SynthEyes Camera Tracker

What is SynthEyes? SynthEyes Screen Capture SynthEyes is a Windows, Mac, or Linux software application for 3-D camera-tracking, also known as match-moving, which is widely used in film, television, commercial, and music video post-production. SynthEyes can look at the image sequence from your live-action shoot and determine how the real camera moved during the shoot, what the field of view (~focal length) was, and where various features were in 3-D, so that you can create computer-generated imagery that exactly fits into the shot.

What can SynthEyes do for me? You can use SynthEyes to help insert animated creatures or vehicles; fix shaky shots; extend or fix a set; add virtual sets to green-screen shoots; replace signs or insert monitor images; produce 3D stereoscopic films; create architectural previews; reconstruct accidents; do product placements after the shoot; add 3D cybernetic implants, cosmetic effects, or injuries to actors; produce panoramic backdrops or clean plates; build textured 3-D meshes from images; add 3-D particle effects; or capture body motion to drive computer-generated characters. And those are just the more common uses; we're sure you can think of more.

What are its features? Take a deep breath! SynthEyes offers 3-D tracking, set reconstruction, stabilization, and motion capture. It handles camera tracking, 2- and 3-D planar tracking, object tracking, object tracking from reference meshes, camera+object tracking, survey shots, multiple-shot tracking, tripod (nodal, 2.5-D) tracking, mixed tripod and translating shots, stereoscopic shots, nodal stereoscopic shots, zooms, lens distortion, light solving. It can handle shots of any resolution—DV, HD, film, IMAX (Intro limited to 1920x1080), with 8-bit, 16-bit, or 32-bit float data, and can be used on shots with thousands of frames. A keyer simplifies and speeds tracking for green-screen shots. The image preprocessor helps remove grain, compression artifacts, off-centering, or varying lighting; improve low-contrast shots; or shoe-horn shots into available RAM for quicker handling. Textures can be extracted for a mesh from the image sequence, producing higher resolution and lower noise than any individual image.

SynthEyes offers complete control over the tracking process for challenging shots, including an efficient workflow for supervised trackers, combined automated/supervised tracking, offset tracking, incremental solving, rolling-shutter compensation, a hard and soft path locking system, distance constraints for low-perspective shots, and cross-camera constraints for stereo. A solver phase system lets you set up complex solving strategies with a visual node-based approach (not in Intro version). You can set up a coordinate system with tracker constraints, camera constraints, an automated ground-plane-finding tool, by aligning to a mesh, a line-based single-frame alignment system, manually, or with some cool phase techniques.

Eyes starting to glaze over at all the features? We have only touched the surface, see more on the main feature list. Or go download the free demo and see them for yourself.

What can SynthEyes talk to? SynthEyes is a tracking app; you'll use the other apps you already know to generate the pretty pictures. SynthEyes exports to about 25 different 2-D and 3-D programs. The Sizzle scripting language lets you customize the standard exports, or add your own imports, exports, or tools. You can customize toolbars, color scheme, keyboard mapping, and viewport configurations too. Enterprise customers can add the SyPy python programming API/SDK too.

What can SynthEyes run on? Windows, OSX, or Linux! See the system requirements. SynthEyes takes full advantage of your multi-core machine with many threaded algorithms and extensive SSE2 optimizations.

Is SynthEyes a 64-bit app? Yes! And has been for a long time. We offer 32-bit installers for older or limited machines (no 32bit Linux though).

What versions are there? Our regular Pro version, and an Intro version that is intended for students and hobbyists. For starters, download the free demonstration version.

What does it cost? SynthEyes is available for on-line purchase (resellers). See the order form for non-US$ prices, quantity pricing, and upgrade pricing. Special volume academic site licensing is available for schools. Student?

Pricing

SynthEyes Intro for Windows 299 US$    Single seat license, download
 
SynthEyes Intro for Mac 299 US$    Single seat license, download
 
SynthEyes Pro for Windows 499 US$    Single seat license, download
 
SynthEyes Pro for Mac 499 US$    Single seat license, download
 
SynthEyes Pro for Linux* 499 US$    Single seat license for Linux, download
 
SynthEyes Pro Cross-platform* 649 US$    Single seat license for PC, Mac, or Linux*, download
SynthEyes Pro Floating 999 US$    Floating license for PC, Mac, or Linux, download. License manager required.
SynthEyes License Manager 250 US$    Floating license manager. One required per site for any number of floating licenses.

*: Cross-platform version is for installation on either a Windows PC or a Mac or a Linux machine. Installation on more than one is permitted only under very specific conditions, never for use by more than one person.

Have questions? Don't be shy. Email support@ssontech.com.