Price When Reviewed: 5325
Pros: Fast automatic tracking with excellent solution integrity. It’s simple to use, too.
Cons: It’s very expensive, and it’s dongled – so be careful not to lose the key.
Boujou has always been an expensive package. At $10,000 it’s probably the costliest matchmoving solution available. For that kind of payout, you’d expect it to deliver something special. It doesn’t disappoint – the software will save you a huge amount of time, and spare you from the ravages of matchmoving boredom.
Some 2D-to-3D packages require you to manually place 2D markers on certain points in an image and then track them in 2D before finally extracting the 3D scene information. This process can be both time-consuming and tedious, and requires that you have a least a few goes before discovering what and where the best tracking points in the footage are.
Along with a handful of matchmoving applications, Boujou is a totally automatic matchmoving solution. Once footage is loaded you can tell the program to analyze each frame and choose the 2D tracking points itself. There’s no need for human input at all.
There are two main benefits of this automatic process. Firstly, the software is able to input a much larger number of tracking points than you would be able to reasonably do manually. This helps to reduce errors in the solution since the data is averaged over a greater number of tracking points. Secondly, the program can automatically add new points to track as they enter the frame. This is very difficult to do manually.