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Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool: Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020

Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool: Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020

For the Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020, we tallied up the votes to find the most loved tools in multiple categories. We thought it might be useful to expound on the winning tools to find out why they triumphed.

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Once you realize the power of Mocha’s planar tracking and masking workflow, you’ll be on your way to saving yourself from so many ‘Fix it in Post’ headaches.

Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool: Boris Mocha Pro

Our first feature spotlights Boris Mocha Pro, in the category of Favorite Roto and Tracking tool. Mocha Pro took over 50% of the votes so it dominated the category! This was not unexpected, as Mocha Pro dominated in the 2019 Plugin Awards. In addition, Mocha Pro came out on top in the 2018 Toolfarm Top 10 for Favorite After Effects Plug-in. So, how does Boris FX feel about their continued winning streak?

“The Boris FX team really appreciate the users that voted for Mocha Pro as their favorite Roto and Tracking Tool in Toolfarm’s Plugin Awards!”, said Ross Shain, Chief Product Officer, Boris FX. When asked about why he thinks users gravitate to Mocha Pro, Ross explained, “With Mocha, our goal has always been to simplify difficult and time-consuming VFX tasks, so artists can be more productive with less manual keyframing.”

Why is Mocha Pro different from other Roto & Tracking Tools?

Not only does it do tracking, but with the Remove, Camera Solve, Stabilize, ReOrient, MegaPlate, and the new PowerMesh module, Mocha Pro is positioned to be your ‘one-stop-shop’ for compositing techniques way beyond the capabilities of your standard NLE or compositing application

Kevin P. McAuliffe, the Senior Editor at Extreme Reach Toronto, is what one might call a “power user” of Mocha Pro. I asked him what sets Mocha Pro apart from other tracking and roto software. “Mocha Pro is simply the hands-down best tracking application/plug-in on the market today. Many people think of Mocha as a ‘tracking app’, but to call it that would do it a great disservice. Not only does it do tracking, but with the Remove, Camera Solve, Stabilize, ReOrient, MegaPlate, and the new PowerMesh module, Mocha Pro is positioned to be your ‘one-stop-shop’ for compositing techniques way beyond the capabilities of your standard NLE or compositing application.”

How is the learning curve for new Mocha Pro users?

Kevin responded, “(It’s) simple to start out with and get great results, in most cases on the first track attempt. Not only is it available in a ton of different applications (Standalone, After Effects, Resolve, Media Composer, Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro & HitFilm), but it’s very easy to get in and start with the basic tracking, and then move your way up from there.”

Ross had some advice for anyone thinking of trying Mocha. “I’d highly encourage any newbies out there to get started by learning the free Mocha AE that is part of Adobe After Effects and then consider upgrading to even more useful tools in Mocha Pro. Once you realize the power of Mocha’s planar tracking and masking workflow, you’ll be on your way to saving yourself from so many ‘Fix it in Post’ headaches. ”

PowerMesh

In the Mocha Pro 2021 release, Boris FX added a powerful new feature called PowerMesh. This allows Mocha Pro’s planar engine to work with warped surfaces with speed and accuracy. The product information describes: “PowerMesh sub-surface tracking drives warp stabilization, mesh warped roto-splines, and more. Export dense mesh tracking to many hosts with the new Alembic exporter.”

How does this translate to everyday use for video editors and visual effects artists? Steve Oakley, Editor and VFX artist, spelled it out. “I’ve been using the new PowerMesh tracking quite a bit. It’s helped not just in solving the surface deform but in overall tracking accuracy. It can allow parts of the track area to move and change yet keep the entire track area locked in place. This was really helpful when dealing with some shots with significant lens distortion as the tracked area moved thru those areas. It made the replacement patch image follow what the lens did, making for a far simpler replacement of those areas, even with a lens distortion map for this particular lens.”

AdjustTrack 2.0

AdjustTrack 2.0, also new in Mocha Pro 2021, delivers improved track editing and uncomplicates fixing even the most difficult tracking shots.

If you’re having a tough time visualizing exactly what PowerMesh and AdjustTrack can do, the video below shows Mocha Pro’s new features in the 2021 version.

Get Mocha Pro

Get Mocha Pro as a plugin, a standalone tool, a subscription, or a perpetual license. There is also a free demo, so take it for a test drive!

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The Academy Award-winning planar tracking toolset

Mocha Pro is the world-renowned software for planar tracking, rotoscoping and object removal. Essential to visual effects and post-production workflows, Mocha has been recognized with prestigious Academy and Emmy Awards for contribution to the film and television industry. See Mocha Pro in global hits including The Mandalorian, Stranger Things, Avengers: Endgame, and many more.

Learn MoreTry Boris Mocha Pro - Perpetual License for free!

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The Academy Award-winning planar tracking toolset

Mocha Pro is the world-renowned software for planar tracking, rotoscoping and object removal. Essential to visual effects and post-production workflows, Mocha has been recognized with prestigious Academy and Emmy Awards for contribution to the film and television industry. See Mocha Pro in global hits including The Mandalorian, Stranger Things, Avengers: Endgame, and many more.

Learn MoreTry Boris Mocha Pro - Annual Subscription for free!

Runner Up: Adobe After Effects CC

Adobe After Effects CC took second place in the category of Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool. AE, as it’s known by users, includes 3D motion tracking and also comes with the Mocha AE plugin. After Effects’ tracker is a point tracker, while Mocha Pro is a planar tracker. Below, watch a video with Jordy, who is one of my favorite tutorial creators. Jordy walks users through how to use the point tracker in After Effects.

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After Effects is available by itself or in the Creative Cloud Bundle.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki