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Motion Tracking

Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2011, 10:42pm

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futurefilmmaker

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Hey everyone,

Being the somewhat-noob I am smile , I found out last week what motion tracking was. I was wondering if there was any way in Effectslab Pro to do automatic motion tracking, or if any other Fxhome product can do that. I just don't like rotoscoping explosions and stuff in during a busy/shaky action scene, frame by frame, and coming out with results that don't totally look real.

Now I know After Effects does it, but I just spent my money on a canon t2i so I'm kind of out of dough unsure ... just wondering if there is any other way to motion track with Effectslab or if there are any cheap alternatives.

Any answers appreciated. Thanks!
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2011, 11:20pm

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Axeman

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None of the FXhome software has motion-tracking capabilities. It is the most requested feature for future versions, by far.

A tripod for your camera might be cheaper than motion-tracking software. smile I understand the potential benefits of using a hand-held camera, and that locking off every shot might not be your ideal choice. But there is also the matter of working within your budget, and compromising or adapting where necessary. And often, some camera shake can be added to locked off footage in post, if you deem it necessary.

Its also worth keeping in mind that nobody likes rotoscoping, but even with all the motion tracking software available today, there are thousands of people in the industry who make a living manually rotoscoping footage frame-by-frame, day after day. Slow, difficult, tedious work is an inevitable part of the process of visual effects work. Though motion tracking can certainly make it quicker in many cases.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2011, 2:57am

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futurefilmmaker

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Quicker and definently more accurate and realistic, to say the least. Well that stinks smile can't wait for a future effectslab version with motion tracking! I would definently upgrade to that! And yeah, I guess I'll just stick with a tripod. Just bought a very nice Velbon tripod off of ebay so I guess I should put that to use now smile