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3D Scanning Visual Effects Technology and Services

3D Scanning Visual Effects Technology and Services

3D Scanning Visual Effects Technology and Services via http://tngvisualeffects.com

Marketing Your Products Online

Consider how many people shop online. With Amazon and eBay being household names, and nearly every large chain retail store being online, how do you make your merchandise stand out?

3d scanned shoe

When you think of 3D scanning you wouldn’t typically think about online shopping, but you should. 3D scanning your merchandise for display online is a great starting point for any manufacturer. The 3D scan gives almost exact dimensions of each product and essentially a template for products that come in many colors and textures. You can also create a digital prototype as you’re creating new products.

3d scanning merchandise

Recently, Amazon acquired Shoefitr which has a database of 3D scanned shoes. When a customer is shopping for shoes online, Shoefitr will compare their specific shoe size with certain brands of shoes to help the customer choose the correct size. For example, if a size 8 tennis shoe of a certain brand is equal to a size 8.5 in another brand, Shoefitr will provide suggestions on sizing of the shoe you are shopping for.

shoefitr

The hope is to eliminate returns that not only cost the company but affect the customers experience as well.

3d scanning props

This is just one example of how 3D scanning can assist in marketing your product online. A 3D scan also provides a three-dimensional look for your customers where they can view every angle in detail before purchase.

3d scanned glasses

3d scanned glasses

How can 3D scanning help you in your marketing efforts?

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Building Characters in Challenging Conditions

Not all 3D characters or digital models are easy to create or build. Some are more difficult than others. Even though there are a number of circumstances that can make a 3D scanning session more challenging, there’s always a way to make it go as smooth as possible. Here are some challenges we’ve faced over the years, and some ways we’ve been able to get through it.

full body 3d scans

Challenge #1: The talent is confused, upset or nervous.

Solution: In our experience, we’ve found explaining some of the process before we get started helps to calm down the talent. Many times they are going from one place to the next and haven’t been briefed on what is about to happen. Patience and understanding goes a long way.

Challenge #2: The talent is only available for a short amount of time.

Solution: Find out what will be needed in the final delivery, what definitely needs to be 3D scanned in detail, and what can be left out.

Challenge #3: One or more of the following occurs:
1. The talent is very tall.
2.The wardrobe has many layers and details, or is is shiny/transparent.
3. There are prosthetics involved.

full body 3d scan plus textures

Solution: If there is a limited amount of time to scan the talent, we will consult with the person in charge to see what is absolutely necessary. We can also scan wardrobe and prosthetics separately. With shiny or transparent material, one solution is to spray it with a dulling spray.

Challenge #4: The scanning session is outside in bad weather conditions.

We have come across some situations where the scan must be outside in the hot sun or with strong wind and sand blowing everywhere. Sometimes it’s too hot or cold to take out all of the equipment.

Solution: One suggestion is to have production build a tent to protect the scanning of the talent from the weather conditions. Sometimes a simple relocation between trailers will also work. We have found production crews to be very resourceful and creative in finding a solution. Again, if time is an issue we will always ask which parts are most crucial.

full body 3d scan with props

We know it won’t always be perfect so we try to keep our minds open and focused on the task at hand.

 

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How Important Are Local Vendors?

It is beneficial to use local vendors for projects especially if you are in an area that offers tax incentives. Local vendors save you on time and cost and are readily available for last minute changes such as shooting times and talent availability. If something goes wrong with their equipment it can be quickly recovered. However, the tax credit should not drive use if the company is not vetted and the quality could be compromised.

full body 3d scans

We have noticed this trend happening around the world, and as a way to respond we’ve built alliances throughout North America to be a local presence in the market. As our 3D scanning projects come get closer to completion, the QC work is then reviewed  in Los Angeles to keep the quality consistent. This will guarantee the same quality in all parts of the continent.

Our goal is to give quality work with great customer support at competitive pricing. It is our mission to help give you a reliable source for 3D scanning service throughout North America.

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3D Scanning the World

Are you building a partial environment or perhaps an entire city for your project?  As technology gets better and we look to create more and more digital assets, it is just a matter of taking things from the real world and bringing them into the digital world.

tng cg town, lidar scanning, 3d scanning

You can re-create a city and populate the streets with vehicles from a certain era or go back 10 to 15 years for a variety. This can also work for planes, trains and other types of vehicles. You can also 3D scan props such as weapons and instruments (musical, medical, industrial, etc.) and insert them into the environment.

3d scanning props

The questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to use digital assets are:

– Can it blend into the project?
– Can it be lit to the environment?
– Is it scalable or is the right scale coming in?

There are some challenges that come along with 3D scanning. For example, it is difficult to 3D scan hair, shiny materials/objects and scanning translucent or transparent items need extra care. It can be done but you need to make sure the realistic factor is not lost in the process.

Lidar scanned charger

At some point most of what you see on screen will be fed by large databases of composited or edited digital content. 3D scanners will be more diverse and simple to use. Formats will not be an issue, nor will any other challenge we face with visual effects.  All we need to do is bridge that gap with time and development.

 

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Digital Doubles in Film & TV

At times an actor can be cast in a film or television series because they resemble a celebrity. Maybe they are hired as a body double, a lookalike, or a family member. But what if the character needs to perform a series of stunts that even a professional stunts person can’t do?

viking 3d model, digital double

Computer generated elements have been used in films since the 1960s, but it was in the 1980s where we really started to see more visual and special effects being used.  Tron was actually the first film to have an extensive use of 3D CGI and very early facial animation.

3d facial expressions

Using a digital character, or digital double, can give a scene more flexibility when being filmed. With the help of visual effects, a character can be thrown off buildings, set on fire, shot, broken into particles, and can morph into anything. The best part is you can do take after take until the scene has met your expectation.

We believe in time digital doubles will be integrated with real talent and will be undetected. Between 3D scanning, texturing and motion capture, we’re working towards creating a completely virtual/augmented reality viewable through tools like the Oculus Rift.

digital double, head scan

We look forward to knowing your needs for digital doubles and helping you create an immersive experience for your audience.

Click here to view a timeline of computer animation in film and television.

 

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