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Interface Overview

To quickly get familiar with mocha before you dive into the rest of the manual, here is a breakdown of the interface and its controls.

Note: Interface Overview uses mocha Pro Interface. Mocha, mocha for After Effects and mocha for Final Cut may differ in presentation, but their tools perform the same function

The Main Toolbar

At the very top of the interface you have the tools that form the brunt of your time inside mocha.

New Project: Starts a project wizard for a new clip

Open Project: Open a previously saved project

Save Project: Save the project

Undo: Undo tasks

Redo: Redo tasks revoked by Undo

Select: Selection tool for splines and points

Select Both: Selects both the Inner spline points and the edge points

Select Inner: Only selects the inner spline points

Select Edge: Only selects the outer edge points

Select Auto: Automatically selects between Inner and Edge points

Add Point: Tool to add points to the spline

Pan: Used to pan the footage in the Viewer

Zoom: Used to zoom into footage in the viewer

Create X-Spline Layer: Draw a new X-Spline layer

Add X-Spline to Layer: Draw an X-spline that is added to the current spline layer.

Create Bezier-Spline Layer: Draw a new B-Spline layer

Add Bezier-Spline to Layer: Draw a B-spline that is added to the current spline layer.

Attach Layer: Used to select a point and drag-lock it to another layer’s spline point. Useful for lining up individual splines.

Lock Tangents: Lock the tangents of the point in a spline

Rotate: Rotate selection around the axis of the point you click in the viewer

Scale: Scale Selection

Move: Move selection

The Viewer Controls

These controls cover what can been seen or hidden while working in the mocha viewer.

Clip to Show: Choose which clip to view from this dropdown

Proxy Scale: Adjust the resolution of the footage for performance

Show RGB Channels: Turns on the RGB tdor view of the footage

Show Aplha Channels: Turns on the Alpha view of the footage

Show Layer Mattes: Toggle on or off to show the mattes. Select from the dropdown to choose the type of matte

Color Layer Mattes: Fills matte with Colour. Decreasing the value lessens the opacity

Overlays: Toggles all viewer overlays, including splines, tangents, surface and grid

Show Layer Outlines: Toggles all spline overlays, including splines, points and tangents

Show Spline Tangents: Toggles spline tangents view. Select from the dropdown to choose the type of view

Show Planar Surface: Toggles the planar surface view

Show Planar Grid: Toggles a grid relative to the planar surface view. You can adjust the number of grid lines under Viewer Preferences (See below)

Show Zoom Window: Toggles the Zoom window

Stabilize: Turns on stabilize view. This centers the footage around your tracked surface.

Trace: Turns on the traced path of the tracked surface. You can adjust the amount of frames to trace under Viewer Preferences (See below)

Preview: Toggles view of inserted clips as well as previews of stabilization in the Stabilize module

Enable Brightness Scaling: Toggles brightness adjustment to work with low-contrast footage.

Viewer Preferences: Adjustments dialog for parameters such as grid lines and trace frames

The Timeline Controls

The timeline controls cover frame range, playback, tracking controls and key-framing.

Project In Point: Frame where timeline playback starts

Set In Point: Set the in point for the timeline

Reset In Point: Set the in point back to the start of the clip

Current Frame: The frame the playhead is currently on. Enter a new value to jump to that frame.

Reset Out Point: Set the out point back to the end of the clip

Set Out Point: Set the out point for the timeline

Project Out Point: Frame where timeline playback ends

Zoom Timeline to In/Out points: Expands the timeline between the in and out points to the edges of the viewer

Zoom Timeline to full frame range: Resets the timeline scale to the full range of frames

Play Controls: Controls for playing back and forth and moving one frame at a time

Change Playback Mode: Toggles tri-state button between Play once, Loop and Bounce playback modes.

Tracking Controls: Controls for tracking back and forth and tracking one frame at a time.

Go to Previous Keyframe: Jump to the previous keyframe set in the timeline for that layer

Go to Next Keyframe: Jump to the next keyframe set in the timeline for that layer

Add New Keyframe: Add a new keyframe at the current position for the selected layer

Delete New Keyframe: Deletes the keyframe at the current position for the selected layer

Delete All Keyframes: Deletes all keyframes on the timeline for the selected layer

Autokey: Toggles automatic key insertion when moving points or adjusting parameters

Überkey: Toggles the Überkey, which modifies all keys in the layer relative to the key you are now on.

Layer Controls

The top left hand panel contains the tools to manage layers.

Layer Icons:

  • Click the Eye to toggle layer visibility

  • Click the Cog to toggle tracking for that layer

  • click the Lock to toggle locking

  • click the Spline Color to change the color of the selected layer splines

  • click the Matte Color to change the color of the selected layer mattes

Layer Actions dropdown:

  • Select All:Selects all layers

  • Select Group:Selects all layers in a selected group

  • Invert Selection:Inverts the layer selection

  • Delete Selected:Deletes all selected layers

  • Duplicate:Duplicates all selected layers

  • Lock Selected:Locks all selected layers

  • Lock All:Locks all layers

  • New Group:Creates a new empty group

  • Group Selected:Creates a group containing the selected layers

  • Align Selected Surfaces:Aligns the selected layer surfaces to the dimensions of the footage at the current frame

  • Toggle Active at current frame:Activates or Deactivates the layer on the current frame

Group Layer: Groups the currently selected layers. If no layers are selected, creates an empty group.

Duplicate Layer: Duplicates the currently selected layers

Delete Layer: Delete currently selected layers on all frames

Align Surface: Expands the layer surface to fit the dimensions of the footage at the current frame. All tracked data is made relative to this new alignment.

Layer Properties

The section under the Layer Controls panel contains the properties for each layer.

Layer In/Out frames: Settings to change where the layer turns on and off in the clip

Blend mode: Dropdown to add or subtract your spline to the current layer. Invert flips this

Insert Clip: Insert a demo clip to preview your track. You can use one of the defaults or import your own. For preview purposes only

Matte Clip: Replaces the current layer splines with a matte clip.

Link to Track: Which layer’s track to link your layer splines to. Can also be set to None.

Link to adjusted track: Optional checkbox to link the layer splines to the adjusted track of the selection in “Link to Track”

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