Replicating Your Environment

Create exactly what you want via TNG 3D scanning visual effects technology.

 

Have you ever stepped on set, and immediately wished you had a digital scan of it?  Or have you wished the set was still there after it’s been taken apart? You might think you need a time machine, but all you need is a 3D scanning company with the right tools.  This is why we provide a service akin to insurance scanning. It’s the same concept of scanning characters in the event that they become unavailable later during production. With insurance scanning, you can have the sets scanned, and the data archived in case you need it in post production. The same can be done for location shooting as well.

We can scan houses, buildings, and structures that may be on the location to provide you with the ability to add (or subtract) cleanly from the scene. Sometimes pedestrians or traffic may be obstructing a location, and in that case, we can scan in the middle of the night with our infrared laser scanners.

It is the customer’s choice as to what they want and when they want the final delivery. You may want to consider what type of format you want the data: be it a point cloud, a surfaced model, or perhaps a complete model with textures is your ideal delivery.

Consider using 3D scanning on your project. TNG can save you the resources of both time and money.

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Bringing Your 3D Data to Life

Motion Capture and 3D scanning go hand-in-hand.  We are constantly looking at changes in the market and are currently working on a solution to facial performance capture. We are still in early testing mode, but are continually looking for ways to bring about a good looking solution that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

 For full body motion capture we are making alliances to work with some of the best mocap studios out there. This also helps us understand how to set up the 3d scanned character to better receive the mocap data. It is important to us to see the entire picture as opposed to taking a limited view that doesn’t include what the character will do once the 3D model is created.

As TNG proliferates the market within the US and Canada, we are also looking for local mocap studios as a source to recommend to our customers looking for that type of service. We also find out what type of rig will work best for them, but that also needs to be requested by the customer.

Other important issues we are working on to use in conjunction with 3D scanning and mocap are cyber cloth and cyber hair. As your character moves, everything needs to be in fluid motion to bring out the realism of the action.  All of these synergistic elements are dependent on each other to work together.

We are constantly looking for better and more extensive ways to help in the process of making your project stay in budget and on time. Other areas we are currently investigating include HDRI as a service as well as photogrammetry and supportive modeling. All these areas complement each other to supply you the data needed for your project.

Special Effects vs. Visual Effects: Our Changing Industry

The industry (commonly referred to as “The Biz”) is in a constant change of getting the public viewers’ interested in their story by using all of the tools available. All businesses experience this – constant change. Special Effects was the preferred tool of the trade for years with explosions, water tanks, and stuntmen diving off of buildings into inflated cushions. In the last 10-15 years Visual Effects has been coming into their own with water effects, fire, explosions and making digital characters fall off roofs, mountains, or catching on fire.

Special Effects with live action shots were faster and easier for the director to work with, however, to do a second and third take became difficult and expensive. Now with visual effects and computers, you can do the second take, make various changes, and get a whole new look that could not be done any other way.

Visual Effects also lets you break all the rules as to what happens to a character or object within a scene. Yes, over the years there have been many changes, and more changes are on the way. The most important part of visual effects is creating life-like models and their seamless integration to live action.  This is the real magic of everything working in synchronization. It also gives the movie makers and commercial innovators a more cost-effective method of building content. This should also have an effect on the insurance that a show has to carry becuase their talent or their stunt actor is not in danger.

 To create the digital characters and props, you could have them modeled, or use some different visual effects depending on how close you would like them to get the action. 3D scanning has become the quickest solution that gives you the ability to use in pre-visualization and in the shot.  If you are working on a franchise such as Spiderman or Ironman, the 3D scan can be used over and over. The same can be done with TV episodics,  commercials with several variations and with video games that have a number of iterations to serve their fan base. 3D scans also make a great asset to use in the event of changes in the cast for various reasons.

What Moves You?

Cars often require visual effects thus the need for digital models of cars. They’re a hot item for many video games, commercials and feature films. Vehicles seem to be our passion. Scanning cars is an exciting process. Previously, it had been a time consuming effort to maintain proportions and avoid any form of distortion. However, with our newer technology objects are captured with their correct proportions. This is accomplished when adequate time and space is provided upon the initial capture of data.

As culture changes, the cars change, and so we aim to provide high quality 3D scans. Our crew has a love for working on cars. There are a number of ways to get digital vehicles. You can get the Autocad files, and build off of the cad files provided, typically by the car manufacturer (though they’re not always available). We have heard some companies swear by them and their specs. Another possible avenue is to buy them off the internet. You need to be very critical here as they may not be the best models, but you may just find what you’re looking for. Lastly you can have them scanned, which is helpful if there is no cad data or model available.

We have scanned and processed cars, trains, buses, and planes. We’re able to scan most types of vehicles as size is clearly not an issue.  What may be an issue is time and accessibility. These are our requirements to give you the vehicle you want at the quality you want.

Likewise for buildings, both the interior and exterior, time and accessibility are vital to provide the quality data that you require. Our environmental 3D scanner takes colored pictures for reference, and we also do a photo shoot that will give you a texture map to be proud of, or at least excellent high-resolution reference pictures.

Using our low-profile laser scanner helps us stay mobile, and helps us get to those locations that you need digitally captured.  We’re even able to scan on ground that is not flat as we have an inclinometer that accounts for uneven ground. Give us a call. We’ll be charging our lasers so that when you give the word, we’ll be there to replicate your sets, vehicles and environments.

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Resolution Revolution

It’s a Resolution Revolution!

3D Characters: High – Medium – Low

Not all 3D scans are equal. TNG offers variable pricing for your 3D scans. While we make 3D scanning look easy, the varying degrees of complexity for each specific model is something we like to discuss in the initial bidding process. You always have the option of choosing the resolution that suits your shot and your budget. As budgets tighten, it’s concepts like these that can help to control costs.

Some characters are very complex, while some won’t require as much attention to detail. If your characters have extra detail, or are going to be close to the camera, they’ll get some special treatment in post. There are also those characters that will be some distance from the camera. These do not require as much time or cost.  Unlike those tricky New Years resolutions, TNG can ensure you get the results and resolution you need with your 3D scans. Remember, TNG guarantees all work.

Last minute madness!

Have you ever had a project that called for last minute service? If you were just notified that the talent for your project is only here for one more day and needs to be scanned as soon as possible, you will be in quite a dilemma. If you’ve ever had something like this happen to you, you’re well aware of the added stress this can cause. Your talent may not always be available to be scanned in rotation while on set, and we all know how miscommunication can appear.

Let your 3D scanning service company help you reclaim your schedule and get you back on track. Check your list of vendors and contact the company you know will be able to meet your needs. What company will respond at the last minute? There may or may not be a premium for this service. You will feel at ease knowing that you have chosen the company that can deliver what you need.

Aspects of finding a 3D scanning services company:

Reputation and Reliability
Mobility
Do they guarantee their work?
Do they go the extra mile for you?

If you are calling at the last minute, and are in crisis-mode, some of these items will be a shot in the dark. When possible, plan ahead and have a list of vendors available who have good track records, and will work with you.

Good luck and good planning.

3D Scanning and Motion Capture Services

TNG Visual Effects is your central location for all 3D Scanning and Motion Capture services. We cater to our customers efficiently and affordably. The services we provide have found their place in the visual effects industry as demonstrated by their proliferation in films, TV shows, commercials and video games.

As a company that grew out of the history of this industry, we offer insight. We understand the needs of production, and collecting the assets for your project. Our goal is to bring you the very best in quality and service. Your satisfaction is what drives us. We are seasoned veterans in the 3d scanning business, and we want to bring our knowledge and experience to you.

Let’s talk about your scanning and MOCAP needs. No project is too small or too big. No industry is off limits.

http://tngvisualeffects.com

877.879.2040

 

Creating 3D Characters via 3D Scanning