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cmiVFX – Mocha Pro Advanced

Sunday, December 9, 2012Training

My new training is ready! This time it’s covering advanced topics with Mocha Pro and After Effects: Digital Make-up and 3D camera solving (matchmoving)


Chapter Descriptions

Brief introduction about the topics that will be covered in the training.

Digital Make-up
Start of the digital make-up project, studying the shot. Initial Mocha Pro Project Setup, discussion about approaching the tracking of a non-planar surface. I compare the tracking options and result quality of the track and explore the tracking properties to facilitate the tracking process.

Inserting The Eye Patch
After obtaining the tracked layers, I apply a pre-prepared eyepatch painting to the tracked layer. We also create a a customized visual guide to make insert adjustments more accurately.

Adjusting The Insert With The AdjustTrack Module
Here I show a novel technique, “hacking” the adjust module to work with the visual guidelines the we created. I show how to set up the reference points in a comfortable way to work and how to choose the best timeline positions to do adjustments to the tracked surface.

Testing The Eye Patch Insert
I create a more precise shape for the eye patch insertion area using the adjusted track and test the eye patch insertion.

Eye Patch Compositing Inside After Effects
I bring the Mocha Pro data to AE: Corner pins and rotoscope shapes. I refine the composition of the insert, animating color correction effects, fine tuning the comp with new rotoscope masks and using the painted frame pre-comp for effects.

After Effects – Deforming With The Reshape Effect
I explore the Reshape effect, how to use it to do morphing and deformations. I review the Reshape properties and caveats, we also show how to use plate stabilization with Reshape.

After Effects – Deforming With The Puppet Tool
Here, we explore another possibility using the Puppet tool to create deformations and animations for the digital make-up.

Mocha Pro Camera Solver: Floating Market
I cover here the new Camera Solve module and also some of the new shortcuts/properties of the rotoscope tools of Mocha v3. I prepare the scene for solving, rotoscoping the foreground element and tracking the background layers.

Solving And Comping The Floating Market
With the tracked layers ready, I solve the camera and review the Camera Solve module properties. Back to After Effects, I import 3D camera data and 3D nulls, creating the composite of a 3D text element.

Orienting The 3D World
On this chapter, 3D alignment of scenes inside After Effects is discussed. How to align 3D scenes in a more comfortable way to work with, using manual alignment techniques and automated alignment using scripts.

Mocha Pro Camera Solver: Jet Ski shot
Now I track a different kind of shot, using the PTZ camera solve model. I implement strategies to get a better tracking, choosing optimal track properties for the layers. I also show how to track 3D moving object using the camera solver. Moving to After Effects, I place 3D elements on the composition and also create a motion trail effect using the Trapcode Particular plugin using the moving object 3d information.

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