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Joshua Hughes
The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 4:38:03 pm

I know how to use The Foundry's Camera Tracker in basic terms, but I can't get an optical flare from Video Copilot's Optical Flares Plugin to work alongside it, usually after I have tracked all the footage, I get the object I wish to place in the scene and click it to 3-D before parenting it to the null produced from the tracking and then positioning it correctly, but optical flares don't seem to work alongside Camera Tracker like this. Does anyone know how to use them both together and place a tracked flare in the scene?


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Walter Soyka
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:27:22 pm

Create a point light in your comp. Position and parent it to the 3D tracker null. Change Optical Flares > Position Mode > Source Type to "Track Lights."

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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:46:15 pm

Hey, suddenly when I create a new light I can't seem to see it anywhere on the screen? Even when I put the position to 0,0,0.
If I parent it to the null, I still can't see it...


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Walter Soyka
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:52:41 pm

Can you post a screenshot of your UI?

It might be under a 2D layer, and you may have layer controls toggled off (View > Show Layer Controls).

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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:57:25 pm

Here's my UI, along with my tracking, light position and such.


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Walter Soyka
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 6:09:01 pm

Perhaps the light is off-screen, due to the movement of the tracked camera?

Copy the position of the null, then paste it onto the position of the light.

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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 6:13:13 pm

When I do that, it looks like the Light has gone completely wrong.


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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 6:16:09 pm

Right, I have repositioned it after it started glitching when trying to change the coordinates and now it is working properly, but tis very strange how the position changed when I tracked the footage...


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Walter Soyka
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 6:26:38 pm

The Foundry's CAMERATRACKER is trying to recreate the 3D space it sees in the camera footage, and also a camera which it moves through that 3D space the same way as the camera in the footage does. This allows you to place an object in space and have the moves matched from the real footage and your artificial camera.

The position data may not make much sense but itself, but taken in context with the camera move, it should all track along together.

Walter Soyka
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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 6:37:48 pm

I do this, but my light flickers everywhere, it can't seem to keep its pointing direction the same!


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Walter Soyka
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 7:38:41 pm

[Joshua Hughes] "I do this, but my light flickers everywhere, it can't seem to keep its pointing direction the same!"

Sorry, I haven't busted out Camera Tracker in a while. I looked at your first image again, and you're missing an important step -- you haven't actually created a null located in the scene for your flare yet.

Select the layer with Camera Tracker applied in the timeline, select the Camera Tracker effect itself in the Effects control panel, and lasso-select (click & drag a rectangle around) a group of points (the little Xs) in the area where you want your flare to stick. Locate the Camera Tracker popup menu in the lower-left corner of the comp window, then click that and choose Create > Null.

Parent your light onto that null, then set its position to [0,0,0] (so it sits directly on top of the null).

Walter Soyka
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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 7:44:09 pm

Sorry, I started again for that picture and I used the nulls every time.
I can get it to work, but the light sometimes flickers in several locations and changes direction, I think it may be a fault with my operating system perhaps. Thank you so much for the help though :)!


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Joshua Hughes
Re: The Foundry Camera Tracker and Optical Flares
on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:47:38 pm

When I create a new light, it keeps starting at the position 1040.0, 460.0, -666.7.


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