Dallas After Effects User Group- Oct 2008

One of the big additions to After Effects CS4 is MochaAE. I’ve been using Mocha for several months now and it blow After Effects point tracker away. Mocha is a planar tracker that works by defining the plain you want to track and then works on differentiating the plain to track from the background.

Here’s some issues that AE’s point tracker can’t handle but Mocha handles with ease:
-Motion Blur
-Noise/ Grain
-Tracks that start and/or move off screen
-Objects that obscure part of the track

I’m giving a crash course on how to use Mocha. Here’s an example of what I quickly cranked out that we’ll be working dealing with tracks that move off screen and are obscured. The track is decent for how quick I did it. The composite is bad but the focus is on how to use Mocha, not compositing skills.

Join us this Thursday at BB Gun Interactive at 7pm. Find out more details at the Dallas AE User Group Home Page.


October 21, 2008. Tags: , , , . Video.


  1. Adam Oas replied:

    Nice, how long did it take you to get this far? I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to come tomorrow, but it’s not real likely.

  2. Dave replied:

    I had to brush up on some of the techniques so it took me longer than it should. I also wasn’t watching the clock. I’d say 15-30 minutes from loading the footage into Mocha to placing the track in AE.

    Hope you can make it tomorrow night. I’m wanting to create screen casts/ video tutorials for some of the presentations I’ve done. So when I find a decent/cheap app that works well on the mac I’ll start posting some tutorials here.

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