COOKE OPTICS & THE FOUNDRY WORK TO SIMPLIFY FX
The Foundry recently carried out a test shoot at Blenheim Palace using the new Sony F35 camera, which supports I Technology. According to Ben Minall, demo/training manager for The Foundry, the team shot lens distortion grids with different focal lengths, “and the /i data gave us an accurate focal length. We then used a lens tool to un-distort the plate, then used the camera tracker within Nuke to reapply this to the footage. Having the /i data makes the tracking process much simpler, particularly since lens distortion changes with the zoom.”
The Foundry introduced the concept of metadata support into Nuke 5.2 and the forthcoming Nuke 6 release will have a built-in 3D camera tracker, to which the user can provide additional hints and constraints about the shoot to recreate the camera.