Mocha AE Planar Tracker for Absolute Beginners

Want to learn how to create advanced visual effects? In this tutorial I show you how to use Mocha to track your shot and add advanced visual effects to live action footage.

If you want to follow along with the tutorials, you can find the files here: https://www.surfacedstudio.com/downloads/tutorial-files/mocha-for-absolute-beginners

Mocha is created by Imagineer Systems and I recommend that you check out their website for tons more tutorials on how to use this awesome tool: http://www.imagineersystems.com/

Mocha can help you track shots that would be hard to track using traditional 2D point or feature trackers because it is a PLANAR TRACKER. A planar tracker uses planes and textures to track as opposed to points or groups of pixels. This allows the tracker to stay on track even if your shot contains motion blur or a very shallow depth of field.

Mocha AE comes included with Adobe After Effects and is available since CS3 and there is no reason for you not to use this awesome tool to make it easier for you to track your shot, replace screens or rotoscope!

Let me know if you’d be keen for some more Mocha tutorials!

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Comments

Anh Chuong says:

may I know what is the model of ur graphic card? Cos my comp is quite low to work with AE. Thanks

Hello World says:

Hey there! I want to follow your Mocha tutorial but if I select the video-file for importing in Mocha the field “import Clip” is empty. I try it with a .mp4 and a .mov format. pls can you give me a short hint. I working with After Effects CC 2017 .
thnx in advance and best regards Nico

Rex says:

Impressive !

Nosy Drone says:

Very very detailed explanation. I’ve learned a lot with you. Thank you very much

Neil Skeet says:

Excellent tutorial thx a million!

montgal52 says:

Superb tutorial. I do have a question. How can I use the Show Planar Surface tool to have a footage (insert) go “under” fingers (or a hand) when tracking? This is in regard if a person is holding a tablet and a “thumb” happens to block the screen. There is a video on YouTube on it, but they do not go into detail. Your assistance on this would be highly appreciated.

Lee Bee says:

Really, really, really helpful as an introduction to Mocha. Thank you Tobias! I would definitely like to see an advanced Mocha tutorial if you ever make one.

Shiv Mandal says:

Make detail’s video on Mocha

RAJ KUMAR says:

I have a problem in mocha tracking

The Fact Hub says:

the track forwrads option is faded out, and i cant select it!!!! i am a complete noob at this plz help.

YesUCan says:

Greetings Tobias. Off course when talking about AE, I always come back to you. I have what I thought was a simple task, tracking my grandson around an empty baseball field, yet it’s not as simple as I thought. Using Camera tracking gets me great results, but it’s tracking everything but him. Looking further, maybe Mocha is the way to go? I’m only half way through this tut, but was wondering if I’m on the right……wait for it…………TRACK, ta da! Any input is greatly appreciated as usual.

Jay says:

great tutorial as usual! The game looks more like Mortal Combat than Street Fighter though hehe but you are forgiven for being such a good teacher, thanks!

nic colon says:

DOESNT WORK WITH JPEG? I BOTH FIT THE JPEG TO THE SCREEN AND LEFT IT ALONE, PASTED THE DATA AND IT MISSED THE MARK COMPLETELY … WHEN I TRY IT WITH A VIDEO IT DOES WORK, BUT NOT WITH AN IMAGE

Mrs Mix says:

For Absolute Beginners????

Yofadhli Ahmed Kahirawan says:

What a a game changer

Helen Wu says:

what if you already have a cut together sequence in premier and want to import it into after effects for Mocha to track? It seems like mocha can only track raw media files instead of media files already cut together in a sequence. Am I right? Please help!

Nathan Prescott says:

what the hell the tracking data isnt coming on from mocha to after effects???

Eagle Vision of Texas says:

Excellent tutorial with meaningful and timely examples.

Aerial Monkey Production says:

Hey Tobi, I’m having trouble with Mocha. When i chose the tack in Mocha, Mocha opens but my clip isn’t in the input panel and therefore the project is empty. When i try to tell it which clip it says the file is corrupted or unsupported. i know its not corrupted because i can play the file with all sorts of video players. I don’t know why an mp4 would be unsupported.

cory cooper says:

1:05 accurate af

Sujay Bhosale says:

Thanks for this video. Very helpful!

Janardhan Jogi says:

Your videos are very helpful thanks Tobias really appreciate but can you make advance level Planar Tracker in Mocha

Akash Daniel says:

Sir now I am creating face swapping video using mocha and I replace that face with another layer.. Now my doubt is whenever I play the tracker with photoshop layer with null object .the mocha Is tracking good..but in my video the hand is just lay in face.. So when I placed that hand is hidden.. How to place my layer within the face and so the hand will not be hidden..help me!! Thanks in advance

Stark Tutorials says:

Failed to open file ‘C:/Users/shiam/Desktop/Comp 4.mov’.
The file is corrupted or in an unsupported format.
Please visit the media support page: http://imagineersystems.com/support/imageio/

why this is happen???

deejayxcrypt says:

Haven’t used Mocha for… a really long time. Thanks for this vid :)

Harley Breakout Guy says:

when i paste the data my tracking doesn’t align with the screen i want to replace :(

Paweł Jakubiec says:

great job buddy!

MIGUEL GARRIDO MOTILVA says:

Great tuto man!!! Thanks a lot!! Btway, who won the fight?

SpaceKingDinosaur says:

I love how you demonstrated real-world challenges to expect and how to deal with them. Great tutorial! Thanks for the great information. Keep being awesome!

Superinfini / Céleste Grant says:

You save my life bro ! Thanks from France !

Dito Firmansyah says:

I cant import my mp4 video to mocha ae, I got 25fps in full hd. anyone knows how to solve it?

Sorabh Vfx says:

I am Watching you From My Childhood Please …!! Love You

Michael Hurdle Production Studio says:

One of the best bro. Really good work. Thank you.

Iron Man says:

how to download mocha for after effects?

TTWNETWORK TV says:

Hi man please do you have the mocha camera track importer ….i really need it…

please send it to me on my email… ttwnetwork.tv@gmail.com

naveen chandra says:

Thank you so much for making great vedios like this

George Khair says:

Great tutorial. Thank you.

007 says:

you deserve my deepest respect for this tutorial.

Skylight Media says:

I’m trying to do basically this, and this tutorial got me almost to the end- but instead of superimposing another video within, im trying to change a text/picture on an object that are (otherwise) static. How would I do that?

Rostislav Alexandrovich says:

How to embed a text? and put it (the text) on the side of the tv?
Thanks fo the tutorial btw! and thanks walter!

Dolly Track says:

Tobias, I have to thank you. You have helped me on more than one occasion and because of this tutorial I am not stuck anymore with my project. I was trying to track a Blender .PNG sequence model animation but AE tracking was just not working. I followed your tips here and the tracking is now flawless – so THANKS again! I subscribed to you ages ago. Keep up the great work.

Thilina Wimalapriya says:

This was really helpful

Woo Jae Park says:

thank u

Drinner D says:

I am just trying to track a shot that is panning from right to left. This has been IMPOSSIBLE in both AE and Mocha AE. The reason why is because the planes always start on screen but eventually travel out of frame because the camera is panning! I thought there was a way to link or kind of “ping-pong” different planar layers from one to another in order to kind of link them all together and solve the scene, but I am obviously doing something (or several things) wrong, because NOTHING is working. I am becoming very depressed about this… Can you offer me any help?

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