Camera tracking is a process which involves tracking a plate that has been filmed with a real live camera and matching it's motion so that CGI elements can be added to it. Special care is taken to account for all the technical details of the camera including lens breathing, anamorphic breathing, rolling shutter, and lens distortion.
Previsualization, also known as previz, is the visualizing of a complex scene in a movie before filming. Previz helps determine the position of the virtual camera and general "blocking out" of the characters/sets for a VFX sequence to be used as a template by post production.
Laser Scanning is the process of digitizing the physical attributes, both dimensions and color, with a terrestrial or handheld scanner of an asset to use in production. An asset can be an artifact for a museum, an actor for a movie, or a Hollywood set. A Faro 150S has an operating distance of 150m(~500 feet) with an accuracy of -+3mm
Object tracking or Match Moving is a technique that allows the insertion of CGI into live-action footage with correct position, scale, orientation, and motion relative to the photographed elements in the shot. This is usually the second step in the process as an appropriate camera has to be created first.
Animatics help determine a shot's mood/pace and how a shot will function technically for production. Animatics will determine a shot’s framing, composition, camera angle, camera motion, general mood, and the rough lighting of each key scene as per the creative lead's directions.
Photogrammetry is the process of digitizing the physical attributes, both dimensions and color, with a camera of an asset to use in production. A synchronized rig of dozens of cameras or a single camera can be used for the process. Polarized and Cross-Polarized lens filters are often used and this process can be just as accurate as a laser scan.
Rotomation is a technique of animating a 3D element on top of tracked footage, frame by frame to match an actor or an object's motion in a live-action plate. It is usually a blend of other techniques ranging from animation of a rigged asset to rotoscoping—hence the hybrid name.
Stereo Camera Tracking is similar to Camera tracking, but instead two sets of footage are calculated together for a 3D effect. Each camera pair, like human eyes, are slightly apart and solved together so they can have CGI integrated into the footage and be rendered from each camera.
Onset Supervision helps make sure all details needed for VFX are recorded and accounted for. We help with any questions that may arise while onset to prevent knock-on effect that results in a lose of quality for the client. Supervisors usually meet with the director/producer prior to shooting for specific VFX needs for the script.