Vicon has released the first details of the next version of its Boujou software for 3D camera tracking and match moving. The company will showcase the software at the Siggraph conference in New Orleans this August.

Boujou 5 introduces a new method of solving 3D camera positioning and motion paths from image sequences. Vicon says that this approach radically accelerates the solve and allows users more manual interaction within complex shots.

The new Automatic Sequential Solver looks at a single frame at a time, rather than the entire shot as with previous versions of boujou -- so users can intervene if necessary. Vicon says that this can make the entire process a lot faster too.


Boujou 5 gains a fully-functional Graph Editor, which lets the user manually tweak the camera data and, if necessary, re-create the track. The upgrade also provides the ability to lock valid sections of solve data or sections which are known to be correct, which animators can then use to improve other areas. The Reference Frames feature allows users to import still images taken with any camera and use them to assist in a working out the camera move.

The pattern matching tracker in boujou has been completely re-written to include a faster tracking algorithm that provides a faster workflow, according to Vicon. The tracker allows target tracking by specifying a pattern on a single frame, and tracking of multiple patterns simultaneously.

Boujou 5 runs under Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4/5, and a Linux flavours including Red Hat Enterprise 4.X+, Centos 4.X +, and Fedora Core 5, 8 & 11. The release date for Boujou 5 hasn't been announced, but the company notes that the Linux and Mac OS X versions of boujou 5 will be available some weeks after the Windows release.