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Article from Issue 221/2019

Tracking is good for stabilizing video clips, and it helps you put stuff in scenes that wasn't there in the first place.

Motion tracking is used extensively in movies and TVs nowadays, not only to turn actors into all sorts of fantastical creatures, but also, more subliminally, to create interesting scenery for what would otherwise be a mundane backdrop. It doesn't have to be fantastical settings either: Actors may seem to be walking down an avenue with a view of the Manhattan skyline or dining in a fancy restaurant, when, in reality, they are just strolling on a regular street of an anonymous Canadian city or sitting in a blank room with a few props in front of a green screen.

However, when the camera moves, the background moves coherently with it, in such a way a painted backdrop wouldn't. This is achieved with motion tracking and can help your film look like it has a much higher budget than it really has, while at the same time saving money on locations.

After our excursion into using motion tracking on an object for stabilization in the last issue of Linux Magazine [1], I'll show how tracking can be used for integrating backgrounds and foregrounds into your shots.


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