Let me first tell you, that I’m really frustrated at the moment. :mad:
So if you want to read some of my experiences with Imagineer Systems products in the current feature film production I work on VFX, then read on. If you just love everything you spent a lot of money for lately, you better don’t.
Since this seems to happen more often then I can stand I just wanted to let you know. I’m having a lot of trouble working with Imagineer Systems Products in general. It’s instable, hard to learn and in my oppinion there is close to zero support.
Right now, after having “Auto Save” set to 3 Minutes, pressing the save button myself as well all the time, and saving under new version files, Mocha just crashed again today because I tried to open the “Curve Editor” when some Beziers freaked out caused by Interpolation Errors.
But now, todays work is completely f***** up. There are just a whole lot of points missing when I reopened my setup and Mocha didn’t even saved all the time I thought I would when I press “SAVE!!!”. I start where I began this morning.
I already had the situation where I worked a whole day on a roto and the next day Mocha just told me “Error whatever, game over!” everytime I just tried to render or export from that file.
In Monet I had similar problems. Getting lost in the way Layer - Mattes - Whatever are handled and stuff. I was lucky to get the chance to head into those Apps at the place where I currently work and I also bought an own Monet License. I already gave a first workshop for my collegues here so they also could get into Mocha for Rotos and Tracking.
I’m actually thrilled most of the time how I could easily solve tasks faster in Monet or Mocha so I find myself recommending those products wherever I work.
At the workshop when I tried to give an introduction to the Monet and Mocha, I realised that the workflow of the tools is crap. Nobody could follow and everybody was more or less experienced as compositor so I wasn’t talking Suaheli for anyone. Integrating in our Nuke pipeline is a nightmare too. By the way, where is the sense of exporting Bezier Data to Shake for example, and then have the Tracking “baked” into the Shape Animation itself by setting a Key each frame. Where is the advantage compared to a Matte Sequence? What do you want with hundreds of keys in a Roto Shape instead of a view and a Tracker and 4-Corner Pin afterwards. I’m curious to know…
The only thing is that the tracker system is really great anyway.
But I’m really getting tired of learning these tools without any support, with this product line (I’m so tired of telling everyone that they would need another 3k € Imagineer product for each step of their work process) at this costs and with close to zero stability of the applications.
Give me a reason not to drop these products and stop using them.
Sorry for my bad English, I’m German and full of Adrenaline while I’m writing this and planning to start my work from scratch OVER THE WEEKEND! :mad: