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The Foundry releases Rolling Shutter for After Effects & Nuke

Optical flow plug-in corrects for "jello vision" in CMOS cameras from 5D MkII to iPhone 3GS

By Mark Christiansen | August 03, 2009

The Foundry today released Rolling Shutter, a new plug-in available for After Effects and Nuke.

This plug-in cleverly reuses one of The Foundry's strongest bits of intellectual property - optical flow as utilized in effects in the Furnace plug-in set including Kronos, as well as licensed by Adobe for use in the Timewarp effect for After Effects - in order to solve a problem particular to video cameras containing CMOS chips, which require an interval of time to scan an entire frame, line by line, and generally top to bottom.

In cameras with a speedy frame refresh rate, such as RED One, the effect is rarely noticeable other than under extreme conditions, but it is more commonplace when shooting with the Canon 5D Mark II and completely ubiquitous with consumer level cameras such as the latest iPhone.

Because a given shot typically contains multiple planes of action, correcting rolling shutter artifacts involves more than simply un-skewing the image. The problem is similar to that faced when compositing a 3D shot, and The Foundry has added similar technology to Nuke to make it a leader in 3D compositing.

Rolling Shutter will help not only to make an image look better but also to make it possible to matchmove the shot in 3D, which would otherwise be a nightmare with an unevenly scanned shot. As long as the movement of the camera is unidirectional - whether sideways, forward or backward, this plug-in will correct for it; more chaotic handheld shots with circular or otherwise inconsistent motion might be beyond its abilities.

Rolling Shutter $500 for Nuke or After Effects, direct from The Foundry website. A demo version is also available for download.

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Eugenia: | August, 04, 2009

$500 bucks just for this? You can use the freeware “Deshaker” which has a “rolling shutter” option in its configuration panel. Surely not as convenient as this plugin, but for $0, might be good enough for some people.

navparker: | August, 05, 2009

500 bucks for a one trick pony?  Obviously the fumes from the Foundry have gone to their heads!

dslnc: | August, 05, 2009

I find this software pretty cool since it does more than just skewing the whole image.

Evidently at that price range it is not aimed at hobbyists - one trick pony? mayby, but a damn smart and useful one then!

As I see it the software now allows you to serious taking into account using the ie. 5D mkII for shooting hd for an actual project.
However It will be interesting to see what happens when the red scarlett hits the market and what rings in the water it makes.

Best regards.
>B) Søren

Sproketz: | August, 05, 2009

What does it do to the edges? Does it need to blow up the frame to hide black being pulled into the image area?

If it does a clean job without blowing up the image then it’s worth it.

Mike Curtis: | August, 28, 2009

Is COMPLICATED math involved - regardless of whether you think it is worth it in terms of the results, for the effort required to make this work, $500 seems appropriate to develop, support, etc. this thing.

I wonder what happens with edges skewed “off the page” with this?

Sproketz: | August, 28, 2009

If this works without pulling in the edges then this should just be considered part of the cost of using the lower end “pro” cameras that use CMOS.

If it really looks good then it makes the HPX300, an already attractive camera aside from the CMOS wiggle, a much more attractive package.

Simon Wyndham: | September, 14, 2009

“Lets fix it in post”.....

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