Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Spreading the Love!

To celebrate our recent honor from the Academy of Motion Pictures, the team from Imagineer Systems was pleased to offer a special limited discount on mocha Pro software - our flagship product. This past Oscar's weekend mocha users were able to save on upgrades! We really appreciate those of you who were able to take advantage of this offer.

Speaking of, I highly encourage you to buy support when you buy mocha Pro. Imagineer offers one year support & maintenance contracts for customers that wish to insure they are always running the latest version or need a guaranteed response time for customer support & technical issues. For more information, please contact us or your local reseller.

Thats not all to report, though. This past Thursday we hope you were able to get out of the house in Boston to meet Dan Lebental, along with filmmaker Rick Macomber, and Ross Shain of our very own Imagineer Systems, and Robin Hobart of BrickyardVFX at Salvatores. There were drinks and prizes and we heard great things from our users, as usual. Thanks for hosting, BOSFCPUG!

So now that we've spread the love there, lets spread some link love below.

Videos You'll Want to Watch

An oldie but a goodie:

What is mocha Pro? Planar Tracking and more. from Imagineer Systems on Vimeo.

If you have never seen this video, it is worth watching. mocha guru, Mary Poplin discusses Imagineer Systems' Planar Tracking products: mocha AE and mocha Pro. Showcases the features that are only available in mocha Pro v3 and upgrade options.

The Dark Knight Decends

The Dark Knight Descends from ScruffyTV on Vimeo.

From our friends at Scruffy.TV and That Post Show. Written by Kanen Flowers and Michael Morgan. Directed by Kanen Flowers. Starring: Jeremy Jones, Dixon (Scott) Phillips, Mike Guerra, Jessica Learn, Chris Snyder, Sherman Koltz, Colin Hussey, Chris Morrell, Constance Hasapopoulous, Katie Whitcraft and Michael Critz as Christopher Nolan.

Cinematography by Paul Del Vecchio and Sky Tallone. Edited and Composited mostly by Paul Congdon. Color Correction and Sound by Michael Schmidt.

Sponsored by Imagineer Systems Mocha Pro --

( Shot entirely on green screen at Beyond Pix Studios in San Francisco, CA )
Also available in iTunes - or at Scruffy.TV/tss



mocha user, Hamed Momeni of ROMOSTUDIO shared this cute animation! They did it just for fun to test with mocha, Shooting-canon 7D, CharacterDesign-Photoshop, Tracking,Remove and cleanPlate-mocha, Composite-AfterEffects.

Revengeance: Metal Gear Rising Inspired

The guys at 7SL Entertainment used mocha on their latest video game inspired short, "Revengeance." The video is a little violent, so beware of that, but it's a great example of the kinds of things you can do very simply with mocha's planar tracker and AE.

Duet with my hand (mocha tracking)

@Alvarobadmother used mocha for this cute video. Love to see YouTube videos that do more with mocha than simply blow things up! It is a jazz duet with his hand, apparently he won't dance. Composited in After effects CS3, mocha tracking and Sony vegas

Free Tracking Markers

For those of you on set, mocha's planar tracking does not often need tracking markers, but for large sets and green screens, these free markers should come in handy!

Wrapping it up!

Well, that about does it for this week. As usual, if you have any questions or comments for us, let us know!


Monday, 11 February 2013

2012 Scientific and Technical Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

February 9, 2013 - Source: Valerie Macon/Getty Images North America

This past Saturday I tagged along with John-Paul Smith and Ross Shain as they went to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2012 Scientific and Technical Awards to collect Scientific and Engineering Awards alongside Dr. Philip McLauchlan and Allan Jaenicke at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was a huge honor and all of us at Imagineer Systems are still so excited about our colleagues, but more importantly our friends, receiving this award.

Watch the acceptance video here: 2012 Scientific and Technical Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Photo by Jenn LaBelle
As Ross says at the end of this clip, we couldn't have done it without the widespread suport of you, our incredible users. Thank you. It was truly a night to remember, and special thanks also needs to go to the families, friends, and colleagues that supported these innovators while they worked to make the next generation of motion tracking tools.

As usual, your continued feedback helps us develop mocha into a competitive package that has enjoyed world-wide adoption in the film, television, motion graphics, and end user markets. News sites are buzzing with write-ups on our software and we'd like to be able to show off some of our incredible users work. We've had some wonderful appearances in ForbesFXGuide, The GuardianDigital Production BuzzThe Academy, and Zimbio. With that in mind, we're making a big final push to get some great footage for our reel for 2013 that we can show off at NAB, Siggraph, and SXSW. So this is the last reminder I will put on the blog! It would be great to have your work helping represent Imagineer, and time is running out to submit your shots. We can only accept your clips until the end of the month. We are specifically looking for interesting before/after examples in which mocha AE or mocha Pro has helped on a project. Our preferred Format is: 1920x1080 Quicktime - Pro Res. Please email me for the ftp upload information at
The VES Awards!

The Annual Visual Effects Society Awards

But the Sci-Tech Awards weren't the only thing going on in Hollywood this week. I was also able to attend the Annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. The VES Awards recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. It was incredible to be able to mix and mingle with some of the VFX Industry's best artists and technical wizards. And while the Oscars may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, as a member of the Visual Effects Society, I can tell you that this is an event I will look forward to every year.

Congratulations to all the winners this past week. The technical innovation that pours out of these incredibly talented men and women is an inspiration to us all.

Until next time!