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mocha 2.6 Essential Training
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Walking through the Layer Control panel


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mocha 2.6 Essential Training

with Steve Wright

Video: Walking through the Layer Control panel

Mocha has a series of Control panels over here on the left for setting shape attributes. They are all ghosted when you first start mocha, so we will need to load a project to take a look. So let's go to File, Recent Files, and let's go get the lantern boy. Even if you never saved lantern boy, mocha makes a project file for you. So first I am going to draw a shape. Right mouse click to close, and over here in the Layer Controls, we need a little more room so I'll just find that line there and you can click and drag and move it down.
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  1. 5m 23s
    1. Welcome
      1m 40s
    2. Getting to know the user interface
      3m 43s
  2. 1h 7m
    1. Drawing X-splines
      8m 2s
    2. Drawing B-splines
      5m 4s
    3. Editing splines
      3m 52s
    4. Keyframing splines
      6m 33s
    5. Discovering the timeline controls
      5m 52s
    6. Walking through the New Project window
      4m 23s
    7. Working with interlaced clips
      8m 19s
    8. Setting the color space
      4m 46s
    9. Defining mocha preferences
      3m 46s
    10. Walking through the Layer Control panel
      3m 22s
    11. Walking through the Layer Properties panel
      3m 29s
    12. Viewing mattes
      3m 41s
    13. Walking through the Edge Properties panel
      6m 24s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. A planar tracking demo
      6m 36s
    2. Setting motion options
      13m 12s
    3. Adjusting the tracking spline
      8m 51s
    4. Tracking awkward surfaces
      6m 3s
    5. Understanding the planar grid
      6m 50s
    6. Dealing with lens distortion
      7m 43s
    7. An AdjustTrack demo
      5m 49s
    8. Keyframing the AdjustTrack
      7m 48s
    9. Offsetting reference points
      5m 49s
  4. 1h 8m
    1. Strategizing shape distribution
      11m 21s
    2. Working with large areas
      2m 44s
    3. Selecting a start frame
      10m 38s
    4. Replacing a shape
      2m 54s
    5. Keyframing: Bifurcation
      4m 38s
    6. Keyframing: Straight ahead
      5m 17s
    7. Keyframing: Extremes
      9m 22s
    8. Keyframing: Maximum digression
      6m 45s
    9. Converting to stereo
      2m 54s
    10. Inspecting your rotos
      4m 43s
    11. Rendering mattes
      4m 45s
    12. Exporting shapes
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 30m
    1. Moving the camera with parallax
      5m 30s
    2. Moving the camera without parallax
      3m 58s
    3. Using multiple splines in a layer
      7m 23s
    4. Subtracting shapes
      7m 6s
    5. Stabilizing the viewer
      5m 46s
    6. Keyframing during tracking
      7m 24s
    7. Unlinking the tracker
      5m 8s
    8. Tracking manually
      12m 35s
    9. Defining corner pinning
      5m 4s
    10. Going further into the Track tab
      6m 53s
    11. Utilizing the more advanced AdjustTrack features
      8m 40s
    12. Working with the Stabilize tab
      6m 11s
    13. Exporting track data
      8m 53s

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mocha 2.6 Essential Training
5h 1m Beginner Sep 30, 2011

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mocha has always been very popular as a tracking tool, but with the rising interest in stereo 3D conversion, its rotoscoping capabilities have become a favorite player in that pipeline and sales have soared. In this course, Steve Wright covers the basics of operating mocha, as well as advanced tracking and rotoscoping techniques. The course also covers the mocha/Nuke stereo 3D production pipeline in detail.

Topics include:
  • Understanding mocha preferences
  • Drawing and editing splines
  • Creating grids for tracking awkward surfaces
  • Keyframing techniques for advanced rotoscoping
  • Making stereo 3D conversions
  • Stabilizing techniques for advanced tracking
Subjects:
3D + Animation Video Visual Effects
Software:
mocha
Author:
Steve Wright

Walking through the Layer Control panel

Mocha has a series of Control panels over here on the left for setting shape attributes. They are all ghosted when you first start mocha, so we will need to load a project to take a look. So let's go to File, Recent Files, and let's go get the lantern boy. Even if you never saved lantern boy, mocha makes a project file for you. So first I am going to draw a shape. Right mouse click to close, and over here in the Layer Controls, we need a little more room so I'll just find that line there and you can click and drag and move it down.

It's called Layer Controls because you can actually put more than one spline in a layer. Now that's really a feature used for the tracking, and we'll be taking a look at that in Lesson 2. Right now, let's take a look at the Layer Controls and what they do. We looked at a few of these in an earlier video, but now we will look at all of them. I am going to need a little more room, so I'm going to delete down here the Overlay Colors Panel, and now I've got more room to adjust the Layer Control Panel. Starting on the left, this is the visibility button, of course.

This little cogwheel enables tracking for that spline. We will be learning more about that again in Lesson 2. This field here is for the lock. And notice when you lock the layer, all the control handles disappear. So if your spline has no control handles, the first thing you want to think of is maybe that layer is locked. The next field here is for renaming, so we can rename this anything we want, which is really important to do. And this last square is the color of the line.

This red square is referring to this red spline and if I deselect by clicking off to the side, the line turns purple and so does the chip. As mentioned earlier, these color chips can be used to help organize and group your splines. Now, let's take a look at the bottom row of control buttons down here. The one on the left will duplicate a layer, so I will select this layer, click on the Duplicate button. Then I come over to the viewer and there is my duplicate. I am going to turn off the zoom Windows here.

For the rest of these I need a couple of more splines, so I am just going to draw a real quick shape here and another one over here. Okay, I have got four shapes. This is the Delete a shape button. All you do is select the Layer and click the Delete button. This next button will lock all of them or unlock all of them. But this one is very cool. You can select one layer, and it will lock all the other layers, leaving that one unlocked. That way you can select once spline out of many, and come over here and adjust it.

Another feature of these control panels is they can be floated. Click on this little button right here, edit a float panel, put it anywhere you want. To re-dock it, select the white bar on the top, drag it over to the panel area, and when you see the dotted white lines, let go. And we'll adjust it for some more space here. There. You can also completely close any one of the panels by clicking on this little button right here, and to put it back, you go to the View popup, find the panel that you're missing, and select it to put it back where it belongs.

Next, we will take a look at the Layer Properties Panel over here.

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