First try and a interesting river came up to row through. Listening to Running with the wolves tonight by Aurora. And PFTRACK with Google. 
So for now, am using a different footage/video.

Let’s begin.

Bird video

I imported a very old and loving video of me stalking a baby bird in my house, with a very  old digital camera. Though I went through the whole process of finding out where the beautiful list of keyboard and mouse shortcuts is. Which by the way I am gonna call k.m.sh. now. I am going to use the on the screen buttons to zoom in and out.

Zoom buttons on the left side

I played the video once, which made grey C go green. I believe it’s been cached. And I checked all the colour channels with those cute colour buttons.
There are so many buttons around. Playing with was fun…
*Node collector looks like an AI head band. In PFTRACK manual it calls the tree. Media pool looks like discount version of excel, the green OK made me feel assured. Now back to the needed work.
*There are these three pretty buttons on the centre top of the interface.
Movie camera.
Movie reel.
Cut copy paste???
Push them twice and learn their advice.

*Let’s get tracking.
So first. I want to track the camera. As I want to place a 3d scene there.
And then the movement of the baby bird.

*But it’s me, I will start with movement tracking. There is no save button, will Google abt it later.

*Should I leave links in the post for future reference. Probably I should. I will procrastinate for a while on that thought.

Click the Create, click the auto correct.
Oh now I know why it’s called the tree. I feel like a five year old. OK. Let’s first try and default settings with out learning a shit about it. I should watch my language.
The auto track button took a second to figure out. Using this software without languages skill might be hard work I guess.
Haha it’s doing a bad job. 640*480 res, is working its magic.

The camera was in the floor, so hardly any movement from it. But birds have jerky movement.

There was a small shift in the camera So…

OK, after tracking comes solving??


Create – Camera Solver – Solve all.

Yay, now I have colourful dots all over my screen. Will be back after a little tinkering.


Am back. And leaving to do a few YouTube videos. Cause now I am truly lost.

Create – Orient scene – Marquee select the point on the ground, imagine where the camera was and set the 3d plane. Easy peesy. My @$$.

Next is…

Try test object??


Not bad I guess.

OK time to take it to the juggernaut Maya.

Create – Export – Export scene.

OK.. Ended up exporting fbx. Don’t know how to use it.
Go back, change settings. Maya ASCII. Yep. Work done.

Off to Maya.


Pftrack self learning.

Chapter 1 for me.
Understanding the basic overview.

•The interface looks like a photograph took with the rule of third gone wrong. 🙂
• Getting a file in is a simple process of multiple clicking around. First Create under Projects.
Settings- Data management-Project.
Name- …
Path- …
•But to make the project file. Click the confirm button under Projects.

•• Off to next screen.
•Four grey boxes on upper side.
•One big one on the lower side.

••Lets check out the preferences.
•Global settings button!!
•First things first- Cache.
Giving it around 3gb.
Remember to clear it!
•Cinema is making no sense to me. (May change background colour after some research).
•Disk I/O- Completely bounced off. (What’s a chunk size).
• Export- where and in which style do you want to send your file. Understood.
• File translations – Naming/Nomenclature. Whatever floats ones boat. No actual idea right now.
• General – The boss is here!
Okay, so how many cores of CPU I can give it. (I work on one thing at a time). So a my cores. Me poor thing has four.
The funny part was, the number of default undos was 2, I added a 0 to it.
Metres work fine for me, as scene unit.
• Import edit – No idea whatsoever again. Let it all be at default.
• Input devices – Jog sensitivity? Pftrack is health conscious I guess.
• Keyboard/Mouse – Hahahaa. Found this treasure. Will write abt it later. (Went to notes, and added a reminder).
• Media bins – a safe place I won’t mess with.

A day of pf track concludes with checking the software out. Off to next part.