Flame / Combustion 2D track loader

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Nico Roig

This script imports 2D .ascii trackings from Flame/Combustion.
It's useful for rotoscopying or working with moving elements on matchmoved scenes.
This kind of .ascii text files look like this:

1.0 : +470.67, +341.00
2.0 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +341.00 2.0      end_of_the_skype_highlighting : +470.16, +339.89
3.0 .....

where "1.0" is the frame number, "+470.67" the x track position and "+341" the y track position.

Run this script. A floater window will appear.
Select an .ifl sequence of your tracked footage. (you can create it with Rendering/RAM player tool)
Select an .ascii text file exported from Flame or Combustion.
You can select an additional track (each track has its own .ascii file)
You can select a camera in the scene. (*Must be a FREE camera, Target cameras are not valid)
Press "build"
A plane textured with your tracked footage and 2 trackpoints will be created and aligned to your camera.
2 additional trackpoints labeled "zdepth" will be created. Those can be moved or animated towards/away the
camera through their local X axis keeping a valid 2D Track.

please send your comments to nico at metropolitana.net

Additional Info: 

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2010 - 2011
Other Software Required: 
Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Combustion
Video URL: 
2dtrackloader.ms6.77 KB
tutorial.rar1.78 MB