It’s a 360 world and we’re living in it — making 360/VR post & VFX workflows easier. We were super excited to bring Mocha VR to the mecca that is NAB. It was inspiring meeting all you 360 filmmakers, artists, and general movers & shakers in this burgeoning (and fun!) industry.
Mocha VR’s groundbreaking plug-in brings native 360° optimized tools to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Avid Media Composer, The Foundry’s NUKE, and Blackmagic Design Fusion.
Features include: motion tracking, masking, object removal, and horizon stabilization.
“Mocha VR’s planar tracking in combination with roto help us fix the situations that were generally unfixable before with great ease. We work much faster and we are able to deliver a better looking product to the client.” – Judith Samper, Koncept VR, VR Post Production Specialist. (Read the full story.)
We’re excited to introduce you to Mocha VR! If you’re working in 360°/VR, get ready to seriously streamline your VFX and post workflow. Mocha VR will revolutionize the way you tackle motion tracking, masking, object removal, and horizon stabilization. Developed by the Academy Award-winning team behind Mocha Pro.
Mocha VR brings native 360° optimized tools to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Avid Media Composer, The Foundry’s NUKE, and Blackmagic Design Fusion. Never leave your timeline!
360° Planar Tracking: Imagineer’s award-winning planar tracking solution now supports equirectangular footage delivering the world’s most robust 360° tracking solution for post-production.
360° Workspace: Optimized workspace and toolset works simultaneously in rectilinear and lat/long views bringing 360° capability to a variety of applications. Editors and artists can easily track, roto, create effects and insert graphics without worrying about equirectangular seams or distorted pixels.
360° Masking Tools: Unlimited X-Spline tools for articulate shape creation and masking, saves hours of time versus traditional keyframing techniques. Roto-masks can be rendered back to host or exported to most editing and compositing systems.
360° Object Removal: Mocha’s famous Remove Module now works on 360° video by analyzing temporal frames and removing unwanted camera rigs, shadows, crew members and more for massive time-savings.
Horizon Stabilization: Designed to reduce unstable motion, the new Reorient Module can drastically improve nausea-inducing VR experiences by smoothing or stabilizing shaky, handheld and drone captured footage. Driven by robust planar tracking, a user can even track and stabilize difficult and out of focus footage.
Lens Distort Workflow for 360° Compositing: Plug-in based lens correction workflow converts between lat/long and rectilinear for a simple workflow to add titles, graphics, patches and non-360 enabled filters to your 360 project.
Plug-in & Standalone Workflows: Running as a plug-in inside industry standard editing and effects applications Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Avid Media Composer and Nuke provides an immediate and accessible workflow for 360/VR post tasks. Render finished shots to your timeline OR export tracking and roto data in a variety of formats for flexibility and project sharing.
“Mocha VR was crucial in executing the tracking and object removal on our VR/360 action series Augmented.” – Blair Kelly, IGN.
Well, it has been quite a crazy and intense year for many – including the team at Boris FX! Before we completely wrap up 2016, we thought that it would be fun to shine a quick light on some of our favorite stories from our world of post-production and VFX. Please take a moment to check it out and have a wonderful 2017! -Ross Shain, CMO, Boris FX
2017 Academy Awards: Best VFX Nominees
Most recently, The Academy of Motion Pictures announced the nominees for the Best VFX category and we are excited to say that almost every single VFX studio who worked on the nominated films uses both mocha Pro and Sapphire.
A hearty congratulations goes out to to all the artists at Framestore, Illoura, ILM, Hybride, Luma Pictures, Method, Crafty Apes, Cinesite, Double Negative,Image Engine, MPC, Milk VFX, Rodeo VFX, Weta and Laika. No matter who wins, we are extremely proud to have you all as customers!
September 2016: Plug-in Worlds Collide (GenArts Acquisition)
While attending IBC in Amsterdam this year, it was very fun to make the announcement that Boris FX (parent company of Imagineer) acquired GenArts, developers of widely popular Sapphire plug-ins. While this news took many customers by surprise, the transition has been quite smooth and we have been enjoying working with new colleagues in our Boston office.
What does this all mean? The combination of Boris, Imagineer & GenArts is bringing together some of the top minds in software development and design; all focused on editing, graphics and visual effects. We shared a brief merger FAQ in November and are looking forward to releasing major new features and versions of your favorite tools in 2017!
As one of the original plug-in packages for Flame, Media Composer and After Effects, Sapphire has made an impact on literally thousands of films, commercials and TV shows for over 20 years. Also announced in September, Sapphire 10 was released with some very cool new filters and features. To accompany this release we have been cranking out tons of great new Sapphire tutorials videos with pro trainers, such as John Dickinson of Motionworks.net.
Check out John’s video on Sapphire Builder which isan advanced node-graph style compositor built into the effect interface. If you have not looked closely at Sapphire in while, now is the time.
mocha: New hosts, GPU & Plug-in
For many years, mocha has been a well-loved tool in the VFX industry – used by After Effects, Flame and Nuke artists for rock solid planar tracking, deep roto tools and the amazing object removal module. In June of 2016, we launched mocha Pro 5 which is probably the most significant release in Imagineer’s 15 year history.
With excellent help from the Boris FX team, mocha Pro has been made into a plug-in that will run inside almost every host application in editing and post (including Avid). Supporting editing systems like Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere has long been a popular request from our customers. Adding plug-in capabilities, plus new GPU accelerated tracking and OFX/Adobe improvements, has made v5 a huge hit.
Speaking of mocha, it would be crazy to think about 2016 without mention VR. The promise of “Virtual Reality” has been a buzz for years in post and tech, but the mass availability of VR headsets and viewing platforms pushed 360 video and VR over the edge this year.
360 video is a challenging learning curve for the post industry and our goal is to help reduce some of the technical issues introduced in this new format. Our first 360 enabled product, mocha VR is now in beta and is planned to ship early in 2017. Here product manager, Martin Brennand shows how mocha VR’s new tools will help make 360 finishing and effects tasks much easier.
If you are actively working in 360 and want to beta test mocha VR, please contact us.
2017: To Continuum and Beyond
Well, that is about it for this quick wrap up. On the Boris front, the team is actively working on some very cool new features for Continuum. In the below video, we share our most recent Webinar Replay – a monthly series that brings high quality training, tips and techniques to the industry.
We could not leave you at the end of 2016 without restating the shared mission of the teams now working under the Boris FX umbrella: to develop best of breed, task specific effects tools and plug-ins that assist the post-production process. Or more succinct – Tools thats help editors and artists be more creative and hit their deadlines.
We’re psyched to announce our latest point release: mocha Pro 5.2 – a significant release with serious improvements, including added support for floating licenses, a new render license option (!), and even faster GPU planar tracking!
New Floating License Support: You can now run both the mocha Pro standalone and mocha Pro plug-in options off one floating license server.
New Render License Option: A new Render License option allows users to render projects on a networked render farm or different workstation without taking up a full license.
Improved GPU tracking performance: mocha’s planar tracking has been updated to take advantage of supported video card hardware for significantly faster motion tracking. OpenCL GPU tracking in mocha v5.2 is even faster and now supports 16 and 32 bit source images.
New Apply Tracking Feature in After Effects Plug-in: You can now apply generated tracking data to other layers via the plug-in interface rather than exporting to the clipboard.
Improvements & bug fixes: including improved Python scripting support, improved handling of larger, multi-layer projects and numerous plug-in fixes for Adobe, Avid and OFX.
The VFX Plug-in Monster Squad – Boris FX, GenArts & Imagineer – has teamed up to challenge our users to create a Halloween-themed short. The more wickedly creative, the better. Enter as many times as you want for your shot at awesome prizes including an Oculus Rift VR headset!
Submit a short (no longer than 5 minutes).
All videos must use either: Boris Continuum, Sapphire or mocha software in the process.
New mocha planar tracking plug-in delivers GPU acceleration and streamlined workflows to OFX hosts including The Foundry’s NUKE and Blackmagic Design’s Fusion.
Boris FX & Imagineer Systems announce mocha Pro 5 plug-in for OFX. mocha Pro’s highly regarded visual effects software has been used on countless high profile film and television projects including Game of Thrones, Star Wars:Episode IV and The Walking Dead.
The new OFX plug-in capability now gives artists running The Foundry’s Nuke and Blackmagic Design’s Fusion Studio the added capability to launch mocha Pro directly from the host application for an efficient visual effects workflow. mocha Pro 5 plug-in for OFX is available on Windows, OS X and Linux operating systems.
“Compositors are loving the improvements found in the new mocha Pro plug-in,” says Ross Shain, CMO of Boris FX and Imagineer Systems. “We’ve updated the planar tracking algorithm to take advantage of OpenCL video processing and speed increases on high resolution projects are tremendous.” Shain continues, “While mocha has played a role in VFX projects for years, the ability to now launch directly as an OFX host plug-in helps artists quickly access tools for advanced tracking, roto, object removal and image stabilization without the added hassle of managing multiple applications and projects. Jumping back and forth between mocha and Nuke or Fusion has never been easier.” Imagineer’s partners and customers are also appreciating the new OFX plug-in.
“mocha Pro is well regarded in the visual effects & finishing community as a complementary tool for NUKE users,” says Sean Brice, NUKE product manager at The Foundry. “Imagineer’s new OFX plug-in integration gives NUKE artists the option to work with mocha within a NUKE project, streamlining the mocha and NUKE workflow.
According to Brigitte Bourque, Digital Effects Supervisor at award-winning studio FuseFX, “mocha Pro is an essential tool in our NUKE pipeline. The compositor is the steward of the work we are entrusted with. That means getting the work out on time and on budget. Every one of our compositors uses mocha Pro to help make that happen.”
mocha Pro 5 OFX plug-in for The Foundry’s Nuke
“Imagineer’s new mocha Pro plug-in works with Fusion’s OFX support to create a seamless workflow for our VFX customers,” said Dan May, President, Blackmagic Design. “With the plug-in, VFX artists can use mocha without ever having to leave their projects in Fusion, ultimately saving them time and allowing them to focus on the project at hand rather than workflow headaches.”
mocha Pro 5 OFX inside Fusion Studio
New in mocha Pro 5
New Plug-in for OFX. mocha Pro 5 is now available as a plug-in option for OFX capable host editing and effects applications. This new capability adds unique tools for planar tracking, masking, and object removal and makes them fully accessible in The Foundry’s Nuke and Blackmagic Design’s Fusion Studio. (support for other OFX host support coming soon)
Open CL GPU tracking performance: mocha planar tracking has been updated to take advantage of supported video card hardware for significantly faster motion tracking on high resolution sources.
Improved online licensing mechanism allows users to easily activate/deactivate a license and run mocha Pro on their computer of choice.
Improvements & bug fixes: including improved layouts, faster project saving, and much more.
New pricing: With a list price of $695 and upgrades starting at $395, the mocha Pro 5 plug-in option is the most affordably priced release to date.
Price List: (USD) mocha Pro 5 Plug-in Option:
● Plug-in Option: OFX (Full) $695
● Plug-in Option: OFX (Upgrade from mocha Pro 4) $395
About Imagineer Systems: UK-based Imagineer Systems is the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha: Planar Tracking based visual effects solutions for film and video post production. Imagineer has made its mark on major feature films including: Star Wars: Episode VII, The Hobbit, and the Harry Potter series. In 2015, Imagineer Systems was acquired by Boris FX, a leading developer of effects, titling, and workflow plug-ins for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Together the newly merged Boris FX / Imagineer Systems company group services millions of editing and visual effects professionals worldwide.
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Original article published by Animation Magazine (see original)
By Todd Sheridan Perry
mocha Pro has made itself the go-to tool for tracking, track-assisted rotoscoping and object removal. So much so, that its team was awarded a Science and Technology Award from the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences. Not too shabby. And their latest version makes the tools even easier to incorporate as well as expanding into new technological fields.
The biggest announcement for mocha Pro 5 is that there are plugins that open a pipe directly from After Effects, PremierePro, Avid or HitFilm into mocha Pro. What does this do? First, because the tools are sharing data there is no need for additional file sequences for mocha to track — it can use what is available within After Effects (for example), including compositions. Not only can the footage be used for the track source, it could be the element that is tracked into the plate. And in turn, tracks and masks can be sent directly back to the host software.
Additionally, other procedures can be pulled from mocha, and then rendered directly in After Effects. Object removal for instance, would be processed in the comp, rather than being required to render out an entirely new sequence.
And don’t worry — the plugin for Nuke is on its way.
Because of the open pipe between packages, this means that mocha Pro can be used with other plugins in the mix. For instance, a problem that is becoming more and more prominent as virtual reality becomes a thing is incorporating VFX into VR, or repairing it — like … where does the film crew hide? VR tools such as Mettle allow for reconfiguring and processing of VR data. The VR footage can be flattened and manipulated, and then fed into Mocha where objects can be tracked in, or objects removed. Then the footage is restored to it original format for use in the target VR system.
If you are in VFX, mocha Pro should already be in your arsenal. If you are starting to look into virtual reality, you are walking into a minefield of post-production unknowns, and the mocha team is one group that is looking forward into the problems of a nascent industry.