The easy mocha & After Effects workflow

mocha is an award-winning planar tracking software that is bundled with After Effects. MochaImport+ helps you to get the most out of it.

Send clips including masks from AE to mocha, create corner pins and stabilized precomps, move layers or masks, stabilize, and more.

AE's built-in features
MochaImport+
send clips to mocha
send masks to mocha
keyframe on top of the track
corner pin
corner pin for curved surfaces
move layers
move masks & properties
stabilize & smooth
stabilized precomps
support for 3rd party corner pin effects
intelligent import
scripting API for mocha functionality

Workflow

  1. Send your clips including masks from After Effects to mocha.
  2. After you finished tracking in mocha, import your tracking data from a file or from the clipboard. You have a wrong frame rate or your track does not start at the beginning of the composition? No worries, the intelligent import of MochaImport+ takes care of all details.
  3. Choose what you want to do with the tracking data and click apply.
  4. Need more details? The help button opens a video tutorial for the currently chosen function.

Top Features

Stabilized Precomps

If you don't know stabilized precomps, yet, you will be surprised how powerful they are. A stabilized precomp is a composition in which the tracked region is not moving anymore. Inside of it, you can do any modification - as if it would be a still image - and all your changes are automatically also applied to the original perspective.

No matter whether you just want to relight parts of your clip, remove elements with the clone brush, insert something or do any other kind of retouch work - with stabilized precomps it becomes much easier.

Expression-driven tracking data

Did you ever do a corner pin and after a while you noticed that one corner needs to be moved a few pixels to the side? Normally, this is very tedious: To change the tracking data, you either adjust hundreds of keyframes manually or you go back to mocha, export the tracking data again and start from scratch. But with the expression-driven tracking data you just have a single keyframe and all the movement is represented by an expression. Simply change this one keyframe and the position of all other frames changes automatically. You can also start adding more keyframes and MochaImport+ will automatically tween between your keyframes - fixing inaccurate tracks has never been so easy.

Move masks and 2d properties

Move your After Effects masks and 2D point properties with a mocha track. Since this function is based on corner pin data, it does not only consider position, scale and rotation, but also shear and perspective movement to achieve maximum accuracy.

Your screen insert should cast some light on the surrounding background? Just add some color correction with masks around the respective areas and move them with the track. Want a lens flare to move with your track? No problem! And with expression-driven tracking data, you can still move your flare on top of the track easily.

Send clips and masks from AE to mocha

If you are more familiar with the masking tools of After Effects than with the ones of mocha, you can do all the masking in After Effects and send the clip including the masks to mocha. This is also useful if you started rotoscoping in After Effects and at some point you decide you rather want to switch to mocha.

Bezier Warp Corner Pin

The Bezier Warp is a corner pin effect with bezier handles on all corners. This allows you create corner pins on curved surfaces, as you can see in our balloon tutorial.

support of Card Dance effect and all major 3rd party plugins

The corner pin function of MochaImport+ supports the following effects

  • Corner Pin
  • CC Power Pin
  • Bezier Warp
  • Card Dance
  • Red Giant Warp Corner Pin
  • BCC Corner Pin
  • RE:Map Planar
  • Sapphire Warp Corner Pin

Scripting API

With the well documented scripting API you can use all functionality of MochaImport+ in your own scripts. It has never been so easy to integrate mocha in your automated pipelines.

Supported mocha versions

All features of MochaImport+ for After Effects work with any version of mocha. In particular, all features of MochaImport+ can be used with the version of mocha that is included in After Effects.

Tutorials

On mamoworld you find plenty of video tutorials about MochaImport+.

Should I use MochaImport+ or MaskTracker+?

MochaImport+ has a sister product MaskTracker+ which can do similar things, but is based on the mask tracker of After Effect CC instead of mocha.

Our experience is that working with MaskTracker+ is usually a bit quicker on simple tracks, since you can do all work inside After Effects and don't need to switch to a separate application. On the other hand, the mocha planar tracking technology gives often better results for challenging tracks that have motion blur or reflections, for example. Also, mocha can easily handle foreground elements, can do multiple tracks simultaneously and supports X-Splines which makes it the tool of choice for bigger tracking and roto jobs.

Our tip: Your best choice is the Tracking Bundle which contains both MaskTracker+ and MochaImport+. Then you can do most tracks quick and easy with MaskTracker+ but if the mask tracker gives bad results, you can switch to mocha instead of spending hours to fix your track.

Buy or Upgrade

MochaImport+ V5 is available for $49.99, the upgrade from any previous version costs $14.99. If you purchased MochaImport+ V4 in 2015, you get the upgrade for free. If you login with your aescripts customer account and put the product in your shopping cart, the correct upgrade price for you is automatically calculated.

  • MochaImport+ $49.99
  • MochaImport+ upgrade $14.99
  • MochaImport+ upgrade $0.00 if you also buy MaskTracker+ ($49.99)

If you enjoy working with MochaImport+, you should also have MaskTracker+ in your tool set. Therefore, we came up with another upgrade deal: If you buy the MochaImport+ Upgrade together with a license of MaskTracker+, you only pay for MaskTracker+ ($49.99) and get the MochaImport+ Upgrade for free.

If you neither own MochaImport+ nor MaskTracker+, also check out our Tracking Bundle.

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Comments

The best script. Congratulations on creating a script an incredible importance.

Thank you :-)

I love this plugin! I'm coming across some sort of bug however: recently, when I've clicked the track in mocha button, it creates the file and the imported footage just looks a lot darker than the original EXR sequence. When I track the footage in mocha the normal way, the colors remain true.

Hi Nick, thanks for reporting this issue. Can you send me a sample clip where this happens to info@mamoworld.com? A few frames will be enough. Cheers, Mathias

I have been unable to find path to update 4.14 to 4.4. How do I do this?

It should be a free upgrade and be available in the download section of your aescripts customer account.
Alternatively, you can download the most recent trial here:
http://aescripts.com/mochaimport/
If you have a license installed, it will automatically turn into the full version.

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