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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

Let the Inertia System Move You

We’ve been working with an inertia based motion capture (Mocap) system called Perception. It is capable of providing accurate motion capture data of single or multiple characters. Perception is compact and wireless and brings a freedom from needing to be in a building or large space with hundreds of lights and a team of people directing a performance. An Optical system is an alternative Mocap system available, but there may not always be a need for that level of attention, stage size, expense, and all that goes with it.

Perception doesn’t have a long calibration or setup time and you don’t have to worry about occlusions. You can also use it outside, which allows an even greater freedom for movement and capture.

One of the most important things for us is the ability to bring our 3D models to life after we 3D scan them. There are a number of ways to make your character move from hand-keying animation to using several different types of Mocap.

When choosing a Mocap system, you need to look at what is available. The systems are now very specialized, so find out both what you need and the budget you have available for your project. Also incorporate how long you have to complete the work to meet the deadlines for the project.

Good luck with you productions and as the saying goes “The mind is like a parachute, it works best when open.”

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Pilot Season is Coming!

Has Pilot Season already begun? Some say we’re always in Pilot Season with television episodics now starting all year long. Nevertheless, it’s an extraordinary time as the hundreds of pilots get whittled down to about 70 for internal consideration, with a handful finally making it to air.

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Many new shows have incorporated visual effects which is impressive due to the fast-pace and long-hours culture of filming for television. It takes an exceptional team of talented and dedicated producers, directors, supervisors, and visual effects artists to achieve incredible visual effects. It’s amazing when you think about it.

Some great examples are shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Marco Polo. Although some may have a larger budget to work with, that doesn’t take away from the amount of work it takes to produce a visually stimulating series.

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Other episodics that air on network television like Star Trek, CSI, Agents of Shield, Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy (which has been on air for 10 years!) have also produced great visual effects, and with stories that captivate their viewers. The proof is in their large following of fans. Television shows have always had a tighter budget and now with the right technology in place, coupled with a lot of hard work, they get it done.

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It really is a fascinating market to be part of today. We continue providing our 3D scanning services for television series and films and love seeing how these characters, sets, and props are transformed. Our hats go off to the VFX Producers and VFX Supervisors that make it all work. These are the real magicians in the field. Keep those great shows coming.

To see a list of Network pilots in consideration for 2015, click here.

 

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Artec Interviews TNG: Eva and Spider: Bringing you mind-blowing visuals

Artec scanners really help us bring excellent, high quality 3D models to our clients. Our founder, Nick Tesi sat down with Artec Group Inc. and discussed the process behind 3D scanning and how it plays a big part in the entertainment industry.

Read the full article here.

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When Is Our 3D Scanning Job Complete?

We just finished a complex scanning job that involved several large elements – all to be 3D scanned on stage using Lidar Scanners – within one day.

We were asked to scan all of the elements immediately because one of the sets was scheduled to be immersed in a water tank, which would make it difficult and possibly more time consuming to scan later.

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To complete this job, we needed to coordinate not just our scanning schedule and professional photo session, but also plan around the various painters, the special effects crew, the riggers, the grip and electric crews, and the production department – all of whom also needed access to the same elements in order to meet their own deadlines.

Naturally, the crew’s workflow constantly changed, so we had to work around these shifting schedules; however, because we were well prepared, and had carefully coordinated with each of the various department heads, we were able to successfully scan all of the required objects within a normal day’s schedule.

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For TNG, it’s not just about creating an exceptional 3D scan, but it’s also about accommodating our client and their own schedules throughout the entire process. We keep our clients continuously updated on the progress of each stage of cleanup and texturing. Our job is complete when our customers walk away with a smile and the satisfaction that the project was accomplished not just professionally, but also as smoothly as possible.

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Bringing 3D Scanning into the World of Immersive Media

TNG Visual Effects is working with Vortex Immersion Media to bring 3D scanning technology into the world of immersive media – a form of virtual reality.

Vortex specializes in 360-degree immersive visualization environments and programming, ranging from large-scale digital domes to home experiences on virtual reality headsets. Founded in 2007 by entertainment technology engineer Ed Lantz and his partner Matt Fannon, Vortex brings a mesmerizing ‘stimulation of senses’ into mainstream entertainment markets.

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Vortex has produced immersive media experiences for themed entertainment attractions, digital planetariums, and for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, NFL, Nike, and Turner Broadcast. Earlier this year, Vortex created a ‘branded experience’ for PepsiCo at the Super Bowl Village in Times Square, supplying branded projection mapping onto an 80′ diameter dome stage. They also built two mobile dome theaters at Comic Con in San Diego.

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The Comic Con domes presented a 360-degree 4D “thrill ride” adventure within narrative story worlds for television networks. The Constantine Dome, created for NBCUniversal in cooperation with Pop2Life, was a 3.5 minute cinema journey into the spooky world of the new series. The venue incorporated 46 theater seats and 4D effects including wind and strobes.

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Vortex also operates the Vortex Dome, the first commercial immersive media production studio and events venue located in downtown Los Angeles. The 50′ diameter venue has been home to a number of “black box” theater productions, in addition to shoots for feature films and TV shows.

– Ed Lantz, President & CEO, VORTEX Immersion Media

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