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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

Lidar Scanning of Buildings, Sets and Extensions

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More and more of the movie, TV and even game sets are being scanned and manipulated to match the vision of the director. The scanning team will start off by only scanning the building area of each shot that is set up, and later will add the surface and detail to make them part of the scene. Scanning and saving these sets will cut the cost of going back to a location in the future.

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3D Scanned buildings can be used for set extensions, detail, measurements, Pre-Vis, or whatever the need is.

This type of work saves hours or days of modeling and gives precision data to build extensions and props, such as gargoyles or other accessories as needed, onto or in front of the building. These scans are used to project or make videos of projected themes onto the buildings and can be blown up in war movies, or the like.

Sets that are marked to strike can take advantage of the insurance scanning concept which is to have sets scanned and then archived to eliminate the need for rebuilding.

lidar scan, 3 scan, buildingThe Lidar Scanning, or large area scanning, will also work on more organic settings like a park or country location and can be used for easements, planning and Pre-Viz. The leaves of a tree or other organic items may have to be modeled or generated in a different way, but the Lidar Scanning would be a great place to start.

TNG is in the process of building a database of 3D scans for future needs, call us for more info. Perhaps we already have something you could use.

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25% Discount from Memorial Day to Independence Day

To celebrate our Independence, we are offering a 25% discount on all of our 3D Scans*. Our 3D Scanning services include heads, bodies, props and large object scanning, such as cars, buildings, trucks and airplanes. We can scan on-site or at one of our locations in Los Angeles, Louisiana, Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal. Click on this link to get your coupon today: Facebook Coupon.

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*Offer valid for purchases over $1,000.00. Expires July 4, 2013.

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Buildings, Sets, Environments: What is your background?

In Visual Effects we utilize 3D characters and props, but how about local environments (sets, buildings – interior and exterior), large vehicles (trucks, buses, tanks, airplanes, trains)? These too can be scanned digitally to create your location or asset, and be replicated or used as many times as needed.

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3D scanners, or the replicators of today, will be building inventories of digital assets for use in the future. Of course, there will always be a need for customized models of all sizes and shapes, but the option to use generic models should be able to give your show a better look on a smaller budget.

Until then, we are taking on the challenges of 3D scanning multiple buildings, very large animals, cars, buses, trains, and planes. We are doing our best at providing a one-stop shop for all of your 3D scanning needs. The efficiency of having a team on site that can scan your talent, props, and then move into scanning the sets and other large items will be a plus for the 3D visual effects show. Budgets are getting tighter and the need is increasing for a cost effective solution that can show up fast, do their scanning, and then leave the location to advance on to capture other visual effects.

We are based in Los Angeles and have recently opened a satellite office in Louisiana. We also have partially opened offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.  In these locations, the tax incentives are great, and the studios and production houses are not willing to pass them up. Having a 3D scanning service bureau close at hand will help in lowering the costs and upping your flexibility to get all your scanning done without incurring additional travel costs.

 

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What is the Cost of Creating a Character?

You chose visual effects because you know you can create anything as long as it’s in your budget. Need photo-realistic 3D models? Adding in mocap or necessary services to make your project come alive may make your budget seem bleaker than you originally thought.

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Let’s say you’ve got ten characters that need to be 3D scanned. You want these in high enough detail so you can start using them for tests, trailers, etc. It already feels like you’re going to break your budget. We’ve got suggestions to help you get the data you need.

Partner Up – Best case scenario: You’re developing the game while the film is in production. From concept to Post, these projects will maintain fluid replication and you will have someone to split the costs with.

Quantity Discount – You remember this one, right? The more you spend, the more you save.

Data Storage – Not sure exactly what you want in digital? If your production has potential for any possible scene changes, just have your 3D scanning service provider scan anything you might possibly need as a CG model. Order the data when you need it.

Head Scans – The 3D scanning service provider that specializes in photo-realistic heads can give you a good clean model quickly. You can take the fraction you’ve saved and use other specialists to finish the work.

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Raw Scans – This is an option as long as the VFX facility you choose to do clean up and textures with has a pipeline compatible with 3D scanned models. Are their costs any less than your 3D scanning service provider?

If none of the options above are beneficial to your project, talk to your 3D scanning service provider to determine how they can customize your order to help you. There could be other bargaining chips out there that you haven’t considered. Get the conversation started and figure out how you will get the best with your budget. Great characters are worth it.

 

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3D Scanning Services: Replicating Anything You Need

Is it enough to say we provide 3D scanning services? We think not! We do much more in order to be a real service provider. Service providers could be more direct and hassle-free if they use a method designed to get the best out of their people and equipment. This is true for most industries. As a professional, you know your job.

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We’ve recently added partial services to our list of services available. We know sometimes you can get scans from other companies that are less than stellar, or not what you requested and your resources have been depleted, but you still need to complete your project. We can carry that momentum. We will pick up the data from a point cloud, raw scan, or remesh. If the texture mapping was done poorly, it may need to be retextured. We can do that, too!

We have had this request a few times in the past. Most companies will deliver good data, however, we’ve run across jobs that require our expertise for only certain parts of the 3D modeling process. Perhaps some data on a future project completed in another country does not meet their demo quality, or your expectations. That is where we might help the most. We have an established internal pipeline and can process scan-related data more quickly than other houses, plus our Zbrush or Mud Box sculptors can get your model back on track.

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Remember to include us in any bids- whether you need complete 3D models or partial services to repair poor data. Our specialties are people, animals, props, car interiors, car exteriors, trucks, trains, planes, and buildings (facade, interior, or the entire exterior). We also include a full professional photo shoot. The photography is shot with a high-resolution 20 megapixel camera that has a polarizing lens to reduce highlights. The concept is to maintain even lighting while keeping in mind that environmental lighting will usually be added later for a more realistic simulation of light. We shoot in raw format, so we are able to convert our images to any format our client desires (jpeg, tiff, etc).

Lastly, we pride ourselves on being both conveniently mobile and flexible. You know how these projects are constantly a moving target – here today and somewhere else tomorrow. It moved up a week and then back two weeks. Can you work on the weekends and holidays, or can you be on a plane tomorrow and work nights? These are questions we hear often. We believe a timely response is a key indicator of the level of service you will continue to receive from your 3D scanning service provider.

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Whether you need complete 3D scanning services, or partial services to get your models back on track, we are so sure of our service we guarantee all our work. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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