Matchmoving Primer

What is 3D tracking? Well, before I get into the subject of 3D tracking (or matchmoving), I thought I would share this link as a primer until I get to it. So many great things on the horizon… only so many hours in the day to play golf.

Computer Arts Article

116 RESPONSES TO "MATCHMOVING PRIMER"
Juiced
June 22nd, 2008 @ 10:50 pm
ooo i always wanted to learn how to do this for free!
Thanks, looking forward 2 it.
ervin
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:06 pm
thanks dude
Dan
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:09 pm
Thanks andrew. it's great.
Hans
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:10 pm
There aren't many tutorials about 3D Tracking on the Internet! And it is one of the most powerfull skills of 3D moddeling. I'm looking forward to see it. :)
Doug
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:11 pm
Iv seen 3d tracking done with Shake before.. this should be interesting with AE.
Woo!
james price
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:12 pm
Thats very cool...here is my best 3d matchmoving effort to date.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnBUeammVPc
ervin
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:16 pm
^^
Yo that watch video was amazing.. how long did it take you to do that?
Nina
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
Great stuff!
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:19 pm
Can't wait to learn more about this subject.
Legacy
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:22 pm
Here is a sort of silly explaination of what a coordinate system is in a Matchmoving program. It is actually very helpful in visualizing what is happening in the program.

http://www.ssontech.com/content/pokey.htm

I highly recommend Syntheyes. It is cheap ($400), powerful, and fairly easy to use. There are also tonnes of tutorials on the website. FXPHD also offers a course for it.

Another half decent one is PFHOE - the baby brother of PFTrack . It's cheap and visually shows you the plane that the coordinate system is creating. I haven't really messed around with Boujou or Matchmover, but from what I've seen Syntheyes seems to be the best bang for your buck.
Matt Dunwoodie
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:25 pm
I have been "using" 3d camera tracking for a few months with boujou and so far:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEMPZEZVB8Q
but still i havn't tried 3d OBJECT tracking
IM OUT
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:38 pm
Hmmm. Interesting
Simon
June 22nd, 2008 @ 11:47 pm
Thats weird, I was looking at that article yesterday when I was a bit bored. Downloaded Boujou but couldn't use the trial to export...
June 23rd, 2008 @ 12:09 am
Thanks
Ben
June 23rd, 2008 @ 12:11 am
Here's a cool video demonstrating motion-tracking in real time:
http://www.snotr.com/video/1340
It's got tonnes of potential for the future. Quite interesting.
June 23rd, 2008 @ 1:14 am
I'm really excited I just bought syntheyes last week!
June 23rd, 2008 @ 1:17 am
I used PFTrack for tracking a hand held shot around the corner of a building. The results can be seen here. It's the first part of my reel.

http://marksvfx.com/reel.php
Babatunde Tunslike
June 23rd, 2008 @ 1:58 am
YES! after months and years of motion graphics, yeah! now we come to the world of Advance VFX that rules the world... compare film like MATRIX, SPIDERMAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERMAN e.t.c i mean virtually all comtemporary VFX films now gain their breathtaking Evolution with the power of 3D Tracking, Composition, Integration.... whatever.... even broadcast industries are taking a U-turn to the world of 3D virtual set through 3D Tracking...

Thanks Andrew for this intiative, this will actually blow our minds OFF... though 3D Tracking isn't new BUT trust VideoCopilot's version of tutorials ..... it's Educative, Informative, Entertaining, Comprehensive, Concise..... you all know what am talking about.....

Sit tight! seat up ur belts and Integrate your world using 3D Tracking!!!

Thanks Andrew, you make this HAPPEN. (ignore typos please)
Doug
June 23rd, 2008 @ 2:27 am
Babatunde are you a spokes person for 3d tracking or what? :P
Johanan
June 23rd, 2008 @ 2:45 am
Nice. I've really been struggling with this so would greatly appreciate a tutorial on this. Even a paid on for a nice indepth view :-)
alfongj
June 23rd, 2008 @ 2:51 am
I tried a few months ago that same tutorial, but it's not a very esay one.

Finally, I bought SynthEyes, which is easier, and definitely worth its cost. Also there are some free 3dmatching apps, but they aren't as good...
Babatunde Tunslike
June 23rd, 2008 @ 2:52 am
YES Dude! am just helping you ...... or maybe you find out later
Ben Wotton
June 23rd, 2008 @ 3:53 am
Woo! 3D Motion Tracking. That's the stuff!
Some Guy
June 23rd, 2008 @ 3:59 am
I've already done some 3D tracking, so it isn't new for me, but after reading Babatunde's comment I'm feeling like "Finally!!!". Great time is coming...
Marchy D
June 23rd, 2008 @ 4:08 am
Coolness as always. Can't wait.
Anders
June 23rd, 2008 @ 4:28 am
Nice. I've done this a lot in Boujou and Maya and hope you'll use the same tools as these more or less have become industry standard when it comes to large scale VFX.
Ben
June 23rd, 2008 @ 4:31 am
What about the 20 JUNI stuff??
Kim A. Strandli
June 23rd, 2008 @ 4:43 am
Ben, its 20 July... I burnt myself on that little error too... One month left, cant wait! :D

@ontopic: 3D motiontracking is really cool, I really want to learn it, but I feel it is still beyond my level.
But to you guys who have good experience with this, how hard is it? And what is the best software for it? Boujou/Syntheyes/MSPaint/PFTrack?
June 23rd, 2008 @ 5:17 am
I've been wanting to learn this for a long time, thanks for the link!
June 23rd, 2008 @ 5:36 am
Yes! Yes! Yes!! Thats what ive been waiting for!! holy shit :]
Thanx For making that promise, Andrew! :] i thought this tutorial was kinda forgotten! but u really are putting your money where your mouth is :]

I really hope youll use 3Ds Max for this one. plus, maybe, just talk bout some more suggestions for ideas of how to use this motion tracking method, Not only for Text. im sure there are more cool ideas, but i cant think of 'em... [finals now.. so my head is empty :\
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
June 23rd, 2008 @ 6:26 am
weird! I just wanted to start matchmoving because you can do amazing stuff with it and then you came up with this article!

and you can really have some great results with only free software. i use icarus or voodoo for tracking and then export it to blender and then to after effects! you dont need boujou and maya(but it looks much better and real)
David
June 23rd, 2008 @ 6:58 am
I agree, I've been wanting to learn this for quite a while. Are you going to be using Cinema 4d and Boujou like the Computer Arts article?
Some Guy
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:12 am
@ Kim A. Strandli:
Match moving (or 3D tracking) is very easy. You load a video in a 3D tracker and it does all the hard work for you. It tracks the movement, that you do with your camera, and then you can export it, for example as a MAXScript for 3ds Max. Then you import the script in 3ds Max and it generates a camera and the movement of the camera for you. Then you make your CG objects in the scene with the animating artificial camera, render and composite with your life action footage that you have tracked.
I've heard PFTrack is the best, Boujou is very popular too. But they cost a lot of money. I've used the free tracker Icarus and it does a really great job. Voodoo is another free 3D tracker, which I haven't used yet. Just google for it if you're interested. Wikipedia has also a very interesting and explanatory article about match moving (search for "match moving" on wikipedia.org).
Good luck.

PS: MSPaint is for images only, but you can do some rotoscoping work with it. Maybe Windows Movie Maker can be used as a 3D tracker...
Speedbreaker
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:22 am
Here are 2 of my new tracking attemps:

www.speedbreaker.de/flurgang.avi

www.speedbreaker.de/schreibtisch2.avi

@Andrew

Do you got my email?
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:33 am
and to think.. you people doubted the great AK...
tsk, tsk LoL [I knew you'd get to this Andrew!!!]
Now all you have to do is make a video showing
how to do exactly what Speedbreaker does in his clips:

http://www.speedbreaker.de/flurgang.avi
http://www.speedbreaker.de/flurgang.avi

Speedbreaker what is your email man? I will pay you
to teach me.. well, as long as you make a DVD with VCP haha :-]!
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:34 am
I got to know the techniques about matchmoving few weeks ago and it was very difficult to find good tutorials that is why I appreciate that V.C. is facing this challenge. An other problem was also to find the right software because there so many such as:

· Boujou
· PFHoe
· Matchmover
· 3dequalizer
· Syntheyes
· Voodoo
· Icarus
· PatchMaker

Icarus is a free software (http://www.peerlessproductions.com/tuts/pages/Icarus.html ) but it didn’t work due to codex problems. Than I had the opportunity to try out boujou (http://www.peerlessproductions.com/tuts/pages/Icarus.html and it work very well but it is very expensiv to buy L.

For those how are interestet to have a look at my matchmoving short clip can visit my website

http://www.peerlessproductions.com/tuts/pages/Icarus.html

Cheers and good look to find your way of matchmoving
Carlos
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:40 am
The link for the boujou bullet demo isn't working...
weak.
Carlos
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:47 am
I hope you do a tutorial on this bro, im (super) confused lol.
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:50 am
Carlos you can get a demo from 2d3.com, don't give up so easily :)

I think the biggest secret of matchmoving, is that it is not that difficult. Incorporating cg elements that look real can be tricky. There is also another element to this. Camera matching is one part, but tracking a persons head in 3D to put an arrow through it, is another.
Nuno
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:56 am
Thats the tutorial wich all people want... THANKS AK!
C.C
June 23rd, 2008 @ 9:00 am
played with boujou in the past, couldn't figure out how to track the objects when it became blurry, had to do it by hand, but then it didn't look right. Can't wait to see a tutorial on 3D tracking.
Kim A. Strandli
June 23rd, 2008 @ 9:09 am
@some guy:

Thanks for great explanation :) (though the MSPaint part was just a joke, but then maybe you were joking too? ;P )

Anyways, checked out some videos, looked a lot simpler than I thought at the beginning of the day. I think this is one of those things which is very easy to do, but very hard to master.
June 23rd, 2008 @ 10:56 am
I still dont know how to track in 3d..shame on me...3d tracking in 3ds max would be great as well!!

Thanks
Chris
June 23rd, 2008 @ 10:57 am
I would also suggest checking out SynthEyes....a much more affordable 3d tracker....

Best,

Chris
June 23rd, 2008 @ 11:13 am
I hope you cover this.

"tracking a persons head in 3D to put an arrow through it, is another."

can't wait thanks andrew
Speedbreaker
June 23rd, 2008 @ 11:51 am
I think the Computerarts articel is very good!
That's exactly how I made my testshoots!
As I started I ran into some problems and to save you some time here are the solutions:

1. You should know alot about the footage you want to track (framerate, pixelaspect, interlaced)

So let's say your footage is Pal HDV 720

The right settings in Boujou are:

HDV 720, 25 Frames

and IMPORTANT: Interlaced, upperfield only!

If you would set it to "Interlaced, use both fields, upperfield first" Boujou will create a camera solution
for every field and not for every frame. So when your footage is 250 frames long you will get a 500 frames camerasolution!

Ok now the tracking should work well.

Let's say you want to composite a 3D Text on a table, make sure to stick a tracking marker on evey corner and one in middle.
This will make it much easier to setup the coordinate system right! You can track this markers by hand with the
feature tracker (works like the one in Afterfx).
Now setup the coordinate system. Select the 5 Points and make them a plane constrain and points on the xy plane, select the 2 points on the
right side of the table and tell boujou: Line parallel to the Y Axis. Update the
coordinate System and solve the camera and you should have a perfect track.

Now you are ready to export the track to max. Open up max and IMPORTANT: set the framerate of the timeline to pal: 25 frames/sec and
set the resolution of the renderer to HDTV 720 BEFORE you run the Boujou maxscript.

Run the script. change your perspective view to camera1, select viewport background from the views menu select your footage!

From the top menu set the cooardinate system to local, place your 3D elements in the scene! That's it!

I hope that helps and sorry for my poor english.

regards

Fabian
jeroen
June 23rd, 2008 @ 11:52 am
Matchmoving thats really awesome! finaly i can make a swimming pool in my garden :P or put a ferrari on my parking place. There are enough free models on the net.. http://artist-3d.com/free_3d_models/04vehicles_design.php
June 23rd, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
all i want is to import a scene in 3ds max and built a 3d object in the scene that connects with the scene...thats a dream
www.shoaibkhann.com
Yimbo
June 23rd, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
Hi Andrew.

This is great, i've been trying several times to do 3d tracking but i don't quite get it
June 23rd, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
Maybe, Andrew, you should show us how to animate an already made 3D model and then import it in After Effects ;) There are some great (free) 3D models all around the net!
Alejandro Ortiz
June 23rd, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
I try to open the site but keep getting the follow message:

"Attempt to call a method that has not been implemented"..

Tough luck. I'm dying to have access to this kind of stuff :(
Trevor Neumann
June 23rd, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
Andrew I have to thank you for you job a VCP. It all started out with video game montages but seeing your tutorials has inspired me to take it to another level. I'm now hoping to have a career in VFX and I can honostly say that is because of your website. Without it, I would not being even using AAE!

I appreciate your work man!


P.S.you should write a blog on how to break in the VFX industry.
Morten Enoksen
June 23rd, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
Nice one. Looking forward to;)

Here's two of my matchmover films.

The first one is newest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-JZ6VjGzfE
This one was made quick
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-JZ6VjGzfE
June 23rd, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
you say 3d tracking is easy?!?!? At least one of us think it is... of corse I barely know left from right when it comes to the 3d world... but im glad im learning new stuff. cant wait!
grif
June 23rd, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
...just want to say THANKS! to Mr. Kramer and all the Video Copilot Team for all the tutorials for helping me to approve my Animation Test
I leave the link of the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNZQS64nwq4

I didn't know about 3d tracking, it could have helped in the first part.
Again...

GRACIAS ANDRÉS!!!!!!
Josh Johnson
June 23rd, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
Here is a great book on match moving.

Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking

http://www.amazon.com/Matchmoving-Invisible-Art-Camera-Tracking/dp/0782144039/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214269452&sr=8-1
Carlos
June 23rd, 2008 @ 5:37 pm
Haha thanks Andrew!
Shane
June 23rd, 2008 @ 5:58 pm
I use Boujou along with Cinema 4D. Great combo since C4D has nice integration with AE. If only C4D's camera had more real world value's like Maya's.
Ben
June 23rd, 2008 @ 6:57 pm
Andrew, (and others reading the blog)
If you are looking for a free 3d tracker here is a link
http://www.digilab.uni-hannover.de/docs/manual.html
I have used it a few times and brought it into 3D max, Works very nice.
Then eat some pizza.
June 23rd, 2008 @ 7:11 pm
That would be nice if it worked with Mac too..
June 23rd, 2008 @ 7:44 pm
ooh cool i'm right under the big AK
Loay
June 23rd, 2008 @ 8:24 pm
ohhhhhhhh
That is awesome
thanks & looking forward to see it
Legacy
June 23rd, 2008 @ 9:00 pm
PFTrack Tutorial:
This page has some in depth tuts for matchmoving with PFTrack
http://www.jkstudios.tv/tutorials/category/digital-face-replacement-grafting-a-humans-face-onto-a-lizard-or-another-creature

Boujou and 3DS Max Tutorial:
http://www.jkstudios.tv/tutorials/category/digital-face-replacement-grafting-a-humans-face-onto-a-lizard-or-another-creature

For Syntheyes, the website has really good tutorials. Covers object tracking as well.
www.ssontech.com

Also, check out this awesome commercial made with matchmoving and object tracking (using Syntheyes):
http://www.jkstudios.tv/tutorials/category/digital-face-replacement-grafting-a-humans-face-onto-a-lizard-or-another-creature

Cheers

I'm sure Mr. Kramer will come up with something very useful for us.
Legacy
June 23rd, 2008 @ 9:01 pm
Oh yeah, here is how they made that commercial:
http://www.ssontech.com/shows/cascade.htm

Cheers.
Dave Windhorst
June 23rd, 2008 @ 10:03 pm
Hello, there! I know from experience that Boujou is pretty good and that www.thegnomonworkshop.com has a good set of DVDs that are geared towards matchmoving and then Boujou specifically. They do cost a little bit, but they do give an in depth overview for those who need more. This tutorial would be perfect seeing as how I'm incorporating 3-4 shots in my next movie- Aeria Gloris: Civis Terra. My first movie of this series used some basic tracking, you can check it out on youtube (search for Aeria Gloris Part 1-1,1-2,1-3). Enjoy, and can't wait Andrew!
Reo0o
June 23rd, 2008 @ 10:53 pm
Its awsom Andrew
I'm Waiting for a tutorial about it from you pal
Thanx
June 24th, 2008 @ 1:01 am
I have been dreaming about a tutorial about matchmoving for months.
Thank you so much Andrew.
Michael
June 24th, 2008 @ 1:57 am
WOW... 3D Tracking...FANTASTIC! Boujou and 3DS and After Effects....PLEASE! Im dreaming with 3D Tracking!
caskale
June 24th, 2008 @ 5:00 am
ANDREW! a question, do u know how to import BOUJOU data into after effects? i export .ma file but i dont know what i have to do with that, plz if u know some tip tell me!
Kevin
June 24th, 2008 @ 6:56 am
Yeah I was about to ask you when you'd tackle this topic. I was expecting it in one of your advanced training DVDs, not so much in a free tutorial.. because I know it's real hard to do... looking forward to it :)
June 24th, 2008 @ 7:04 am
@ Caskale

When you finish with boujou... Export as a *.ma file

Import the .ma file in after effects (as a composition)

Import footage into this composition for background layer... then again for foreground compositing...

Turn on the 3D layer option for foreground layer...

Then parent this layer with null layer you want to use for reference in space...

Put Foreground layer's position to 0 (zero)....

That way, foreground layer is in right position in 3D space...

You can scale it the way you like, and repositing in 2D....


Chris
caskale
June 24th, 2008 @ 9:21 am
damn i dont get it but thanks chris :) really =)
June 24th, 2008 @ 10:47 am
I'm starting a blog with basic tutorials for programs I'm proficient in. In my free time that is....

I'll make sure to touch on Boujou and AE.

I'll also be working on Cinema4D, Maya, Realflow, Blender, and Shake tutorials....
Andre
June 24th, 2008 @ 10:52 am
Chris, don't forget to tell us your blog link please
jeroen
June 24th, 2008 @ 10:56 am
click on his name mate ;)
highdefw
June 24th, 2008 @ 11:32 am
Hey Andrew, did you see my request for this a few weeks ago? I told you Matchmoving is an important topic. :P
June 24th, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
I'll be posting the link as soon as I set it up. I'm making a few tutorials first. Simple PDFs like the C4D vines one to start.....

I'll post those up on the blog. Then I'll start doing video tutorials.

Chris
June 24th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm
Check out this. i'm going to give you two links. One is a link to a spot that Digital Kitchen made with motion tracking. The other spot is a link to a demonstration they did at NAB of how they put the spot together. Its really cool and worth checking out.

The clip: http://www.lrgstudios.com/DK_FinishLine_BeHeard.mov

The demonstration: http://www.lrgstudios.com/DK_FinishLine_BeHeard.mov
(note: you have to go to the adobe tv site and type in after effects in the search and then look for Digital Kitchen collaborative workflow. I think it's on the 3rd page)


thanks Chris
DamageVFX
June 24th, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
Hi VCP people , long time
I've been so busy mastering all the stuff I own by VCP that I haven't had time to holla.
Andrew, I dont know if it's my luck but anytime I embark on a new project and I need new info or stuff you come up with the answer

God bless you guys .
joe
June 24th, 2008 @ 2:27 pm
Anyone know how long the trial version for PF track lasts??? because its around 5k to buy...yikesss
June 24th, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
Sounds great chris do you work with syntheyes too or just bouju. I have Real Flow as well. can't wait to see your blog. A nice compliment to Andrews.
VFX-Anomaly
June 24th, 2008 @ 4:23 pm
Andrew did you use Trapcode Echospace for this?

http://www.videocopilot.net/blogstuff/fold.mov
Shane
June 24th, 2008 @ 7:18 pm
About a year ago, I made a tutorial on Matchmoving using boujou, C4D and AE. It was hosted over at C4DCafe.com. Afer they upgraded their server, it was lost in the transfer. I guess I should do another one.

I see there are a couple of RealFlow users here too.
highdefw
June 24th, 2008 @ 7:52 pm
Boujou, Maya, and Shake is what I'm using. Probable too advance for most users here though ....
June 25th, 2008 @ 4:55 am
Oh my god. Thank you for touching this topic. Hope you come with nice tutorials about 3D Tracking! Just wondering what software will you use for it. I use boujou and i love it.

I'm still not good enough integrating the 3ds final render to AE.
Because my footages are low quality i have some problems tracking them, and it would be nice if you show some good techniques to clean the marks I to perform a better tracking.

Here's a test i did with boujou and a sample footage from it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GUE-odr-cA

Thanks Andrew, you have a real good website. Going to buy "The Bullet" btw.
Sorry for my english.
Fernando Araya C
June 25th, 2008 @ 5:39 am
Like we say in my country "Pura Vida, Mae". This is exactly what i wanted to see, but I'm still waiting for you Tutorial, which makes it even more easy to understand the processes. Thanks alot.
Chris
June 25th, 2008 @ 6:30 am
Josh,

I primarily use SynthEyes. I have my own license for it, and can't quite afford my own license for Boujou yet. I only use Boujou when I'm at work.
Alejandro Ortiz
June 25th, 2008 @ 8:23 am
Pura vida.. uhmm I thought I was the only tico VCP freak in situ. Looking forward as my fellow tico to watch those tuts Chris and Shane. Greetings to y'all !
June 25th, 2008 @ 8:32 am
ok no one asked the question , so are you going to make a tutorial on camera tracking and matchmoving stuff ? cause i realy dont understand all the facy talk these guys are using .
June 25th, 2008 @ 11:33 am
Please stay on topic. I will be posting some new stuff soon.
Curtis H
June 25th, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
Okay this first part has nothing to do with the topic but I saw this today: http://www.hanklee.org/quicktime_movies/twistercont.mov
looks like someone loves their video copilot.... :)

Now ON the topic... for the record i'm really excited to see where this site is going. 3d tracking and matchmoving can be a mess if things aren't optimal. I can't wait to see how Andrew and the team approach this. Anyway, kudos for continuing to push the bounds of what fee tutorials are "supposed" to teach.
June 25th, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
I think it's great that Andrew has used 3D programs in some tutorials, and I hope he'll continue to amaze us with it's possibilities!
June 25th, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
yes..3D+AE is like macaroni & cheese. the best mix :]
so i hope this path will be continued!

i assume, that 50% out of the success of making a good motion-tracking project, is our footage. i believe we need some guidlines for how\what to shoot. do's and donts...somehow.....
VFX-Anomaly
June 25th, 2008 @ 5:03 pm
@ elad,
lets hope Adobe CS4 has even better 3D integration :)
VFX-Anomaly
June 25th, 2008 @ 5:05 pm
caskale
June 25th, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
this is sth i did trying to mix 3d and AE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE8RLWNtTas
June 25th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm
almost as important as skills in match moving is the fact, that Germany is in the finals of the Euro 2008!! ;)

and that would be really offtopic, I just couldn´t help it.

regards
Patrick
Speedbreaker
June 25th, 2008 @ 7:28 pm
Hey there,
I made a new testshoot. Because I thought always putting some text on tables is boring after a time, I tried to integrate the growing 3D Vines into live action footage (tracking that was really hard):

www.speedbreaker.de/wohnzimmerS-MB.avi

regards
Fabian
highdefw
June 25th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm
Nice job speedbreaker. It came out pretty good. You should go into AE and get rid of those tracker marks all over the walls though :P

The Bullet would have been so much easier if Andrew had provided tutorials on matchmoving, but it's always good to learn new techniques.
VFX-Anomaly
June 25th, 2008 @ 9:51 pm
Speedbreaker you are starting to turn me on!
:)
Nice job, I would like to see you do this for a few more seconds, so please do another
run at it :P
If you can...

Thanks
June 25th, 2008 @ 10:05 pm
I actually match move all of my 3d objects with a program called ReelLife,
it accepts all 3d formats and best of all: it's free!
illd
June 26th, 2008 @ 2:20 am
@speedbreaker: Respect, some impressive work!!!

How did you solve the problems with the veigns behind/in front of the wall?

Masking?
June 26th, 2008 @ 2:48 am
@jive.turkey


could you please provide a link to this reellife?

thanks!
Speedbreaker
June 26th, 2008 @ 6:49 am
@VFX-Anomaly

actually that sequence was 5 seconds longer, but max crashed as I rendered out the animation and because I rendered in hd resolution and with motion blur I was to lazy to render again. :-)

@illd
The good thing about 3D tracking is you know where everything is so you don't need masks at all. You can put some simple geometry where your walls are, put a matte material on it and you are done.
June 26th, 2008 @ 6:57 am
hey andrew PFtrack is the way to go I have used many matchmoving products and the top 2 are PFtrack and Bonjour I personally think PFtrack is way easier and user friendly to use...now for those who can't afford those products the next best option is Syntheyes
June 26th, 2008 @ 8:40 am
what ever happened to the CG Shadows tutorial?
June 26th, 2008 @ 8:40 am
Boujou 4 is amazing once you figure it out
Some Guy
June 26th, 2008 @ 9:27 am
@ Frozensmokeprod: I think Andrew will cover the part with the CG shadows in his Match Moving tutorial, because once you have a CG object in your live action footage it needs to cast shadows to look realistic. But it's REALLY easy. You just need a matte/shadow material on the floor plane where your CG object is positioned. The shadow on the (invisible) floor plane then will be rendered and you can composite it over your footage in After Effects.
drobins
June 26th, 2008 @ 6:12 pm
@Some Guy: I was going to ask that exact question about rendering the shadows cuz for the life of me I couldn't figure it out. Thanks for the explanation now I don't have to ask. I will be giving that a shot.
June 28th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
So if I understand this right, we could make camera movements with CG models to create scenes like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EOqVNSldYE (start @2min.)
The scene in the video that starts at 2:22 till 2:47 is just amazing!
Does anyone know what movie that is?

I soooo want to create something like that so badly!
June 28th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
OK, I have done some more research, and the movie is called "Swordfish" produced by Warner Bro's.

The technique used is Digital Multicam, which is an array of up to 150 digital cameras that almost photograph instantly but with fraction of seconds to make effects like in this movie:

http://www.reelefx.com/index.php?c=effect.view&id=153

I hope we can create effects like that with matchmoving techniques, than we can laugh at the people who bought so many digital reflex cameras to make array's like that.
Even though like that you have superior realilty as it comes to human movement in slow motion.
June 30th, 2008 @ 6:27 am
Anyone know about any tuts for camera tracking using PFtrack or any thing else combined with Cinema?
Rafael Guerra
July 5th, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
Hey... Remeber the movie Van Helsing?
well...they have two very nice effects: The "3d demon warp face" and of course matchmoving...
I found this on the net...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKl2Qo3fwhI

Thanks for the "Energy" tutorial Andrew,
one of the best,,,
July 25th, 2008 @ 1:44 am
So i finally got a hold on BOUJOU 4 and Cinema4D.
Can't wait for the tutorials bro.

PS: does anyone have any tuts on BOUJOU 4?? I'm very new to the program and quite frankly I can't understand that one guy on Youtube.

Andrew, you're a good man!
PEACE!
Zsolesz
July 26th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
I have a ton of trouble getting stuff to stick in the scenes I create in max. I have used boujou.In boujou works it really nice, when I place a test object in the scene, but after I export the max script, and then I imported it into 3D SMax stuff often slides around. The fps and resolution are the same, no scaling is done for the footage.
Majeed
November 5th, 2008 @ 6:45 am
Hi Andrew, when will the Twitch plugin be avaiable for MAC Motion 3?
Keep up the good work.
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