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dogs_dinner
01-16-2006, 04:28 AM
HI,

erm i hope this is the right place for this.....

I'm been asked to animate a 3d character moving through some existing video footage and was wondering if anyone could recommend any reasonably priced motion tracking software that will work well with Lightwave to work out the camera position/movement?

I hope this makes sense.

Thanks.

M

Red_Oddity
01-16-2006, 05:29 AM
Synth Eyes, basically does what Boujou and Matchmover does but with a pricetag even a hobbiest can pay ($400).

http://www.ssontech.com/

Offcourse, no software will repair mistakes you make while shooting you BG plates, so here's a nice list of do's and dont's

http://www.fxguide.com/article209.html
http://www.fxguide.com/article212.html

dogs_dinner
01-16-2006, 08:29 AM
Thanks Red_0ddity thats what I needed to know

Korvar
01-16-2006, 11:28 AM
There's also Pixel Hoe (http://www.thepixelfarm.co.uk/contentfull.aspx?content=pfhoe.htm), which is the entry-level version of their more expensive tracking apps. I've used it, and, well, basically, it works.

Here's one I did earlier (http://www.korvar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Pictures/albums/Movies/vegascow4.avi)

KSTAR
01-16-2006, 12:18 PM
If you go to amazon.com type in the phrase matchmoving and it will bring up a book by that title the author is Tim Dobbert. Its a great book and even comes with some demo software. Syntheyes is not directly used in the book for examples but the theory is the same for almost any match moving software.

Syntheyes by the way has demo version you can try out :thumbsup:

pureandapplied
01-19-2006, 04:40 AM
Synchronicity, I just read an email about this on the DLF mailing list (http://www.dlf.org.au) .

Try this mob: http://www.digilab.uni-hannover.de/index.html
from the screenshots and demo movies it looks pretty good, and it's free!

dogs_dinner
01-19-2006, 08:09 AM
Cheers guys for the info.

I'm going to give pixel Hoe a go as it's mac friendly

Red_Oddity
01-20-2006, 04:57 PM
Does anyone know whether or not Icarus is still available, that was a pretty decent (non commercial free license) tracker.

Triple G
01-21-2006, 11:56 PM
Icarus was bought out by Pixel Farm and turned into a commercial product, now called PFTrack (http://www.thepixelfarm.co.uk/products/products.aspx?PID=3)

With a retail price of roughly $6000 USD, it's not exactly a hobbyist's (or even a freelancer's) tool anymore. :thumbsdow

Red_Oddity
01-23-2006, 07:02 AM
Icarus was bought out by Pixel Farm and turned into a commercial product, now called PFTrack (http://www.thepixelfarm.co.uk/products/products.aspx?PID=3)

With a retail price of roughly $6000 USD, it's not exactly a hobbyist's (or even a freelancer's) tool anymore. :thumbsdow

Hmmm...i wasn't aware it actually became PFTrack...does PFHoe use the same 'engine'?

pooby
01-23-2006, 07:32 AM
I can't recommend Syntheyes enough.. It's marvellous and easy to use

Lightwolf
01-23-2006, 09:43 AM
I can't recommend Syntheyes enough.. It's marvellous and easy to use
...that makes at least two of us. I've used in in two feature films so far, and it rocks!

Cheers,
Mike

m.d.
01-23-2006, 12:04 PM
syntheyes is kickass....
pf hoe is the same engine as pftrack, just your restricted to automatic tracking and quite a bit less features....
vodoo tracker dosn't have a lw export at this time....

RedBull
01-23-2006, 12:38 PM
Voodoo does have Lscripts for Export....
You can PM me for them if you need them...
The next version should have native LW support.
But i have Lscripts to do it now.

m.d.
01-24-2006, 11:46 AM
i just PM'd you redbull
thanks for the info, i wasn't aware there were any Lscripts out there for voodoo import :thumbsup: