Imagineer Systems and Curious Turtle Announce “Fundamentals of mocha” Training Course

September 3, 2012 10:46 pm

Tags: Imagineer Systems, Mocha, Mocha Pro, planar tracking, rotoscoping

Ben Brownlee Returns with “Fundamentals of mocha” Includes Over 4 Hours of HD Training Videos; 14 Exercises from Streaming Series Available Free to All mocha Users

GUILDFORD, UK -- Imagineer Systems ( announced the launch of Curious Turtle’s ( newest and most comprehensive training course entitled “Fundamentals of mocha,” a free streaming video series created to introduce new users to mocha's tool set, interface and workflow. Available immediately, and free to existing customers, “Fundamentals of mocha” offers over 4 hours of video tutorials, broken into 14 exercises covering planar tracking, rotoscoping, and the ins and outs of successfully integrating planar tracking concepts into artists’ workflow.

Renowned trainer, Ben Brownlee of Curious Turtle returns with this latest training series, and had this to say about working with mocha:

"mocha's Planar Tracker can produce such good results that first-time users can often get the results they want without even trying too hard. But when they encounter a tricky piece of footage or an unexpected problem things tend to grind to a halt. I've trained a lot of people in mocha, and wherever they are in the world, they tend to make the same mistakes when starting out. So I've designed a course that gets you over that bump at the beginning.”

“In just over four hours, you'll have mastered the basics of mocha Pro and mocha AE. You will better understand the core Planar Tracker that underpins so much of the software. And already be equipped with different strategies for tackling different types of footage. This course is not about creating a single glitzy effect, it's about how you integrate mocha confidently into your daily post-production workflow."

"We are excited to share this new high quality training series and make so much content available for free to the users,” added Ross Shain, chief marketing officer with Imagineer Systems. “Through our ongoing bundle relationship with Adobe After Effects and the inclusion of mocha AE with CS6, there are literally thousands of new mocha users always clamoring for new and better training materials. Partnering with Ben Brownlee from Curious Turtle is a no-brainer. Ben is one of the premier online trainers in the world and understands the needs of both effects artists and editors. Ben has tailored these videos so any new user coming from After Effects, Final Cut or even Nuke and Autodesk Flame can quickly get up to speed on the power of mocha's planar tracking and rotoscoping tools."

This series is available now for online streaming at no cost to mocha customers and can be viewed here:

Imagineer Systems is also offering a premium purchasable electronic download that includes high resolution videos, source files and projects. The Premium Fundamentals package is also available immediately and is priced at $29 USD. For more information or to purchase the Premium Fundamentals package, please visit LINK. Customers can check out additional advanced training from Curious Turtle by visiting

Why Professional VFX Artists Rely on mocha Version 3

Imagineer Systems has worked closely with its customers to improve its family of intelligent Planar Tracking utilities. All mocha v3 products include important features that focus on core areas for customers: from large facilities that require advanced layer management tools for film effects and roto pipelines, to creative boutiques and artists who’ve been asking for true 3D camera support for years. Among the developments in v3 are:

  • New Rotoscoping Tools: Bounding Box and Join Layers designed to create and edit roto masks more efficiently;
  • New Layer Management: View, organize, color code and collapse mocha layers. Increase artists productivity;
  • Project Management: Easily merge and share projects between artists for large scale roto and vfx pipelines;
  • 3D Camera Solver: The advanced Planar Tracker now includes 3D camera tracking for After Effects and FBX formats. (FBX support only included with mocha Pro);
  • Dopesheet: New keyframe layout for adjusting timing and animation;
  • Even More Improvements: Keyboard shortcuts and interface improvements enhance the entire Planar Tracking-based workflow for tracking, roto and removal.

The 2012 mocha Family

mocha AE is Imagineer’s stand-alone Planar Tracking and roto utility optimized for After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion users. The advanced mask creation tools, simple user interface and copy/paste exchange with After Effects helps take the complications out of motion tracking and reduces keyframing tedium. mocha AE is available in two version: mocha AE CS6, which comes as a free bundle with every copy of Adobe CS6 and is specifically optimized for After Effects; and the mocha AE v3 standalone application, which adds support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion and Boris FX and is available for purchase directly from Imagineer Systems.

mocha Pro v3 is Imagineer’s intelligent Planar Tracking utility for post production and visual effects professionals that combines advanced roto, motion tracking, lens analysis, object removal, insert compositing, stabilization and 3D camera solve features into a single desktop application. mocha Pro integrates seamlessly with industry-popular editing, compositing, and animation applications and is the ideal post production companion software for managing challenging shots and projects.

mocha Pro has gained notoriety as a result of the significant impact the Planar Tracker has made in the production of the Hollywood visual effects laden films such as The Black Swan, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Additionally, mocha Pro has proven invaluable to customers at major post production and stereo conversion facilities around the world, and has greatly streamlined the stereo conversion pipelines on such 3D blockbuster sensations as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

About Imagineer Systems

Imagineer Systems Ltd innovates and markets next-generation visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets. Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquee Hollywood blockbuster productions as Black Swan, The Amazing Spiderman, Iron Man 2, Shutter Island, Invictus, and the Harry Potter series. Imagineer’s desktop product line consists of mocha Pro™ - roto, planar tracking, compositing, and removal utility; mocha™ - planar tracking and roto utility for all VFX artists; mocha AE™ - a planar tracking and roto utility designed for After Effects and Final Cut Pro users. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit

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