With the release of Mocha Pro 5.2, Imagineer Systems is increasing flexibility for larger VFX facilities by adding floating license support for teams and a new render-only license option.

Users will now be allowed to run Mocha Pro as standalone software or as a plug-in off of one floating license server, Imagineer said. The new render license option allows projects to be rendered on a networked render farm, or on another workstation, without requiring the use of a full Mocha license. 

"Since releasing the Mocha plug-in option for Nuke, Adobe and Avid, the number-one facility request has been for floating licenses on the plug-in option," said Boris FX/Imagineer Systems/GenArts Group CMO Ross Shain in a prepared statement. "With the 5.2 release, a facility can now serve a mix of Mocha Pro standalone or plug-ins across teams and also push render-intensive tasks, such as object removal, to render farms for increased efficiency."

Some work has been done under the hood, too. Mocha's planar-tracking features now employ OpenCL GPU acceleration for faster motion tracking, with support for 16- and 32-bit source images. In the After Effects plug-in, tracking data can now be applied to other layers inside the plug-ins interface, rather than requiring an export to the clipboard. 

Python scripting support has been expanded, larger multilayer project-handling has been improved, and a number of plug-in bugs have been squashed, the company said. The complete release notes are available for download [PDF] from Imagineer's website.