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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

3D Scanning Without Borders

From time to time a 3D scanning project is requested in another country and requires traveling with the scanning equipment. Crossing borders can raise issues if customs holds packages for clearance, and can alter a well planned 3D scanning session. One option is to send the equipment ahead of time but if the schedule changes, it puts everyone in an awkward (and expensive) situation. If the talent needs to leave the site, or will not be available again, the best case is to be as flexible as possible.

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Raw to Ready to Rig

If you  have decided to have a scanning company travel to a location of your choice, here are some questions to ask:

  1. How much room will they need?
  2. Will they need the environment lightened or darkened?
  3. What kind of power requirements do they have?
  4. What additional costs will they incur?
  5. Are there additional costs for multiple scans of the same person?
  6. What is their plan for scanning/creating hair?

Staying on top of the details will help eliminate last-minute hassles when your scanning team arrives.

full body scan

Full body scan in minutes

There has been an increase in production requiring a separate photo shoot to produce high-end texture maps along with the 3D scanning. This provides a more comprehensive solution from one company to save on costs, space, and coordination. Find out if your scanning company has this capability. If one of your vendors is setting up a photo shoot, see if they intend to share their photos. You certainly do not need more than one group taking the photos.

Begin with the end in mind. To ensure your scanning project is complete, have your 3D scanning company provide a contact sheet with a naming convention you both agree on.  The next step is to decide how quickly you need the models, and at which resolution they will be delivered. Coordinating these details with your 3D scanning company prior to wrapping production assists your 3D scanning company in delivering a satisfactory product your other vendors can work with.

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When choosing a 3D scanning company, you always have a choice. You can use a company you are familiar with, or try a new, although it is not recommended to use a company that does not have experience being on production. This inexperience leads to an unpredictable outcome. Look for a service that can travel light and quickly, and will give you the option of capturing your data at their studio or at the location of your project.

Whether you need 3D scanning in the US or internationally, 3D scanners without borders are a great choice.

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Time Is Money, I Need It Now!

As with most things, there are a number of ways to get what you want. In our business, our clients want great looking 3D characters that are exact replica’s of the original person – what we call a Digital Double. But, if a 3D scan is needed right away, or very soon due to an upcoming delivery date, there is often a choice to be made: Quality – Price – Speed…pick two.

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This is a dilemma brought on by budget, time and quality. When the pressure is on, who are you going to call? Everyone you can find, I am sure. You will start with 3D scanning companies you have worked with in the past, and if you have no luck, move onto referred contacts. Another option is to do a Google search in your area, there could be a 3D scanning company around the corner.

3d head scan low resolution to film resolution

The next challenge is to audit the candidates and review proposals. During the proposal stage, my experience would suggest to look over their recent work and to compare prices, deliveries and availability. The focus should be on time and budget, and less on the choice of lasers (structured or photo). The best qualifiers are their current portfolio and past customers.

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This is a fast moving business on all sides of visual effects. Some people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. They want to know what your commitment is to giving the model your best work for the amount of time and investment spent. We on the other hand are focused on this market and will provide fast service at a good price, and with the quality you will come back for even when you have time to shop.

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I hope this helps with your decision the next time you need a 3D model scanned the right way, and fast. You can have it your way.


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Video: 3D Scanning Services and Digital Asset Creation for VFX

TNG Visual Effects creates 3D digital assets by way of 3D scanning. We’ve got the know-how, speed and mobility to meet your needs. Whether you are producing a film, video game, commercial or other production, TNG is your source for photorealistic CG models.

We’ve kept this short, sweet, and to the point. Enjoy!

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TNG Visual Effects: 3D Scanning Services

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3D Scanning The World

Our mission is to have the ability to 3D scan everything the world has to offer, by the end of this decade. Today, we can scan the inside and outside of buildings, airplanes, ships, tanks, cars, people, animals, and insects. We can recreate the wet look, the dry look, water, fire, and the list goes on. Even software for growing vegetation has been added to the list. It is a blooming entity that is getting better all the time. All that being said, the question is, what are we doing with these digital assets once the project is completed?

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We have been working on creating a database of digital assets that would be available for use and for modification, when needed. Using this database, a production company would be able to produce an entirely virtual environment that sets the stage for motion captured cyber-characters and computer generated music with computer generated voice-overs. This is where we see the future of entertainment – our world in a computer database one piece at a time, the Matrix at the movies, so to speak.

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Our database is growing and we are constantly looking for new items to scan to give you more choices, and to cut your costs. Please let us know what you’re looking for, perhaps we already have it. There’s no need to rush the future, as we enjoy the fruit of our labor today. For us, it is a labor of love and challenge.


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Movie Title Sequence – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Here’s another clip of some of the work we’ve done in the past. Click on the link below to see the full title sequence for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Full Title Sequence

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