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3d scanning companies

3d scanning companies

VFX: The 3D Scanning Market

Your next project may have a list of items and/or talent that need to be 3D scanned, and your budget may be looking more anemic than plentiful. That’s when you need to ask yourself if everything on that list actually needs to be scanned.

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If finding where to make cuts is too early to tell, or if you are wondering how to make your budget stretch without cutting back on other visual effects, here are  a couple of suggestions that may help.

  1. Consider choosing the items and models that you know you absolutely need scanned right away and have the other models scanned on contingency. There may be some scanning charges, but remember the bulk of the cost is on the build out, not the scanning. This is a quick and fairly easy option to make sure you have what you need, when you need it.
  2. Having one vendor do all of the 3D scanning for your project is another option, and will save you on time and money. The world of visual effects gets larger as the budgets get smaller, and you need options. What happens if at the end of the day you need everything on your list? If you use one vendor, a lot of times they will offer a great deal on pricing. There is also the peace of mind knowing you can manage the project from one place, along with the asset point of view.

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The VFX market is evolving and becoming a staple in all parts of the world. We are now seeing VFX films going off shore or being filmed in Canada. This has been giving new companies from all over the world the ability to bid on any project.

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Remember to look at your options and at the capability of the company you are about to work with. Ask yourself these two questions: Will they deliver when you need it? Can you use what they deliver? When shopping in the world market, this is the great dilemma we all face.


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One Stop Shop Scanning

You’ve heard of 3D scanning people, props and maybe an animal here and there, but what if you wanted to scan an entire Ark to house these characters? How about several store fronts along a sea port, or perhaps a 350 foot cargo ship? Yes, we know that script sometimes calls for props in all shapes and sizes.

Lidar scanning on site, battle ship

There are quite a few 3d scanning companies that offer lidar scanning, or large area scanning, but the key is to find a company that can meet all of your 3d scanning needs, big and small. That way you can get all the data you need from one place, rather than having to coordinate with several companies, not to mention having to negotiate with all of them.

Building exteriors and interiors for sets give production the ability to first use them as pre-vis and then as rendered backgrounds. The same goes for ships, airplanes, tanks and any other item you may need for your environment. Scanning a set before it is taken down is a great insurance policy in case you need it as background for a shot in the future. Having a building or area 3D scanned will also give you the exact measurements which you may find helpful when matching the set to the needs of the film or situation.

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We continue working on our database of digital assets and look forward to the day that we have enough buildings, ships and other vehicles to cover most of what production needs. In the meantime, we are always available to scan your buildings, sets, and anything else you need. We are mobile, flexible and affordable, and will provide you with not only a usable asset, but a good quality one.

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