I installed MP2020 a few days ago and have tried to get it going together with Vegas Pro 17, as a plugin, but have failed utterly so far. Not even basic functions work. I have read the Mocha manual and watched the few videos about the topic, and followed the instructions as close as I could. Do I do something wrong, or is there a bug in the MP software?
Failed method #1.
On the Vegas timeline I put a video on a track (track 2) and add another video on the track above (track 1). The video on tr2 is to be tracked, and the video on tr1 is to be inserted into the video.
The tr1 video is shown in the preview window.
I now make tr2 the child to the first track.
Tr1 (the parent) compositing mode is switched to Custom, and Mocha Pro 2020 is selected as effect.
Now the Preview window in Vegas suddenly turns black.!?!?!
Anyway, I go on. The Mocha Plugin appears and I click Launch Mocha UI.
The UI opens but the video window is black. So there is no video visible, just the Mocha UI. So it is impossible to do anything at all here.
(this is how I understood the manual to be the correct method)
Failed method #2
Back where we started on the timeline. The two tracks are there with video on each. Tr1 is made the parent. Here’s a difference though: I select the combined menu at he left of the two tracks and enter compositing mode, and select Custom, and select Mocha Pro. Now the video on tr2 becomes visible, not the tr1. So far so good!
Mocha UI is launched and the tr2 is visible in Mocha. Great.
However, Mocha creates a timelive that is about 8 times longer than the video clip, so most of the timeline is black. Why???
So I insert an out point where the video ends and zoom in.
I make an Area brush, or X-spline, and manage to track an object without problem at all. The tracking is fine.
In the Insert module I select Insert layer in the Insert clip box.
Now I guess the tr1 video should be visible as inserted, right? But nothing. If I select Logo or Grid the are visible as inserted as tracked though. Anyway I select Insert layer again.
I save and close the Mocha window and go back to the Mocha Pro effect plugin in Vegas.
There I check the Render box and select the Insert: Composite module.
But nothing appears inserted.
So this failed too.
Failed method #3
Now I only have one track in Vegas, no Custom compositing mode, nor any parent/child tracks. I’ll try to do it all within Mocha.
I add Mocha as an effect to a video event, open it and the UI and manage to track an objekt.
Now I will try to insert someting.
If I select Logo or Grid: these will show correctly in the tracked mask.
If I select Import Clip: Selecting a reasonably small jpeg still image works and it follows the tracked mask. I close Mocha and go back to the effect window in Vegas and select Render and Inset: Composite. The video appears in the VEgas preview now with the inserted image correctly tracked. Great, however the timeline slows down to just 1 or 2 fps!!
I make a region and render it out. The rendered file shows the inserted image totally off the tracking, like with a 2-3 sec delay after the object it should follow. So no good!
Failed method #4
The same mehid as #3 with the difference that I select an ordinary mp4 video clip instead of a still jpeg.
Now Mocha doesn’t accept the file format. An error masseage appears saying:
‘Failed to open file… The file is corrupted or in an unsupported format.
Please visit the media support page:’ and a link to Imagineer systems.
and another error box says: Unable to load footage.
I click the link suggested and it leads me to a webpage saying ‘404 not found’, a dead link.
I also tried other combinations of tracks, parents and child, etc etc. But nothing works. MOcha Pro seems totally useless. Or is it something wrong that I do? Or is it something with Vegas?
Please advise me, I need it to work.
Martin L, Sweden.