CGW has officially announced the ZEISS CinCraft Scenario camera tracking system as a recipient of a CGW Silver Edge Award for SIGGRAPH 2023. Selected by CGW's editorial team, the Silver Edge Awards recognize the most innovative and impressive technologies announced or on display at the annual conference.
Out of the many exhibitors participating in SIGGRAPH’s 50th annual conference this year, CGW selected 10 companies for their outstanding technological achievements. These best-of-show selections demonstrate remarkable advancements in the field of computer graphics.
About the ZEISS CinCraft Scenario Camera Tracking System
At SIGGRAPH 2023, ZEISS introduced a new powerful and flexible camera tracking system as part of their CinCraft ecosystem. Built upon Ncam’s unique tracking technology and ZEISS' expertise in lens data, the new CinCraft Scenario camera tracking system is easy to use and introduces a user experience designed to match a film crew’s workflow.
CinCraft Scenario provides camera tracking data for use in real-time rendering engines for virtual production or live compositing, and allows the user record tracking data for post-production. The system can be used in practically every environment, indoors and outdoors, on film sets, with green or blue screens and in LED volumes. This is made possible by its unique hybrid tracking technology that not only allows for tracking specially placed reflective markers—the industry standard—but also tracks features of the surroundings, like object edges. It’s also compatible with digital markers on LED walls that are invisible to the main camera.
Designed to work with regular off-the-shelf equipment, CinCraft Scenario is natively compatible with major camera and lens encoder systems to provide all the data the system needs to track properly. It is comprised of several hardware and software components that can be individually configured to exactly match the users’ needs.
CinCraft CamBar captures the raw data out of the environment and hands it over to CinCraft Origin that runs the main software and aggregates the data to compute position and movement. CinCraft Link connects CamBar and Origin and enables user interface access through mobile devices. The software components allow for computing position and movement and recording the data, exporting the recorded data to industry standard file formats as well as for real-time inclusion in Unreal Engine.