New in Cinema 4D R20: Motion Tracker Enhancements

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C4D R20 includes improved Motion Tracking Workflow, with new layouts, modes, dedicated tracker view, and track list

In Cinema 4D Release 20, the Motion tracking workflow has received many enhancements, based on the feedback we received from our Users. Aesthetics, Workflow and Performance have all been improved. These enhancements include, but are not limited to:
2D Tracking and 2D Camera Navigation Mode, improved 2D Manual Track list, Improved 2D Tracking algorithm and Virtual Keyframes, Per Keyframe tracking direction and feedback in the Graph View, Dedicated 2D Track Magnifier window and more.



In Cinema 4D Release 20 the motion tracking workflow has received many enhancements based on the feedback we received from our users. Aesthetics, workflow and performance have all been improved. :et's take a look at them one by one in the newly enhanced motion tracker layout. == 2D tracking mode == We now have a dedicated mode for 2d tracking where it's possible to use normal Cinema 4D selection tools and common navigation and viewport shortcuts while tracking. When in 2D tracking mode the footage has a yellow border around it. This makes it very clear to distinguish from the standard 3d workflow. We can activate this mode either by double-clicking on the motion tracker or object tracker objects, or by selecting either one and activating the 2d tracking mode button in the motion tracker layout. We can frame the footage using H, frame selected using s, nudge manual tracks using the arrow keys and so forth. This new mode eliminates any confusions of the past and makes the tracking workflow very fast and intuitive. == 2D Camera Navigation Mode == There is a new camera 2d mode that unifies the film move and film zoom functionality we already have available but allows them to work with the usual navigation shortcuts. Instead of panning the camera, film offset changes. And instead of dollying the camera, focal length or zoom changes. This allows for true 2D navigation. This mode can be used outside the motion tracking workflow as well, which makes it even more useful. == Overhauled 2D manual track list == The 2D manual track list has been extensively overhauled, and follows all of Cinema 4D's new list conventions. Renaming trackers using double-click, changing the order of the trackers in the list, changing feature size and search distance, changing shape and even adding folders for better grouping and management are all now part of the workflow. Also there's an indication of the tracker filter color and a lock for protecting from accidental editing. Lastly we can change tracker parameters by right-clicking and selecting the appropriate setting. == Improved 2D tracking algorithm and virtual keyframes == The 2D tracker's algorithm has been improved and now produces even better tracking results. Additionally, virtual keyframes have been added that automatically create new keys either at fixed intervals or by assessing the quality of the tracked feature. Both these enhancements will make your tracking faster and more accurate. == Per keyframe tracking direction and feedback in the graph view == It is now possible to set the tracking direction per frame rather than per track and this direction can be viewed in the graph view. Lastly we now have a dedicated 2D track magnifier window that can show us exactly what the tracker sees, predictive snapping, multiple selections of masks vertices and various smaller enhancements. With these great new additions and enhancements in Cinema 4D Release 20 MAXON has addressed most of the user requests and the motion tracking workflow is much more powerful, predictable and fun. Please visit to see the full playlist of all the exciting new features in Cinema 4D Release 20.
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