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Preparing Footage for Visualize

After a shoot, you'll need to copy the video files into the working directory. For each file you recorded, find the corresponding TAKE_ folder. Having the camera's clock set correctly is helpful so you can match the time stamps between the footage and the folder names. Within the take directory, put the video file into the TAKE_/color folder.

A sample Workspace folder with a single TAKE inside of it.

A sample Workspace folder with a single TAKE inside of it.

The working folder contains a folder called _calibration and folders for each of the TAKES you captured in the previous step. In order for a TAKE to be valid, the /color folder must contain a video.

Visualize doesn't support all video formats and codecs, so we recommend that you transcode your files to a standard high resolution format. If you're on PC, we recommend you encode to a high-bitrate Motion JPEG or h264 (~210000 kbps) file and use .mov as your wrapper. If you're on OS X, we recommend using Apple ProRes (APCN).

The Visualizer allows for the option of having a proxy video; a smaller version of your video that makes visualization fast without sacrificing quality at export. To create an offline video we recommend using Handbrake to create a low res proxy mov at 640x360 (assuming you shot in 16:9 aspect ratio. If not make sure to export the correct picture size.We supply a preset that makes this process easier, download here. Add to the end of the filename and put in the Color folder. This is the clip that DepthKitVisualize will load for preview, it will be swapped out automatically for the large file when rendering.

Once your files are in place inside their color folders, you're ready to Visualize. It you're having problems with this step, check out the Troubleshooting section.