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🎯 ZEISS releases a new camera tracker
👓 Blending Unreal with AR
💾 SanDisk SSDs keep crashing
and more! Let’s dive in.
ZEISS wastes no time putting Ncam acquisition to work
Compared to other real-time trackers, the CinCraft Scenario's unique selling point is its flexibility in where and how it can track.
Indoors / Outdoors
Green / Blue Screen
It’s got three tracking options
Natural Feature Tracking: ZEISS says as long as there’s enough ‘detail,’ like brick walls or window frames, it can track the camera position using these natural features (not clear if this is real-time tracking or post-processing to get camera position data for VFX)
Reflective Markers: Track small, reflective markers on the floor using infrared. (Similar to how Mo-Sys tracks position, but unclear if you can calibrate a stage once and keep reusing the setup or if you have to calibrate every time)
Digital Markers: Hiding trackers in LED walls using frame remapping. Doesn’t specify if that’s restricted to a specific frame remapping solution, but this is a use case that was demoed by GhostFrame in our interview at NAB.
The tracking hardware is comprised of three pieces of gear (looks like the same Ncam hardware, just housed in a more rugged shell with ZEISS branding).
CamBar: Mounts to the camera to track objects or markers
Link: Mounted on camera, communicates with the Origin
Origin: Runs the Scenario software to track the camera’s position
And when it comes to calibrating the lens - the big advantage of being a lens company that buys a camera tracking manufacturer is plug-and-play integration.
No calibration is needed when you use any ZEISS lens (but you can also calibrate and use any non-ZEISS lens)
Now the CinCraft ecosystem has expanded.
Scenario: Operates the lens tracking system
Wrangler: Records real-time tracking data and camera/lens metadata
Export: Send tracking data to VFX apps
UE Connect: Unreal integration
How do you think this compares to other tracking solutions on the market? Hit reply and let us know.
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