I don’t have a specfic prject I need this for, but does anyone know of (or fancy taking a shot at making), a 3D match moving tutorial in relation to AE?
There’s some great looking open-source stuff out there for non-profit uses, but every time I download one of the products with the view to using it with AE I lose the concept of how I’m going to use it.
I can see the benefits of Match Moving, for instance,it was used to help create the time freezing in Heroes, as the FX guys couldn’t afford a motion control rig. And I’ve used 3D camera data from Cinema4D, but I can’t seem to make the mental connection for how to apply it to real video footage.
I am planning a tutorial on that subject soon, so stay tuned. You can do a 3D Match Moving in AE using some heavy expressions, but the best choice is to use 3rd party software. I will present few of them and tell you whats the difference between them, and compare them with each other in terms of using them with AE. Stay tuned.
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Ive been trying to experiment with some 3d motion tracking/match moving but havent had much luck. I know some good 3rd party programs are Boujou, some of the Imaginner Systems’ programs and a few others.
I really want to 3d track a shot and add particular to it.
Maltaannon, your tutorials have helped a ton and Im anxiously looking forward to a tutorial on this challenge of 3d tracking!
[Algae998]“some of the Imaginner Systems’ programs”
Imagineer’s products all use planar tracking, which is subtly different than 3D/point tracking (they describe it as 2.5D tracking). 3D trackers and AE’s tracker use points to track, where as Imagineer’s programs use a plane that you define by drawing out a bezier shape to track. It’s often faster and more accurate than point tracking, but fundamentally different.
I haven’t had a chance to work with Mocha, they’re new tracking software, but my understanding of it is that you cannot create 3D camera data, which is generally what you work with in AE when match moving.
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[Darby Edelen]“Imagineer’s products all use planar tracking, which is subtly different than 3D/point tracking”
Ahh, that would explain some of the issues I had. Good to know.
But at any rate, this 3d tracking seems like a challenge but really really awesome at the same time.
Based on the videos Ive seen online (youtube), it looks like the 3d tracking works more smoothly and automatically in 3d apps, rather than AE. I suppose that all depends on the shot, the track quality and your knowledge of the program!
I was slightly surprized when I could not find any real information or tutorials for 3d tracking info being exported for use in AE. Hopefully one of these days one such tutorial will appear, until then Ill just poke around and see what kind of 3d trouble I can get myself into :).
I’ve worked with PfTrak 4.0 from Pixel Farm Company on two different projects which required some heavy 3d tracking and I can say I’ve been very pleased with the results.
I’ve worked with SynthEyes previously but PfTrack gave better results and in no time.
You can try SynthEyes because it’s a free program and it even has some video tutorials on the site to get you started. This is the site : https://www.ssontech.com/index.html , if you want to check it;)