Imagineer Systems debuted the newest versions of mocha Pro and mocha AE, at NAB 2012 in Las Vegas. As part of this launch, Imagineer has also streamlined its product family and simplified its upgrade pricing strategy to ensure Imagineer’s intelligent Planar Tracking utilities are accessible to more postproduction and VFX professionals.
mocha v3 has undergone extensive beta testing among Imagineer’s community of postproduction and VFX professionals.
Ben Brownlee of Curious Turtle is a long-time mocha Pro user, and is a respected visual effects professor with fxphd.com. “From a user’s point of view, I think that this release of mocha is a huge leap forward. The improvements to the rotoscoping toolset, coupled with the core strength of the planar tracker, creates such large time savings when dealing with larger roto jobs,” he said. “The new grouping and transformation controls mean I can now adjust my complex, 20-layer shapes with a single click. This means fewer keyframes, better accuracy and much quicker turnaround times.”
“The flexibility of the data you can get out of mocha has always been its strength. Whether you want rock solid tracking data, fast and accurate rotospline shapes or now even 3D camera tracking, there is a place for it in your pipeline. In my working day, I have to use a range of software to finish the task at hand. mocha Pro v3 is the Swiss Army knife that I keep reaching for.”
According to David Scott of stereoscopic 3D film studio Identity FX, “mocha v3 is a milestone in rotoscoping and tracking software. At Identity FX, we have used mocha consistently on major studio films and commercials over the past several years, including our latest project for Nike. The new roto tools such as the Transform Tool helps us edit roto quickly and easily, and the new layering and grouping tools are the perfect addition to our existing precomp workflow. In the 2D-to-3D conversion environment, trackers are a necessity and for years we have been using mocha’s amazing Planar Tracker to accomplish normally impossible tracking shots. Additionally, now that mocha includes 3D Camera Solve in its application, we are excited to continue using this amazing tool as part of our 3D pipeline. mocha v3 also includes the same familiar design and layout from mocha v2 making it virtually seamless for artists transitioning to the new version.”
Imagineer has worked closely with its customers to improve its family of intelligent Planar Tracking utilities. All mocha v3 products have been updated to add new features and improve core areas for customers – from large facilities that require advanced layer management tools for film effects and roto pipelines, to creative boutiques and artists who’ve been asking for true 3D camera support for years.
Among the new developments in v3 are:
- New Rotoscoping Tools: Transform Tool and Join Layers designed to create and edit roto masks more efficiently.
- New Layer Management: View, organize, color code and group mocha layers.
- Project Management: Easily merge and share projects between artists for large-scale roto and vfx pipelines.
- 3D Camera Solver: The advanced Planar Tracker now includes 3D Camera Solver for After Effects and FBX formats (Nuke, Maya, and Cinema 4D).
- Dopesheet: New keyframe layout for adjusting timing and animation.
- Enhanced UI: Keyboard shortcuts and interface improvements enhance the entire Planar Tracking-based workflow for tracking, roto, and removal.