my six week trip to New Zealand went very well - many thanks to Weta! While working on two "real" productions, I found a lot of bugs and inspiration for new features... 3DE's latest beta (R2b5) is already a good indicator for that:
an all new autotracking engine which is purely based on our manual pattern tracking algorithms. The overall quality of this new engine is way better than 3DE's classic one, compensating for perspective displacement of tracking patterns as well as automatically creating new keyframes.
motion blur rendering of 3D Models and Line Geometry in Lineup- & Overview Controls.
a massive Python update featuring three new user interface widget types, new commands for reading/writing a large number of point/camera/point group/curve attributes, etc. In addition, scripts can now be placed in Object Browser's context menus. Finally, there are a number of very cool new scripts, such as for editing 2D tracking curves; defining default point attributes; automatically finding a point's 2D position in the current frame, based on its tracking in the other camera of a stereo project; and much more.
See below changelog for more details!
introduced a new autotracking engine (auto keyframing, perspective displacement of tracking patterns)
added a motion blur rendering feature to lineup
and overview controls
added a "shutter angle" attribute to camera objects for configuring motion blur rendering (attribute editor>camera)
added a "samples" attribute to project settings for configuring motion blur rendering (attribute editor>project)
added new script "edit 2D tracks tool" which allows comprehensive editing of 2D tracking curves (motiontracking-/lineup-controls>edit menu)
nudge 2D scripts are now integrated into lineup controls, new match frame option (v1.6)
fixed a bug with functions "extract line/polygon" not working properly for object point groups (lineup controls)
fixed a bug which caused 3DE4 to center not exactly on a 2D tracking point (lineup controls, undistort mode)
focal length scale extended to 300 mm (lineup controls)