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Tracking Systems

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Please note that this is a BETA version of the document. All information presented is correct but we are working on improving the details.

Introduction

When you want to make a virtual production with moving cameras having a tracking system is mandatory. To learn more about stationery and moving cameras visit here: Stationary or Moving Cameras?

In Aximmetry we are defining 2 main types of tracking systems.

  • Professional camera tracking systems. 
  • Object tracking systems

In this document, we will talk about professional camera tracking systems.

Professional camera tracking systems

We consider professional camera tracking systems that are designed and built for broadcast production environments. They are providing transformation data plus zoom and focus data.

More and more tracking systems are providing lens data (distortion), but with Aximmetry Camera Calibrator you can use all of them.

Some participants in the market provide only lens encoders. We consider them professional because these are explicit lens encoders. 

Important! Only Aximmetry Broadcast Edition supports professional camera tracking systems.

Professional camera tracking systems supported by Aximmetry:

  • Mo-Sys
  • Stype
  • TrackMen
  • Ncam
  • RocketLab
  • Visca
  • Vanishing Point Vector
  • Vanishing Point Viper
  • Lonet (Glassmark, Indiemark)
  • Thoma
  • zLense
  • Free-D

What is Free-D?

FreeD is an open-source protocol that sends camera position, rotation, zoom and focus data directly from the camera to a virtual reality production system. It enables productions to incorporate realistic virtual studio sets and elements into their live video workflow without the need for additional sensors or encoders. These are usually the PTZ cameras.

Many tracking system manufacturers also use Free-D for communication, like:

  • ChingMu
  • EZtack
  • Shotoku

You may need additional lens encoders for these tracking systems.

Object tracking systems

Object tracking systems are designed for gaming and robotics but not for explicit camera tracking. They also can be used for camera tracking, but they won't provide additional zoom and focus data for you.

Although they were not intended to be used for camera tracking, many studios are using them because of their better price. Aximmetry also supports most of these systems.

Aximmetry supported object tracking systems

Note: You can find Antilatency and OpenVR under the Game menu in Aximmetry Device Manager.

  • Antilatency
  • HTC Vive and any other system that supports OpenVR
  • Intel RealSense
  • OptiTrack
  • Qualisys
  • PhaseSpace Impulse X2E
  • Vicon
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