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Camera tracking workflow?
show user profile  Westcoast13
Title says it all!

If you have a video that you want to composite 3d elements into, what's your workflow? I've watched several tutorials and the methods all involve third party software. Is that the case or can max (just upgraded to 2014) do it all itself?

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7/28/2013 8:09:36 PM (last edit: 7/28/2013 8:09:36 PM)
show user profile  Dmaxer
if youve only got a one video to do I would download the demo of nukex mate the tracker in it is great :)

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7/28/2013 8:28:31 PM (last edit: 7/28/2013 8:28:31 PM)
show user profile  digital3ds
agreed ^

If it needs to be tracked I prefer nuke. There is also a way to get 3ds max planes to read in aE as solids, and with the max camera along for the ride, theres no need for any motion tracking! Just switch out the newly created solid with other objects!!!
- Mike Sawicki

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7/28/2013 9:28:30 PM (last edit: 7/28/2013 9:28:30 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Here's an old test I did with matchmover(comes with Max).
The mech on the table is 3d.
Youtube made it look more jumpy than it is.
Anyway if you have max you have matchmover.

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7/29/2013 6:49:16 AM (last edit: 7/29/2013 6:51:48 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
As always this is going to be a bigger project than I expected. Thanks for the responses fellas.

Not sure i will be convincing work to buy software just yet so matchmover might be the way forward.

Thanks for the comments, I'll post progress if/when I make some!

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7/29/2013 7:14:19 AM (last edit: 7/29/2013 7:14:19 AM)
show user profile  donvella
thought matchmover came with maya

which version of max you have im looking for matchmover

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7/29/2013 9:21:31 AM (last edit: 7/29/2013 9:21:31 AM)
show user profile  Dmaxer
matchmovers been in max for ages if I remember right

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7/29/2013 11:35:58 AM (last edit: 7/29/2013 11:35:58 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I believe it's one of the subscription extras.

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7/29/2013 11:45:38 AM (last edit: 7/29/2013 11:45:38 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Yes third party software, certainly not inside the 3d app.
PFtrack is a good un

- create a sequence from the footage
- undistort that footage (you might get away with not doing it but you should) In a compositor or possibly the tracking program
- track it in external tracking program, pftrack, syntheyes, matchmover (never tried it in nuke!)
- export camera and nulls into 3d program
- view the footage through the imported camera (horrible in max)
- comp the renders back over the footage in compositing program

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7/29/2013 1:36:21 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 1:36:21 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Great info - thank you Simon. That's exactly what i was looking for. :)

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7/29/2013 1:53:40 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 1:53:40 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
If you have a recent After can 3D track in it...then use state sets to go back and forth from AE to MAX...etc.

3D tracking is definitely not the 'black magic' it used to be....
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7/29/2013 2:46:43 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 2:46:43 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
We've got AE CS5 here. That sounds good as I'm going to be under pressure to do this using only software that we already own!

I'll Google 'state sets' next... Noob alert! :/

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7/29/2013 2:57:53 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 2:57:53 PM)
show user profile  donvella
Cheers Jim just what I was looking for

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7/29/2013 3:16:05 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 3:16:05 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Westie - AE CS5 I do not think has the 3D tracking built in....its only built into CS6 and later.....afaik.

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7/29/2013 3:29:18 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 3:29:18 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Doh! Typical!

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7/29/2013 3:33:18 PM (last edit: 7/29/2013 3:33:18 PM)
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