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Lidar Scanning

Lidar Scanning

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.

dynamic cloth test

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When And Where Will You Need 3D Scanning?

You are in pre-production building a game trailer or a commercial and you need a 3D scan of one or more characters. However, this is production and their availability is not clear yet. You are trying to get the project details nailed down, but contractors are looking for dates that you can commit to as part of their planning strategy.  This can be stressful!  So many things to do without getting jammed up at this point.

 

behind the scences, 3d scanning full body, props

We are constantly working on this issue by keeping our systems small and efficient to respond to last-minute needs, or to follow the needs of production and fly out at the last minute to scan talent. We have built crews that can go in multiple directions, plus cover dates that allow for time off. It is a challenge, but also a necessity to get the data you need in the time you need it without having your 3D scanning crew sitting on site for days, costing you part of your precious budget.

LiDar scanning on site, ship

The next part is delivery of the product. How much of the project can be delivered, and how fast? In providing you with a full solution, we deliver clean raw data or re-meshed data with UV coordinates and texture maps plus Zbrush sculpting to bring out that fine detail to give it an extra realistic look. As far as the speed of delivery, there are a number of variables such as how many projects we’re working on, the deliverables, and the requested detail. If we get good guidance as to your needs, we can pull it off.  We need at least 3 days on a full body, which is normally 5, but if you need it fast we will do all we can to accommodate you.  If you have a bigger job, we will take on a new crew for your project.

Like all other businesses, we need to make decisions on how to service our industry. We know we have an industry that is very organic and requires flexible scheduling for unseen problems, but this gives us an opportunity to utilize our resourcefulness and creatively finding ways to be more flexible and alleviating the stress on your behalf.

 

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A Holiday in Hollywood

Holidays in Hollywood. Is this possible? Does Hollywood stop at the Holidays to rejoice and celebrate, or do they just go on with business as usual?

laser scanner, lidar scan, 3d scan, train, christmas

Hollywood Parade

At TNG Visual Effects, we stay flexible. We would like to put everyone on holiday but it is Murphy’s law that our biggest project will call. We want to be available for your scanning needs all season. Therefore, everyone here at TNG is on standby. The silver lining is that we are ready for anything. We enjoy the holidays and are ready to go at a moments notice!

There are projects out there already slipping behind schedule that will keep on going right up to Christmas, close down for a day, and get right back to it. It is a shame, but that’s business – the entertainment business that keeps plowing straight ahead to get the content out and move onto the next project.

Whether it is films, TV (commercials and episodic’s), video game trailers, or cinematic’s, the projects keep striving to stay on schedule.

We are happy to help complete your 3D scanning needs fast and efficiently. There is always time for celebration and enjoying the season. So call us and we will get the scanners, reindeer, and red suits out and be there in the wink of an eye!

 

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3D Scanning: Art or Science?

3d head scan low resolution to film resolution

Should we consider 3D scanning art, or science? It’s a great question because 3D scanning for visual effects remains a driving technological endeavor. Take a quick browse on YouTube and you’ll see laser scanners, structured light scanners, photo -based modeling, emerging technologies, and even the Kinect getting their fair share of air time. Much of the information shared is geared toward ensuring we have a good understanding of how to get the best out of these technologies. 3D scanning work is then followed up by stitching parts together as precisely as possible. This is all part of the technical process. It’s a science of knowing how to get the best out of your equipment.

The process is then turned over to modelers and sculptors who take the 3D scan to the next level. This is where the real artists’ eyes come in to play. A well-skilled or naturally talented artist will know how to take the digital scans and mold it to fill in any holes, smooth seams and make sure the 3D models look exactly like the talent or object in reference. Many pipelines call for the re-topology of the 3D model with quad polygons equipped with UV’s. There’s also a need to have edge loops set up on the lips and other high poly areas. Now the texture map artists take the high resolution photos and place them on the model to give them a flat, consistent look that represents the real look of the character or object. The finishing touches are usually done with Zbrush or Mud Box to add the very fine detail.

This is a process that creates a photorealistic representation of the character or object needed for that perfect VFX shot. Yet, the question still begs the answer… Is 3D scanning art or science? Consider the use of computers, software and 3D scanning equipment needed to get the results you want. Then, consider the artists who bring the 3D models to completion. Years of sketching, sculpting, schooling, training and learning how to apply their talents to software programs enabling them to inject just the right amount of everything needed to get the look we demand from them. They are digital artists. And therein lies the answer. 3D scanning is a delicate fusion of both art and science.

 

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