What is SynthEyes?

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

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, zooming shots, lens distortion, light solving. It can handle shots of any resolution (Intro version limited to 1920x1080)—HD, film, IMAX, 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 and improve low-contrast shots. Textures can be extracted for a mesh from the image sequence, producing higher resolution and lower noise than any individual image. A revolutionary Instructible Assistant, Synthia™, helps you work faster and better, from spoken or typed natural language directions.

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? Don't worry, there's a big green AUTO button too. Download the free demo and see 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. Advanced customers can use the SyPy Python API/SDK.

Features

SynthEyes has an amazing feature list encompassing a wide variety of shot types, tracking methods, solving features, exports, etc.

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License Types

SynthEyes offers a variety of license types: seat, cross, floating, and educational.

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Linux

You can run SynthEyes on many Linux distributions that are popular in VFX shops (in addition to Windows and OS X).

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New 1409 Features

  • Various new user-requested features, such as cliffhanger mode for trackers hanging near the edge, per-tracker channel selection, improved play button, and auto-only tracker cleanup.
  • Synthia (1407), the revolutionary new SynthEyes Instructible Assistant productivity tool, with natural language text and voice control.

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SynthEyes On Screen

Here are some recent projects using SynthEyes:

  • Life After Beth
  • Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Major Crimes
  • Terra Nova
  • Falling Skies
  • Dark Horse, Wide Awake by Katy Perry

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Congrats on becoming an industry standard! Pretty cool!

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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#Syntheyes saves the day, again.

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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