Friday, February 2nd, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Boris FX releases SynthEyes 2024.1

Boris FX has released SynthEyes 2024.1, the latest version of the 3D tracking and match moving software it acquired with its original developer Andersson Technologies last year.

The release improves workflow with After Effects, reworking export, adding a new Advanced Lens Distortion plugin, and introducing Apple Silicon support for the After Effects plugins.

A powerful, affordable 3D object and camera tracking application
First released two decades ago, and acquired by Boris FX last year, SynthEyes quickly became adopted in VFX pipelines for its combination of speed, accuracy and affordability.

Movies and broadcast series that SynthEyes has been used on include Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Foundation, Stranger Things and Game of Thrones.

The standalone 3D tracking application enables artists to perform 3D set extensions, place CG characters into scenes, and animate them using motion capture.

It can handle a wide range of shot types, including stereoscopic and 360-degree virtual reality, and exports to most major 3D and compositing applications.

SynthEyes 2024.1: improved workflow with After Effects
SynthEyes 2024.1 streamlines workflow with After Effects, introducing a new SynthEyes Advanced Lens Distortion plugin for Adobe’s compositing software.

New features include support for off-center lenses and non-square pixels.

The export process has also been reworked, with users now able to export 3D meshes and textures directly to After Effects, and SynthEyes notes now exported as guide layers.

In addition, all of the After Effects plugins have been updated to support After Effects’ Multi-Frame Rendering system, and to support Apple Silicon M-Series processors.

Other changes in SynthEyes 2024.1 include improved export to Blender and Nuke. It is also now possible to reduce start-up time by deferring reading color maps until they are used.

Also new in the SynthEyes 2024 releases: export to 3DEqualizer
Since we last wrote about the software, the SynthEyes 2024 update itself introduced a new exporter to 3DEqualizer, Science-D-Visions’ heavyweight 3D tracking software.

The Maya ASCII exporter was updated with “embedded meshes, distortion projection screens, and more support for zero-pass workflows to Nuke and Fusion”.

Now available as a single perpetual license type, and via subscription
In addition, Boris FX has simplified SynthEyes’ pricing structure.

New perpetual licenses used to cost between $299 to $699, depending on whether you bought the Intro or Pro edition, and for which operating systems.

Boris FX now only offers a single perpetual license option in its online store, which costs $595.

The firm also now offers monthly and annual subscriptiohs, in line with its other software.

Pricing and availability
SynthEyes 2024.1 is available for Windows 10+, CentOS 7+ Linux and macOS 10.15+. New perpetual licenses now cost $595. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $295/year.

Read an overview of the new features in SynthEyes 2024.1 on Boris FX’s blog

Read a full list of new features in SynthEyes 2024.1 in the online release notes

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