Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 Posted by Jim Thacker

DGDM releases SLiB | Match

DGDM – aka tools developer Daniel Macha – has released SLiB | Match: a new Maya plugin that automatically creates a virtual camera matching the perspective of any photographic backplate.

The tool accelerates the process of matching 3D models in a scene to the perspective of the background.

Draw vanishing point lines to create a virtual camera matching a photographic backplate
The plugin works in a similar way to 3ds Max’s Perspective Match or Cinema 4D’s Camera Calibrator.

Users manually draw lines corresponding to straight edges in the background plate, and SLiB | Match creates a virtual camera matching its perspective and field of view. Vanishing point lines can be saved for reuse.

3D objects placed in the scene are automatically scaled so that they remain in proportion to the background.

Like its sister plugin SLiB | VPR, Match also has a Render Zoom function, making it possible to reframe a render by dragging a marquee on the image, forcing Maya to restart from closer up.

Pricing and availability
SLiB | Match is available for Maya 2015 and above, running on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The plugin is compatible with the Arnold, Redshift and V-Ray renderers. It costs $30.

Read more about SLiB | Match on DGDM’s website