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Question: Quickest way to track a camera?

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Hey folks!

I've been looking into some camera tracking tools and was curious what most people were using these days? 

The last time I tracked a camera in Maya was when Maya Live was a thing... so quite a bit ago!

I've played with Blender's camera tracking a bit and it seems okay, but I'm curious if anyone else has a tool they LOVE that they'd recommend?

Cheers!

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I'd almost definitely do any camera tracking in After Effects or Nuke.

The base functionality for Camera Tracking in After Effects is pretty decent but it has a number of plugins as well like Mocha or Element 3D for After Effects. Mocha has a plugin that comes packaged directly with AE CC if you don't want to buy the stand-alone.  I can't speak to Nuke's capabilities as much but maybe @haley can illuminate it some more. 

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43 minutes ago, joaquin said:

I'd almost definitely do any camera tracking in After Effects or Nuke.

The base functionality for Camera Tracking in After Effects is pretty decent but it has a number of plugins as well like Mocha or Element 3D for After Effects. Mocha has a plugin that comes packaged directly with AE CC if you don't want to buy the stand-alone.  I can't speak to Nuke's capabilities as much but maybe @haley can illuminate it some more. 

Cool - does the version of Moca that comes with AE CC also export camera data?

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On 5/4/2018 at 3:53 PM, Jason said:

Cool - does the version of Moca that comes with AE CC also export camera data?

I think the version that comes with AE can only export 2D tracking data, if you need the pro version of Mocha I think to get a 3D camera tracking FBX exported out. 

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3DEqualizer seems to be the one that "the big boys" use, but if you ask me that's not always the best reason to pick your tool of choice...

Give SynthEyes a go. It's developed by a single person (Russ Andersson) who basically seems to have dedicated his life to tracking. The results are pretty amazing. I haven't used it myself in years, but there was an "auto" button in there that actually worked. 

It does object tracking now as well, and deformation tracking, and hierarchical tracking... Pretty amazing, seems I should look into it myself again... 🙂

It also plays really nicely with other applications. Has a Python API, etc.

Wouldn't be bad to have a tracking solution on the platform. Especially in VFX, having a track for every shot is pretty much a given now. 

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Hi @Pieter !

I'll have to check out syntheyes - sounds good!  we might have to ask him about getting that on the platform!  thanks for the tip. :)

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I agree with Pieter, 3DEqualizer seems to be what the guy who do tracking for a living seems to use and like. I've seen crazy stuff come from synthEyes, so that's worth looking into. There is also a 3D camera tracker in Cinema 4D which seems like its prettry good, for what it is. From what I understand they did a pretty big upgrade to it in R20. So it might also be worth checking out. 

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