Here are the two first tutorial about tracking with Blender, showing you how to do Corner Pin tracking and Stabilisation as well. ENJOY my friends !! And stay tune since I’ll be releasing some scripts pretty soon which will do that “automatically” for you
If you are like me working a laptop, and don’t have any numpad, this application is for you. There is a lot of numpad apps for iphone, which basically connect to your laptop via wifi. But if you are a Blender user, this one is even better !
Beside being a numpad it is also a toolbar with shortcuts for Blender features !
Check it out, it is free and it works on Mac & PC !
In case you missed it, Blender got a GSOC this year to integrate Libmv into it. Which means by the end of the summer we should have 3D tracking available in Blender (at least in a branch if not in Trunk).
But the first step to that is to implement 2D trackers, and Sergey did already a great job for integrating this feature. I just tested it today, it is of course very new and not so stable, but we are really close to be able to do nice FX. Actually all I’m missing to start and really play is being able to use the tracking data as f-curves and re-use them into the compositor (which according to Sergey, should be enable soon).
Kiril Ivanov is doing a crazy job with After Effects ! He did create some really nice animated character using some really nice rig and stuff.
And he decide to use ft-Toolbar in his workflow to be able to animate and set his rig faster. And he also had the idea of multi-toolbar which now is fully supported in version 1.27. Checkout his video :
Create an instance of an effect with one click™. Behind the scenes the script makes a copy of the effect and links it with expressions in a way that allows the instance to be anywhere including a different comp.
It has been for a while now, but I haven’t made an official announcement about it until now. So in case you haven’t notice yet, most of my Pixel Bender filter for After Effects are available on Lloyd Alvarez’s website which is called AEScripts.com. (But There are still all open source and you can name your own price 😉 )
AEScript is a great place to find many different kind of scripts or filters which can make your life easier on a every day basis. I would encourage you to go through all the scripts & filters list to see what exists. Because you might not need all them right now, but most of it have been made to solve problem people encounter with AE, so being aware that a script exists somewhere in case one day you have an issue with After Effect is a great knowledge for a user 🙂
As for today several filters and one script which I made are available there, but again check all the other ones as well, there are all incredible!
ft-Toolbar : create your own tool bar to apply Effects, presets, scripts, … in ONE click !
ft-CombineRGBA : let you swap channels or combine them from two different sources in 32bpc
ft-Cubic Lens Distortion : (un)distort your footage with a lot of accuracy using Syntheyes algorithm. Add or erase Chromatic Aberration as well
ft-Brightness Check : show you if pixels are too bright or dark in your comp, great to check if it “Broadcast-safe”