Blender 3.0 for Production – 2D & 3D Tracking Workflow – 09 Advanced Camera Tracking Workflow

In todays lesson we will dive into the Camera-Tracking Workflow of a scene inside Blender 3.0 . You will learn about “good and bad trackers”, solving strategies, build a reconstruction scene and most important, how to get your solve error down.

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Blender 3.0 for Production – 2D & 3D Tracking Workflow – 09 Advanced Camera Tracking Workflow

In this tutorial series, we will talk about Blender as a solution for 3D Camera and Object Tracking. Step by Step you will learn how to use Blender for preparing your footage in the Video Sequence Editor (VSE) and getting used to the Movie Clip Editor. Then we will cover the important fundamentals of 2D-Tracking in Blender and also some use-cases for directly using these data. Then we build upon these 2D-Tracks and start solving a 3D-Camera and talk about good and bad tracks, nodal shots, tricks like offset-tracking, joining of tracks, and analyzing solve problems. In the final tutorials, we will finish with Object-tracking for props replacement. After this tutorial series, you have a solid understanding of Blender’s Camera and Object Tracking and how to use the solved data inside of Blender or in other applications like Maya, Cinema, or Houdini.

These topics are covered in this tutorial:

Setting up the Tracking Sequence

Learn to analyze a shot for tracking

Rules for good and bad trackers

Making the default tracking settings

2D track the main trackers

Tracking Graph / Tracking Dope Sheet

Solver Panel

Setting the keyframes

Understanding the Solve Error

Interpreting the Solve Error Graph

Sorting with the Solve Error

Checking for suspicious trackers

Setting the correct Camera data

Finding the correct focal length

Solver Pie menu

Refine Focal Length

Optical Center

Lens Distortion

Display undistorted plate

Generate a scene setup

Activate display options for trackers

Setting up the floor

Setting up orientation axis

Setting up a scale reference

Solving helper trackers

Zero-weight trackers

Color Presets for trackers

Blocking out a helper object

Making a viewport playblast

Using DJV2 as animation player

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Be aware, that these files are included in my Patreon 😉

This tutorial series „Blender for Production“ focuses on Blender as a full Production Suite for (Indie) 3D- & VFX Productions. In these tutorials, I will explain how to work with the different Modules of Blender and how they are connected. I will give you an introduction to the specific functionalities, but also the production context and workflows, which can help you to use Blender in your productions. 

As a Senior 3D & VFX Trainer, Helge Maus teaches 3D- & VFX Applications for 20 years. His focus lies on VFX, but he also works with many studios and agencies from different visualization areas. He focuses on Houdini FX, Blender, and NUKE for his daily work and training.

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