Price When Reviewed: 2397 . 332
Pros: A full-featured matchmoving package that offers a robust manual toolset and fast automatic solutions.
Cons: Slow when interacting with 3D geometry and the dark interface theme could be better thought out.
Unless you’re creating an FX shot completely in 3D, at some point you’ll need to combine 3D rendered elements with live footage. For this complex task you’ll need a matchmoving tool to calculate the motion of the camera (or objects in the scene) directly from the footage.
RealViz’s MatchMover Pro is one of the leading matchmoving programs, and version 4 has an all new engine called SMART. The manufacturer claims it’s between six and ten times as fast as the old engine.
The process of matchmoving relies on the 2D tracking of points in a field of view, and uses the concept of parallax to calculate the depth of a scene. For example, if you’re walking along a road, a point near to you appears to be moving much further in your field of view than a point that’s far away in the distance. This is the concept of parallax, and it’s one of the ways the brain calculates depth.