Monday, August 10, 2009

The Foundry's RollingShutter Plug-in Tackles CMOS Skew and Wobble Effects- August Sale!

The Foundry RollingShutter is a brand new plug-in tool for After Effects and Nuke, which tackles image-distortion problems often experienced by users of CMOS cameras.

Rolling shutter effects are commonly found with video cameras employing CMOS image sensors, which record every frame line-by-line from top to bottom of the image, rather than as a single snapshot of a point in time.

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As parts of the image are recorded at different times, moving objects can become distorted and appear skewed. Problems can also arise with flashing or strobing lights.

Aside from not looking great, 3D tracking during VFX post production can become a very difficult task as the tracking points themselves are unstable.

The Foundry's RollingShutter plug-in tackles skew and perceived 'wobble' problems from the VFX artist's perspective. The plug-in will often vastly improve the look of distorted footage, by either minimizing or eradicating image distortions.

Unlike solutions tied to camera stabilization, that stretch the image as a whole, the RollingShutter plug-in compensates for local skewing and distortion in the scene, by correcting each object individually. This approach even allows you to correct objects moving in different directions in locked-off shots.

RollingShutter is therefore particularly good at enabling software camera trackers to work effectively on a wide range of problematic footage.

“As one of the beta testers for The Foundry's RollingShutter, I have been very impressed with its assistance in making skewed footage trackable. So much so that I’ve decided to teach it as part of my FX PHD camera tracking curriculum.”
- Victor Wolansky, Professor

RollingShutter is available for After Effects CS3 & CS4 and Nuke 5.1 or later.

Buy one get one free! Buy a license of RollingShutter in August and we'll give you a second copy absolutely free. You could run RollingShutter on both your After Effects and Nuke systems or workstation and laptop at the same time… or give the 2nd copy to a colleague or friend?

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