3D Scanning vs Modeling: Competitive or Complementary?

Regardless of whether you are in the market for  sculpting, modeling, or 3D scanning, the decision often boils down to a matter of  cost plus time.  At TNG Visual Effects, our research and experience in the 3D scanning industry has revealed that ‘the time it took an artist to model’ versus ‘the cost of scanning’ was almost equal in nearly all scenarios. When you compare modeling to scanning, scanning usually takes about half the time to complete that modeling does making it the most time and cost efficient route to choose.

 

Why is 3D scanning so much better than modeling? The scanning process allows the ability and flexibility to scan in bulk.  Even people can be quickly scanned in a single session which keep your workflow moving smoothly. Like any project, it is always advisable to plan a 3D scanning sessions as early, as possible. The best time is generally in pre-production, or once the required talent, props, or other items to be scanned become available. When you plan from previs to post production, you will get the most from your models.

it is important to keep in mind that there are very few artists with the ability to replicate a person quickly while still delivering incredible detail. If you have these types of artists in your network, you should regard them as valuable assets because you won’t run across them everyday.  Companies will generally take their modelers and cross them over to other aspects of the project to get them most of them as is possible. The advantage of this practice is that it provides the artists with valuable experience which increase their skills in other areas of the post-production process. The sculpting then comes in handy to quickly enhance the model for finishing.

Whether you choose modeling or 3D scanning, you need to think of scanning, modeling, and sculpting as complementary disciplines. These various methods aren’t competing with each other. Ask your 3D scanning company how they can save you valuable time and money on your next project.

Creating Game Trailers With A Big Budget Movie Feel

Have you noticed that game trailers often look as good as or better than the trailers for many movies? They have the great same feel as movie trailers and, they tell a story the same way. Gaming is big business and nowadays, only the best high resolution and partial live action graphics will do. It is all about enticing people to play in the same way it is to get them to spend money on a movie ticket.

When you deal with high-end media, you need the right support with the best techniques and tools available to create something that motivates people to take action. The graphics and action need to reach out and be so realistic that whoever is watching the game trailer feels as if they are already in the game itself. The producers of game trailers do this by showcasing the best aspects of the game in the most visually appealing way possible.

To do this, Mocap plus 3D scanning of the characters for replication is the best option. If you are really serious, it is the only option. This method is the most time and money efficient process to choose. An exact replica can be created in as little as  day rather than taking up to a month to model a character from scratch. The other major advantage is that character movements will be smooth and flowing – even as or more natural in appearance than many of the more time and labor intensive processes.

In regard to building an environment as opposed to a person, 3D scanning allows for the greatest pipeline efficiency possible. The newly created 3D scanned environment can be re-used, as can portions of the trailer in cut scenes which provides a consistent model and helps amortize production costs.

Few companies excel at creating game trailers that can be compared to big budget movie trailers. Between demands on time and money, it takes a company that has an intimate working knowledge of exactly what is and isn’t needed to create a compelling game trailer. When you do have a company that understands how to maximize the use of their tools efficiently, the evidence of such can be seen in the finished product.