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SteveH
12-26-2018, 10:11 AM
Hello everyone! A recent post here about comping 3D and drone footage problems got me to wondering - just how the heck is this done generally speaking!?!

I've watched some You Tube video's on tracking drone footage inside of After Effects - and that part seems easy enough. Somehow that camera track information gets exported out and brought into Lightwave to drive Lightwave's camera animation. You then render your 3D building or whatever to 32 bit pngs (I image) and bring that into After Effects to comp into the footage. Do I have that basically right? So...the key questions are how to get that camera tracking data into Lightwave and the best way to match the drone's lens settings etc? Any help you can send my way and any major things to watch out for would be greatly appreciated.

This demo reel shows what I'd like to accomplish - I'm ok with not perfect results. It would more than likely match my skill level on the 3D side of things! :D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9RqDYmMAds

Ma3rk
12-26-2018, 12:22 PM
Hello everyone! A recent post here about comping 3D and drone footage problems got me to wondering - just how the heck is this done generally speaking!?!

I've watched some You Tube video's on tracking drone footage inside of After Effects - and that part seems easy enough. Somehow that camera track information gets exported out and brought into Lightwave to drive Lightwave's camera animation. You then render your 3D building or whatever to 32 bit pngs (I image) and bring that into After Effects to comp into the footage. Do I have that basically right? So...the key questions are how to get that camera tracking data into Lightwave and the best way to match the drone's lens settings etc? Any help you can send my way and any major things to watch out for would be greatly appreciated.

This demo reel shows what I'd like to accomplish - I'm ok with not perfect results. It would more than likely match my skill level on the 3D side of things! :D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9RqDYmMAds

Take a look here:

https://docs.lightwave3d.com/display/LW2018/After+Effects

This allows you to set up a bridge of sorts to exchange the info you need between AE & LW.

SteveH
12-26-2018, 01:13 PM
Thank you for the link Ma3rk - sadly I'm using 2015.3. I should have mentioned that in my first post. D'oh!

SteveH
12-26-2018, 01:16 PM
D'oh TWICE!!
I see that feature is available in 2015 as well!!
I'll do some experimenting - thanks!

Ma3rk
12-26-2018, 02:25 PM
D'oh TWICE!!
I see that feature is available in 2015 as well!!
I'll do some experimenting - thanks!

I think it might even go back to 11.6 or even 10!

MonroePoteet
12-26-2018, 11:17 PM
In SynthEyes, just press File=>Export=>LW Scene and it writes a Lightwave scene file, including the backdrop image sequence used for the match moving and the Trackers placed onto "features" in the resolved image sequence.

Here's the SynthEyes website:

https://www.ssontech.com/

mTp

erikals
12-27-2018, 05:29 AM
DaVinci Resolve might be able to do it
https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=73186
Blender should be able to do it, then import data into LW


In SynthEyes, just press File=>Export=>LW Scene and it writes a Lightwave scene file, including the backdrop image sequence used for the match moving and the Trackers placed onto "features" in the resolved image sequence.
yes, not free, but best solution/quality

After Effects tracking quality is a bit > Meh... (or at least used to be)
for drone shots it might work alright

SteveH
12-27-2018, 08:38 AM
Thanks guys for all the suggestions - they were very helpful! I was hoping to produce a sample video to convince my company we could comp into drone footage effectively but I think just showing them this video will convince them. It looks pretty easy - and for 500 bucks it seems like a bargain. We've got a "drone guy" who flies all over the country shooting drone footage but I've only used still images to composite into. Adding actual video capability will be awesome. Thanks again!

https://www.ssontech.com/tutembed/SEtoLW.html

ianr
12-27-2018, 09:05 AM
Thanks guys for all the suggestions - they were very helpful! I was hoping to produce a sample video to convince my company we could comp into drone footage effectively but I think just showing them this video will convince them. It looks pretty easy - and for 500 bucks it seems like a bargain. We've got a "drone guy" who flies all over the country shooting drone footage but I've only used still images to composite into. Adding actual video capability will be awesome. Thanks again!

https://www.ssontech.com/tutembed/SEtoLW.html

Just to put things in order, as hinted at BMD apps. You should look at Fusion9

it has a tracker 80% as good as Synth-Eyes in its first iteration, but comps

really well & is Lwo fiendly. Kelly has Soo much tutorial stuff on Liberty 3d.com

A.E. is old skool BMD Fusion is A.E. Plug in friendly & cheap. P.S. that was 3d max

in your 1st vid with so so textures, i mean i bet they wouldn't fly closer, but it does

its job on scrolling reveal. Check out Fusion P.M. if you wish.

BTW on youtube:Fusion is on Shakespeare's London in Emmerlich's 'Anonymous' it's fab!

Ma3rk
12-27-2018, 12:13 PM
A.E. is old skool BMD Fusion is A.E. Plug in friendly & cheap. P.S. that was 3d max


What! You can use After Effects plugs in Fusion? What about scripts?

erikals
12-27-2018, 02:47 PM
yes, ofx plugins

Markc
12-28-2018, 04:11 AM
Does that mean you could use the 'video copilot' plugins in Fusion?

erikals
12-28-2018, 06:17 AM
should, if they are ofx
i don't think they are.

Ma3rk
12-28-2018, 11:41 AM
yes, ofx plugins

Ah. If they've been ported over but not directly it seems. Well, mahybe that'll happen in time.

erikals
12-28-2018, 12:42 PM
BlackMagic is really upping the game though, so wouldn't surprise me if we saw something soon https://i.imgur.com/BYFz23S.gif