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Tutorial: Tracking-Stability and Integration Test with Blender/Tomato-Branch


Sebastian König from 3DCentral posted a new camera tracking-stability and compositing demo and breakdown using the current GSoF 2011 Tomator Branch. Enjoy.

Finished Film:

Tracking & Compositing Breakdown:


  1. Please, give Sebastian a job for the Mango Project!
    If you see all tutorials and work of Sebastian, you'll be suprised.
    He's perfect for the job, right?
    Great work and keep it up!

  2. Wow! I first had trouble identifying which parts were CG and which were real! If they'd changed the earphones to be less perfect (more texture and bump mappinig) I wouldn't have been able to identify it as CG. Fantastic job!

  3. Seb, you rock dude ... I watched the first video and thought, hmm, so where's the 3d model??? Amazing results and great compositing. Really excited about mango now that I've seen such great results from tomato (thanks to Sergei for all his hard work).

  4. Thanks everyone!
    About an in-depth tutorial, I already did one for cmiVFX:
    That explains everything you need to know about this kind of 3d integration into footage. (Doesn't cover the tracking though, but for that you have my tuts on blendercookie)
    @Alex :)
    Speaking of Leipzig, look what I saw on the Fockeberg! :D

    Cheers everyone and
    thanks for all the tomatoes.

  5. Does anyone remember that Star Wars fan-film craze there was a few years ago? Image what some of those groups could have achieved if camera tracking and 3D modelling was accessible then as it will be soon!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. While this is impressive, all of the tests on this I've seen so far are simple shots like these. I've tried it on a complex scene used in an actual production, and it's failed miserably.

  7. @hjmediastudios
    It would be really interesting to see on which scene it failed and why. Some shots are just very hard to track by the nature of the shot, others are barely possible, like tripod shot. Though tripod shots will have to get solved of course in some way, and it's very easy with other trackers. So hopefully it will get implemented soon.
    Can you show which shot it failed to track? Would be interesting.

  8. Sebastian,

    Maybe I just missed it in the video because it was moving quickly, but how did you go about removing the tracking markers?

  9. Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

    20 years ago, when photo-editing tools like Photoshop were still new, people were only just discovering how you could tell lies with still images.

    People still trust movies. But we're at that same stage now, with compositing tools like this, as we were back then with still images. Soon people will realize they can't trust moving images either.

  10. I have a question, does putting a tracker that goes out of frame an advisable thing to do? I mean, whenever I track a video, the camera always go hayward and would jump to neverland and then comes back, I checked the "Average Solve Error" and it's around 60 although I double-triple checked the tracks and I didn't encounter anything wrong.

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