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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Geeking Out: Motion Tracking

I've spent much of my day working on some special effects shots for an upcoming product. The other few hours were devoted to meetings.

I realize that you likely don't care much about motion tracking--or even know precisely what it is. But for me, it has been a thorn in my side for this project for quite some time.

But no more.

Today I found a bit of freeware that allows me to do--in a matter of minutes--something I was unable to perfect after dozens of hours of trying.


In the video below I give you two examples. The first is from when I painstakingly tried to match the movement by hand. Several hours of work and a ton of eye strain. To add insult to injury, the motion isn't very good. The graphic "slides" all over the screen and is obviously added in post.

The second clip was produced in a couple of minutes by some free software I found today. Not only was is super easy (I pushed a couple buttons), but the motion is much, much smoother. Granted, it's not on par with the digital magic of ILM, but it's pretty impressive for freeware:

Motion Tracking Examples

I'm super excited.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father


chapman55k said...

I am super excited about this, too! Actually, I do this thing for a living and after 25 years I cannot believe the still pay me for this kind of thing. Congrats! GREAT video, too. Especially if it is your first pass at this.

Luke Holzmann said...

For some reason I feel like I had no idea you did video graphic work, Ken. How did I miss that? Or did I just forget? <sheesh> My mind...

Thanks for the encouragement <smile>. I'm really excited about this product!



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