Tutorials and More!

There are about 140 tutorials with over 16 hours runtime. Tutorials may show earlier versions of SynthEyes, due to the volume of tutorials and time required to create them (~1 hour per minute). Operation on the current version will generally be very similar, usually with only graphics changes and additional controls. Look for notes on the tutorial's web page to see if a related capability has been developed later.

Latest Tutorials

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Get Started!

Here's a listing of tutorials in some semblance of an educational order to get you started..

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Third-Party Tutorials

There are a number of tutorials produced by other people and companies that you may find helpful. These include long-form classroom-style instruction.

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Administrative

Tutorials on registration, authorization, and auto-update.

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Advanced Topics

These tutorials cover a wide variety of advanced topics that don't fit well in the other categories.

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After Effects

Tutorials that involve After Effects. SynthEyes has worked with AE for a long time, so these involve a wide range of versions.

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All Tutorials

One big gigantic list, around 140 of them in alphabetic order. See Chronologic Order to see them in historical order.

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Basic Techniques

Contains basic walk-throughs introducing the software.

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Chronologic Order

One big gigantic list, around 140 of them in reverse chronologic order. See All Tutorials for alphabetic order.

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Coordinate Systems

Covers various techniques for setting up coordinate systems, ie aligning the shot in the 3-D environment.

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D-I-Y Projects

Click here for do-it-yourself projects.

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Exporting

Tutorials showing exports to various 3-D packages.

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How to Shoot

Discussion and tips on how to shoot material that will be match-moved.

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Information

"White papers" and other informational pieces.

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Lens Distortion

Tutorials for lens distortion, including lens workflows and determining distortion.

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Object Tracking

Tutorials on various kinds of object tracking, including coordinate systems.

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Phases for Solving

Phases can be used to record and systematize multi-step solving strategies, and achieve some unique coordinate system effects.

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Planar Tracking

Planar tracking is a quick and simple way to track large flat areas, for example for monitor burns and billboard replacements.

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Practice Exercises

Here you'll find some shots and discussion to develop your skills.

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Stabilization

Tutorials for stabilizing shots.

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Stereo Shots

Techniques for tracking, solving, and aligning various stereo shots.

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Synthia

Tutorials about the Synthia user interface, which offers powerful problem-solving capabilities.

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Texture Extraction

How to use the texture extraction subsystem to create a texture for a mesh, or create clean plates or panoramic images.

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Tracking Techniques

Techniques for tracking, especially supervised tracking.

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Troubleshooting

Techniques for identifying problems in footage, tracking, and exports.

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User Interface

Tutorials about different features in the SynthEyes user interface, such as rooms, notes, auto-save, etc.

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Useful Products

We've listed some products you might find useful when shooting footage for match-moving.

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White Papers

Text-only background information about different topics such as lens distortion and rolling shutter.

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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Love your work too!
Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

JJ Abrams, Bad Robot

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It's the best match mover on the planet.

George Port, PRP VFX

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It's the best match mover on the planet.

George Port, PRP VFX

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It's the best match mover on the planet.

George Port, PRP VFX

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The list of projects we've used SynthEyes on would be pretty long given it's our main tracking/matchmoving software.

Grant Delahoy, Method Studios

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So you can say that Methodstudios Commercials is all done with match-moving by SynthEyes!

Grant Delahoy, Method Studios

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I use it to track a series of panoramic images, and assemble them into a pano with a camera that can be used to project it.

Johnathan Banta, Agrapha FX

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I use SynthEyes to rebuild digital actors, sets and props, create digital makeup,... I track everything. Everything is tracking.

Johnathan Banta, Agrapha FX

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I have to say I have been thrilled with the ease of use, and the results I've gotten with SynthEyes. Thanks.

Michael Goldberg, Center City Film & Video

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SynthEyes played an incredibly pivotal role and worked really well for us. Thanks for making such good software... The tutorials were very useful.

James Cunningham, Digipost

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I exclusively used SynthEyes while working on Pan's Labyrinth, and the CG Supervisor was rather continually amazed at how I was simply blowing their deadlines clean out of the water.

Scott Krehbiel

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SynthEyes is smoking fast, easy to understand and the support is phenomenal. Thanks Russ!

Sam Cole, Fuel

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SynthEyes easily is the best camera match mover and object tracker out there.

Matt Merkovich

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@anders_at_work Texture extraction in Syntheyes 2011 is awesome. It works so well it must be magic.

@BeetleCarDriver

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Syntheyes 2011 has very impressive texture extraction tool. Just pulled out virtually noise free texture. This is going to be very useful.

@BeetleCarDriver

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The texture extraction in #syntheyes 2011 has to be seen to be believed.

@BeetleCarDriver

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The Matrix tool in @SyntheyesHQ is fantastic. Nothing better for picking up high frequency perturbations in the camera path. #syntheyes

@BroadreachMedia

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VFX work today, Matchmoving with the amazing @SynthEyesHQ. Accurate and fast is how we like it!

@BroadreachMedia

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Still cant believe how much better Syntheyes is than other matchmoving software ive worked with! @SynthEyesHQ

@Matsfilms

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Every time I dig into #Syntheyes it surprises me in a good way. If I hit a wall with something, it's usually because I haven't RTFM

@MondoGhulam

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@ChrisHanel I really feel like we couldn't have gotten through the volume and difficulty of the project's tracking needs without SynthEyes.

@RyanWieber

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I love SynthEyes so much, I wanna take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant.

@RyanWieber

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I love SynthEyes so much, I wanna take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant.

@RyanWieber

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@SynthEyesHQ I love the tracker radar! It's useful AND it looks cool.

@ShadowMakerSdR

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PFHoe users should consider @SyntheyesHQ rather than piss money away on PFMatchit. <Waste of time. You cannot do better than Syntheyes.

@WeAreNIRV

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Well, @syntheyesHQ makes match moving too bloody easy.

@WeAreNIRV

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Personally, yes. SynthEyes is much faster to solve and in my opinion, more user friendly and easy to manage multiple cameras.

@aesterling

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Tricky shot needing tracking? pfft Al'l sort it, jeah! #syntheyes #lackofparallax #noprobs #smash

@circa23

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@DrTomTron You should check out SynthEyes. By far the best 3D tracking program I've ever used.

@elisabaker

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@JoelOtron syntheyes is a solid fully featured tracker, good value and fast too. It is definitely my tracker of choice.

@helloluxx

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#Syntheyes saves the day, again.

@heyscam

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@fffridge ... SynthEyes is really robust and full-featured. Vast array of export options as well

@huwbowen

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Syntheyes, and I'm tracking 30-40 shots/day at this point, with no OT.

@jarrod_avalos

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@SynthEyesHQ you're saving a lot of asses on a new Hbo series. We like your program.

@johnoconnell

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Constantly impressed at the results @SynthEyesHQ produces despite the shit footage I throw at it. #vfx #tracking

@johnoconnell

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I like the scalability of @autodesk #smoke on mac: it doesnt include all the tools such as 3D tracker but you can add the "Syntheyes module"

@juleon

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Many people mourn the old Flame 3D tracker but I can work better with Syntheyes on the side on a laptop. With clients in attendance.

@julikt

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Refreshing my Syntheyes skills today for those tracks that defy AEs Camertracker. This software flys on the Z820. AE=40 sec. SE= 5 sec. WOW!

@lasvideo

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just tracked a shot in syntheyes 2011 in 2 seconds where two other apps weren't able to get even close to a solve yesterday - Russ rocks!

@lesterbanks

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@11thIndian @MotionFX_es You should get amazing #SynthEyes which works great with #Motion5

@motionVFX

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The more I learn about Syntheyes the more I like it. #learning #syntheyes #differentwayofthinking

@natrocks

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You could just hit GO, but many of the best features in Syntheyes are like buried treasure. They take a little digging to discover.

@samuelconlogue

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/cuddles SynthEyes forever.

@toothpasta

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Syntheyes camera tracking software released on Linux!! My entire studio can now be free of Windows.

@verbal007

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@KurtisVideo Thanks Kurt! I tend to avoid the 3D tracker in AE. I use @SynthEyesHQ and it's 4000% better at matchmoving.

@SchoolOfMotion

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@SynthEyesHQ BTW, I've tested solving in PF and Synth using the exact same 2D points. SynthEyes destroys PF in every category of shot.

@Mahargmonster

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