Export to Nuke with Anamorphic Lens Distortion

Runs through the many new features of the Nuke exporter in SynthEyes 2304, including distortion export to Nuke Lens Distortion nodes (not STmaps) using overscan rendering if the Lens Workflow script has not been run; supporting both 1- and 2-pass workflows if it has. Other features include projection screens, auto-run, paste-to-clipboard, and New 3-D support.

2023-04-14. 11:20 long.

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Diagnosing Export Issues

What to look for if things don't line up after export from SynthEyes to your other applications.

2007-07-12. 6:25 long.★

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Universal Scene Description (USD) Export, with Tricks

SynthEyes 2204 introduces a powerful new exporter for the Universal Scene Description (USD) file format, which may eventually supercede the Filmbox (FBX) and Alembic (ABC) file formats. We show its operation, plus a number of helpful tricks, including using the USD Toolset for viewing and format conversion.

2022-03-30. 7:55 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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HitFilm Export Run-through

Shows the extensive capabilities of the export from SynthEyes to HitFilm Pro, including 3D meshes, planes and planar trackers, and lens distortion workflows. Uses the GoingThruPhase.zip download.

2017-04-11. 22:49 long.

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Exporting 360VR to Fusion

Shows coordinate system setup including scaling, shadow-object creation, export to Fusion, then a walkthrough of the Fusion nodes created, including (composite) 360VR camera, stabilizer path, and viewer.

2017-06-16. 17:30 long.

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Multiple Exports

Shows how to configure the SynthEyes (1209+) multiple-export control panel, so that a single menu operation can rapidly run any number of exporters. For examples, you might deliver 3dsmax, maya, and cinema 4D versions of your shots in one operation.

2012-10-05. 5:30 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 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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Exporting Spherical Screens

Shows how the Create Spherical Screen script can be used to export 360VR shots to downstream applications, including the effect of 360VR stabilization in SynthEyes. Exports to Blackmagic Design's Fusion. Full use of the 360VR result in Fusion requires a 360VR Fusion camera, perhaps Domemaster from Andrew Hazelden. Footage courtesy 360Rize.com

2016-08-24. 9:49 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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Saving Stabilization Maps

Demonstrates a way to export normal or 360VR stabilization from SynthEyes to other apps for compositing, so that the actual image manipulation is performed there. This can be done using animated image distortion maps to describe the effect of the stabilization. Here we show it with Blackmagic Design's Fusion. Footage courtesy 360Rize.com

2016-08-24. 11:22 long.

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Introduction to Modo Exports

This tutorial shows a small scene being tracked, exported to Modo, then loaded in Modo.

2009-07-31. 3:19 long.

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Fusion 3-D Comp Export

This extended tutorial shows a 3-D scene being exported from SynthEyes to fusion. There's a quick run-through of the shot being auto-tracked in SynthEyes, trackers cleaned up generically, and two meshes and a planar tracker being created. Once in Fusion, the tutorial runs through the different nodes and points out the lens distortion setup, then shows how to reconfigure for a true compositing-based insert. For more information, see "Fusion" in the "Exporting to Your Animation Package" section of the SynthEyes user manual. Source images: soccer.zip in the Example Files area. See also the "Softening Edges of Inserts" tutorial.

2015-01-31. 17:27 long.

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Softening Edges of Inserts

When 3-D objects are overlaid onto background images during compositing, the edge is often unnaturally sharp. This tutorial shows one method to soften that edge, working exclusively in Fusion on the result of the Fusion 3-D Comp Export tutorial.

2015-01-31. 6:34 long.

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Fusion Corner Pin Export

The tutorial shows 3 planar trackers being exported from SynthEyes to Fusion for a sign replacement-type usage, and runs through some details of the flow in Fusion. The tutorial continues the "Multiple 3-D Planar Trackers" tutorial. SynthEyes 1502+.

2015-01-31. 5:35 long.

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Exporting 2D Trackers to 3D Applications

This tutorial shows the use of two scripts that convert 2-D tracking data into 3-D motion-capture-style paths that can be exported to 3D applications (which generally don't know anything about 2D trackers).

2011-10-26. 7:47 long.

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A Motion 3 in 3D Example

SynthEyes can export to Motion 3 as a 3-D scene. Not only cameras and trackers can be exported, but planes as well, which appear as Drop Zones in Motion. A special script in SynthEyes adjusts the aspect-ratio of planes in SynthEyes to simplify handling in Motion.

2008-08-06. 5:06 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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Tracking then Export to Lightwave

This Quicktime movie shows a shot being tracked then exported to, and opened in, Lightwave.

2006-10-07. 2:17 long.

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Track and Stabilize, Export to Bentley Microstation

This tutorial demonstrates a complete workflow, tracking and stabilizing a shot in SynthEyes, saving the images, exporting for Bentley MicroStation, and then in MicroStation, importing the MSA file, configuring MicroStation, and dropping in a small external model. After the model is completed and textures set up in MicroStation, then next step would be to render (record) the animation.

2007-05-07. 7:17 long.

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