Mach moving tracks the movement of a camera and matches it to computer generated graphic movements.

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This specific technique allows for more complex camera movements such as moving through walls, etc. Boiling Point Media is a full service post production company that has experience with maching movie making.

Match moving is a term used in the filmmaking industry to describe the process of accurately matching the movement and position of real-world objects with those of computer-generated graphics. This technique is essential for creating visual effects (VFX) that seamlessly blend into live-action footage, making them appear as if they are part of the real-world environment. Most people are unaware of how the match moving process is done although they unknowingly expect it in every film they watch.

What is Match Moving?

Match moving in filmmaking is a technique used in the VFX industry to track the movement of a camera and match it to the movement of computer-generated graphics. It involves analyzing live-action footage to extract information about the camera’s movement, such as its position, orientation, and field of view. This information is then used to create a virtual camera in the 3D software, which matches the real-world camera movement. Once the virtual camera has been created, the VFX artist can add 3D elements to the scene, and they will appear as if they are part of the real-world environment. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

How Does Match Moving Work?

Match moving in filmmaking works by tracking specific points in the live-action footage and using those points to calculate the movement of the camera. The points that are tracked are known as tracking markers, and they can be anything from natural features such as rocks or trees to artificial markers placed on set. The software then uses these markers to create a 3D reconstruction of the scene, which matches the real-world environment.

The match moving process involves several steps, including:

Tracking Markers: The first step in match moving is to track specific points in the live-action footage. This is usually done using specialized tracking software, which can automatically detect and track the markers. Solve Camera Motion: Once the tracking markers have been identified, the software then calculates the camera’s movement and orientation, using the tracked points to reconstruct the camera’s path through the scene. Creating A Virtual Camera: The software then creates a virtual camera within the 3D software, which matches the real-world camera movement. Adding 3D Elements: Once the virtual camera has been created, the VFX artist can then add 3D elements to the scene, which will appear as if they are part of the real-world environment.

Why is Match Moving Important to the VFX Process?

Match moving is an essential part of the VFX process because it allows VFX artists to seamlessly blend computer-generated graphics into live-action footage. Without match moving in filmmaking, it would be impossible to create convincing VFX, as the 3D elements would appear to be floating in space or moving independently of the real-world environment.

Match moving is also important because it allows filmmakers to create complex camera movements that would be difficult or impossible to achieve in the real world. For example, a virtual camera can be created that moves through walls or flies over buildings, giving filmmakers the freedom to create shots that would otherwise be impossible.

Match Moving Workflow

The match moving workflow typically involves the following steps:

Pre-Production: In pre-production, the VFX supervisor works with the director and cinematographer to plan the VFX shots and identify any tracking markers that need to be placed on set. Production: During production, the tracking markers are placed on set, and the live-action footage is filmed. Post-Production: In post-production, the footage is analyzed using match moving software, and the camera’s movement is reconstructed in 3D space. The VFX artist can then add 3D elements to the scene, which will appear as if they are part of the real-world environment.

Ways to Track Motion

There are several ways to track motion, including:

Point Tracking: Point tracking involves tracking individual points in the footage, such as natural features or artificial markers. The software then uses the position of these points to calculate the camera’s movement. Planar Tracking: Planar tracking involves tracking flat surfaces in the footage, such as walls or floors. This technique is useful for tracking objects that move within a specific plane, such as a character walking across a room. 3D Tracking: 3D tracking involves tracking the movement of an object in all three dimensions. This technique is useful for tracking objects that move through space, such as a car driving down a road. Object Tracking: Object tracking involves tracking the movement of a specific object in the footage. This technique is useful for tracking objects that move independently of the camera, such as a person holding a phone.

Match moving in filmmaking is a complex process that requires a high level of technical expertise and specialized software. The VFX artists and technicians at Boiling Point Media specialize in match moving and compositing as we use these processes in almost every film we produce.

Choose Boiling Point Media for Match Moving & VFX

Looking to produce a film with high quality VFX? Match moving is just one of the VFX & post-production film services we provide for filmmakers. Our film studio in Oklahoma City is fully equipped to produce your film from assistance with script writing, pre-production, filming, and post-production services including VFX, editing, and film coloring. We are even certified in virtual production and the use of Unreal Engine to create amazing environments. Visit our website for more information or give us a call and speak with our Emmy Award winning director. We look forward to making your film idea a reality!

Cine
Motion

C4D + HOUDINI + BLENDER + MAYA + 3DSMAX Created from real camera motion, Cine
Motion is a library of 120 virtual production camera clips to quickly enhance your renders. From subtle idles to wild roaming motion, pans, reveals and more.

++ 120 easy to use clips, compatible with all major 3D software.++ Meticulously organised and standardised.++ Rendered preview gallery of every camera.++ Includes FBX, Alembic & Houdini HDA formats.


1. Idles

These are the most flexible and versatile cameras. From subtle ambient motion, to dynamic roaming, these work great on their own or on top of key-framed animation.

All clips are axis-aligned around world 0 and last for 30 seconds+.


2. Framing moves

These clips cover a variety of common camera moves to add instant flair to your scene. These are a simple way to create dynamic movement through various tilts, pans and reveals.

All framing moves end with long idles, axis-aligned to world 0 for easy use.


120 unique motion cameras consisting of:

++ 40 Idles++ 80 Framing moves

In both Filmbox (.fbx) and Alembic (.abc) files.++ 5 levels of motion smoothing for each take.

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++ MP4 rendered preview gallery of each shot.++ Cinemotion user manual

Additionally for Houdini users:

++ CHOP compatible .clip files.++ Free Cinemotion Camera HDA (for fast loading and adjusting of the camera clips).


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Idles

Tight (x3)Regular (x6)Roaming (x5)Loose (x5)Breathing (x2)Vehicle (x3)Vehicle
Intense (x3)Walking (x5)Running (x5)Mobile
Device (x3)


Framing Moves

Tilt
Up
To
Level (x5)Tilt
Up
From
Level (x5)Tilt
Down
To
Level (x5)Tilt
Down
From
Level (x5)Pan
Left
To
Center (x5)Pan
Left
Cont (x4)Pan
Right
To
Center (x5)Pan
Right
Cont (x4)


Framing Moves

Whip
Pan
Left
To
Center (x4)Whip
Pan
Right
To
Center (x4)Pan
Left
Down
To
Center (x6)Pan
Right
Down
To
Center (x6)Pan
Left
Up
To
Center (x5)Pan
Right
Up
To
Center (x5)Glance
Left
Right (x4)Searching (x4)Mobile
Pick
Up (x4)


You can get away with it, but often procedural motion feels a little artificial. For those that want access to a simple, drag & drop library of real human motion, we created Cine
Motion.

Because Cine
Motion is tracked from real cameras, these clips replicate the natural weight of a camera rig along with the behaviour of operating like a real human.

This method captures the subtleties of breathing, moving, and reactive motion that characterises realistic handheld movement.Although there’s no substitute for shooting bespoke cameras for your scene, I want to offer everyone the feel of virtual production with the convenience of ready to go assets. I found that most of the time i’d use the same shots again and again, so why not have some to hand. I feel there’s enough versatility and variety that these clips can help save you a bunch of time and increase production value.

All the idles and framing moves are calibrated around world 0, and are all axis-aligned making it really easy for you to move, rotate and re-frame the shots to suit your needs.


The cameras are supplied in three common file formats to ensure maximum compatibility with a wide variety of 3D software. Check your software’s manual for it’s supported formats.The files are supplied in FBX, Alembic, and .clip files.


Most software that supports loading FBX or Alembic, such as: Cinema4D, 3Ds
Max, Maya, Blender, Houdini and Nuke. For Houdini users there’s also a HDA which allows you more control over the raw-motion capture data and camera settings.


These are captured using a cine-style shoulder rig. The cameras default to 18mm when you load them but you can choose any lens length you want. There are variations for less or more motion, as well as pre-baked smoothing levels for every shot.


I was using this technique so much in my own work, so I decided it’d be useful for others. Originally it was very manual pipeline for capturing and exporting cameras, so I put a lot of time in to scaling it up - to create a broader library of well-organised and standardised assets.


It’s really simple to add regular keyframes on top of all the idle clips to create a natural layer of motion. Other moves can easily be re-framed by simply rotating and translating. As all the clips are conformed around world zero, it makes it very easy to customise them in a matter of seconds.


Rather than doing any edits or unnatural blends, we decided to shoot long 30 second takes which should cover most shots you’d want to achieve. All the idles are 30 seconds, and most of the framing moves end in 30s idles (except where it doesn’t make sense such as continuous pans).


For Houdini users the Cinemotion HDA provides an interface to quickly load the supplied .clip files. This allows you to access the raw motion-capture data connected to a camera. The HDA also offers additional parameters such as clip retiming, reframing, trimming, motion smoothing controls and more. The HDA can take an input null for quick repositioning, or parenting. It also outputs the motion if you want to attach anything else to it, such as a prop or an external camera.