Friday, March 15th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Boris FX releases Mocha Pro 2024

Boris FX has released Mocha Pro 2024, a major update to its planar tracking software that integrates the core solver from SynthEyes, Boris FX’s specialist 3D tracking app.

Other key changes include USD support, updates to the roto tools, and performance improvements, particularly when rendering inserts.

Now uses SynthEyes’ core solver for 3D camera tracking
The major new feature in Mocha Pro 2024 is a rewritten version of the Camera Solve module that integrates the core solver from SynthEyes, which Boris FX acquired last year.

The change should make it possible to combine SynthEyes’ robust camera solves with the flexibility of Mocha Pro’s planar tracking tools: one use case that Boris FX identifies is to use roto splines to exclude parts of a shot that could throw off a track, like occlusions.

It is also possible to convert Mocha’s PowerMeshes to projected static 3D meshes in the scene.

The solver has its own 3D viewer, making it possible to see the results of a solve directly inside Mocha without exporting, and its own navigation controls.

Pipeline integration: USD support and FBX export
Another key feature of the rewritten Camera Solve module is USD support.

Users can now import 3D models from USD assets to visualize draft results overlaid on a scene; or export USD data to software that supports Pixar’s Universal Scene Description format, including 3ds Max, Blender, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya and Nuke.

It is also possible to export the results of a 3D solve to SynthEyes for more detailed match-moving; to export 3D data in FBX format; and to export nulls to After Effects.

Workflow and performance improvements
Updates to the existing tracking and rotoscoping tools include new Linear and Constant keyframe options for stepped tracking, with the option to Skip or Step over frames.

A new Extrapolate Track feature continues tracking when a track goes off-screen or behind another object, by extrapolating from previous frames.

There are also a number of performance improvements, with Insert rendering now “up to 15x faster”, and Python scripts now running “up to 6x faster” in the Script Editor.

Pricing and system requirements
Mocha Pro 2024 is available as a standalone application, and as Adobe, Avid and OFX plugins. The standalone is compatible with Windows 10+, RHEL/CentOS 7-9 Linux and macOS 10.15+.

The plugins are compatible with After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2014+, HitFilm Pro 2017+, Media Composer 8+, Nuke 8+, Flame 2020+, Fusion Studio 8+, Silhouette 2020+ and Vegas Pro 14-19.

A new licence costs $695 for the Adobe, Avid or OFX plugins, $995 for all the plugins, or $1,495 for the standalone edition plus all of the plugins. Find subscription pricing here.

Read an overview of the new features in Mocha Pro 2024 on Boris FX’s blog

Read a full list of new features in Mocha Pro 2024 in the online release notes

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