Match-Moving Tutorials and More:
Learning Camera Tracking

Online Video Web Tutorials
Other Web Tutorials
FAQs
Practice Exercises
Build-It-Yourself Projects
Useful Commercial Products
Recommended Books
Training DVDs

FAQs

Practice Exercises

  • Uphill. Automatic and supervised tracking.
  • 1905 San Francisco. Supervised tracking, moving-object tracking, interesting way to set relative scales.
  • Apollo 16 Lunar Rover. Inspired by Magnificent Desolation but featuring actual HD NASA imagery, an excellent "final exam."

Other Web Tutorials

Build-It-Yourself Projects

Useful Commercial Products

  • Red/cyan anaglyph glasses from American Paper Optics work very nicely, see 3dglassesonline.com.
  • Advanta-Jib Lite - a brilliant 4' - 10' jib system that provides manual camera pan and tilt control! You can create complex camera moves that look like they must have been done with a sophisticated electronic camera head. But because this is a (clever) mechanical system instead, the cost is quite reasonable.
  • Kenyon Laboratories - makers of Kenyon gyros such as KS-6 for stabilizing shots from helicopters. Hint: takes two, at right angles, for full stabilization.
  • Aerial Exposures offers multi-gyro stabilization platforms using Kenyon gyros. Also offers aerial HD/Red video services in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area.
  • Stickypod - a nifty collection of affordable (starting under $100) camera mounts for shooting from cars and other vehicles. 
  • Spiderbrace - simple and inexpensive camera braces for more stable shooting with today's smaller camera sizes.

Our Recommended Books:




Comments on Dobbert's book from SynthEyes customers: "I am half way through this book and it is amazing!!!" and "The book's great! Well written and a nice mix of theory and practical examples."

The subtitle on "Setting Up Your Shots" is "Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know" — which is a lot more to the point. This is a nice visual guide to the different moving-camera shots, a when and why guide to moving the camera (it leaves the how to other nitty-grittier books). If you'd like a more kinetic look to your work, this is a great collection of ideas.

And of course you've got to love Star Wars, this is an extensive behind-the-scenes look at how the visual effects were done. See the VFX World review. And he's a SynthEyes customer too!

Training DVDs

Tim Dobbert has put together three training DVDs, available through The Gnomon Workshop. Several software packages are used; the third DVD includes material on SynthEyes.

There's a nice course on camera blocking and staging that includes a lot of material on planning moving-camera shots, from Hollywood Camera Work. Also see their resources page for information on dollies and cranes.

 

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