Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 is out now. It has new features and services for more efficient, deeply collaborative video and audio workflows with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition, and more.
Michele from Toolfarm uses mocha Pro to remove people and a sign from handheld video, then creates a mood with Boris Continuum Complete plug-ins, as well as adds a ghost! She talks about her experience using the plug-ins as well.
Michele says, “Imagineer mocha Pro 5 is a tool that every visual effects person must have! In this video above, I walk users through how to remove an object (actually 2 – one moving and one not moving on a handheld shot). The areas that were removed were replaced with a cleanplate generated with mocha Pro and edited in Photoshop. Notice how well the perspective is kept and how perfectly the edges blend. Doing this by hand would have taken days. mocha Pro is fast and efficient. I should note here that I used the mocha Pro plug-in which works in After Effects and I show how easy it is to incorporate that into your workflow. I use the tracking data that I generated removing the sign to place a giant ghost in the shot. Sure, it’s goofy, but it shows how powerful and fast mocha Pro is! I finish the shot with some color grading and effects created with Boris Continuum Complete.
mocha Pro is a lot of fun to use because it opens up opportunities that would either take an enormous amount of time and patience or couldn’t even be done without the software.”
Check out the Adobe Feature Request & Bug Form, AKA the Wishform for Adobe products. The form includes all Adobe software such as After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, SpeedGrade, and Illustrator.
Best Practices on Submitting a Feature Request or Bug Fix
Adobe is a company that has a reputation for really listening to its customers. It’s highly likely that every submission will be read by Adobe, but here are a few tips, or best practices, to make your request rise above the rest.
- Have more than one Feature Request? Break up your feature requests into multiple. Don’t put them in one submission so each one can be addressed separately.
- Write clearly and succinctly by getting to the point and not rambling.
- Does the feature doesn’t already exist? Check the latest release before submitting a request if you use an older version. It’s common sense, I know! Download the current version of Adobe Creative Cloud and take it for a spin.
- Check out online forums with feature requests, which may be very helpful in finding out if it is a common request.
- For bug reports, include all pertinent information. This includes the make/model of your computer, software version, graphics card information, etc.
- Check the Adobe Support Home page for info on your product. Ask Customer Service if the problem is related to activation. Also, check online forums first because there a bug fix available already.
A while ago I did an exhaustive series at Toolfarm on fixing skin and digital makeup. Well, there are always new tools and tutorials coming out. There’s a “name your own price” tool, (which is a freebie if you’re not feeling generous) from Mamoworld Tools. I’ll have info at the end of the article if you’d like to check it out. 😉
In Depth: Skin Retouching Series from Toolfarm
This is not an article about creating unachievable perfection. Do you need to make some small fixes to the skin of your actor, like fixing a blemish or blotchiness? This article covers
- Isolating skin tones
- Color Correction and skin tone
- Smoothing Skin
- Photoshop Skin Retouching
In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins
Check out Part 2: In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins, covering plug-ins for general skin improvement, including:
- Digital Anarchy Beauty Box
- GenArts Sapphire S_Beauty
- FXHOME HitFilm Pro Skin Retouch
- Imagenomic Portraiture
- Dashwood Smooth Skin
- Red Giant Cosmo
- Red Giant Colorista II
In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 3: More Plug-ins + Tutorials
- CoreMelt SliceX Powered by mocha – FCPX
- CrumplePop SkinTone for FCPX
- Sheffield Softworks Makeup Artist
- PHYX Keyer SkinTools and Skin Light
- Boris Continuum Complete BCC Smooth Tone
- NewBlueFX Video Ultimate Essentials Skin Touch Up
- RE:Vision Effects SmoothKit
- Plus, New Skin Retouching Tutorials
In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 4: DaVinci Resolve
Making skin tones appear natural, yet attractive, in color graded footage can be intimidating to the inexperienced. Here are some tutorials and articles focused on working with skin tones with Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, including smoothing and cosmetic color grading.
Skin Retouch – A freebie from Mamoworld
Remember that freebie I mentioned earlier? Well, Mamoworld Tools has a “Name your Price” or “100% Free” (depending on where you look on the page).