analyze differences between right and left camera streams and apply the solved disparity in 2D tracking, 3D camera solving, object remove module and image stabilization. Shain further explains the benefits of the new capability: “In a typical S3D post-production workflow, an early process is to correct the footage – vertical alignment, color and other differences between right and left eyes. With mocha Pro 4’s new stereo workflow, the mocha planar tracking technology has been enhanced for multi-stream image analysis. This automatically detects and keeps track of the difference between both eyes, so tracking and roto tasks can be done on uncorrected footage and disparity offsets are automatically animated. This results in a lot less manual keyframing for both solving tracks and creating articulate roto masks.”

The benefits of mocha Pro 4 also carry over to editors and artists using Adobe’s Creative Cloud tools: Premiere Pro and After Effects. Premiere editors can now paste mocha roto masks directly to their timeline for advanced isolation, blurring and color correction tasks while the new customizable keyboard shortcut interface comes with preset profiles to match After Effects.

Facilities can now deeply integrate mocha Pro 4 into their unique VFX production workflows thanks to newly added support for Python scripting. “With Python scripting, VFX houses can better customize their workflows,” comments Shain. “For example, a facility can use Python scripting to integrate mocha Pro 4 with an asset management system such as Shotgun, Hiero or Generation, seamlessly synchronizing visual effects content and metadata across applications and projects.” Python also allows technical directors to customize and automate mocha Pro tasks, such as sending intensive object removal renders to a background render farm.

mocha Pro 4 Feature Highlights At a Glance

* mocha’s new Stereoscopic 3D workflow adds unique stereo support to planar tracking, rotoscoping, object removal and 3D camera solving. It also adds the capability to work on uncorrected, native stereo 3D footage.

*Python scripting support allows facilities to further customize their workflows, integrating mocha Pro 4 deeper into the visual effects production pipe.

* The customizable keyboard shortcut interface enables mocha Pro 4 users to edit and save customizable keyboard layout or select industry standard keyboard layouts such as Adobe After Effects or Nuke.

*The improved user interface plus high-resolution retina display support greatly enhances the end user experience.

*New exports and format handling includes support for Adobe Premiere Pro masks, Nuke 7 Tracker export and improved Nuke Roto exports. Version 4 also improves QuickTime and MPEG support.

Pricing and Availability
mocha Pro 4 is now available on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with nodelocked or cross platform, floating licensing options. mocha Pro 4 supports Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Avid|DS, Assimilate SCRATCH, Autodesk Flame, Smoke & Maya, Boris FX, Eyeon Fusion, HitFilm, Quantel, Maxon Cinema 4D, Red Giant Warp and The Foundry’s Nuke. Upgrades are available starting at $495 USD; new users can purchase mocha Pro 4 on the Imagineer Systems website for $1,495 USD.

Special promotion: all mocha 4 upgrades will be on sale for 20% off list prices for the month of July.

Mocha Plus

Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, today released mocha Plus. “mocha Plus represents a new product category for Imagineer,” states Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems. “Now Adobe Creative Cloud customers have a clear distinction between mocha AE CC, which is bundled free with After Effects and Imagineer’s upgraded version which adds advanced features and support for Premiere Pro. mocha Plus addresses the growing needs of freelance artists and editors, hitting the sweet spot between needing advanced capabilities like planar tracking and roto tools, and budgeting constraints. After Effects users will also gain significant features by upgrading the Adobe bundled mocha AE CC to mocha Plus, with a special upgrade price of just $195 that truly cannot be beat.” Watch the mocha Plus 4 promo video.

Replacing Imagineer System’s mocha AE product, mocha Plus adds professional VFX modules including a 3D camera solver, lens correction tools for After Effects and support for copying and pasting mocha roto masks directly to the Premiere Pro timeline. mocha Plus also supports a multitude of compositing and NLE applications including recent versions of Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro CC 2014, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, HitFilm, and Boris FX plug-ins.

“mocha Plus brings in loads of new features designed to make your day just that much better,” comments Ben Brownlee, Curious Turtle Professional Video. “The new keyboard shortcut profiles means that you don’t have to make that mental leap when switching between applications – just match up your favorites and go. Working with Creative Cloud, the new export ability to Premiere Pro lets me take in multiple complex masks directly without round-tripping in After Effects. For tasks that can be done in the NLE, this means fewer files to manage, easier corrections and faster results. Boo-ya!”

Discover What’s New in mocha Plus

Support for Premiere Pro CC 2014 – Copy and Paste mocha Masks: Premiere Pro editors can now use mocha masks to isolate color correction, blurs and more. mocha’s advanced tracking and roto tools create accurate masks with minimal keyframing. Export multi-layered masks to AE, Premiere and FCP without rendering.

The customizable keyboard shortcut interface enables mocha Plus 4 users to edit and save customizable keyboard layouts or select industry standard keyboard layouts such as Adobe After Effects.

3D Camera Solver: 3D match moving made easy. Unlike feature based tracking, mocha solves the 3D camera based on user-selected planes. This fast and easy-to-use solution is ideal for set extensions, 3D text and particle tracking.
Lens Correction Tools for After Effects: This simple and easy-to-use interface allows users to calibrate the distortion introduced by camera lenses. Unwanted lens distortion can be removed or matched for realistic compositing. Export to the free mocha Lens plug-in for After Effects to undistort footage or distort your final composite.
mocha Fan Favorite Features

2.5D planar tracking: mocha’s 2.5D planar motion tracking engine accurately follows translation, scale, rotation, skew and perspective. Unlimited tracking layers handle reflections, obstructed and blurred objects, and even areas with low detail.
AdjustTrack Module: The AdjustTrack module and overlay tools help solve tracking challenges with pixel-perfect accuracy.
Advanced Roto Tools: Create animated roto masks with less keyframes. X-spline and Bezier creation tools are purposely designed for artists to easily create detailed roto shapes. When linked to mocha’s planar tracking, roto shapes inherit motion and perspective, dramatically reducing manual keyframe work. Advanced tools for shape editing include per-point edge feathering, join layers tool, transform tool, group layers and more making mocha the ideal system for rotoscoping.

Pricing and Availability
mocha Plus 4 is now available on Mac OS X and Windows. mocha Plus 4 supports recent versions of Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro CC 2014, Apple Final Cut Pro v7, Apple Motion, HitFilm and Boris FX. Existing owners of mocha AE v3 can upgrade to mocha Plus 4 for just $95 USD. Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers can upgrade from the bundled mocha AE CC for just $195 USD; new users can purchase mocha Plus on the Imagineer Systems website for $245 USD.

-Jordan