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Replication: Cashing in on the Digital Asset

Sets, vehicles, rooms, interiors, props, and buildings can all be digitally created for the making of a video game, TV episode, or film. The resolution can be increased for films and decreased for games. Even with additional adjustments, each asset will be well worth having, especially if you can use it more than once.

full body and lidar scanning

Modeling buildings with ornate exteriors can be time consuming projects, and when comparing costs and benefits, producers found 3d scanning to be more accurate and with a faster turnaround. Choosing to use a specialist in 3D scanning can enable you to put more detail and further strategy into your production.

Vehicles are a hot item on the list of objects to create digitally using 3D scans.  Is it worth the cost to destroy them in a chase or lose them off the side of a cliff? Remember to factor in the cost of stunt drivers, insurance, wreckage removal and permits. Using 3D scanning in this situation could make the project more successful. Be sure your VFX production facility or game developer will use the 3D model fluidly in the scene.

3d scanned chevelle, lidar scanning

The ability to create many types of digital assets by way of 3D scans is here and ready to be used in your project. Put them in from the start (in Previs) and get your trailers ready. It’s time to get the most out of your digital assets. If your project is going into several entertainment genres, use your digital assets to serve you time and time, again. Now let’s go capture some data!

 

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Tips on 3D Scanning

3D Scanning is great for facial expressions. To use these, each scan needs to have the same poly count and point order of the last scan, also known as blend shapes. Here are some before and after images that we’ve worked on in the past.
Facial Expression Capture, 3d scans3d scan expressions

3D Scanning is also great for creating a digital copy of any vehicle that needs to be used in a commercial or  film. Most scanners will not scan a shiny object or window, therefore you will need to prepare the car. Most times a good coat of wax will let you get the data you need and you can cover the windows with paper or another material to give you a surface to re-project the tinted class for the area. You will also need to either tape or wax all the chrome. One last tip is to mark the cars. You may find a lot of flat areas that will not stitch together and the markers give you point of reference.

chevelle, 3d scan, vehicle scan, lidar scan

If you’re thinking about using a 3D scanning service bureau for your next project, we have lots of experience and can help you find a good deal, or do the service ourselves. We’ll leave you with a little quote from Bob Maowad, “Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.”

 

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New 3D Scanners Are Coming Out All the Time

With new 3D scanners hitting the market, like the Kinect Solution and accessories that can turn your iPad into a 3D scanner, are you thinking about bringing 3D scanning in-house?

The cost of buying and maintaining 3D scanning equipment is high, and when we read about the new scanners and their lower costs, we were very excited. As we investigated further we found the lower cost does not actually include a quality scan. The reality is, quality comes with a price and it would be difficult to bring a lower quality scan to a professional environment.

Here are some issues we found with the lower cost 3D scanners:

1. The measurements, distance and size are not a close enough match to the model or object and there is little detail in the scan data. Although our artists would be able to sculpt something out of these scans, our customers on occasion ask for the raw data. With the data the lower cost scanners put out, only some scaling can be done based on camera lenses, but not much more.

LIDAR SCANNED BUILDING, 3D SCANNING2. Unable to provide texture maps. We provide texture maps to our customers from a system that captures non reflective looks and detail for texturing back onto the model or object to make it look realistic. The data the new scanners capture is not detailed enough to provide any type of map. Production studios at times require the final product to be shown on 4K x 4K screens.

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The lower cost scanners are good for smaller projects or specialty items that do not require a lot of detail, and will be challenging if you are looking to create a professional digital asset. Because we work with 3d scanning equipment everyday, we wanted to let you know our thoughts on the lower cost scanners. Please share any ideas or insights you have if your findings are different than ours.

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Building Digital Doubles: More Art or Science?

All characters in our world are first 3D Scanned. Whether we are scanning a human or a Marquette, it all starts with the scan. The question is, is there more art or science in creating a realistic digital double?

raw to ready to rig

SCIENCE. The 3D scanning system uses white light technology to capture all parts of the model or object – measurements, wrinkles, clothing, shapes, bumps, etc. These items are the first level of the character and provide our artists with a great starting point. This is not saying that an artist couldn’t get there without the science of 3D scanning, but as the clock is always ticking, who has the time to start from scratch?

3d scanned full body and head

When we’re working on a project with a short time-frame, typically the speed of the project is a “push and pull” process with technology. We are pushing to keep our quality and the company needing the finished product is pulling to get it in production. Now, if there was the option between the two, we’re sure speed would be the easier choice; however it is our practice to create production lines that are built for quality.

ART. The artists (modelers and texture artists) take a 3D scanned model or object and mold or sculpt it into an exact replica of the original. This relies on the talent of an experienced artist whose eye can see things most can’t. An artist must have the skill to use their tools as their forefathers; however, instead of applying paints to a canvas, they use computers with specific software.

3d facial scan, low resolution to film resolution

Yes, we still use some of the old tools in the 21st century, but the tools of the majority are based on science and how you can have your whole studio with you in a computer. You can even output that final work to a color printer, film, a 3D printer or whatever the need. It ends with the mastery of your tools.

Today, Art and Science are described as the tools of today and tomorrow. As time passes, the tools change, we change and the world goes on.

 

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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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