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Boris FX ships Mocha Pro 2020

Monday, October 7th, 2019 | Posted by Jim Thacker

 
Originally posted on 5 September 2019. Scroll down for news of the release of Mocha Pro 2020.

Boris FX has unveiled Mocha Pro 2020, the next version of its planar tracking software, plus Sapphire 2020 and Continuum 2020, the next versions of its effects plugins for compositing and editing apps.

The releases add support for key colour management standard OpenColorIO in Mocha Pro and Sapphire, with support in Continuum “in development”.

In addition, Mocha Pro gets a new Mega Plate mpdule for extracting larger-than-raster background images from moving footage, plus an Area Brush for defining tracking search areas.

All of the products will be on show at IBC 2019, though Boris FX hasn’t yet announced release dates.

Mocha Pro 2020: new background plate extraction feature, OpenColorIO support
Mocha Pro 2020 includes a couple of interesting features: notably Mega Plate.

The system, described by Boris FX as “unique”, extracts a composite background plate from moving footage, making it possible to generate a clean plate larger than the visible area of any individual frame.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a demo video of it in action yet, but the workflow has obvious potential for set extension work and for repositioning footage.

Updated 7 October 2019: Boris FX has now released a feature highlights video for Mocha Pro 2020, embedded at the top of the story. You can see Mega Plate at 00:30.

Other changes include a more rapid brush-based workflow for defining tracking search areas, in the shape of Area Brush, a new interactive spline tool with “gestural, paint-like functionality”.

It can also be used to define roto shapes, with Mocha Pro converting paint areas to roto splines.

The update also introduces support for OpenColorIO, and for open-source multimedia playback framework GStreamer, the latter as a replacement for QuickTime, which Apple deprecated on Windows in 2016.

 

 
Sapphire 2020: OpenColorIO support, parameter-driven tracking, new lens whacking effect
Sapphire 2020 also gets support for OpenColorIO in all of its 270-plus effects, plus parameter-driven tracking driven by the Mocha engine on “many effects”.

New effects include S_FreeLens, a lens whacking effect mimicking the result of shooting through a detached camera lens to create aesthetically pleasing lens flares, light leaks and tilt-shift focus.

There is also a new ‘whip push’ zoom transition, which presumably works in a similar way to a whip pan, and a new set of lens flare presets.

 

 
Continuum 2020: no core changes, but four new effects
Continuum 2020 is the only one of the three applications not to get support for OpenColorIO – or indeed, any core changes – although it does get four new effects.

Those include BCC_ReflectImage, for projecting reflections of an object into polished surfaces; and BCC_CastShadow, for throwing shadows behind or in front of an object.

There is also a new effect based on Mocha Pro’s corner pin functionality, intended as a simple way to replace billboards or computer and phone screens in footage; and BCC_PowerPin, for distorting and undistorting footage, which presumably works in a similar way to After Effects’ CC Power Pin effect.

Pricing and system requirements
Mocha Pro 2020 is now shipping. Continuum 2020 and Sapphire 2020 are still in development: Boris FX hasn’t announced final release dates or any changes in pricing.

Each application is currently priced according to which host platform you buy it for: there are typically separate prices for Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, OFX tools and/or multiple hosts.

Mocha Pro costs from $695 to $1,495. Continuum costs from $695 to $1,995. Sapphire costs from $1,695 to $2,795. You can check which versions of the host apps are compatible here.

 
Read an overview of the new features in Mocha Pro 2020 on Boris FX’s website

Read more about Continuum 2020 and Sapphire 2020 on Boris FX’s website

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