I’ve been working on effects tests the last few days and playing with different techniques that will be needed for Hero and got my grubby hands on some serious Matchmoving Software. I went through the tutorials tonight and it’s badddd asss!
Takes a series of exported image files, analizes them and kicks out camera tracking data. You designate the ground plane and X,Y and Z planes and it kicks out a Matchmover scripts I can take into 3dMax or Maya. Once there it gives me a 3d camera in software I can create 3d art and animation with maintaining all the camera motion of the real-in-footage camera.
Render 3d objects with ray-trace renderer and use these to composite back into After effect with live action footage. Things just got real..lol.