Tutorials with After Effects

Due to SynthEyes's long history with After Effects, these tutorials show many different versions of SynthEyes and After Effects. The lastest features, such as SynthEyes's After Effects-native distortion effects and Run Now capabilities, are not necessarily shown. The creation dates are listed on each tutorial.

Basic After Effects Export

Shows a shot being tracked and solved in SynthEyes, exported to After Effects, and a simple 3-D floating-text layer added. Intentionally, this tutorial does not address lens distortion, see the additional tutorials for that. Shot credit: Artbeats

2016-01-14. 8:17 long.

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One-Pass Lens Distortion Workflow with After Effects Export

Shows a shot with lens distortion being tracked and solved in SynthEyes, then the one-pass lens workflow being used and the scene exported to After Effects. The one-pass workflow produces shots with no lens distortion (ie it has been removed) for delivery to the client. Includes adding a small flag in a 3-D layer to the shot. Shot credit: Arnie Itzkowitz, Aerial Exposures.

2016-01-15. 9:04 long.

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Two-pass Lens Distortion Workflow with After Effects Export

Shows the two-pass lens distortion workflow, which allows you to composite 3-D effects over the original footage with distortion. Here, a shot is tracked and 3-D solved, then a planar tracker added before proceeding with the lens workflow and export. Shows the undistorted and redistorted comps within After Effects. Shot credit: Arnie Itzkowitz, Aerial Exposures.

2016-01-16. 14:28 long.

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Stabilization Rig Creator

The rig lets you export a shot's stabilization to 3D animation and compositing packages, so stabilized images can be generated there instead of being written by SynthEyes. The tutorial shows how rigs are created for various cases, including exports to After Effects, Fusion, and Blender in the process. Requires updated scripts!

2018-11-02. 39:03 long.

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New Lens Solving Features in SynthEyes 1806

Shows how to solve shots with more distortion distortion, such as from action cams and drones, using the cubic and quartic solving in SynthEyes 1806. Discusses how to monitor overfitting using canary zero-weighted trackers. Finally, shows exporting the scene to After Effects using the AE distortion plugin, which is updated for 1806.

2018-06-27. 23:06 long.

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3D Meshes to AfterEffects

SynthEyes can export 3D meshes to After Effects, automatically setting up a CINEWARE connection to Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D handles the 3D animation and rendering that will all match up for compositing in After Effects, using the tracking data produced by SynthEyes.

2017-08-31. 9:17 long.

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Exporting 360VR to After Effects's 3D Environment, with Cinema 4D

Shows a 360VR shot in SynthEyes being exported to the After Effects 3D environment, including the integrated export to Cinema 4D to handle the 3D meshes in the SynthEyes scene. Note that for AE to do 360VR rendering, you must have installed the cube map converter included with SynthEyes. Insta360 Pro footage. 360VR source and output posted separately.

2017-09-15. 14:52 long.

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Exporting 360VR to After Effects's 3D Environment, for 2.5 D

You can export from SynthEyes to After Effects's 3D environment to work on 360 VR shots for logo and screen insertions and other 2.5D compositing effects just within AE. You do NOT have to use Cinema 4D. This shows two ways to set up flat inserts from SynthEyes, or you can do it directly in After Effects's 3D environment. Insta360 Pro footage. 360VR source and output posted separately.

2017-09-16. 11:15 long.

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Basic 3-D Planar Tracking

An introduction to 3-D planar tracking, with a 3-D export to After Effects

2013-11-17. 9:51 long.

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Exporting a Corner Pin to After Effects

Shows a 3-D planar tracker being exported to After Effects as an animated corner pin. The 2-D export can be used for 2-D planar trackers as well. (Two-D planar trackers can not be exported into 3-D applications.)

2013-11-17. 2:50 long.

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Export and Setup in After Effects

This tutorial shows a shot being auto-tracked, a coordinate system being set up using some supervised trackers, the scene exported to After Effects, and a logo being burned in using AE's 3-D workspace. You can see the final movie /content/alienzSmaller.mov (2 MB) also.

2007-02-08. 7:45 long.

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Introduction to 360VR Stabilization in SynthEyes

Stabilization is essential for safely viewing 360VR footage from moving cameras. This introductory tutorial shows the stabilization of a 360VR sequence from an ultra-light aircraft (courtesy 360Rize), and the export of that stabilization to After Effects. This demo was presented at the 2017 NAB Show.

2017-04-28. 10:48 long.

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Applying 360VR Stabilization in AfterEffects

Shows how you can export the 360VR stabilization that you do in SynthEyes to AfterEffects, so that you can do all your 2D compositing work in AfterEffects, without having to generate stabilized images in SynthEyes. Requires plugin from the Customer-Only portion of the website(1608) or within SynthEyes(after 1608). Disabled for SynthEyes Demo. Footage courtesy of 360Rize.com

2016-08-26. 4:56 long.

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Quick Pass Through SynthEyes (part 1)

This is the first in a series of small tutorials that show SynthEyes 2011 doing some texture extraction and a Javascript export to AfterEffects. This Part One shows a basic autotracked solve and a particular coordinate system setup.

2010-11-17. 2:19 long.

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Quick Pass Through SynthEyes (part 2)

Part Two shows a 3D card being added to the scene from Part One, and a texture being extracted for the card. A lamppost gets in the way, and a cylinder is used as blocking geometry to avoid any artifact.

2010-11-17. 4:57 long.

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Quick Pass Through SynthEyes (part 3)

Part Three adds a second card containing an existing texture, then shows the scene being exported from SynthEyes and opened in AfterEffects.

2010-11-17. 3:53 long.

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AE/SE One-Pass Distortion Workflow (OLD)

Tutorial shows the manual setup of a SynthEyes Undistort node in AfterEffects, to match the distortion and scale computed by a solve followed by using the 1-pass option on the Lens Workflow button (SynthEyes Summary panel). With this setup, you can use AfterEffects to undistort your footage, rather than the SynthEyes image preprocessor.

2012-01-05. 4:30 long.

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AE/SE Two-Pass Distortion Workflow (OLD)

Shows the two-pass workflow, where a lens distortion calculated in SynthEyes is used to configure both SynthEyes Undistort and SynthEyes Redistort effects in AfterEffects. With these nodes and this workflow, you can use AfterEffects (instead of SynthEyes) to convert your distorted footage to clean footage for tracking and 3D work, generate CGI effects that match the clean footage, then use the Redistort node to composite the CGI effects back to the *original* footage, so that you can deliver footage with higher quality,

2012-01-05. 9:12 long.

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AE Undistortion by 3D Export (OLD)

Quick review to complement the other AE/SE pixel-bender tutorials. SynthEyes Undistort nodes are automatically generated as part of an export of the 3D scene from SynthEyes to AfterEffects. This tutorial shows that in action and what the result is.

2012-01-05. 3:04 long.

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AE/SE Advanced Distortion Effect (OLD)

Shows the use of SynthEyes's "Advanced Distortion" effect (pixel bender) in AfterEffects. This effect is able to reproduce the complex distortion types, including off-centering and high-order (fisheye) distortion computed by SynthEyes's lens-grid-based calibration tool.

2012-01-05. 12:05 long.

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

Matthew Merkovich

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