Zeiss CinCraft Mapper lens data enables more efficient VFX workflows

May 3, 2022

With CinCraft Mapper, Zeiss Cinematography is introducing its first service of the new CinCraft ecosystem for the digital application of lens looks into the compositing and matchmoving workflows.

With CinCraft Mapper, Zeiss presents a new digital service that quickly and easily provides frame-accurate lens distortion and shading data for the visual effects (VFX) industry. This data is essential for digital compositing and matchmoving in order to achieve a cinematic result that is as realistic and precise as possible.

“Normally, lens grids must be recorded and processed in order to obtain this data – a process that is not only very time-consuming, but also error-prone and limited in scope,” explains Jonathan Demuth, junior product manager, digital cinematography at Zeiss.

“With just a few clicks, CinCraft Mapper now provides this data directly on the basis of the metadata (lens type, focus distance, aperture) captured during film production. Lost clip metadata can also be added without difficulty. For compositing and matchmoving artists, this means that they can be sure they are not only receiving accurate data without having to rely on the preceding capture and workflow procedures, but also that the entire VFX process will be simplified and accelerated. The VFX studio also benefits directly from the more efficient workflow,” continues Demuth.

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