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Camera Matching in Six Steps in 3ds Max

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Date Added: 11th November 2010
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3ds Max and other software usually have a plugin to help the user with camera matching. I think it is also important to know the basic perspective rules to make a perfect camera match quickly and manually. In this tutorial I'll be using 3ds Max, but this is an universal technique than can be applied to other software packages too.

I'm supposing that the picture I want to match was taken on the ground by a 1.70m tall man, as this is the most common average height. Here's the original image, so that you can work through the exercise yourself (Fig.00).

Fig. 00

Let's get started!

In the render panel (F10) set the render Output Size and then put the image as the background. They must have the same image aspect. Our picture is 1600 x 1200 (= 1,333 image aspect)(Fig.01).

Fig. 01

Select the picture as the background (Fig.02).

Fig. 02

Be sure to use Show Safe Frame for the camera view (Shift + F) in order to display the correct proportions in the viewport (Fig.03).

Fig. 03

Create a plane, like a big floor, and set up lots of subdivisions. These lines will help us to match the camera with the plane more easily (Fig.04).

Fig. 04

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Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
Sevdalina on Thu, 23 April 2015 10:39am
Thank you so much for sharing such easy to understand and very useful tutorial:)
Marko on Wed, 22 October 2014 8:13pm
great&simple tutorial, thank you very much!
Santanu on Fri, 09 May 2014 4:24pm
Interesting article.
White on Mon, 09 September 2013 10:55am
Hello, Ciro! I found a difficulty of how to make the plane match to the photo by moving the camera. I've already followed your tutorial, but the plane won't follow the photo's perspective. Do you know why?
Brandon on Wed, 12 June 2013 1:33pm
Hi, THank you very much for the tutorial, its really helped.
Espie on Wed, 05 December 2012 11:20am
Thanks for the tutorial, does this also work for 2 point perspective?
Ullas on Fri, 04 May 2012 12:51pm
great , goo job... thankzzzzzzz :D
Pixelissue on Fri, 16 March 2012 10:55am
nice pic of Calle Larios, Malaga!
Calle on Tue, 07 February 2012 9:10am
Is this picture from Lisboa? Nice tutorial, thank you.
Gert on Tue, 17 January 2012 9:38am
Hey man, great tutorial. Thanks. Very well communicated. :)
Mahendra on Sun, 25 December 2011 1:45pm
really nice and cool tutorial ... infact the best one for camera matching
Zeeshan Rana on Sun, 11 December 2011 1:34pm
thank you so much.
Dwayne on Wed, 22 June 2011 6:29am
Great.. thanks! You have a typo - 1.70cm for camera height, but should be 1.70m (page2)
Adel on Thu, 28 April 2011 2:17pm
hi, thanks,, :)
Shehzad Ahmad on Fri, 26 November 2010 8:07am
Thanx a lot your tutorial had helped me a lot. Thank you very much
Phuoc on Sat, 20 November 2010 2:05pm
thanks, this help me alot
Yusuf ES on Mon, 15 November 2010 5:03pm
Brilliant idea, nice tutorial. Thanks.
PSicadeLio on Fri, 12 November 2010 12:57pm
Very very nice tutorial Ciro, Thanks!
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