In the traditional VFX production process a lot of time is spent on setting up lens grids and taking pictures for the various camera and lens combinations from different distances. In post-production, the VFX artists then need to import the resulting files into compositing software where the ST Map is extracted by manually reading the curvature of the lens grid lines – another time-consuming step.
With CinCraft Mapper, ST Maps can be created by simply dragging the footage into the software client. This means massive time savings and by that cost savings for all steps of the process – on set and in post. In addition, freed up time can now be used for other tasks at hand.
Lens distortion correction with ST Maps generated by CinCraft Mapper is at least as precise as when working with lens grids. A comparison between both methods shows that even better correction is achieved in the critical edge area of the image.
Lens grids are only provided for a few focus distances. This makes editing complex shots with focus pulls more difficult and requires a lot of manual work. By providing lens distortion and shading characteristics for every single frame and focus distance of a shot, CinCraft Mapper eliminates guesswork and makes the workflow easier and faster.
No matter the lens and camera used to capture the footage, CinCraft Mapper has got you covered. CinCraft Mapper runs on Windows, MacOS or Linux and the generated maps are compatible with industry-leading matchmoving and compositing software.