Latest news from the world of video effect software and plugins

Showing News From - All

Going to NAB? Imagineer Systems to Preview mocha v4 .

Posted about 1 month ago by Ian Easton - Posted in General

Artists to demonstrate visual effects workflows and utilities in the Imagineer Systems booth SL3331 in Las Vegas. 

Imagineer Systems will be showcasing mocha v4 at the 2014 NAB Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in April. Imagineer Systems will be at booth SL3331 in the Plug-In Pavilion.

Imagineer will give attendees a technology preview of new capabilities planned for the next release of mocha Pro and mocha AE planar motion tracking and visual effects software. The technology demonstration will showcase new tools that facilitate stereoscopic workflows for 3D filmmaking and new roto masking technology designed to reduce manual keyframing. The team will also demonstrate Python scripting capabilities that allow customers to integrate mocha within custom workflows and general improvements to the mocha toolset.

mocha v4 products will feature powerful enhancements and new features including:

  • New stereo 3D toolset: workflow and support for native stereoscopic projects; includes new stereo roto, planar tracking, object remove and camera solve features
  • Python scripting support: allows customers to write custom modules to help integrate mocha into site-specific workflows
  • New export formats and support for more host applications
  • Roto and masking improvements to reduce manual keyframing organic shapes
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts

Customers who purchase the shipping mocha AE or mocha Pro during NAB will receive a free upgrade to version 4 on release date.

Special Guests at the Imagineer Systems Booth
Imagineer will host special guests at its booth throughout the NAB Show. Speakers include:

Dr. Mathias Möhl of Mamoworld, who will premiere mochaImport+ for Nuke: a new set of tools designed for Nuke users to better integrate mocha tracking and roto data.

Christopher Barrett of Good Spirit Graphics, who will showcase his new tool, mochaBlend, designed to for Blender 3D artists to access mocha tracking, roto and 3D data.

Roger Bolton, VFX artist and founder of CoreMelt, who will demonstrate his new Final Cut plug-in, TrackX powered by mocha, which lets FCP X editors easily track and replace objects within a video, as well as add graphics and text, including lower-thirds, to follow objects in motion

mocha User Group Meetup - Tuesday, April 8th
During NAB 2014, Imagineer Systems will be hosting a mocha user group meet up and mixer event at its booth on Tuesday, April 8th at 5pm.

Imagineer in Recent News and Film
Imagineer Systems has recently been making headlines, with product releases, high-end film work and a number of customers being honored with VFX Oscar nominations. Imagineer kicked off 2014 with a brand new product collaboration with CoreMelt on TrackX powered by mocha, which leverages the Planar Tracking technology to precisely track camera motion, objects and people for seamless visual effects and screen composites. Additionally, mocha Pro was used in a number of Oscar-nominated films, including The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hobbit and American Hustle.

Rob Legato, VFX supervisor and Second Unit Director on The Wolf of Wall Street, states, “The work that’s on screen indirectly benefits from the speed that one gets from using mocha. […] It does a great job tracking to lessen the amount of time it takes, giving you more and more opportunities to perfect a shot and make it totally appropriate for the movie.”

Request a Private Press Briefing
To schedule a private press briefing with a member of the Imagineer Systems team, members of the media can email Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

Special: Register for NAB Show before 3/21 and get FREE Exhibits-only Pass! 

Use code LV6829 when you register here.  

Posted by Ian Easton
Tags: Imagineer , NAB , Las Vegas , Mocha v4 ,

Mocha and other VFX used in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Posted about 1 month ago by Ian Easton - Posted in General

Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Rob Legato and Brainstorm Digital used mocha visual effects tools on Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street. 

Legato has been using mocha since he first discovered its powerful planar tracking abilities while working on the Scorsese film, Shutter Island. “Sometimes I’ll be pretty inventive with what I’m going to do as far as visual effects go,” Legato states. “I tend to use mocha because it’s easy for me to use and I can get very good results very quickly.”

Here’s a quick vid showing what was used in the Scorsese Film:

The Wolf of Wall Street VFX Highlights from Brainstorm Digital on Vimeo.

Posted by Ian Easton
Tags: Imagineer , Mocha , Planar Tracking , Martin Scorsese , The Wolf of Wall Street , Leonardo DiCaprio ,

RE:Vision Effects announces Twixtor 6 with GPU support for Sony Vegas Pro & Avid

Posted about 1 month ago by Ian Easton - Posted in Plug-ins

RE:Vision Effects, acclaimed effects plug-in industry leader and makers of Academy Award winning software, announces Twixtor® 6 with GPU support for Sony® Vegas® Pro, Avid® Media Composer®, Symphony® and NewsCutter®. Create highly engaging slow motion shots with Twixtor without the cost of renting a high speed camera. In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. 

Using Twixtor within Vegas Pro is up to 8x faster with the new GPU acceleration over running Twixtor in CPU mode, and up to 3x on GPUs when using Twixtor within Media Composer in CPU mode, already known for its speed. Speedups of this magnitude are usually seen with higher end cards, although speedups of up to 5x have been measured on laptops. Note that most currently-sold GPUs will provide customers with needed acceleration, including many mobile GPUs for laptops. Of course, the total speedup end-users will see will vary once application overhead is taken into account: this includes disk I/O, internal host buffering schemes, bandwidth of PCIe bus, codec used for footage, etc.

Users are advised that their specific speedups are dependent on system configuration, specific GPU, and features of Twixtor that are used. Customers who have used Twixtor 5 should test the demo to make sure they will see the speedups they desire before upgrading to Twixtor 6.

What's needed?

Sony Vegas Pro 10.0d or later. 64-bit version required.

Sony Movie Studio 11.0 and up. 64-bit version required.

Driver for GPU must support OpenCL 1.1. On Windows, check with your manufacturer for updated drivers for your GPU, and make sure you have one that supports OpenCL 1.1. We recommend the latest drivers available.

Windows 7 or 8, 64-bit. 

Media Composer v6 and up, Symphony v6 and up or NewsCutter v10 and up. 64-bit version required.

For GPU support, the GPU driver must support OpenCL 1.1. On Windows, check with your manufacturer for updated drivers for your GPU, and make sure you have one that supports OpenCL 1.1. We recommend the latest drivers available.

For Windows: Windows 7 or 8, 64-bit. Windows Vista support for CPU-only mode.

 

For Macintosh. Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 needed for GPU support, Mac OS 10.6 still supported for CPU mode. It is highly recommended that when on Macintosh to use Mac OS 10.8 or 10.9 for the GPU mode of Twixtor because the OpenCL drivers are more robust and run up to 30% faster than those of Mac OS 10.7. Macintosh OS 10.9 (Mavericks) is needed for Intel HD Graphics GPU support. 

Pricing and Availability

Twixtor v6: $313 (Save 5%)

Posted by Ian Easton
Tags: Re:Vision , Twixtor , Sony Vegas Pro , GPU ,

News Menu

Categories


Archives


Recent News

  1. Video Copilot Announce MotionPulse
  2. NAB SALE GUIDE
  3. Mettle Used in True Detective Title Sequence

News Roll

  1. Adobe Pixel Bender
  2. Creative Cow
  3. JM Design
  4. Kevin Goldsmith - Adobe
  5. Keyframes - Michael Coleman (Adobe product manager After Effects)