The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking

eBook - 2005
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Master the Art and Science of Matchmoving

Written by a matchmoving expert, this book is much more than a technical primer. It helps you think like a pro so that you can find the right solution for your matchmoves, no matter how tricky. You'll also find coverage of tasks that commonly go hand-in-hand with matchmoving, along with advice on the contributions you can make on the set of a live-action shoot. Whether you're a student or professional, Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking gives you the knowledge and perspective you need to quickly and successfully solve every matchmove.

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding how matchmove programs work
  • Perspective matching
  • Getting optimal 2D tracking data
  • Calibrating/solving cameras
  • Using automatic tracking
  • Fitting matchmoves into a CG set
  • Mastering matchamation techniques
  • Modeling from matchmoves
  • Troubleshooting bad matchmoves
  • Multi-purposing matchmove data

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Dobbert, a matchmover who worked on Hellboy and Sin City, describes techniques in matchmoving, the process which aligns the perspectives of real images with computer generated additions. Coverage includes strategies for 2D tracking, 3D calibration, perspective matching, automatic tracking, set fitting, and troubleshooting, and offers tutorials for understanding matchmoving software and different types of cameras. The author intends this book for visual artists whose principle task is not matchmoving, as well as for 3D animation or compositing students whom he believes can gain a competitive advantage with knowledge of these techniques. The accompanying CD-ROM contains practice exercises, printable resources, and demos of boujou bullet, SynthEyes, and MatchMover Pro software. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. ; London : SYBEX, 2005
ISBN: 9780782144031
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 v.)


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