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props

props

Digital Assets: 3D Scanning Props

Props come in all shapes and sizes and are necessary elements for movies and other forms of entertainment. They are an integral part of the storytelling process. Last year we participated in a demo that presented a real bow propelling a virtual arrow. It’s definitely better to be on the receiving end of a virtual arrow than a real one!

Along with scanning a prop, there are other things to consider like the availability of the prop, the safety of the prop, the purpose of the prop, etc. It’s also important to balance the needs of production along with the artists’ abilities. For some projects (although an artist is skilled enough), it is not necessary to model every detail of a prop. For example, it can take up to a week to complete a 3D scanned gun with only a single modeler working on it. We carefully communicate the needs of our clients to keep projects on target.

3d scanned gun3D scanned gun

3D scanning helps propel the speed of 3D model creation, especially when the resources to model are in short supply. But it also brings with it the same list of challenges affecting other scans. Consider the spokes on a bicycle wheel, are they shiny or transparent? To cover any data not picked up by the scanner due to reflection and material width, some modeling will be done to complete the project. All of these obstacles are overcome in order to keep the project moving forward.

We have created virtual props for commercials such as food products that were packaged and without packaging. Whatever objects you need, we’re here to build your virtual world, one 3D scan at a time.

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3D Scanning: Digital Doubles with Props

Digital Doubles need to be accessorized from time to time with digital props. The digital props need to look as real as your character to keep the illusion. This, of course, all depends on how close to the camera the Digital Double and prop gets.

Full Body Scan with Prop, digital double, cyber character

What is a digital prop? It is an item that is built separate from the character, such as a hat, umbrella, gun, holster, or anything that is separate geometry from the digital double.

Props come in all sizes and shapes to support the storytelling process. Some props are extremely complex while others are simplistic. This is why your 3D Scanning company, or modeling company, would like to see a picture or sketch of the prop before bidding.

Buying props off the internet is always a mixed bag. Most are made to look like the item in general. Take care as to how it is constructed and textured. We have found some of them to be difficult and cumbersome to modify to look real, or like the prop is being used in the effect.

3d scan full body, lidar, large vehicle and building

Your Digital Double and the prop is a whole picture. They must support each other in the illusion. New props or overall upgrades coming to models will be Cyber Cloth and Cyber Hair that follow all the laws of dynamics you assign to them. Increased scanning capability is coming to us with new technologies. We are also looking for faster ways that help us deliver great quality in less time.

The future will demand all these changes along with better and faster delivery and communications services. We are all headed there sooner than we think.

Female Warrior, behind the scences, 3d scanning full body, props

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