v22.x The Pixel Farm PFTrack – Academic

The Pixel Farm PFTrack – Academic
The Pixel Farm PFTrack – Academic

3D Tracking Reinvented

Tracking Professionals throughout the VFX industry regard The Pixel Farm PFTrack as the most innovative product of its kind. In particular, it has unparalleled flexibility, functionality, and precision. It is the go-to matchmoving and layout software. To put it another way, it does what the competition can’t.

The Pixel Farm PFTrack

PFTrack is built on a rock-solid camera tracking and image analysis engine. In fact, PFTrack adds exclusive technologies that stretch far beyond the capabilities of other conventional matchmoving software. In essence, it empowers visual artists to recreate entire scenes within an accurate world space defined by real camera metrics.

Every VFX pipeline will benefit from data that only PFTrack can deliver. In other words, creative possibilities are limitless. In addition, it’s accessible within a single working environment that inspires imagination.

User Guide



PFBucket is The Pixel Farm’s entitlement management system. Above all, it empowers customers with a flexible toolset to deploy entitlement tokens to operator workstations. At the same time, it manages permissions and privileges. Simply put, it allows users to access our embedded user support with ease, and downloading software installers.

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Have questions? Email us at sales@toolfarm.com, or contact us another way.

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Not only is PFTrack is an innovative 3D tracking tool, but it is also highly regarded in the VFX industry.

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The PFAcademy teaches you everything you need to know to become proficient in using our software. Learn the fundamentals of our software and continue on to earn manufacturer accredited certifications to carry forward into your chosen career path.

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Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Mac Mac OS X 10.13 or later (only 64-bit supported)
  • Linux CentOS 7.6 or later (only 64-bit supported)

Minimum Supported Hardware

  • PROCESSOR: Intel / AMD 4 cores
  • GPU: Dedicated GPU, running OpenCL 1.2 or above
  • DISPLAY: Minimum of 1920×1200
  • INTERFACE: 3 button mouse
  • STORAGE: 1GB of available space for installation

† OpenCL is used exclusively on OS X. On Windows and Linux, CUDA is used for NVIDIA GPUs, and OpenCL for all other cards.
Optimal Processing

The following are recommended for optimal processing.

  • PROCESSOR: 3.0GHz or more with at least 8 cores
  • MEMORY: 16GB
  • GPU: Dedicated GPU, running OpenCL 1.2 or above
  • DISPLAY: UHD 3840×2160
  • INTERFACE: 3 button mouse
  • STORAGE: SSD storage device


Please note: a direct internet connection is required to install and administer the licenses using the license manager. Otherwise, licenses must be managed manually

Any license can be deployed as Floating or Node-Locked.

PFTrack 22.05.19

19 May 2022


  • Improved in-app user support tools

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Python API setDistortion() function to ensure camera frame size is correct after changing the distortion coefficient
  • Fixed copy/paste bug so all cameras in duplicated nodes are uniquely identified when attached to a single Scene Export node (PFT000997)

PFBucket 22.03.28

28 March 2022


  • Improved token re-sync functionality
  • Better admin support ticket notification checks
  • Updated new panel displaying images and links
  • Updated network requirement for the PFBucket Desktop App on Centos 7 to OpenSSL 1.1

Note: If you haven’t done so already, Centos 7 users should install OpenSSL 1.1 libraries before launching the PFBucket Desktop App. See here for further instructions.

PFTrack 22.03.14

14 March 2022

Bug fixes

  • Fixed positioning of test objects when geometry is attached to a tracker in a moving object group (PFT000942)
  • Fixed scaling of test object geometry when changing from camera to object motion with the Make Object node (PFT000959)
  • Improved stability on Windows and Linux when launching PFTrack from network attached storage (PFT000971)

PFTrack 22.02.10

10 February 2022

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed full-window ST-map issue that could sometimes cause a crash whilst exporting (PFT000944, PFT000953)
  • Fixed bit-depth conversion issue in the Clip Input node that could introduce borders in the image when undistorting
  • Other minor UI updates and fixes

PFTrack 22.02.01

1 February 2022


  • Updated background processing so work can be performed on one branch from the source clip whilst a processing operation is running on another branch

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed sorting of trackers after changing tracker colour states (PFT000920)
  • Fixed Disparity-To-Depth node to ensure z-depth is flagged as available for export in the Footage Export node (PFT000931)
  • Fixed tracker placement issue related to masking in Auto Match node (PFT000942)
  • Other minor UI updates

PFTrack 22.01.13


  • Added image cropping option to the Auto-Undistort tools in solver nodes to crop to the original image size after undistorting
  • Added a Full Window option to the Scene Export node allowing export of OpenEXR ST-Maps with a full data window when using cropped undistortion
  • Improved ground-plane rendering with buttons to increase and decrease the ground-plane grid size in the Cinema window
  • Made some CPU performance optimizations to increase image processing speed
  • Other minor UI updates and improvements

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed full-image undistort framing when building a movie camera preset (PFT000886)
  • Fixed potential crash in Z-Depth Mesh node


The Pixel Farm PFTrack Core Courses

The Pixel Farm offers Free training for PFTrack.  There are 3 core courses consisting of multiple lessons, each with an accompanying test.