Video Trace: 3D Models from Video

VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video. The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modelled over one or more frames of the video.

By interpreting the sketch drawn by the user in light of 3D information obtained from computer vision techniques, a small number of simple 2D interactions can be used to generate a realistic 3D model.

In many ways the system is similar to the sadly demised CANOMA but with video, the movie below provides a good insight into how Video Trace works:

By way of simple comparison with CANOMA below is a movie we created some 8 years ago from a postcard – if we had the video capability it would of provided a similar output to Video Trace:

A version of CANOMA but from video is an intriguing step forward – if this can be semi-automated then low end rapid capture of city models could be round the corner.

You can find out more about Video Trace via their main page.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - January 24, 2008

    jaw-dropping maybe…They’ll get swallowed up cheap by some big company and VideTrace will forever be known as Autodesk Auto3d or something silly like that…And retail at a squillion dollars.
    Why are academics always so bad at releasing to the community/general public: Are they working as a private company or a publicly funded enterprise?
    Sorry, I’m a cynic…

  2. mike - November 7, 2008

    hello very nice tutorial it looks like a cool program to learn and use.

    saw were can you buy the program or were can you download

    I cand faind it is that really the name
    Video trace?

    ok thanks


  3. bombey - January 28, 2009

    I tryed to seoarch on google for download but all i found is: “If you are interested in this commercial development, or would like to be place on the mailing list so you can be notified of further developments and particularly the release of the final version please email

  4. Anonymous - February 20, 2009

    @those who wish to buy/download the product

    It says on their website that they are not publicly releasing yet.

  5. chris - March 19, 2009

    were do i download it from???

  6. Anonymous - April 26, 2009

    you can always torrent it 🙂

  7. Anonymous - August 19, 2009

    no you can’t because it isn’t on any of the nets

  8. Anonymous - June 4, 2010

    This is Fake you guys they develop this video from other 3d software as a marketing ploy to bring attention and possibly funds to their shitty operation. Microsoft did the same thing when they were starting promising something they didnt have.

  9. MracleDiscovery - August 2, 2010

    Hello guise, could you please tell me who I can download Videotrace software?

  10. Anonymous - March 24, 2011

    right now videotrace is not publicly open yet only beta testers are using it. if u want to download it go to their websight and sighn up to become a beta tester and u can download it in a cupple days after they conferm you

  11. Anonymous - August 9, 2011

    Where can i download it?

  12. Anonymous - November 5, 2011

    How to Download this software….this software false and fake.So please tell me how to download this software…….hmm

    no idia ??????

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