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mocha 5 Essential Training

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mocha is the Swiss Army knife of compositing and VFX. Learn how to use mocha plugins and the standalone version, mocha Pro, for tracking, masking, and rotoscoping complex footage.

mocha is the Swiss Army knife of the compositing and VFX world. Using its Planar Tracker, you can get great motion tracking data from very tough footage, even tracking through motion blur. Those results can be used to drive effects, from match moving and image stabilization to corner pins for screen replacement or background enhancements with paint. You can also use mocha rotoscoping tools to create complex masks and rotosplines. Rotoscoping is made faster by combining mocha's motion tracking with regular keyframed animation.

mocha 5 Essential Training is designed to get you working quickly with mocha plugins and the standalone version, mocha Pro. The project-based course teaches the core ideas that drives the entire mocha family of products. This training is designed to help you become more confident using mocha to solve different VFX challenges. Instructor Lee Lanier walks you through planar tracking, exporting tracking data, and using that data in programs like After Effects and Boris. Plus, learn how to use mocha for masking and rotoscoping, as well corrections such as stabilizing footage and fixing lens distortion. Lee also shows how to create a 3D camera solve and work with virtual reality projects in mocha VR.


  • Welcome
  • mocha Pro vs. other mocha variations
  • Planar tracking vs. standard 2D tracking
  • Using the exercise files
  • Relinking footage
1. mocha Basics
  • Interface introduction
  • Creating a mocha project
  • Setting preferences
  • Creating spline shapes
  • Playing back and tracking footage
  • Exporting data
2. Tracking in mocha
  • Selecting a good pattern to track
  • Choosing track options
  • Adjusting search options
  • Preparing for corner pin tracking
  • Using tracking data in After Effects
  • Offsetting tracked data
  • Using tracking data with Boris Continuum
3. Fine-Tuning the Track
  • Editing X-spline and Bezier shapes
  • Using zoom windows and adding keyframes
  • Gauging the track with the grid and quick stabilize
  • Working with occlusions
  • Masking out occlusions
  • Refining with AdjustTrack
  • Using offset tracking
  • Changing track parameters mid-track
  • Working with channels and pixel percentages
  • Working with interlaced footage
4. Rotoscoping in mocha
  • Working with layer options
  • Combining masks
  • Starting a rotoscope and layer linking
  • Working with keyframes
  • Combining hand roto and tracking
  • Adding feathering to shapes
  • Importing shape data into After Effects
  • Combining masks and tracking in After Effects
  • Rendering masks in mocha
  • Using shape data with Boris Continuum
5. Stabilization, Distortion, and Object Removal
  • Stabilizing footage
  • Passing data with the mocha Pro plugin
  • Working with lens distortion
  • Setting up object removal
  • Applying object removal
  • Using the Insert module with mocha Pro
6. Stereo, 3D, and VR Tracking
  • Stereoscopic workflow
  • 3D camera tracking with Camera Solve
  • Exporting data from Camera Solve
  • Introduction to mocha VR and 360
  • Stabilizing the horizon with mocha VR
  • Next steps

Taught by

Lee Lanier

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