Wednesday, August 9th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

GeoTracker for Blender available in free beta

KeenTools has released GeoTracker for Blender, a new Blender edition of its popular object-tracking tool, in open beta.

The beta was released as part of the KeenTools 2023.2 product updates, which also includes new versions of GeoTracker for Nuke and After Effects.

An intuitive 3D object tracking tool designed for artists, not specialist match-movers
Originally available for Nuke and After Effects, GeoTracker for Blender is intended to make everyday motion tracking tasks accessible to VFX and motion graphics artists as well as specialist match-movers.

The plugin uses an intuitive workflow with users clicking in the viewport to ‘pin’ a tracking object – either 3D primitives or imported custom 3D models – to the corresponding object in video footage.

GeoTracker then reconstructs the motion of the object throughout the course of the footage, generating a 3D track that can also be exported for use in other DCC apps.

The plugin can cope with changes in focal length during a shot, and artists can refine the results by using 2D or 3D masks to exclude parts of the frame occluded by foreground objects.

As well as hard surface objects like props and vehicles, GeoTracker can track faces, and can be used with custom 3D head meshes generated by separate plugin FaceBuilder for Blender.

Speed boosts for the Nuke and After Effects editions
The GeoTracker for Blender open beta has been released as part of the KeenTools 2023.2 updates.

The releases improve performance in the Nuke and After Effects editions of the plugin, making video analysis “up to 2x” faster, and improving tracking performance “up to 20%”.

System requirements, pricing and release date
GeoTracker for Blender is currently available free in beta. It is compatible with Blender 2.80+ on Windows, Linux or macOS. The macOS edition supports Apple Silicon Macs.

After the beta, it will be available rental-only, with subscriptions also including the Nuke and After Effects editions. Freelancer subscriptions cost $18/month or $179/year; floating Studio subscriptions cost $499/year.

Download the free open beta of GeoTracker for Blender from KeenTools’ website

Read more about workflow in GeoTracker for Blender in KeenTools’ online guide