2D Tracking Tutorials with Blender

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


Corner Pin Tracking

 

 

2D Stabilization (new tutorial)

 

2D Stabilization (old tutorial)

See also :

  • 2D tracking tutorial : http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/q/tracking/

ft-Toolbar Tutorial

From AETuts+ :

“In this Quick Tip we will learn how you can create your own toolbar and customize it to your own liking… you can download the script from aescripts and the footage from here.”

 

You can watch the tutorial here : http://ae.tutsplus.com/tutorials/workflow/enhanced-your-workflow-ft-toolbar-a-customizable-toolbar-script/

 

 

 

Blender Keypad for iOS

Introduction

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 !

 

Screenshots

blender keypad shortcuts
blender keypad numpad

Download

http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/blender-keypad/id430784289?mt=8#

Blender VFX : 2D Tracking

Here we are finally !!! It’s coming !

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).

Exciting days are coming my friends 🙂

 

 

First Screencast

 

 

blender camera tracking test from Fish on Vimeo.

Camera tracking integration – Step 1 from Sergey I. Sharybin on Vimeo.

 

How to play with it ?

You will need to get a version of blender which is build against the Tomato branch in the SVN. You can build it yourself, or try to find one at Graphicall

To build it yourself, I recommend you to follow those following tutorials :

  • Building Blender : Windows , Mac OSX (wiki , blenderCookie), Linux
  • Checkout this sources (instead of trunk) from SVN : https://svn.blender.org/svnroot/bf-blender/branches/soc-2011-tomato/

VFX Pipeline & workflow

Here are some great reads about different pipeline & workflow :

Kiril Ivanov animation in After Effects using ft-Toolbar

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 :

Plugins & Scripts for After Effects at AEScripts.com

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”
  • ft-Technicolor : mimic a 2-strip & 3-strip technicolor process
  • ft-Filmic Contrast : a one click contrast filmic looking using Perlin Gain.
  • ft-UVPass : re-texture directly in After Effect
  • ft-Clamp : clamp pixels value between defines one. Perfect to solve blending mode issue with 32bpc comp
  • ft-PPass2Matte : use a Point Pass to create 3d masks
  • ft-Auto White Balance : color balance in one click footages which had a bad white balance at the shooting time
  • ft-Vignetting : add a vignette effect to your comp

Please if you use them, let me know or post comment, show us what you did with it 🙂

VFX Artist, TD Pipeline, Matchmover, in love with VFX, geek with Computer Vision stuff