David introduced us to a match mover application and showed us how to create a 3D character by using match mover and 3Ds max. He already had a short 5sec clip, consist of 125 frames and 3D character walk through the clip.
He advised us to make a sort clip of 5 seconds to make our own video therefore I took the camera and went outside to record a few clips. When recording was finished I watched through all videos and chose one that I liked most. I used After effects to transfer my chosen clip into JPEG, render and export it. Now I had 215 separate pictures.
I opened up a match mover app and change setting for further work in 3D max. (Match Mover – Preferences – 3D Up Axis – Z)
After that, I load my frames by using – load sequence button and run through the video to see how it looks like. ( it is important to select the first frame before importing – 000 and set frame rate to 30fps.
When I run my video the icon on the bottom of right side tells me the amount of frames video consist. Now its time for automatic tracking. By clicking tracking button the automatic tracking starts immediately.
When tracking is finished, before next step, video must be moved back to first frame. To see all the parameters, click on the top window button and select the window parameters option. Also make sure the video view set to full screen (
On the left hand side we see tracks points appear after automatic tracking. Green – good tracking , yellow – %50/%50 and bronze – bad tracking.
It is important to make sure you have a straight line from origin to X and from origin to Y, also we need to set a distance from origin to X therefore when filming, need to measure the real distance and after will be easier to insert an object onto that space. Distance set in inch.
If everything well done, clip is now ready to be exported into 3d max application. If something went wrong, message will appear at the middle of the screen saying – cannot use coordinate system: some 3D points have not been computed. Export video by clicking the export button. Save composition as 3D studio max (ms) file. Video is now ready for edit in 3D max.