Thursday, August 25th, 2016 Posted by Jim Thacker

Andersson Technologies ships SynthEyes 1608

Andersson Technologies has released SynthEyes 1608, the latest update to its 3D tracking software, extending its VR and Geometry Hierarchy Tracking functionality, and adding a new illumination tracking option.

More tools for geometry hierarchy tracking and handling 360-degree footage
The update largely extends toolsets introduced in previous releases: notably the tools for processing 360-degree video for virtual reality experiences introduced in SynthEyes 1605.

New functionality includes a spherical projection screen directly within the perspective view, making it easier to preview 360-degree scenes.

Users can also now export stablisation data to compositors like Fusion that support image distortion maps.

The Geometry Hierarchy Tracking toolset introduced in SynthEyes 1508 gets the option to import or export deforming rigs with weight maps in FBX format, plus new options for organising bones.

Illumination tracking helps match-light difficult shots
However, there is one interesting feature that is entirely new: the new illumination tracking functionality, shown in the video above, records the illumination on individual trackers over the course of a shot.

The feature is intended to help artists match-light CG objects in shots where the lighting varies rapidly during the course of the shot: for example, during explosions or in scenes lit by strobe lights.

There are also a number of workflow and user interface changes, which you can read about via the link below.

Pricing and availability
SynthEyes 1608 is available now for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. New licences cost from $299 to $699, depending on whether you buy the Intro or Pro edition of the software, and for which platforms.

Read a full list of new features in SynthEyes 1608 on Andersson Technologies’ website