Thursday, June 28th, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Andersson Technologies releases SynthEyes 1806

Andersson Technologies has released SynthEyes 1806, the latest version of its 3D camera tracking app, adding new tools for solving long shots in once piece, and updating the software’s solver.

The company decribes the work, which improves performance by an “order of magnitude” and adds new controls for handling lens distortion, as laying the groundwork for further updates in future releases.

Solver update boosts performance and adds new lens distortion controls
SynthEyes 1806 introduces new advanced lens distortion controls, targeted at footage shot on drones and ‘action cameras’, and intended to correct fisheye distortion without the need for pre-calibration.

The software’s After Effects plugin also now supports cubic and quartic coefficients, making it possible to undistort or redistort footage directly inside After Effects.

Overall performance is also much better, with “order-of-magnitude … improvements for large scenes”.

New tools to help track long shots in one piece
The update also introduces new features designed to help solve longer shots in one piece: the demo above shows a 17,700-frame image sequence.

These include a new script to unsolve a frame range, to help work through long shots incrementally. Users can also opt to frame-decimate a long solve – for example, only using every third or fourth frame.

Users can also zero-weight frames on the solver locking panel to prevent them from affecting trackers.

Other changes include a new Find Erratic Trackers tool for troubleshooting solves, a right-click menu on the time bar for better playback range management, and a LightWave importer for “simple” objects.

Users of the Pro edition get the option to lock object tracks on individual axes, rather than all three at once. There is also a long list of smaller new features and bugfixes, which you can find via the link below.

Pricing and availability
SynthEyes 1806 is available for Windows 7+, CentOS 6 or Ubuntu 12.04/14.04 LTS Linux, and OS X 10.9+.

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 1806 on Andersson Technologies’ website