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Honshu-Summer 2010, Camera Mapping


julj writes:

I feel like a noob compared to some of the artwork posted here but I needed to share this project anyway. I used my pictures from our trip to Japan in July 2010 and the camera mapping possibilities offered by the open source 3D animation software Blender. I hope you will like the result!

Honshu-Summer 2010


  1. Hi, Nice work but some scenes are perfectibles and the last one with the water is not realistic, in this case, you shold remove the water texture (or remove the reflections on it) and add or replace by a plane with water material (refraction, reflections..).
    I did a camera mapping a few months ago, you can see it there Sorry for the vertical orientation, I took the picture in this position. :S

  2. Wow great work! I really like the one around 1:35 and the final one. Just one thing: at the last one you can see the building's reflection in the water is starting to bend, still great job!

  3. I just did the same thing, but not as great as this. That is a serious amount of roto, and in Gimp! Oh my aching hands, makes me weary just thinking about it.
    I like the roofs shot the best, a very dramatic fly in (street scene of shops is good too). A few screens of geometry would be cool.

  4. Excellent. I don't think you're are much a noob as you claim.
    Was this for personal use, or exploring Blender, or portfolio/self-marketing?

  5. This is really awesome, its really subtle but it really gives your photos life. Thanks for sharing.

    Makes me want to give it a go with some photos I have.

  6. Great job !

    I use camera projection ( with XSI ) at work on many publicity and feature film. It's a cool way to get fast and amazing result without to have to modeling , shading and texturing everything. It's can save many hours and days of work (if you have good the picture or mattepainting for it). Very happy to see great result in Blender. Has ICandy said , the reflection in water look weird. You probably have to erase the reflection in photoshop ( or gimp ) and recreate it in 3D. I think you can get more impressive result by giving more extrem camera movement ... but it's more of work.

    If you want to see one project i"m working on couple of years ago :

    Not my best project (low budget and not alot of time) but in this one I use this technics a lot.
    A mix on full CG , camera mapping(each time you are in the air) and real footage.

    good job anyway!

  7. Very nice.
    If I could add a suggestion it would be to have the shot moving before and after the cut so the image we see is never static.

    Overall though, well done.

  8. Pyroevil, that is really nice work with Montreal. How did you get the shots in the air? If you camera mapped those you needed some stills to work with. Where did those come from?

  9. Thank TerraChild and JS.

    I did this at Fake-Studio (Montreal).
    A nice little studio with talented artist.

    For the shot in the air we got some footage
    filmed from a helipcoter. But the helicopter can't go near building and he stay far away of them ( really far ... ). We did the jonction between the really far away helicopter footage and ground footage.

  10. Ghost in the Shell song \o/

    That's pretty amazing. I really enjoyed seeing it, not to mention to listen to the music.

    Congratulations man. ;)

  11. Isn't the soundtrack from ghost in the shell? Sounds really like it :)
    Nice thing too see some mapping about Japan
    Good work

  12. Cool! Great! My favourite is the one with the umbrella lady, its really good :) You should do a tutorial for those of us that don't know how to do it :)

  13. Very nice! A lot of work done!
    I liked almost all except some flat trees (it's almost impossible to make it with camera mapping) and skewing water.

  14. Wow, nice work, some variations as to how well some work, but when it works, love how well it works, the faves for me are the ones on the subway and the (noodle?) bar street shot. Some of the building ones work amazingly well too.

    Love camera mapping, specially when it's as effective as some of these!!

  15. Always wanted to go to japan. Hope one day will. Nice work in Blender, great music and lovely pictures, really very well taken. Congratulations. 5/5 !

  16. Wow, I just realised that comments were left here! :-))

    For those of you that requested a tutorial, it already exists thanks to Andrew Price and is available here on the Blender Guru web site:
    @mzamo: The camera is a Canon Powershot SX110.
    @John Grigni: I had no other intention than just experimenting with blender.

    Thank you all a lot for your feedback!
    I hope I have time to make a new project with Blender on my spare time some day that would be as popular.
    Happy Blending to all!

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