Motion Tracking, After Effects, and CINEMA 4D Lite

The workflow to add 3D objects into your already-shot footage.

by Chris and Trish Meyer (Crish Designs)

After Effects features a 3D Camera Tracker that examines already-shot footage and attempts to reverse-engineer where the camera was during the shot, creating a 3D camera to match. This allows you to add new objects in 3D space that match the movement and perspective of the underlying footage.

After Effects has a limited 3D implementation of its own that allows you to add text and shapes, but the real fun comes when you can add a fully rendered 3D model of an object into the scene. There are several… Read Full Tutorial here.

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NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock
CEO/CTO

 

 

 

 

 


Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. Anamorphic lens announcements from Everyone, Zooms from Cooke and Angenieux to primes from Zeiss and Vedrya

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fusion 8 on the Mac- Much Like Resolve, Fusion maybe the future.
Teranex Mini Converters – Wrapping up the Teranex engine inside an entire converter line creates a toolset that no one else has.
URSA Mini, Weighs and costs less, but just as powerful, A true low-cost camera option for many wanting to start shooting 4k/

LaCie's Rugged RAID

LaCie’s Rugged RAID

 

LaCie’s Rugged Raid and G-Technology’s
Ruggedized Thunderbolt Drive enclosures.

 

 

 

 

QNAP Thunderbolt Networking NAS
LaCie’s NAS Pro with one button Setup.
Barco 3D Laser Projection
HP’s Z32 Dreamcolor 4K Monitor
Sony’s New 4K OLED
Flanders Scientific showing a complete LUT pass thru on new 24” 1080p OLEDs
Video Devices PIX-E series 4K recorders set new standard for on-board recording capability and should give Convergent Design some competition.

Shure Retro Microphones

Shure Retro Microphones

 

SHURE’s New line of Retro Microphones for iOS,
high-quality design, really weight and the Shure Brand
makes these a must have addition for Podcasting.

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. Nothing was that surprising- Most of the best releases came in the 10days prior to NAB. BlackMagicDesign only company to really show an almost indecently large (33) number of product announcements.

Blackmagic camera

Blackmagic camera

Blackmagic camera on mini sports car

Blackmagic camera on mini sports car

Side view of Blackmagic camera

Side view of Blackmagic camera

 

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. 4K is here to stay, 3D is still here kicking around and is not about to go away anytime soon. I think the biggest trend is one towards better pixels and not more of them, it is why the HDR demo’s are so compelling to look at.

NABShow 2015 – and that’s a wrap

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NAB: an event where content creation, management, commerce, consumption, distribution and delivery rule; large social arena to meet friends (new and vintage); a site to buy and sell content; a venue where one can acquire valuable tools and techniques from industry experts.

While touted as a must-attend event, it’s not always possible to drop by one of the largest trade shows in our industry. From launching a new site, keeping busy with jobs (that’s a good excuse to have!), clients, and a myriad of other obligations, you sometimes have to forego where you want to be for where you need to be. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a little insight into what this year’s NAB was all about so we spoke with a few attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

 

Larry Jordan: Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer (larryjordan.com)
Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it. Storage needs are increasing exponentially. Read all Larry’s comments:

 

 

 

Alex Dow

Alex Dow

 

Alex Dow: Marketing Director (zaxwerks.com/products/proanimator)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I found that as far as software goes the newest innovation is an AE plug-in called Paint and Stick. It’s created by the AE Scripts guys and will be released soon. It’s really crazy that you can paint on your 3D scene in real-time directly inside of After Effects. Read all Alex’s comments:

 

 

 

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster

 

Jeff Foster: Author, Producer, VFX Artist/Compositor and Trainer (Pixelpainter.com)
Q. When asked various questions about the show, here’s what Jeff had to say.
A. LOL – I might be biased, but my answer to all those questions would be: Drones, drones, new drones, drones.

 

 

 

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Eran Stern

Eran Stern

 

Eran Stern: Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer (sternfx.com)
Q. What was the biggest surprise of the show?
A. I guess it’s hard to ignore what ‘Blackmagic Design’ is doing to the industry. Each year coming up with dozens of new gear and improvements, some of it for free, is something quite unique even in this industry. I’m not sure what their higher purpose goal is, but the development speed of those guys is very impressive, and it looks like their tools are working as advertised. Read all Eran’s comments:

 

 

 

Ben Balser

Ben Balser

 

Ben Balser: Apple Certified Trainer (finalcutprox.guru/)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively. Read all Ben’s comments:

 

Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley

 

Peter McAuley: Senior Product Manager (borisfx.com)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer. Read all Peter’s comments:

 

 

Paul Babb: President/CEO (maxon.net)
Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. As you can probably imagine, I never got away from my booth or meetings to see anything around the show.
For us, the news was our outstanding group of motion graphics, vfx and viz artists sharing their creative approaches and production techniques streaming live from the show. You can see the list of guest artist presenters we hosted on C4DLive.com. Among our group were two Emmy Award and one Oscar winners, recent SXSW Award Winners, etc. We’ll be posting their recorded presentations there and on Cineversity.com in the next few weeks.

I’m a little jaded as far as what was hot and future trends. For me, what artists are producing with the tools is far more interesting than the “potential” new industry-changing tool or new number of pixels (4K, 8K, 16K, etc.). That’s why we feature artists in our booth rather than C4D itself.

 

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

 

Gary Adcock CEO/CTO
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery. Read all Gary’s comments:

 

 

 


MarkSpencer

Mark Spencer: Author, Trainer (rippletraining.com)
The show was great. On Tuesday, Steve Martin and I presented in front of a packed house of over 1,000 people, interviewing the editor of Focus and demonstrating new features of , and showing off some of our products. I don’t think I can be of much help on your questions because the only time I spent on the show floor was to walk to and from one of my presentations that I made on the floor on Wednesday. Most of my time was spent teaching or giving presentations or preparing and I had very little time to explore the show.