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3d scanning visual effects

3d scanning visual effects

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.

lidar scan, 3 scan, building

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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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.

3d head scan, polygons

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.

lidar scan, 3 scan, building

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.

3d scan, lidar scan train

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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The Human Element Is Getting Better All The Time

Humans are the most important objects that we scan. They are also one of the biggest challenges to get all the parts of them right to look human or real. It is a challenge and a process that we have built a pipeline around.

3d head scan, facial scan

As a mobile 3D Scanning company, we bring our tools to sets or locations that are convenient for production, or commercial, or whatever the need is at the time. We know there are some big and awesome systems in the market, however they don’t travel well, if they travel at all. The important part of our business is to service the companies that need on-site quality work. This means great calibrations when the system is unpacked on site, being able to work through a variety of scenarios, and setting up professional photo shoots for textures.

We are opening and supporting six locations, and plan to be more local and available to many locations. We would like to be the seamless vender that appears when you need them, and is gone when you don’t. A local group gives you the advantage of scanning at the last minute, as well as saving on all those flights, hotels, meals and so on. Of course if you are in a tax credit area, it’s a double win.

full body 3d scan

We know the biggest concern is the cost of the overall work. It’s not enough to have characters that look great, animate well, and have all the right accessories, it’s also a matter of cost. The way of the business is more content for less dollars. Everyone is being pinched for lower costs and faster deliveries. We hope to replicate the success of Domino’s Pizza with fast delivery, but in the CG realm, specializing in 3D Scanning with delivery in days instead of weeks.

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