SIGGRAPH 2012: Booth #222
Special Guest VFX Artists to Showcase Examples of their Work on Top Hollywood Blockbusters and Television Series in the Imagineer Systems Booth
Imagineer Systems has announced it will showcase its newest versions of mocha Pro™ and mocha AE™, at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles next week. Imagineer also announced it will be showing a technology preview of the upcoming mocha v3.1. This release will add significant new tools for lens distorted footage, Python scripting, RED support and new features to help roto artists work more efficiently.
Additionally throughout the show, Imagineer Systems will also host guest artists from the visual effects industry who will be showing example of their work. Guests artists include:
David Shorey – Visual Effects Artist (Supah Ninjas, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
David Blum – Visual Effects Artist and Trainer (Charlie’s Angeles, Art Institue)
James Chick – lead compositor from Hive FX will show work from NBC’s Grimm.
Legend 3D – (Spiderman, Hugo) will discuss how mocha Pro fits into their VFX and stereo conversion process.
Since its release at NAB 2012 earlier this year, mocha AE v3 and mocha Pro v3 have quickly become popular among Hollywood’s leading post production houses and VFX artists, and have played key roles in the post production of this summer’s hit films, including Prometheus and The Amazing Spiderman.
Ash Beck is the owner and lead visual effects artists of Nerve Films, a full-service creative studio specializing in live-action visual effects, photography and design, spoke about mocha Pro v3 and its role on this summer’s blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman.
“The Amazing Spiderman was a perfect fit for our studio,” said Ash. “I designed the New York backgrounds for several key sequences during the pre-vis stage and was hired by the production to work directly with VFX supervisor Jerome Chen, editor Alan Edward Bell, as well as the director Marc Webb. We were able to see the challenges ahead and concentrate our efforts on what tools would be the most proficient for the final composites. I have been using mocha for four years, and with the inclusion of mocha in Adobe After Effects, it just made sense for our workflow. Part of the challenge on Amazing Spiderman was that we had many plates with a shallow depth of field and only one small architectural feature, diagonal in shape and with little contrast to grab on to. We tried other trackers too, but they could not quite make out the detail, nor the continuation of action when elements went off screen during the tilts and pans. We track both forward and reverse and mocha’s Planar Tracker always gave us the results we needed.”
Why Hollywood Relies on mocha Version 3
Imagineer Systems has worked closely with its customers to improve its family of intelligent Planar Tracking utilities. All mocha v3 products include important features that focus on core areas for customers: from large facilities that require advanced layer management tools for film effects and roto pipelines, to creative boutiques and artists who’ve been asking for true 3D camera support for years. Among the developments in v3 are:
New Rotoscoping Tools: Bounding Box and Join Layers designed to create and edit roto masks more efficiently;
New Layer Management: View, organize, color code and collapse mocha layers. Increase artists productivity;
Project Management: Easily merge and share projects between artists for large scale roto and vfx pipelines;
3D Camera Solver: The advanced Planar Tracker now includes 3D camera tracking for After Effects and FBX formats. (FBX support only included with mocha Pro);
Dopesheet: New keyframe layout for adjusting timing and animation;
Even More Improvements: Keyboard shortcuts and interface improvements enhance the entire Planar Tracking-based workflow for tracking, roto and removal.
The 2012 mocha Family
mocha AE is Imagineer’s stand-alone Planar Tracking and roto utility optimized for After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion users. The advanced mask creation tools, simple user interface and copy/paste exchange with After Effects helps take the complications out of motion tracking and reduces keyframing tedium. mocha AE is available in two version: mocha AE CS6, which comes as a free bundle with every copy of Adobe CS6 and is specifically optimized for After Effects; and the mocha AE v3 standalone application, which adds support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion and Boris FX and is available for purchase directly from Imagineer Systems.
mocha Pro v3 is Imagineer’s intelligent Planar Tracking utility for post production and visual effects professionals that combines advanced roto, motion tracking, lens analysis, object removal, insert compositing, stabilization and 3D camera solve features into a single desktop application. mocha Pro integrates seamlessly with industry-popular editing, compositing, and animation applications and is the ideal post production companion software for managing challenging shots and projects.
mocha Pro has gained notoriety as a result of the significant impact the Planar Tracker has made in the production of the Hollywood visual effects laden films such as The Black Swan, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Additionally, mocha Pro has proven invaluable to customers at major post production and stereo conversion facilities around the world, and has greatly streamlined the stereo conversion pipelines on such 3D blockbuster sensations as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Using patented 2D-to-3D image conversion technologies, Legend3D enhances filmmakers’ storytelling by creating the industry’s highest-quality stereoscopic conversion. Legend3D has completed 3D conversions for films such as The Amazing Spider-man, Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Smurfs 3D. Stereo Works is a new business division that supports Legend3D’s conversion work by offering VFX services including repairing native stereo footage, addressing 3D camera anomalies, lens refractions and reflection issues; providing 3D rig removal, paint and roto services, and providing restoration services such as dust busting and source correction. Stereo Works expands our ability to work with studios to support high-end VFX projects and overcome common stereo hurdles, both as a part of and in addition to 2D-to-3D conversion.