Last year Boris FX launched Mocha VR as a plug-in for Adobe’s immersive workflows, bringing high-end visual effects workflows to 360°/VR creators. The company has now released Mocha VR 5.6, with the update now adding support for 360-degree stereoscopic workflows.
Mocha VR is used by professional 360° creators for stabilisation, removing objects, patching the nadir and general 360° tracking and masking tasks on mono and stereo footage. The new stereo 3D workflow supports most common 360° formats, including top/bottom, side-by-side, and dual stream, and also includes improvements to the Reorient Module for advanced image stabilization to reduce VR motion sickness.
“Many VR creatives now want to work in stereo 3D to deliver more immersive video experiences. However, working in these new formats is inherently difficult and time consuming for post-production,” states Ross Shain, Chief Product Officer, Boris FX in a statement. “The new Mocha VR 5.6 stereo workflow uses planar tracking analysis on “both eye views” to solve camera disparity and simplify advanced post tasks such as camera rig removal or stabilizing shaky footage.” Shain continues, “Adobe users can apply Mocha VR as an effect to track, mask or clean up directly on stitched mono or stereo 360° footage with reduced manual keyframing for efficiency and time savings.”
The update also supports 3D 360° cameras such as Vuze, Kandao Obsidian, Samsung Round, Nokia Ozo, Z Cam, Google Jump, and more.
Mocha VR has been adopted by some of the biggest names in the 360 video industry, including: The NY Times VR, Felix & Paul, Ryot, Digital Domain, Here Be Dragons and Light Sail VR.
“No one ever said VR was easy. But with specialized tools like Mocha VR, it gets easier with every update. We’re shooting more stereo projects with cameras like the GoPro Odyssey and Kandao Obsidian, so having tools to make tasks like roto and insertions for stereo footage easier is great,” says Matthew Celia, Light Sail VR, Managing Partner and Creative Director. “I am excited to see how Mocha’s Academy Award-winning tracker has been implemented to track both eyes and place graphic inserts in the correct 3D space. It’s going to be a huge timesaver for our After Effects based workflow.”
Available as a standalone application or plug-in for Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and OFX Hosts: Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro & HitFilm Pro, purchasing options for Mocha VR include: full license $995 USD, annual subscription $295, and upgrade from Mocha Pro 5 $295. For any further Mocha VR updates, keep reading VRFocus.