Norwich, UK (April 8, 2019) – FXhome (www.fxhome.com) announced today it has partnered with Foundry (www.foundry.com), the leading developer of software for the media, entertainment, and digital design industries, to integrate the Foundry 3D Camera Tracker directly into HitFilm. HitFilm is FXhome’s industry-popular video editing and compositing software with a global user community of over 3.8 million filmmakers, editors, and artists.
As a result of this integration, HitFilm editors and artists can access an integrated motion tracking or match-moving tool from within the HitFilm timeline, which will allow artists to create a virtual camera whose movement matches that of the original camera without ever having to leave the HitFilm environment. Tracking camera movement in 2D footage enables artists to add virtual 3D objects to 2D footage.
“The FXhome development team has been hard at work expanding the feature set and capabilities of HitFilm in an effort to appeal to more and more artists with increasingly sophisticated workflows. Our tech partnership with Foundry is an extension of that effort,” said Josh Davies, founder and CEO of FXhome. “While the features of HitFilm are extensive – with a toolset designed to impress editors and compositors of all skill levels – the addition of the Foundry 3D camera tracker, which has already earned the reputation and respect of the community is a tremendous win for our customers.”
“We are delighted to partner with FXhome on this project. We want to make Foundry’s technology even more accessible to the next generation of VFX artists and we’re thrilled to share this groundbreaking compositing tool from Nuke with HitFilm users,” says Christy Anzelmo, Group Product Manager, Foundry.
Camera Tracker in HitFilm: How Does it Work?
Foundry’s integrated Camera Tracker in HitFilm replicates the motion of a 2D camera with an animated 3D camera, allowing artists to composite 2D/3D elements accurately with reference to the original camera used for the shot. Refinement options, advanced 3D feature preview and lens distortion handling improve efficiency and accuracy on the trickiest tracking tasks.
With the CameraTracker, HitFilm artists can track the camera motion in 2D sequences or stills to create an animated 3D camera or a point cloud and scene linked to the solve. You can automatically track features, add User Tracks or tracks from a Tracker node and mask out moving objects.
Pricing and Availability
The newly-integrated Camera Tracker technology from Foundry will be available later this year. More details will be available at launch.
Foundry develops creative software for the digital design, media and entertainment industries. With a 20-year heritage and a portfolio of award-winning products, Foundry advances the art and technology of visual experience in partnership with creative leaders around the globe.
Clients and partners include major feature film studios and post-production houses such as Pixar, ILM, MPC, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, DNEG, and Framestore as well as automotive, footwear, apparel and technology companies such as Mercedes, New Balance, Adidas and Google. Foundry partners with these companies to solve complex visualization challenges to turn incredible ideas into reality.
The company’s products are used to create breathtaking visual effects sequences on a wide range of feature films, video-on-demand, television and commercials. Foundry software was integral in the making of every VFX Oscar-winning film, award-winning TV shows and commercial for more than a decade.
Founded in 1996, Foundry is headquartered in London, with 300 staff and a presence in the US, China, Japan, Australia and Europe. In 2015, the London Stock Exchange named Foundry one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.” It regularly features in The Sunday Times’ Tech Track as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies.
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In 2011, FXhome set out on a mission to prove that professional-grade post-production tools can be made available to everyone. The result was HitFilm, an all-in-one video editing, and visual effects software – at a fraction of the cost of other industry-standard tools. Eight years and 3.8 million users later, HitFilm is one of the leading post-production software tools in the industry, offering software options for emerging and pro editors alike.
What started as a big idea on a little budget, has grown to a global movement of creatives who share HitFilm’s vision for the future of video and imaging software. Together, they have not only built one of the best VFX and editing tools in the industry – but a community of artists who inspire and learn from each other.
For more information, please visit www.fxhome.com.