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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

Lidar Scanning: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Lidar scanning is a common term that refers to the laser scanning of a large area such as a building, set, truck, train, or airplane. Lidar scanning technology is what we use to help us in our insurance scanning of sets.

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Lidar scanning is a great solution for scanning buildings that have a storefront or intricate detail around windows and inviting entry ways. It can also be used to scan the inside of a building whether bland or more elaborate, depending on how expressive the architect wanted to be with their creation, and is well suited for complicated interiors, finishes and even sets.
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The transportation vehicles are also a magnet for this type of scanner. We recently went to Travel Town and scanned a train from the 1800’s. To make it an operative train, we had to model a lot of parts, but that is what is involved when creating a working model. Whether it is a slick Chevelle or an army tank, a 3D lidar scan can make short work of it.
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We want to bring items to the market in a more affordable way and have been looking at building a library of ready to go images. We are also looking at a much faster process of replicating an object, building or vehicle. Our equipment is small and portable, easy to travel with and scans fast, however, based on the size and complexity of the scan, the time will be what is necessary. Contact us for more information.

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The Transformation Into True Fans Of Soccer

 For all you soccer fans out there, here’s a Coca Cola commercial we did some scanning for awhile back. Click on the photo to see what true fans of soccer looks like!
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[Video Source: The Mill]

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3D Scanning for Commercials

Here are a couple of commercials we did the 3D scanning for.

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What is the Cost of Insuring Your Digital Assets?

What are we talking about when we mention digital asset or 3D scanning insurance? To most, these are relatively new terms. Digital asset or 3D scanning insurance is having raw scan data of characters and sets from your project stored in a place that is easily accessible, and that can be retrieved and built, if needed. This is important from a cost standpoint, if nothing else. If you have a character who is injured in the middle of filming, or worst case passes away such as Brandon Lee in The Crow and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, you need to find a way to finish the project, and for your investors to have a chance at recovering their investment.

Perhaps a character goes through an unanticipated transition, or another shot popped up in post that needs a clean character face, think about the cost of getting that actor back versus the cost of reconstructing them. The same goes for sets, cars and trucks – all of these items could and can be scanned and archived in the event their needs come to fruition. Wouldn’t you rather have it in your back pocket than to think about about what it would cost you?

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The most cost effective strategy is to have a 3D scanning team scan all characters, props and sets while they are still on set, and while the set is still up. These scans can be archived and retrieved, as needed. Episodics are great examples because of their many characters. We have worked on a number of these and scanned one character at a time, as needed.

As productions get faster and budgets get tighter, more ways will be found to be efficient, to save money, and to get the data you need when you need it. A little planning and consideration of the possibilities give you options that can be the difference between staying within budget and going over. Ask us about our Digital or 3D Scanning Insurance options.

 

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Building Character

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We build 3D characters for an array of uses and with all sorts of looks, sizes, ethnic groups, with clothing and with out clothing for movies, commercials and video games. A request for a 3D character is like a casting call, but in reality what we create is a copy or simulation of real life. We are characters ourselves in the real world and have unique facial expressions from the details of our eyes, to the way our lips move or smile, to how our nose will crinkle at a certain smell. Perfecting all of these details is not easy as the face or head of a character is not perfect. When you start looking at a face through a computer, you begin to notice that a face is not symmetrical and that one eye is bigger than the other, and the nostrils and the ears are different shapes. You also realize you cannot construct only half the face and flip it because it will look unnatural (unless it is a background person).

3d head scan

Building a character is my favorite part of 3D Scanning, and blending shapes or adding expressions opens up a whole new world. There are many things to consider when requesting a 3D character. Should the character have a certain stance for marketing, or display a certain mood such as love, anger, defiance or acceptance? Should the clothing be layered, soiled or crisp? Does the character need accessories such as jewelry, weapons, or instruments? Will the character have cyber hair making it more realistic? All of these decisions will bring the character closer to the emulation of reality.

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More than just wishing upon a star, the next step of course is for the Mocap people to break out their latest systems and software and bring your character to life. All of this effort is to give a unique performance of technology to enhance the viewing of spectacular action. What a great time to be involved in the building of cyber worlds.

 

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