mocha Pro 4 and Plus Review by Tej Babra
28 October 2014

mocha Pro 4 and Plus Review

by(original review link) Mocha Pro 4 and Plus Review
Tracking and rotoscoping are used by many visual effects artists for their projects. One of the most well known is Academy Award winning Mocha Pro 4 developed by Imagineer Systems. Mocha Pro and Mocha Plus have been recently updated to versions 4.0. These new releases feature a slew of new tools to help you work with motion tracking, and rotoscoping. To make it easier for you to understand, first lets explain the difference between Mocha Pro and Mocha Plus. Mocha Pro is the flagship product with advanced modules for Object Removal, 3D tracking, Stabilization and more. It exports to most industry formats including AE, Nuke, Flame, C4D and many more. Mocha Plus (formerly named mocha AE v3) is a stand alone utility for tracking and masking plus extra new features and support for Adobe AE, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Motion, and Boris FX. I hope that clears things up. Let’s take a look at some of the new features.

New features in mocha 4

New Export Formats

Tracking Data Export Changes: Shape Data Export Changes: On Windows, Python installs as a separate bundle in the Mocha Pro installer. Make sure to select it when installing on Windows systems. Mocha Pro is designed to be a tracking tool that does away with traditional point trackers and instead uses a proprietary Planar Tracking technology. What does this mean? The software allows users to draw spline shapes onto their footage to define surfaces.The larger pixels, and data allows the tracker to follow more accurately and easily. This results in more streamline user experience and faster workflow. Mocha Pro user interface is simplistic and easy to navigate. If you have worked on any roto/tracking tools before or in any NLE, then you should feel at home setting up your preferences.Importingthe footage is as easy as any other program, and is not complicated at all. Once inside the standard a layout is there to greet you. The user interface provides you with windows for just about everything. There you can see your viewer, layer controls, various parameters that include clip information, lens, adjust track, camera solve, insert , remove, and stabilize. There is just about everything you would need for your project and more. Mocha Interface To begin putting Mocha through testing, I began with one of my favourite moving shots. This allows me to fully see how fast and accurate any particular tracking system works. Mocha Pro’ssplines can be easily used to draw a shape around the object was incredibly easy. In just a few steps, I was able to quickly set the parameters that I required for tracking.Mocha Pro then took over and was able to accurately track my footage in ridiculous speed. Mocha Pro Tracking Exporting footage out from Mocha provides you with a few options. If your project requires a image sequence for working with Photoshop then there are plenty of formats from jpegs to tiff. If you simply require a QuickTime mov file then that option is available for you as well. Mocha was able to render out my footage relatively quickly with no hiccups. Mocha Pro also has the ability to export track data to use in your workflow. This feature proves invaluable with working with text or roto. Mocha Import Imagineer Systems has created an innovative tools, and updated Mocha Pro and Plus for even more efficiency and streamline workflows. Anyone looking for a program that will efficiently track or root your footage really should take a look at Mocha. Imagineer System has even provided you with some footage to download and use to test drive Mocha Pro fully. I also suggests taking a look at their online video tutorials like this one to help guide on to the right path.

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Film maker and editor working with broadcast giants like Bell Globemedia, CTV, Rogers, MTV, and Much Music, as well as a variety of film production companies. As a member of the Canadian Cinema Editors, Tej leads workshops on codecs and advanced editing techniques.