Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Imagineer Welcomes New VP of Sales, Bryan Milne

All of us at Imagineer are very excited to welcome the newest addition to the team, Bryan Milne. Bryan joins us as our new vice president of sales. With more than 20 years experience in sales and product management in the post production industry, Bryan will be in charge of overseeing Imagineer’s global network of resellers and channel partners, and extending the Company’s award-winning Planar Tracking solutions into new markets worldwide. You can read more about Bryan's experience here....

Please join us in welcoming Bryan!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Retouching tutorial with mocha Pro remove module & clean plates

A little tutorial to show how you can use the remove module for adding and taking away.

When you have the laborious task of making skin ridiculously perfect, the remove tool helps by being able to take a 1 or 2 frames of photoshop clean-up and apply it to the rest of your shot.  The illumination tool helps keep the original lighting intact as well.

This means you can remove acne and eyebrows, or fix makeup, tattoos and continuity mistakes without having to reshoot, which is very handy when you've got more important things to do, like exploding a zombie.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Gradient FX Relies on mocha Pro

Founded in 2006, Gradient FX is a multiple award-winning artist and technology-driven VFX studio. Balancing the ideal blend of art and technology, Gradient FX artfully mix their technological savvy with high design and artistry to deliver unconventional, yet visually stunning results for their clients. Gradient FX has over 30 feature films under their belts - from arthouse indies to global blockbuster films, as well as award-winning music videos, television commercials and game cinematics.

Gradient FX has also been a mocha customer since version 1.0, and have made it the primary go-to tool in their VFX kit. We recently spoke with Thomas Tanenberger, co-founder of Gradient FX, where he talked about mocha and its growing role in the workflow for the artists at Gradient FX.

Read more about how mocha Pro played a big role in the production of last summer's hit, "Friends with Benefits," and made cell phone screen replacements, tracking and stabilization easy work!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Introducing Mary to the Imagineer Blog

Hi guys!

CEO John Paul Smith and Product Specialist Mary Poplin
I'm Mary Poplin, and I'll be helping contribute to our Imagineer Systems blog. I'm our Los Angeles based product specialist, and I am happy to share my experience with our users. As far as my production experience goes, I’m what you’d call a 2D “generalist,” and I find having many tools in my tool belt to be a great asset in an industry that is constantly changing and growing, like film and television certainly are.

mocha is one of those tools, and frankly, I find it indispensable in any compositing or 3D conversion pipeline.

I’ve worked on all kinds of projects for film, television, and product development; cutting my teeth on jobs like marketing cleanup, paint work, color keys, graphic design, compositing, motion graphics, stereoscopic conversion, and matte paintings. I've been with Imagineer Systems since November 2010 and I love it here. My work with Imagineer Systems as a Product Specialist includes visiting studios and supporting our mocha product line, answering questions on our forums, supporting users via our customer support caseload, and creating tutorials for our free online educational videos. To that effect, I have created two new videos to help you guys better use our mocha software. Please see the links below:

In this short and sweet tutorial, I will show you awesome mocha users how to paste a mocha mask in as a spline in After Effects. This is a feature that has been available in AE CS5 and CS5.5 that some of our users might not have known about. Please note, you can not paste mocha masks as splines in AE CS4, but you can post mocha shapes as effects in all versions of AE.

In this video, I will show you how to use adjust track to fix our planar tracking data in mocha on older, compressed footage in order to get more useable results. We will also take a look at using the insert tool in mocha Pro for a simple A over B replacement composite, all without ever leaving mocha Pro.

I will be updating here regularly, so check back often!


Mocha Training Now on

Steve Wright has just wrapped up a great series of training for mocha on the Lynda site.

Covering all aspects of mocha planar tracking, rotoscoping and stabilisation, Steve's new series provides a nicely paced and easy to follow lesson plan to get up to speed quickly.

Check it out here: