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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

Mobility in Service

To have a studio today is a wonderful accomplishment. This means you can afford the overhead of providing a place to ply your skills. The biggest advantage is being able to control your set up – your full crew on hand and all of your equipment available in the event you need to fix or replace anything. It is almost the perfect scenario.

Getting Ready for the Photo Shoot

Full size light for Body 3D Scanning Photo Shoot

However, if you service the entertainment industry, this changes quite a bit. It is the industry that never sleeps which makes the talent in high demand with definite time constraints. It’s a fast-paced environment of get in, wait, do your part in the least amount of time skillfully and then get out of the way. It’s not a cruel business; it’s what makes working in our field so exciting.

3D scanning equipment

The ability to be a mobile business that is also flexible is important in the entertainment industry. Production is always on the move whether they are working on a film, a commercial, a trailer for a game or a TV Series, and depend on businesses that understand their demanding schedules. As their budgets get tighter, the need to be available at a moment’s notice is what they rely on. This can add a bit of stress on all involved, especially as things change based on the needs of the project, availability of the talent and sometimes the weather, but the more flexible and mobile we can be help us meet the needs of our clients.

Lidar scanning on site, battle ship

This strategy is not for the weak of heart, it is for those who excel under pressure. They need to have efficient technology allowing them to get in and out quickly, the ability to get back to their facility, unload all of their data, process it and send it out to the group that needs to integrate it into their part of the project. We know it sounds a little militaristic. Maybe we’ll start recruiting from Special Forces in the military – just the strategists of course.

 

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Transition from Creative Thought to Reality with Digital Assets

You might already know that the digital age is here and as we move into the future, more digital content will be needed to support television, movies headed to the big screen, commercials, and print ads on magazines and billboards. We haven’t even mentioned video games. If you’re in production, how long will you wait before including the necessary digital assets needed to cut time and cost?

tng cg town, lidar scanning, 3d scanning

More producers and directors have increased their usage of digital assets. This includes their set environments, foregrounds, elements or props, characters, and at times even the action taking place on the stage. We have scanned several large vehicles and areas for production, including an entire two block area of buildings on both sides of a street. By building in the present, we can use our knowledge from the past to help us turn our creative thought into reality, paying attention to current trends that aid us in this endeavor.

3d scanned locomotive, train

No, the time for 100% digital is not today or tomorrow, but it is coming.  We are ready, and will be here to help you get the data you need to include more digital assets in your production.

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Happy Thanksgiving from TNG Visual Effects!

We are thankful for our wonderful clients!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your family!

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Pre-Vis or Lidar or Both?

Lidar Scanning has become one of the most popular 3D scanning services on the market. The data captured can be used for Pre-Vis and then again for backgrounds, sets or large objects such as ships, tanks, commercial airplanes, etc.

Lidar scanning on site, battle ship
The scanner can be mounted on a tripod to scan a large area or object, or can be mounted on a vehicle and driven through a city or countryside collecting a lot of data very fast. If that isn’t fast enough, you can hook it to a helicopter and scan even larger areas at an even quicker pace.

LIDAR SCANNED BUILDING, 3D SCANNING
This has been by far the most used technology in recent years and the most advancing. Some units can scan a 10 times higher point cloud than its predecessors. One thing to note is the need for a well equipped computer to handle data of this size.

Where can you capture lidar scanning? Nearly anywhere on our planet. Just make sure to bring a portable generator for the more remote areas.

lidar scanning, 3d scanning
Whether you are scanning a model in a studio, a celebrity for a commercial at a Baseball stadium, or an extra on set at a production site, planning is paramount to getting the best results in the shortest period of time.

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3D Scanning: Luxury or Necessity?

We have been in the 3D scanning business for many years and have spoken with a lot of people who are both for and against it. Some believe 3D scanning is a luxury, but in reality when you think about the amount of time and money it can save, it is a viable solution.

3D Scanning makes sense when you have a number of characters that need digital doubles in a short period of time, and especially if you need to match them to real actors. However, if the cost of this endeavor does not justify doing the job, then another avenue may be pursued.

3d scanned head

In the early days of 3d scanning, there needed to be a dark environment to scan a model, but now the scanning can be done just about anywhere. When scanning heads, you can also scan a number of expressions that will give you blend shapes or just references for your artists to use if facial performance will be needed. Texture maps, displacement maps, and normal maps are all available as well.

3d scan expressions

You also have the option of taking the scan model as a raw mesh and have your own crew finish it. This will save you from having to buy your own system and maintaining an operator. But if your crew is busy, the scanning team should be able to accommodate your needs fast and efficiently at a cost similar to what you would have paid your own staff.

ful body 3d scan

In the end, it’s your project and you dictate the finished look needed and the number of polygons. This is a service that puts you in control as to how you would like the modeled delivered. As you can see, 3D scanning is not a luxury when you consider the demanding schedules of our clients. It is an absolute necessity to have this service available.

 

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