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End of Year Wrap-Up: 2016 in Post

December 21, 2016 in Blog,News

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

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2017 Academy Awards: Best VFX Nominees

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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!

Sapphire 10

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 is an 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.

Check out Mary Poplin’s Top 10 Plug-in features video below and lots more mocha 5 videos here.

 

360° Video and VR

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.

Our friends at The Molecule worked on Invisible, one of the first scripted, episodic 360 video series. Directed by Doug Limon and produced in collaboration with Jaunt and Samsung. Check out the article at CGSociety and watch here.

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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.

Webinar Event: Finishing Techniques with BCC + Premiere Pro from Boris FX on Vimeo.

Holiday Giveaway! Win An Epic VFX Plug-ins Bundle

December 20, 2016 in Blog

Boris FX Holiday Giveaway 2016

Kick off 2017 with the most powerful VFX tools for your NLE!

We are giving away our top Multi-host Bundle that includes Sapphire 10Continuum 10, and mocha Pro 5. (A $5790 value!)

  • You must be registered by December 31st to win.
  • One winner will be selected randomly and contacted on January 3, 2017.

Boris FX Holiday Giveaway 2016 Enter Now

Want more entries? Download a free trial of any of our products and you’ll receive an extra three entries for every product you try!

Major New Point Release: mocha Pro 5.2

November 28, 2016 in Blog

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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!

Download a free trialBuy Now  ●  Read the press release ●  Already own mocha Pro 5? Download the free update.

New in mocha Pro 5.2

  • 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.

mocha Pro 5 – Now Compatible with Adobe CC 2017

November 9, 2016 in Blog,Uncategorized

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We’re excited to announce that mocha Pro 5 now supports the recently released Adobe CC 2017 – both for After Effects and Premiere Pro. Happy tracking!

Plus, Boris FX products Continuum Complete 10 and Sapphire 10 are also compatible.

Currently we do not support the “Team Projects” function.

Halloween Contest Winner 2016!

November 2, 2016 in Blog

A special thanks again to everyone who entered the Boris FX, GenArts, and Imagineer annual Halloween contest. We received a ton of great entries. Alas we had to pick winners. And here they are!

Ghost Journey by Jacob Dalton – Oculus Rift winner!

GhostBusters Go! by Michael M. Miller – Sapphire 10 winner!

NYCTOPHOBIA by Paul Stamper – Continuum Complete 10 winner!

Halloween by Grace Montoya – mocha Pro 5 winner!

How to make a Halloween pumpkin by Nacho Hoyos – Avid Media Composer winner!

Ninja360°Attack #Room301 by Chon-Dat Nguyen – Adobe CC winner!

Stoned by Vincent J Bauer – HitFilm winner!

The Two Sides of the Red Curtain by Matthew Caldwell

Enter Halloween Contest, Win Oculus Rift!

October 3, 2016 in Blog,News

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!

Repulsive Rules:

  • Submit a short (no longer than 5 minutes).
  • All videos must use either: Boris Continuum, Sapphire or mocha software in the process.
  • All content must be yours. Only original materials will be considered. If you do not have your own footage, feel free to use this supplied footage.
  • You may enter more than once.
  • You may submit older projects for consideration, but we will give preference to fresher material.

How(l) to enter:

  • Create an interesting, scary or humorous “Halloween” inspired short video.
  • Upload your finished video to Vimeo or YouTube (we prefer Vimeo).
  • When your video is ready to be viewed email the link, your full name and email address to mocha@imagineersystems.com

Dreadful Deadline: October 30, 2016 at midnight PST

Petrifying Prizes: 

  • Oculus Rift VR Headset ($599) + Boris Box Set (includes BCC & mocha Pro) ($2495)
  • 1 License of Sapphire 10 plug-ins from GenArts. ($1695)
  • 1 license of mocha Pro 5 from Imagineer Systems
  • 1 License of Boris Continuum Complete from Boris FX
  • 1 License of NUKE 10 from The Foundry
  • 1 year subscription to Media Composer from Avid
  • 1 year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud from Adobe
  • 1 License of HitFilm 4 Pro from FxHome
  • 1 License of Everything Bundle FCPX plug-ins from CoreMelt

Need inspiration? Check out these!

 

Ghoul luck and have fun! 

Your friends at Boris FX, GenArts & Imagineer

Now Available: mocha Pro 5 OFX Plug-­in for Nuke & Fusion

August 16, 2016 in Blog,Featured News,News

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 OFXmocha 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.

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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.”

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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.”

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mocha Pro 5 OFX inside Fusion Studio

New in mocha Pro 5

  • New Plug-­in for OFXmocha 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

●  Plug-­in Option: Multi-­Host (Avid, Adobe, OFX) (Full) $995

mocha Pro 5 Standalone Application: $1,495

Cross Platform, floating licenses for enterprise customers are available by request.

Annual Subscription Option:

● 1 Year Subscription includes: Standalone Application + Multi­-Host Plug-­ins $595

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.

Media Contact: Jessie Electa Petrov, Director of Marketing Boris FX & Imagineer Systems: jessiep@borisfx.com

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

 

mocha Pro 5 Tech Review – Animation Magazine

August 1, 2016 in Blog,mocha Pro

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.

New Point Release: mocha Pro 5.0.2 now supports Adobe Creative Cloud 2015.3

June 29, 2016 in Blog

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We’re happy to announce support for Adobe’s newest release: Creative Cloud 2015.3. mocha Pro 5.0.2 now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 and After Effects CC 2015.3.

This is a free point release update for all owners of the new mocha Pro 5 Adobe Plug-in. Haven’t tried the plug-in yet? Download a fully working 14 day trial!

Tech Tip: if you are updating your Adobe CC apps to 2015.3 and wish to keep older version, remember to deselect “Remove Old Versions”. More info can be found here.

Now Shipping: mocha Pro 5

May 31, 2016 in Blog

mocha Pro 5 is a major update including  GPU accelerated tracking and new plug-in options to streamline your VFX projects into a time-saving workflow – no longer leave your host timeline! Plus improved licensing system, new export formats, new Python scripting interface, new purchase options and more.

For the first time ever, mocha Pro is being offered as an affordable plug-in to run inside Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC & Avid Media Composer. Support for OFX hosts such as Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and The Foundry’s NUKE coming soon!

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Learn more • Buy now • Download • Watch the Quick Look Video


New in mocha Pro 5

New Plug-in Option for Adobe & Avidmocha Pro 5 is now available as a plug-in option for host editing and effects applications. This new capability adds unique tools for planar tracking, masking, and object removal tools and makes them fully accessible in Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer. Plug-in support for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and The Foundry’s Nuke coming soon.

Watch Avid teaser • Watch Adobe teaser

GPU Tracking Performancemocha planar tracking has been updated to take advantage of supported OpenCL powered video cards for significantly faster motion tracking on high resolution sources.

Watch GPU vs CPU Test Video

Python Scripting ModuleNew improvements to Python scripting allow mocha Pro 5 to integrate with asset management systems and background render systems for improved facility integration.

Watch video

Improved online licensingNew license system enables users to easily activate or deactivate a license and run mocha Pro on their computer of choice.

Watch video

New export formatsIncludes tracking and masking support for Blackmagic Fusion, Silhouette FX, HitFilm and MochaBlend for Maxon Cinema 4D. Improved batch gmask exports for Autodesk Flame.

Watch Fusion • Watch Silhouette FX • Watch HitFilm

Improvements & Bug FixesIncluding improved layouts, faster project saving, copy/paste layers, lasso selection, center point surface icon, and much more.

New Price List

Plug-in Options

  • Plug-in Option: Avid (Full) $695
  • Plug-in Option: Avid (Upgrade from mocha Pro 4) $395
  • Plug-in Option: Adobe (Full) $695
  • Plug-in Option: Adobe (Upgrade from mocha Pro 4) $395
  • Plug-in Option: OFX (Full) $695
  • Plug-in Option: OFX (Upgrade from mocha Pro 4) $395
  • Plug-in Option: Multi-Host (Avid, Adobe, OFX) (Full) $995
  • Plug-in Option: Multi-Host (Avid, Adobe, OFX) (Upgrade) $595

Standalone Application Option

  • Single, nodelocked license $1,495
  • Upgrade from mocha Pro 4 $495

Standalone + Multi-Host Plug-ins Option

  • Single, nodelocked license $1,995
  • Upgrade from mocha Pro 4 $595

Annual Subscription Option

  • Standalone + All Plug-ins $595

Buy nowDownload • Compare Products • Read the Upgrade FAQ


Volume Pricing & Floating Licenses

Interested in volume pricing for enterprise or education? Please contact us!

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