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TNG Visual Effects - 3D Scanning Services

Happy Halloween from TNG Visual Effects!

We hope you enjoy this haunting clip of how we created this 3D Digital Zombie.

Creating a Digital 3D Zombie3d scanning props

 

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DANGERMAN – The Urban Superhero

DangerMan says: Help make the world a better place. We did a full body 3D scan of DangerMan a few weeks ago. Check out this clip of his digital double.

DangerMan, the Urban Superhero

full body 3 scan

 

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This Ain’t Your Father’s Car!

Remember your dad’s car, the old station wagon that was big enough to hold the entire family? Yes, it was a sensible solution for transportation, but it wasn’t too exciting. Times have changed and dads are now driving renovated or re-engineered muscle cars like the Charger, reliving the days of their fathers and grandfathers. They can go with a big engine that can pass anything (but a gas station!), or look good in a 4 cylinder that just sips the gas and saves you money.

lidar scan_dodge charger

Whatever your pleasure, or need, we can scan it. We’ve been involved in scanning a variety of cars for films, tv episodes and commercials and have scanned everything from the ultra sleek Lamborghini to hard tops, convertibles, VW Bugs and Ford Thunderbirds. We’ve scanned them all.

We handle each car like it is our own, with tender loving care. First, we have a photo shoot to get high resolution reference pictures for texture maps. Next, we prep the surface of the car by coating it with a dulling spray that can be easily washed or polished right off. We then paper the windows as the scans go right through them. Finally, we scan the car using our FARO scanner, a high-speed 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation, to get every side of the car and collect as much information as possible. If more than one vehicle needs to be scanned, we will do the photo shoot and preparation simultaneously, building a work flow that keeps the process moving quickly.

3d scanned chevelle, lidar scanning

Once we are back in the studio, we go through the data and rebuild the model and re-topologize with quads. Depending on your needs, we can also place UV’s on before delivering the product, since most customers like to finish the cars with reflection maps themselves. The whole process can take a few days to a week to complete, again based on your needs and how many artists are on the project.

We also have the ability to scan larger vehicles like vans, trucks and trains, as well as period pieces like covered wagons, stage coaches, planes and tanks from different wars. Whether your father drives it, you drive it, or a chauffeur drives it, we can scan it and make it a 3D model for your show.

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Elvis Presley for Halloween?

What better way to honor Elvis Presley than to impersonate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll?

We took it upon ourselves to get out there and find an Elvis impersonator, who was also an expert. He came dressed in Elvis’ iconic white jumpsuit and was the same size and weight for that period. We did a full body 3D scan to get the entire suit. Our biggest challenge was replicating the transparent stones through modeling and getting them back on the suit.

full body 3d scan of Elvis

Although the performer didn’t look exactly like Elvis, we used his head as a place holder. We then looked through the web and chose a picture we felt represented that period in his life and really showed the King in full performance. We went with an action shot that captured the essence of Elvis singing his songs. We recreated that look in ZBrush and added cyber hair. We then modeled the mic stand and mic. It was a labor of love to honor such an icon and a talent.

So, if you’re Elvis this Halloween, walk proud, smile and sign lots of autographs. It would be all the better if you can sing and move too! You will bring back lots of fond memories to people who watched him or had seen him perform in the past.

 

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How Do Your Buildings and Sets Measure Up?

While scanning buildings, accuracy is often a question that arises, and for good reason. The system we use captures one million points per second. These buildings, which are scanned, will be used as targets to build additional pieces either physically or digitally. This gives the project (film or TV) a real-time blueprint, in which they can safely plan around, saving time.

tng cg town, lidar scanning, 3d scanning

Our large-scale scanning system is precise and fast as it creates a virtual copy of reality with millimeter-accuracy. This gives us the ability to acquire our scan data rather quickly so that we can both be out of production’s way and on our way to pre-processing the data. These types of 3D scanners, which can scan large real-world objects, are known as Lidar scanners and are used in dozens of fields because of their accurate measurements. Surveyors are commonly seen using this type of equipment. Ours is highly transportable which allows us to be on-set, as needed.

LIDAR SCANNED BUILDING, 3D SCANNING

We use this technology to scan building interiors and exteriors, car interiors and exteriors, trains, planes, and many other objects that would not be practical for other types of scanners. Although the scanner we use is able to capture color information, we prefer to shoot high resolution HD images. This allows us to project the HD reference photography onto the texture maps.

lidar scan building

When in pursuit of 3D scanning, it is highly effective to use one 3D scanning company for all your needs. This will minimize costs and delays, save you time in communicating and reduces the number of people you have on the set. This makes for less things to coordinate and more precise control, which is vital for production.

 

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