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The Cleansing Hour: Using Mocha Pro & Sapphire for Feature Film VFX

The Cleansing Hour

Writer/director Damien LeVeck of Skubalon Creative shows how he used Boris FX Mocha Pro and Sapphire together inside his Avid Media Composer timeline to create high-end horror VFX on his feature film “The Cleansing Hour.” Besides, Damien is a great teacher and does a great job of clearly explaining the techniques he uses!

A lot of the effects in The Cleansing Hour were screen replacements. He walks you through how to composite a believable screen replacement. In addition, Damien gives some nice tips. For example, he explains why tracking backward is sometimes more beneficial than tracking forward. In addition, he explains how to change the color of the surface tool, which is a trick that you may not know. He also removes cables and stabilizes footage with Mocha.

The Cleansing Hour: Using Mocha Pro and Sapphire to Create Feature Film VFX

“The Cleansing Hour” Short Title Design

Cleansing HourWe featured a Case Study: The Cleansing Hour Main Title Design – Sapphire for Motion Graphics Designers in 2016, on the short version of The Cleansing Hour. This was a webinar from John Dickinson from Motionworks. John gave a break down of how he made the main titles for the short horror film The Cleansing Hour.  Furthermore, he used Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Boris Sapphire, Red Giant Key Correct, and some stock imagery in this tutorial.

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6 Tutorials to Improve your Mocha Tracking Workflow

These tutorials focus on Mocha Tracking Workflow Mocha works as a standalone or plug-in for several hosts and works pretty much the same between hosts. In other words, if you see a tutorial for a host that you don’t use, know that it will translate easily to your host.

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Mocha Pro and After Effects: How to add scars, tattoos and digital make-upHow to Add Scars, Tattoos, Digital Make-up with Mocha Pro, After Effects

Surfaced Studio explains how to add digital make-up, scars, and tattoos to your talent using Mocha Pro’s Mesh Warp tool. Specifically, look for the Mesh Warp Tool inside the Insert Module in an Adobe After Effects workflow.

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Boris FX Mocha Pro 2019

The new Mocha pro combines the features of Mocha Pro and the Lumiere award-winning Mocha VR into one all-encompassing plug-in. Plus, they’ve added lots of new features like GPU-accelerated object removal, new spline creation tools, a mocha essentials workspace and more.

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Mocha Pro 2019 Highlights

Mocha Essentials Workspace: Simplifies the power of Mocha with an updated interface. For that reason, planar tracking easier to learn and faster than ever before.

GPU-Accelerated Object Removal: Delivers dramatic 4-5x times faster rendering for removing elements, in addition to clean plating.

Spline Creation Tools: Adds magnetic spline with edge snapping, freehand spline tool, ellipse, and rectangle tools. As a result, this accelerates masking and rotoscoping.

Retina/High DPI monitor resolution support

2 Products, 1 Price: In addition, Mocha Pro and Mocha VR features are now combined into one all-encompassing plug-in!

Now, Mocha Pro is now officially part of the Boris FX U&S (Upgrade & Support) plan and moving to a yearly release cycle.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki