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Mocha now plug-in for NLEs, BCC 10 integrates Mocha 5

The big news from Boris FX/Imagineer at IBC this year was that the soon-to-be-released Mocha Pro planar tracking and roto masking technology will be available as a plug-in for Avid, Adobe and OFX. This brings all of the tools from Mocha Pro to these NLEs — no more workarounds needed. This Mocha Pro 5 plug-in, which will be available in a month, incorporates a new effects panel for integrated keying, grain, sharpening and skin smoothing as well as new Python scripting support and more.

“Avid editors have always asked us for the Mocha planar tracking tools on their timeline. Now with the Imagineer/Boris FX collaboration, we are bringing the full Mocha Pro to Avid,” explains Ross Shain, CMO at BorisFX/Imagineer. “Media Composer and Symphony users will be able to handle more complex effects and finishing tasks, without importing/exporting footage. Just drop the Mocha Pro plug-in on your clip and you immediately have access to the same powerful tracking, stabilization and object removal tools used in high-end feature film visual effects.”

The availability of this plugin coincides with the Mocha Pro 5 release.

In other company news, Boris FX’s upcoming Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 will have Mocha planar tracking and masking embedded. This is inside every BCC 10 plug-in and can be used for isolating areas of the effect with Mocha masks. The first version to ship will be BCC 10 for Avid in a few weeks.

Besides integrating Mocha Pro 5, BCC 10 will also offer a new Beauty Studio skin-retouching filter, new 3D titling and animation tools, import of Maxon Cinema 4D models, new image restoration filters, new transitions and more host support.

Boris FX buys Imagineer, makers of Mocha

In news that likely prompted a slightly less PG version of “holy cow,” Boris FX has bought Imagineer Systems, makers of the hugely popular and widely used Mocha, a planar tracking and visual effects tool used in film and TV. The technology won an Academy Award in 2013.

Mocha Pro has been used on the films Gone Girl, Birdman and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and TV shows such as The Leftovers, Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

For its part, Boris FX develops VFX, compositing, titling, video editing and workflow tools for broadcast, post and film. So you can see how this purchase might be a good fit for the company. You likely know their Continuum Complete package of plug-ins.

postPerspective’s Brady Betzel has reviewed both products. Click here for Mocha Pro
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Imagineer targets freelancers with Mocha Plus 4

Imagineer Systems, makers of the Mocha Planar Tracking tool, has made available its Mocha Plus 4, which adds new VFX capabilities and expanded support to include Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2014. Chief marketing officer Ross Shain calls it “a new product category for Imagineer.”

Shain reports that Adobe Creative Cloud customers now 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 what they call a “special” upgrade price of $195. New users can buy Mocha Plus on the Imagineer Systems website for $245.

Replacing Imagineer System’s Mocha AE product, mocha Plus adds pro 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.

New to 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.