I made it a point to drop by the Boris FX booth to have a chat with Ross Shain of Imagineer Systems. At this point it’s old news that Boris Continuum Complete has integrated mocha planar tracking making it an incredibly powerful effects tool beyond what BCC could already do. As part of the upcoming mocha Pro v5 release Imagineer has created a mocha Pro as a plug-in to Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. That’s a first for mocha as in the past it has either required the BCC integration or a more complex workflow of moving data in and out of mocha Pro. And to be honest that moving of the mocha tracking data probably left some people out of using mocha.
To be clear, this will be a mocha Pro filter/effect applied to a clip. Then launch the full mocha Pro version from within the effect controls, do anything you might do in mocha Pro and get that work back onto the clip in your NLE with the click of a button.
What’s new in mocha Pro 5:
- New Plug-in Option: mocha Pro 5 will be available as a plug-in option for multiple hosts. This new capability takes all of the unique planar tracking, roto, and remove tools and makes them fully accessible in Avid Media Composer, After Effects CC & Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, and The Foundry Nuke.
- GPU tracking: mocha planar tracking has been updated to take advantage of GPU for fast motion tracking on high resolution sources. Early testing is showing 2x speed improvements.
- Python: New improvements to Python scripting allow mocha Pro 5 to integrate with asset management systems and background render systems for improved facility integration.
- Improved online licensing mechanism allows users to easily activate/deactivate a license and run mocha on their computer of choice.
- New export formats: Includes tracking and masking support for Blackmagic Fusion, Silhouette, and MochaBlend for Maxon Cinema 4D.
- New pricing:With a starting list price of $695, the mocha Pro 5 plug-in option is the most affordably priced release of mocha Pro to date.
We also talked a bit about some upcoming uses for mocha in the emerging VR world. Think removing camera rigs from a 360° scene with a few clicks and that’s a first potential use. The demo I saw make it pretty seamless. Ross tells us all about mocha Pro in this audio interview.
While at the Boris booth I bumped into Roger Bolton of CoreMelt. We all know CoreMelt has integrated mocha technology in their Track X / Slice X products but Roger also has a new tool in LUTx which is an all-around LUT toolbox for FCPX.
Roger also talked with us about an upcoming product that sounds to be one of his most intriguing tools to date: a denoising tool. Denoting options are currently few and far between so I’ll let Roger talk about this upcoming product as well as where his products currently stand with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
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