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  • Camera Tracker CS6 ProAnimator 6

     Robert McGowan updated 8 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • Robert McGowan

    July 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hi there any news about getting ProAnim to work with the CS6 camera tracker –

    tips tricks anything I’ve hit a brick wall

    otherwise I’m going to have to see about buying Element 3D instead ?


  • Matt Rhodes

    July 20, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Hi Robert.

    I spent some time this morning looking at AE’s camera tracker.
    The following is a quick tutorial on how to use PA (or the Invig) with AE’s camera tracker.
    I’ll be brief. Feel free to ask questions once you’ve looked at everything.

    Step 1:
    – Create a Comp and bring in the footage which has the camera to be tracked.
    – For my example, I used a short video of my daughter.
    – Select the footage in the Comp and track the camera. AE will do its thing.

    Step 2:
    – The tacker will create a bunch of tracked points. I decided to place the 3D name “Callie” on the pumpkin.
    – I select three points on the pumpkin and see the target that represents a plane through the points.
    – I could move the target around, but it’s in a good spot, so I’ll place the ProAnimator word there.

    Step 3:
    – I need to create a camera from the tracked data, but I also want something to track with ProAnimator, so I created a solid.
    – I name the Solid “track me.”
    – I could have created a NULL, but a solid is easier to see in the scene.

    – The solid is created right on the target. I rotate it a bit so that it’s oriented on the pumpkin better.

    Step 4:
    – I created a 2D Solid and applied the ProAnimator effect. I created a New Scene.
    – I open the ProAnimator Options (Set-Up) window.
    – I created some 3D text and put a shadow catcher plane behind it.
    – I’ll use PA’s lights, so I set up the lights so that the shadow projects as I want it.
    – I added a Warp track so that it will look like it’s stuck to the pumpkin.

    – I click OK to close the PA Set-Up window. I now have everything I need to track the name “Callie” to the Solid layer in AE.

    Step 5:
    – I select the “Use Comp Camera” checkbox in the ProAnimator effect. (DON’T FORGET THIS PART)
    – I then select the “track me” layer as an External Tracker. I’ll use this inside the PA Set-Up window.

    Step 6:
    – Inside the PA Set-Up window, I select the first Pose of “Track.1.”
    – I then select “External Tracker 1” as the Parent of the Pose.
    – This tells ProAnimator to move the entire animation of Track.1 to be oriented in the same way as our Solid in the AE Comp.

    – I click OK and see that it has indeed tracked to the Solid. It’s just too small.

    – Inside the PA Set-Up window, I adjust the Scale of that Pose so that it’s about two times larger.
    – Much better.

    – I hide the AE Solid I’m using as a tracker and, voila! The name “Callie” looks stuck to the pumpkin.

    Final render:
    – It could use a little work, but the tracker did a great job. You can see the results by clicking here.

    Final project:
    – If you’d like to see the AE project, you can do so by clicking here.
      (AE CS6 and ProAnimator 6 required)

  • John Urman

    July 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you so very much, Matt!
    The clarity and usefulness of your post should be a guide for all!
    This very question was on my mind and I vaguely thought these would be the steps. Your post will encourage more experimentation with this fine product.

  • Robert McGowan

    July 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Hey Matt

    thanks a million for the great advice, I was concerned for a while about the compatibility with the camera tracker as it’s such an important feature for me, much appreciated



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