Friday, 19 October 2012

New Point Release coming soon, Zombies, and DMALA; it must be October!

Hi Guys!

October is rapidly peeling days off our calendar and we are scrambling to get some great new features and content out to you.

I visited DMALA

Ko over at DMALA was kind enough to have me by to talk about the new point release at their last meeting this past week. I was happy to meet more artists in the area and to introduce some new users to the power of our planar tracking software. We gave away a copy of mocha Pro to one lucky winner and I hope that they are getting some good use out of it! I did a quick demo of some of the new features coming out in our next point release and got some good feedback and excitement about where we are taking mocha Pro's lens tool.

New Point Release, V3.1

Speaking of demoing new features, we have some great announcements for you! We are releasing a new point release very soon for mocha AE and mocha Pro, version 3.1! This free point release will upgrade V3 users with a few exciting new features:
New Lens Features!


The Lens Plugin for AE

mocha AE V3 will now include the lens module, previously only available in mocha Pro. This upgrade also includes a free mocha Lens plugin to import distortion data right into After Effects.


Lens Exports as Distortion Maps

mocha Pro users will be able to export lens data out of mocha Pro into any compositing program that can read distortion maps, including Nuke and Fusion.


hitFilm 3D Solver in mocha AE and mocha Pro

hitFilm can now use mocha AE V3's powerful camera solver to get 3D camera and planar data into your hitFilm composites quickly and easily.

Render Distortion Maps!


Export to Scratch v7 in mocha Pro

mocha Pro now supports Scratch v7's powerful color and finishing features!


Export Color Mattes

mocha Pro will now be able to render out color mattes for complete, time and space saving matte passes.


Ross is Demoing in New York!


Imagineer's Ross Shain will join the team from Assimilate in New York City on Monday evening to show how mocha Pro now supports Scratch v7's powerful color and finishing features. Click to register. We'd love to see some of our New York users out there to give us feedback on our new features!


Halloween Video Contest: It's not too late!


It doesn't have to be zombies, get creative, go nuts!
We are still open to entries for our Video Contest for Halloween 2012 - Enter to win a free license of mocha Pro v3!

Rules:

  • Submit a short "scary, spooky, Halloween inspired" video (no longer than 5 minutes).
  • All videos must use mocha AE or mocha Pro for some aspect of the post-production/vfx.
  • The top 3 videos picked will win one free license of mocha Pro v3 software (retail value $1495)!

How to enter:

  • Create an interesting or scary or humorous "Halloween" inspired short video that uses any of mocha AE or mocha Pro's features including: Planar Tracking, Rotoscoping, Screen Inserts, 3D Camera Solve or Object Removal.
  • Upload your finished video to Youtube or Vimeo (we prefer Vimeo).
  • When your video is ready to be viewed email us the link, your full name and email address.

Important Stuff!

  • All content must be yours. Only original materials will be considered.
  • You may enter more than once.
  • You may submit older projects for consideration, but we will give preference to fresher material.
  • Have fun! This is an opportunity to learn something new and promote your work.

More Contests!

Ten Years of CG Society!
Imagineer is happy to sponsor CGSociety's 10 year challenge. Enter to win lots of amazing prizes including mocha Pro.

CGSociety is celebrating their first ten years as the premier site for CG artists worldwide. As part of the celebration they challenge you to incorporate the number ten into an image or video, whether literally or symbolically.


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Of Fantasy Films and Video Contests

OK, I know I say it every time, but yeah... it's been a while since I last blogulated here. I am going to try to move to blogging once every two weeks so you guys can stay on top of what we're up to, so stay tuned. We went to Siggraph, and I probably should have mentioned that back in August, and we're working on a new point release, we're up for an Academy technical award, and new tutorials are out as well. Things have been firing on all cylinders, as usual, and we haven't stopped to type about it.

We have a New Demo from Mary Poplin (that's me)


And speaking of demos and firing on all cylinders, I have a new tutorial out. It's a breakdown of a project I am currently working on using mocha Pro and After Effects. The project is a very short film that me and a few friends are working on. My friend Morgan Buck filmed it, and she has a crazy-steady arm for camera work. It stars Mackenzie Jameson as an elf who is trying to convince a warrior, played by Sheldon Morley, to abandon a battle his human kingdom is embroiled in. We had some amazing help from Rachel Judd, who handled sound, and Bob Poteete, who handled lighting. Hopefully this project will go well and we'll continue to make little short films for an internet audience.

The goal was to get a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings style short movie with simple DSLR footage shot on a no-budget shoot. You could do this (with the help of a few friends to hold mics and reflectors and, you know, act and stuff) and with your own gear. And you can finalize shots on a laptop just like I did... and that's the point! With mocha Pro, you can have the speed edge you need in order to create your own content as a one-man-show.



This is an advanced walkthrough, so it is recommended that you know your way around mocha Pro and After Effects before you try to follow along. This entire shot took right around an hour from start to finish, but has been sped up to around 20 minutes.

Programs used are mocha Pro for lightning-fast removes and roto work, After Effects for compositing, and Photoshop for cleanplate creation. AE plugins used are Neat Image to remove grain and Red Giant's Magic Bullet Mojo for color. Footage is shot on a Canon 5D Mark ii DSLR with a Canon 50mm lens.

I think this is a really good example of how mocha plays nice with other tools in your toolbox in order to seriously speed up your workflow.

We have a New Demo from Martin Brennand


Martin Brennand also has a new tutorial out. Is this tutorial, product manager Martin Brennand shows you how to use the mocha v3.1 camera solver to solve a scenes camera and moving object to attach a 3D object to a man's head. 3D Object created in Element 3D from Video Copilot. If the guy with the horn on his head looks familiar, that's because it is Sheldon Morley again. Hey, when you have access to a professional actor and a DSLR, you just put them in front of the camera all the time.



There will be a part two of this video coming up soon, so keep a look out for it!

Feel Inspired? Enter our Halloween Video Contest!


We decided to put together a 2012 Halloween Video Contest! Enter to Win a Free License of mocha Pro v3!  All you have to do is submit a short "scary, spooky, Halloween inspired" video (no longer than 5 minutes). All videos must use mocha AE or mocha Pro for some aspect of the post-production/vfx. The top 3 videos picked will win one free license of mocha Pro v3 software (retail value $1495)!



How to enter:
  1. Create an interesting or scary or humorous "Halloween" inspired short video that uses any of mocha AE or mocha Pro's features including: Planar Tracking, Rotoscoping, Screen Inserts, 3D Camera Solve or Object Removal.
  2. Upload your finished video to Youtube or Vimeo (we prefer Vimeo).
  3. When your video is ready to be viewed email us the link, your full name and email address.
  4. Important Stuff!
  5. All content must be yours. Only original materials will be considered.
  6. You may enter more than once.
  7. You may submit older projects for consideration, but we will give preference to fresher material.
  8. Have fun! This is an opportunity to learn something new and promote your work.

Alright, guys, that's about it for now, but let us know what you think of the tutorials and I will make sure to show you guys the final short when it is all done. If these kinds of posts are relevant to your interests and you would like to join our newsletter, good news, it's as easy as clicking this link. Don't worry, we won't spam you, but we will send out new video links every few weeks and brief clips of news that we think you might find relevant.

Cheers!
Mary