Imagineer Systems has launched mocha Plus: a renamed and expanded version of mocha AE, its standalone planar tracking and masking tool for After Effects and other desktop editing and compositing packages.
The rebrand makes a clearer distinction with mocha AE CC, the cut-down version bundled free with After Effects – and, to be honest, just makes more sense all round, since mocha AE was actually a standalone product also designed to work with Final Cut Pro, Motion and HitFilm: to which list, mocha Plus adds Premiere Pro.
mocha Plus runs on Windows and Mac OS X, and costs $245. You can read full details of its other new features in the press release below.
Imagineer Systems has also released mocha Pro 4, a new version of the flagship product in the family.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, today released mocha Plus. “mocha Plus represents a new product category for Imagineer,” states Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems. “Now Adobe Creative Cloud customers have a clear distinction between mocha AE CC, which is bundled free with After Effects and Imagineer’s upgraded version which adds advanced features and support for Premiere Pro. mocha Plus addresses the growing needs of freelance artists and editors, hitting the sweet spot between needing advanced capabilities like planar tracking and roto tools, and budgeting constraints. After Effects users will also gain significant features by upgrading the Adobe bundled mocha AE CC to mocha Plus, with a special upgrade price of just $195 that truly cannot be beat.”
Replacing Imagineer System’s mocha AE product, mocha Plus adds professional VFX modules including a 3D camera solver, lens correction tools for After Effects and support for copying and pasting mocha roto masks directly to the Premiere Pro timeline. mocha Plus also supports a multitude of compositing and NLE applications including recent versions of Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro CC 2014, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, HitFilm, and Boris FX plug-ins.
“mocha Plus brings in loads of new features designed to make your day just that much better,” comments Ben Brownlee, Curious Turtle Professional Video. “The new keyboard shortcut profiles means that you don’t have to make that mental leap when switching between applications – just match up your favorites and go. Working with Creative Cloud, the new export ability to Premiere Pro lets me take in multiple complex masks directly without round-tripping in After Effects. For tasks that can be done in the NLE, this means fewer files to manage, easier corrections and faster results. Boo-ya!”
Discover What’s New in mocha Plus
- Support for Premiere Pro CC 2014 – Copy and Paste mocha Masks: Premiere Pro editors can now use mocha masks to isolate color correction, blurs and more. mocha’s advanced tracking and roto tools create accurate masks with minimal keyframing. Export multi-layered masks to AE, Premiere and FCP without rendering.
- The customizable keyboard shortcut interface enables mocha Plus 4 users to edit and save customizable keyboard layouts or select industry standard keyboard layouts such as Adobe After Effects.
- 3D Camera Solver: 3D match moving made easy. Unlike feature based tracking, mocha solves the 3D camera based on user-selected planes. This fast and easy-to-use solution is ideal for set extensions, 3D text and particle tracking.
- Lens Correction Tools for After Effects: This simple and easy-to-use interface allows users to calibrate the distortion introduced by camera lenses. Unwanted lens distortion can be removed or matched for realistic compositing. Export to the free mocha Lens plug-in for After Effects to undistort footage or distort your final composite.
Pricing and Availability
mocha Plus 4 is now available on Mac OS X and Windows. mocha Plus 4 supports recent versions of Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro CC 2014, Apple Final Cut Pro v7, Apple Motion, HitFilm and Boris FX. Existing owners of mocha AE v3 can upgrade to mocha Plus 4 for just $95 USD. Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers can upgrade from the bundled mocha AE CC for just $195 USD; new users can purchase mocha Plus on the Imagineer Systems website for $245 USD.