Imagineer Systems, creators of mocha Planar Tracking technology, and CoreMelt announced the immediate availability of a new Final Cut Pro X masking plug-in, SliceX powered by mocha. This new version of SliceX, previewed at NAB 2013 last month, comes as a result of a strategic partnership between Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt, resulting in the integration of Imagineer’s Planar Tracker into CoreMelt’s shape masking tool.
SliceX powered by mocha lets users create instant shape masks to cut out layers or isolate effects directly in Final Cut Pro X without having to go into Motion or create the masks with an external program. With this new version, mocha planar tracking allows artists to quickly and easily track roto shapes for accurate masking with significantly less manual keyframing. SliceX also includes nine motion templates for common tasks and you can also use the shape masks with built-in effects, the built-in color corrector or with third-party plugins.
According to Ben Balser of FCProXUnivserity.com, who has been testing SliceX powered by mocha, “Incorporating mocha planar tracking into SliceX is like adding farm made whipped cream to Louisiana strawberries; it takes something already amazing, and makes it heavenly. It is not only immensely impressive, but will shave hours, if not days, or even weeks off of many Final Cut Pro X editors’ projects.”
In February 2013, Imagineer Systems was honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with a Scientific and Technical Award for mocha and its Planar Tracking technology. In recent months, Imagineer has entered into strategic partnerships and licensing agreements with companies such as Adobe Systems, Silhouette, Quantel and FXhome.