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mobile 3d scanning

mobile 3d scanning

Behind-the-Scenes with TNG Visual Effects

 

Take a look at some shots from behind-the-scenes with TNG.

Our founder, Nick Tesi is giving the model some direction on stance and poise. It’s important that she stays in the same position throughout the shoot.

In this session, we also shot for facial motion capture. To help the model out, Nick shows her some examples of facial expressions she can use.

Nothing but fun times at TNG!

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

3d scanning services, behind the scenes

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Is Mobile 3D Scanning Important?

How mobile is mobile? Some believe being a mobile service means to drive a large truck filled with a lot of equipment. Driving from place to place and taking one or two days to set-up is not our definition of being mobile. It’s more simplistic than that.

Our definition: grab the equipment and head for the door. These days it seems there are a lot of decisions to be made at the last minute. We know it is more about acting instantly to a project than being mobile. If a project is in Maryland, Florida, Texas or Toronto, speed and mobility is of the essence.

Mobile 3D Scanning Services

Here are some things to think about when choosing a mobile service provider.

  1. Are they available to come to your set?
  2. If they need to travel by plane, is their equipment travel size or does the equipment need to be shipped prior to the scanning day? This may require additional charges to the customer.
  3. If the equipment is travel size, will they need to check their bags or can they bring them on the plane? In our experience, if a bag needs to be checked there is the risk of the bag(s) being delayed depending on the size. This may also be an additional charge to the customer.
  4. Have they communicated the amount of space they will need to get the job done?
  5. Are there any special requirements? i.e. does the room/space need to be dark or fully lit?

Mobile 3D Scanning

The best way around all of this is great planning and on-going communication. When the plans change but the time constraints don’t, look for the company that will guarantee their service no matter what comes up.

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Painting a 3D Model

We’ve worked with a lot of different 3D paint packages over the years and wanted to give our fellow artists some tips on what we see as the top product in the business. One that has really stood out for us and that we feel offers the best result is  The Foundry’s MARI. We use this 3D paint software for the majority of our projects and highly recommend it. The Foundry offers a 15 day trial to test it out, or you can even rent MARI if you don’t want to purchase the software.

MARI software

The Foundry’s sample of their Painting feature.

MARI features:

  • Painting Out Seams
  • 8K Texturing Capability
  • Advanced Layering
  • Realistic Interactive Preview
  • Geometry Handling
  • Color Management
  • Texturing Outside the 0,1 UV Space

Check out their article that delves into the features and what MARI has to offer.

MARI software

The Foundry’s sample of their Advanced Layering feature.

MARI software

The Foundry’s sample of their Geometry Handling feature.

 

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Let the Inertia System Move You

We’ve been working with an inertia based motion capture (Mocap) system called Perception. It is capable of providing accurate motion capture data of single or multiple characters. Perception is compact and wireless and brings a freedom from needing to be in a building or large space with hundreds of lights and a team of people directing a performance. An Optical system is an alternative Mocap system available, but there may not always be a need for that level of attention, stage size, expense, and all that goes with it.

Perception doesn’t have a long calibration or setup time and you don’t have to worry about occlusions. You can also use it outside, which allows an even greater freedom for movement and capture.

One of the most important things for us is the ability to bring our 3D models to life after we 3D scan them. There are a number of ways to make your character move from hand-keying animation to using several different types of Mocap.

When choosing a Mocap system, you need to look at what is available. The systems are now very specialized, so find out both what you need and the budget you have available for your project. Also incorporate how long you have to complete the work to meet the deadlines for the project.

Good luck with you productions and as the saying goes “The mind is like a parachute, it works best when open.”

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Pilot Season is Coming!

Has Pilot Season already begun? Some say we’re always in Pilot Season with television episodics now starting all year long. Nevertheless, it’s an extraordinary time as the hundreds of pilots get whittled down to about 70 for internal consideration, with a handful finally making it to air.

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Many new shows have incorporated visual effects which is impressive due to the fast-pace and long-hours culture of filming for television. It takes an exceptional team of talented and dedicated producers, directors, supervisors, and visual effects artists to achieve incredible visual effects. It’s amazing when you think about it.

Some great examples are shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Marco Polo. Although some may have a larger budget to work with, that doesn’t take away from the amount of work it takes to produce a visually stimulating series.

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Other episodics that air on network television like Star Trek, CSI, Agents of Shield, Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy (which has been on air for 10 years!) have also produced great visual effects, and with stories that captivate their viewers. The proof is in their large following of fans. Television shows have always had a tighter budget and now with the right technology in place, coupled with a lot of hard work, they get it done.

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It really is a fascinating market to be part of today. We continue providing our 3D scanning services for television series and films and love seeing how these characters, sets, and props are transformed. Our hats go off to the VFX Producers and VFX Supervisors that make it all work. These are the real magicians in the field. Keep those great shows coming.

To see a list of Network pilots in consideration for 2015, click here.

 

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