Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Adobe Creative Cloud Info for Mocha Users

Today Adobe shipped Creative Cloud, the subscription based service that includes new versions of After Effects, Premiere and more. Imagineer's planar tracking and visual effects products, mocha AE and mocha Pro are widely used by After Effects users, so we wanted to take a moment and answer some common questions the AE community has been asking about Adobe's new "CC" offerings.

New Version! Adobe Creative Cloud includes the bundled: mocha AE CC
Q. Is mocha AE still bundled with After Effects? Are there any new features? 
A. Yes, After Effects CC now ships with a new version called mocha AE CC.

mocha AE CC is not a plug-in. To launch, select a layer in AE and go to:
Animation>Track in mocha AE

mocha AE CC has been updated with the following fixes and new features:
  • support for RED Digital Cinema (.r3d) footage
  • new layer grouping & multi-select
  • dope sheet for moving, copy/paste keyframes
  • transform tool for editing roto splines
  • multi-spline selection and modification
  • attach layers tool to link points of separate layers
  • ability to customize color for mattes & splines
  • ability to see individual pixels when zooming
  • many bug fixes
Q. Do I need to be connected to the internet to run mocha AE CC?
A. Only for installation. mocha AE CC has the same exact technical requirements as After Effects CC. You can learn more about Creative Cloud here.

Q. Can I upgrade mocha AE CC
A. Yes. We will accept upgrades from any registered version of mocha AE including those bundled with AE CS4-CS6 and AE CC. Registering your bundled mocha AE CC will qualify you for the reduced upgrade paths to other mocha products.
Note: You only need to subscribe for 1 month to qualify for the upgrade path.

Q. I am interested in upgrading to mocha AE v3.1 OR mocha Pro. What is the difference between the bundled version and what you sell?
A.  mocha AE CC includes 2D planar tracking and roto tools for After Effects CC only.

Upgrading to mocha AE v3.1 for $195 USD adds advanced modules for 3D camera solving, lens distortion and support for Final Cut v7, Boris FX and HitFilm.

Upgrading to mocha Pro v3.1 adds advanced modules for object removal, stabilization and support for applications such as Flame, Smoke, Scratch, Nuke and more.

view the upgrade guide or product comparison chart

Q. Can I launch mocha Pro from After Effects CC?
A.  Yes, you can set mocha Pro or mocha AE v3 to launch from within AE CC. Simply run the first time from start up icon and set the preferences to " Use this version with AE". The next time you "track in mocha AE" it will launch the version you selected.

Q. After Effects CC includes 3D Camera Tracking, why do I still need mocha AE?
A. mocha is a planar tracker and uses algorithms that are different than point or camera tracking. After Effects users still find many projects in which mocha is necessary to solve a shot... after all the mocha team won an academy award for tracking! mocha's unique image analysis engine often solves tracks where other trackers fail: tracking objects that go off-screen, objects that are partially obscured, even grainy and noisy footage. Planar tracking is used for screen inserts, digital makeup, set-extensions, assisted roto and much more.

If you have more questions, please contact us!

Monday, 17 June 2013

We hope you were able to come visit us! Here's what's coming up!

Hi guys,

Mary here again. We are all excited to have had the opportunity to get out there and meet some of you wonderful users! Thank you for continuing to support our wonderful planar tracker, mocha, and for creating beautiful work. We always love to hear from you.


Ross Shain, CMO, at Collider Conference NYC
I hope you were able to come see Ross Shain and Darrell Lee at the Collider event this past week! It was three days, 40 speakers and panelists, a Job Fair, Master Classes, and much more. It was a busy event and we think it was a great time. Ross and Darrell really enjoyed meeting our users and we hope to see you at Siggraph!

The Manhattan Edit Workshop!

Did you see Ross Shain, Jeff Wozniak, Chris Healer, and Yuval Levy at the Manhattan Edit Workshop? It was a full day event hosted by Manhattan Edit Workshop.
Jeff Wozniak, Chris Healer, Yuval Levy and Ross Shain at FIAF.
Featuring panels and networking party. Ross Shain, Imagineer Systems CMO, moderated a Visual Effects Panel with industry experts from Gravity World and The Molecule.


I also hope you made it out to the VFX Town Hall, it was a historic live event and help broaden and amplify the ongoing conversation surrounding the VFX crisis. If you didn't catch it in person, we hope you caught it streaming. We proudly support VFX artists all over the world and want to see the business improve for everyone, from individual workers to studios and production houses. It's up to both artists and studios to improve our industry.

Thanks Mexico City!

Mary Poplin troubleshoots shots at the AMTEC Booth.
Mexico City was an experience! Thanks for being so welcoming, and I hope to see you again next year! Thank you to AMTEC for hosting us!

The Webinar is Imminent!

When: Weds, June 26th at 10am PDT (Los Angeles Time)
In this live webinar, I will cover the core concepts of mocha AE and mocha Pro with a focus on face tracking and object removal for retouching and beauty.

Topics Include:

  • Planar Tracking for Beauty Work
  • Blemish Removal & skin smoothing
  • Object Remove Module and clean plates
  • Insert Module with Gridwarp
  • Blending Clean-Plates with Original Plates
  • Time saving techniques

One lucky attendee will win a node locked license of mocha Pro. A $1495 value!
Please check time zone converter: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Where: online from any computer

Register here for the webinar!

Here's a taste of the kind of beauty work you can do in mocha Pro!

Facial Reshaping VFX - Liposuction In Post Production from rousselos Aravantinos on Vimeo.

The Great Gatsby!

The creative folks at Iloura used mocha on an incredible visual spectacle, The Great Gatsby!

Check out Iloura's work on the Valley of Ashes
"In director Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, one of the more dramatic locations is the Valley of Ashes, a bleak, depressing rubbish dump that the characters pass through on their way between Manhattan and Long Island. Nearly everything there was created by Iloura, an Australian VFX company. Iloura Visual Effects Supervisor Julian Dimsey and Compositor Matt Omond speak with Creative COW about the work they did to create the Valley of Ashes."-Via Creative Cow.

More on SliceX

Pro Video Coalition reviews SliceX! A great SliceX powered by mocha review by Scott Simmons. If you know anyone using Final Cut X, please share! We think this will help speed up everyone's workflow in FCX.

Rampant Design Reviews mocha!

Would you like some mocha with that? We thought this was a great mocha blog post on Rampant Design's site. If you're new to mocha, or even if you're a veteran user, this is a great opinion piece you can use to tell other users about mocha.

Some recent mocha videos you might want to check out!

This is a great mocha breakdown from Lurival Jones!

Congonhas - VFX Breakdown from Lurival Jones on Vimeo.

mocha user Steve McLeod posted his new reel. Lots of before/after shots from shows Smallville, Battlestar Gallactica and more. I am nerding out over here.

BlueShift / Steve J McLeod Visual Effects BreakDown Demo Reel 2013 from Steve J McLeod on Vimeo.

This is what Mathias Möhl's dog thinks of the new CC news.

What my dog thinks about Creative Cloud from Mathias Möhl on Vimeo.

And this is a look behind the scenes. Warning: Contains adorable shots of man's best friend.

Behind The Scenes: What my Dog Thinks About Creative Cloud from Mathias Möhl on Vimeo.

A really well crafted title sequence from studiobreeder.com. Uses lots of mocha tracking!

ADBNE 2013 – Opening Titles from BREEDER on Vimeo.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

More Travel Announcements, Webinars, and updates!

Hi guys!

Things are about to get busy again, this time I am heading to Mexico City for...

The Grand Expo Mexico!

I am leaving Monday for Mexico City to give a few workshops on mocha. Attend this workshop to learn more about mocha Pro, the popular vfx tool from Imagineer Systems that compliments compositors and animators worldwide.

Grand Expo Mexico is on Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th of June 2013 in Mexico City. The Expo Cine Video Television is aimed at professionals and will be held at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Halls Maya 1 and 2, Ground floor, located in Montecito no. 38, Col. Naples, CP 03810, Mexico DF

Animagraphics 2013!

We also announced that I will be attending Animagraphics 2013 in Bogotá, Columbia. I am going to be coming down to present a master class on mocha. We will talk about how you can use mocha in your work flow to increase your production. What you may not know is that you actually already have mocha on your computer if you have After Effects for CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, and even the next version of After Effects! See, we actually ship something called mocha for AE for free inside of that program, which means you have access to our planar tracker and may not know. So what I encourage you to do is play with that software and get your questions ready, because I will be down there to answer them. You can also go to www.imagineersystems.com and you can download a free trial of mocha Pro! It's unlocked for two weeks and you can use it on whatever shots you like. So I also encourage you to play with that!

New Beauty Work Webinar Coming Soon!

Retouching & Beauty Work with mocha Pro
Featuring Mary Poplin from Imagineer Systems

Retouching and using digital makeup techniques has become an increasingly popular process in film and video post-production. This process can be used to invisibly alter an actor's looks or dramatically effect performance and story. Digital makeup relies heavily on rock solid face tracking and experienced composting and paint techniques. mocha's robust planar tracking has made its digital makeup mark on notable films and TV shows such as "Black Swan", "Invictus", "X-Men", "Grimm" and many more.

In this live webinar, Mary Poplin (that's me!) will cover the core concepts of mocha AE and mocha Pro with a focus on face tracking and object removal for retouching and beauty.

Topics Include:
Planar Tracking for Beauty Work
Blemish Removal & skin smoothing
Clean up skin features, wrinkles, and bags
Object Remove Module and clean plates
Insert Module with Gridwarp
Blending Clean-Plates with Original Plates
Time saving techniques

One lucky attendee will win a node locked license of mocha Pro. A $1495 value!

When: Weds, June 26th at 10am PST.
Where: online from any computer

About the Instructor:
In case you don't already know me from this blog, I am Mary Poplin. I am an experienced visual effects artist who has worked on feature films such as The Last Airbender, Gullivers Travels, and Jackass 3D. As Imagineer Systems' West Coast Product Specialist, I consult with studios and provide hands on training to help evangelize the power of mocha and planar tracking.

Note: Webinar will be presented in passive mode. No audio input is required. We will be taking questions via live text message board and will try to answer all questions throughout.

New Video Tutorial is up!

Planar Tracking HUDs and 3D Camera Solving - mocha v3 from Imagineer Systems on Vimeo.

Planar Tracking HUDs and 3D Camera Solving; in this advanced tutorial, I show you how to make "Iron Man" style electronic Heads Up Displays or hologram style graphics on hard to track reflective surfaces using mocha v3's 3D camera solver and Adobe after Effects.

This tutorial covers:

  • Starting a mocha project from scratch
  • Tracking non-co-planar planes
  • Tracking around reflections using relative planar data and edges
  • Rotoscoping with mocha
  • Exporting shapes to After Effects
  • Compositing in After Effects

New mocha Pro master classes available now!

Master mocha Vol. 1: Production Effects with mocha Pro & After Effects 
(Instant Download)
Curious Turtle's new mocha Pro training course. An in-depth look at solving real post-production effects.
Digital training video series created for mocha Pro & After Effects users. Over 7 hours of training, which goes deeper into real-world shots that ever before. This course has been designed to give you a unique insight into the techniques, challenges and solutions facing you over a range of projects. It is an intermediate to advanced level course. You are expected to be familiar with Imagineer Systems mocha user interface.

Note: 7 hrs digital download. You will be supplied links for 17 smaller files for easier and faster download. You are also free to use download managers to speed the transfer. This is a split zip archive and can easily be opened with free expanders.

Ross Shain will be at Inside The Cutting Room - Sight, Sound, and Story

Full day event hosted by Manhattan Edit Workshop. 
Featuring panels and networking party. 

Ross Shain, Imagineer Systems CMO will moderate a Visual Effects Panel with industry experts from Gravity World and The Molecule. 

The French Institute
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Alright, that's about it for now, stay tuned for more mocha news soon!