VFX Talk & Imagineer Announce Contest Winner!

VFX Talk is pleased to announce the results of the VFX Talk & Imagineer Systems mocha Pro Contest, the first in a series of new VFX Talk sponsored contests for 2011. These special sponsored contests will run independently from the VFX Talk Challenges, and involve some incredible industry sponsors.

The brief for the mocha Pro contest was open; entrants simply needed to enter an interesting, creative and challenging piece of work, created using any of Imagineer’s products. The mocha Pro contest was judged by the teams at VFX Talk and Imagineer Systems, and the winner, Bruno Isana, receives a full license for Mocha Pro.

The judges felt that the winning entry Switch: Watch was ‘an exceptional piece that really demonstrated a creative approach to mocha, that was professionally produced in a very short period of time!’

The Process
The winner, Bruno Isana, notes the process behind some of the shots.

Front Newspaper shot: On this shot, first i created a tracking of the newspaper with mocha by tracking the entire surface. I filmed with a canon 7D and i have a slight rolling shutter deformation due to the shaking of the camera. So, by tracking the entire surface of the newspaper, Mocha followed the movement and the rolling shutter deformation.


I made a roto on my thumb and linked it to the tracked layer. After i aligned the mocha surface with the “Align Surface” button on the entire image and i made a layer with the new newspaper front page and i did the integration.


Newspaper Back shot: On this shot, to avoid a jump cut, i had to modify the shot and put the right newspaper back and tracked it with mocha.

swatch_newspaper_back_ Watch shot: The first time i tried to track the screen on this shot, it went away because of the thumb that come in the tracking area. During the planning of this short film, I saw some training videos on the imagineer systems website, and I remember a video which talked about this kind of situation. So i added a layer over the tracking one that followed the thumb to extract it from the tracking. I launched the tracking and it worked great. Then, I made a roto on the hand and the thumb linked to the tracking layer for the “switching  background.

Roto A shot: For this roto, i first made a tracking of my head and a roto shape linked to the tracked layer. I adjusted the shape when my skin deformed, and then did another roto shape for my body and it was done.


About Mocha Pro
Leveraging more than 8 years of engineering research and development, mocha Pro offers digital media artists a powerful, intuitive and innovative planar tracking-based solution with a streamlined interface, accelerated workflow and the power to easily track and manipulate shots not possible with traditional solutions. mocha Pro is the ideal VFX complement for film/video post production, creative motion graphics and 2D-3D conversion pipelines.

mocha Pro delivers all the planar tracking and rotoscoping tools from award winning software, mocha and adds compositing tools for match moving, auto image and wire removal, clean plate generation, lens distortion correction and stabilization, to deliver an all-in-one master VFX tool set. By combining the best of legacy products mokey and monet, Imagineer now offers one product with all the features. mocha Pro’s remove module is the industry’s most unique alternative to painting, cloning & manual tracking.

About Imagineer Systems

Imagineer Systems develops powerful, accessible desktop visual effects software applications for film, video and broadcast post production markets. In 2000, Imagineer Systems revolutionized visual effects software tracking with the creation of its industry renowned, award winning Planar Tracking image analysis engine, and has made its mark on such marquee Hollywood blockbuster productions as Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Shutter Island, Invictus, G-Force and the Harry Potter series.

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