Price When Reviewed: 1400 . 565
Pros: Pro auto tracking at an affordable price, supports any resolution image up to 16-bit.
Cons: Not as effective with low-quality footage, and motion blur can cause problems too.
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Boujou was the first automatic matchmoving solution on the market back in 2001. However, it cost as much as a small hatchback, so it wasn’t within reach of most 3D artists and smaller studios. 2D3 released the cut-down version, Boujou Bullet, to address the affordability issue.
Affordable is a relative term, though. At just under £1,500, Boujou Bullet is still far from cheap, especially when compared to other genuine entry-level trackers such as PFHoe from The Pixel Farm.
However, Boujou Bullet 2 should not be confused with an entry-level solution – it’s a fully-fledged production tool. It just isn’t as advanced as the full £10,000 Boujou 3.
Version 2 moves the application forward by doing away with restrictions on the size of image you can import. This means it’s just as suitable for tracking film-resolution shots as those from a DV handy cam.
Film support includes 16-bit Cineon and EXR format files (ILM’s format for HDR images). Other formats supported include MOV, AVI, JPG, PGM, PPM, Softimage PIC, SGI, TGA, PNG, TIF, and Maya IFF.