August 15, 2007
UK: The Pixel Farm, developer of digital post-production and image restoration technologies, has launched PFTrack 4.1 at Siggraph 2007. PFTrack4.1 provides support for Autodesk FBX, while the addition of Apple Motion offers interoperability between applications including Flame, Flint and Smoke. Apple Motion is supported by exporting either a native camera file or an entire scene file. Also the new review movie function provides the ability to render an Open GL preview to disk for shot approval, without having to export any data to a 3D application. In addition, PFTrack4.1 supports the Microsoft Vista operating system; enables test geometry to be attached to object feature groups which allows the user to check the motion of the selected group in relation to the camera motion; and allows users to delete an unsatisfactory range of frames from a solved camera path and re-solve segments with the PFTrack ‘re-solving’ tool. PFTrack has seen adoption in facilities including Aardman Animations and The Mill. Shipping from March 2007, PFTrack4.1 is available free for current PFTrack users under support or for US$5500 for a full commercial license and US$200 for an academic licence. Upgrades from earlier versions cost US$1100.