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NAB 2014: SolidAnim improves markerless tracking solution

April 5, 2014
NAB 2014: SolidAnim improves markerless tracking solution
LAS VEGAS — At NAB, SolidAnim (www.solidanim.com), maker of virtual production products, has introduced the latest version of its SolidTrack solution for the film and broadcast industries. SolidTrack is a realtime markerless tracking and previz solution for recording camera moves and data logging of camera moves on the virtual set.  It allows the tracking of all camera types as well as the overview of special effects in realtime while shooting. SolidTrack captures in realtime the position and orientation of the film camera, including intrinsic parameters such as variable focal lenses (zoom). 

SolidTrack provides a more ergonomic and intuitive solution dedicated to camera tracking and visualization of complex VFX shots, dealing with greenscreen compositing, 3D rendering, and complex camera moves.  Producers achieve greater control of VFX budgets and timescales, minimizing wastage and ensuring efficient delivery, from previz to the final movie or television show. Compared to traditional shooting methods, producers save approximately 30 percent of time on a film or television show using SolidTrack.

SolidAnim SolidTrack was used successfully on Da Vinci's Demons in 2012 and is currently being used by Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.

SolidTrack is mobile and can be set up in just 15 minutes, whether indoors or outdoors, and tracks instantly on any new setup.  The light solution is comprised of one cable and one survey camera weighing less than one pound. SolidTrack does not need any visible markers when shooting, even on a greenscreen, and is compatible with additional external information such as encoders and gyros.  On-set tracking of SolidTrack can be exported in FBX format for helping the final post camera tracking. 

To address industry needs for keeping production costs down and speeding up the finishing of visual effects-heavy shows, SolidAnim created SolidTrack to provide an affordable solution for the tracking and visualization of complex VFX shots, including green creen compositing, 3D rendering, and complex camera moves.

SolidTrack is being demonstrated at Ultimatte's booth and in Red Digital Cinema's booth during NAB.