So I don’t do too much camera and object tracking in C4D, and when I do, I usually have good footage to start with. But a client has bought this BAD stock footage of a plane flying by: shot with a handheld camera, no real environment data to track the camera motion, no focus distance data (or any other data) at all, a plane that flies by at high speed shot at 25 fps and at low shutter speed, so the plane is more motion blur than plane, and the cherry: with the sun right behind the plane, so there’re flares all over… basically a nightmare. And he wants me to put his logos and such on the plane, and only wants it if it looks 100% real.
In order to see if I could get a decent result, I spent 4 hours manually tracking specific points on the plane as best I could to ensure I had more than 7 tracking points at any given time. But when I run the solve, it only solves 1/3 of it all, and VERY badly at that.
Of course, I wasn’t expecting a great solve, but I was expecting at least to have something covering the entire clip, and close enough that I might manually tweak it after. But I’m getting results akin to simply tracking the plane by sight.
Anyway, before I get back to my client and tell him it’s impossible to work with the shot he’s given me, I wanted to post it here in case anyone can pinpoint what I’m clearly not seeing, or point me toward any resource that might help me figure out how to get a decent track.
Any advice will be HIGHLY appreciated! 🙏
P.S. I’ve had to compress the footage into medium quality JPGs, otherwise I couldn’t have uploaded it here. But I guess that doesn’t matter anyway, as the tracking points are what’s important.
I would try After Effects’ camera solver and export to c4d. And then I would give up. It’s probably not possible. Find better footage maybe if it’s stock. If the footage is that bad idk, maybe he pirated it or something. Are they that sold on that particular footage? Do they want to make it look like they own the plane or something. Idk all of it sounds meh.