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                                                                                                                       Volume 6 Issue 9

LOST IN A VIRTUAL REALITY WONDERLAND
Digital Assets from Raw to Ready-to-Rig for the Entertainment Industry

See more of our filmography at IMDb.
INTERNATIONAL LIASONS
 3D Scanning in the USA & Canada
             

TNG Visual Effects
, Los Angeles, and 
TNG Visual Effects Canada, Inc. , is a 3D scanning company in the entertainment industry that specializes in the creation of photo-realistic digital assets. Many characters, vehicles, cars, sets, props, animals, sculptures, and other items have been added to our scope of work since inception in 2010. 

Our team knows how to work with producers, directors, coordinators, A-list talent, and other agencies, making the most of their precious time and ensuring a successful project. TNG's work is always guaranteed.  We are also highly noted for our ability to travel at a moments notice for a project. Exclusive use of highly mobile scanning systems allow for TNG to perform scans in practically any location.  
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Nick Tesi , Founder TNG Visual Effects

 

September is here and the kids are back to school. Now I will have to hire their parents.  All kidding aside September already has us as busy workers. We expect to be flat out until the end of the year. We can expand to meet the demands of other projects, so please, keep them coming. 

 

At TNG, we are developing more techniques in relation to 3D scanning to give you better models. We are getting deeper into developing cars and products to expand our markets with our high-tech scanners, skilled modelers, and our mobility. 

 

We are always researching new technology and software to keep the quality of our service at the highest level, and to accelerate our pipeline. We do our best to provide a great product to our customers. 

3D SCANNING :
STRUCTURED LIGHT GALLERY
At TNG Visual Effects we use Artec 
hand-held scanners for 3D scans of heads, 
bodies and props.




LiDAR GALLERY
LiDAR  is used for environments and large objects.




 
PHOTOGRAMMETRY  GALLERY
Photogrammetry can be used for environments and subjects of all sizes.

MAILBAG
"...the projects were delivered with such precision of timing and quality that there is no doubt in my mind that experience and attention to detail are key assets for  Nick Tesi and his group.
You guys rock!"

Andre Montambeault, Head of Advertising
Rodeo Visual Effects Company, 
Montreal,  Canada.

"Nick is dependable and will go the extra mile to make sure that we get what we need.  I would recommend him and his company to any project needing 3D scanning."

Al Lopez, President
Stargate Studios

877-879-2040 

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THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF VR
What Does VR Content Look Like to You?

I remember the first time I looked into an Occulus Rift VR unit. It was at the 2014 VRLA Show at New Deal Studios. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I felt as though I had been ported back to the 80's rather than transported into the future.   Back then, the VR models were aliased and low resolution. 

In order for consumer VR to be successful, the hardware has to be fairly powerful, so for this first generation of VR, the graphics require more tricks in order to display as aesthetic art.


We at TNG have been actively looking for a great entry point into VR with our photo-realistic digital content. An example being a complete 3D scan of a set for a VR experience that we completed for one client. Full body character scans can be utilized in the VR world, and we've pioneered the necessary tweaks for its pipeline.


At Siggraph 2016 I bought a small $20 headset to attach to my cell phone after sampling, and really liking the associated digital content. The difference two years has made is impressive. VR is now high resolution.  It's a great tool for learning and for having new experiences (worldly or other-worldly).  The ability to look from side to side and also see what is above, below, and behind you is complete immersion. 

We've gained a lot of ground since Google Cardboard was first introduced and we are eager to see how the end of the year pans out, and whether consumers adopt VR at the onset. 

VR is new territory and has the remarkable ability to touch and connect us through shared experience.
PROJECT MORPHEUS
PLAYSTATION VR TO LAUNCH OCTOBER 13, 2016

The VFX community is anxiously awaiting the upcoming launch of Playstation's VR platform (known as Project Morpheus during development).

Sony is enticing new players to dive into this revolutionary new experience by offering a demo disc with a massive sampling of eight games with every VR unit.


Look for our 3D scan of the Playstation VR headset in our October newsletter!


100 POINTS OF LIGHT
Smile for Photogrammetry

Saying  "cheese" while surrounded by 
one-hundred cameras rigged for a simultaneous flash is typical for a photogrammetry shoot. Photogrammetry is fast;  all the talent needs to do is step into position on a platform and hold a pose.  In that one flash the cameras will capture all the information  necessary to map a high-resolution, photo-realistic 3D model.
Expressions Sequenced 

The set-up for t his type of shoot requires mounting all of the cameras onto a multi-pole structure, angled precisely onto several overlapping focal points on the subject.  It is a technical, lengthy, and arduous process and usually comes with an extra charge if the tech travels to your location.

If you prefer photogra mmetry for your project and are within driving range of an excellent studio it may be worth your while to simply bring the talent in. 

Since photogrammetry is such a specialized area, be sure to assess the work of the studio first by reviewing their on-line portfolio. Like most vfx projects timing and technical mastery are essential.

Multiple facial expressions captured with photogrammetry.

A TNG Visual Effects we can provide you with photogrammetry services and/or clean up and post process your existing photogrammetry files.


LIDAR - THE BIG GUN FOR THE BIG JOBS
Light Radar (LiDAR) Scanning
 
When you need a large-scale prop, vehicle, interior or exterior of a building, a city block or other environments LiDAR 3D scanning is the answer.



When executing a LiDAR Scanning session the techs that come in can get the scan done quickly as long as everything is stationary. If the set or prop is very complex more time will be needed to allow for positioning the equipment. A TNG scanning tech can accurately give you an estimate of the time needed.



Deliverables depend on what you have available in-house.  The raw data of a LIDAR scanner is a point cloud which is typically millions of points (vertices). Generally it is preferred to have the point cloud processed into a surface so that is has polygons and can have UVs and textures. We complete the post-production for vehicles and build out the complete 3D models. On environments we deliver the aligned data with a surface in an OBJ file. This could be upgraded to a finished model.



Integrating the scanning into the overall project is key, and we always strive to do our part as quickly and accurately as possible so the project can ma intain its momentum.
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Thank you for subscribing to The TNG Newsletter.  We are experts in the field of 3D scanning and love what we do.  At TNG we are proud to guarantee our work for all of our customers; feel free to contact us with any questions about 3D scanning or your upcoming project.

Nick Tesi, 3D Scanning & Visual Effects Technology Expert
President, Founder and Friend of the Industry
877-879-2040

SEEKING SCAN TECHS IN 7 CITIES
We are always accepting applications.  If you are an experienced 3D scanning technician with your own equipment in one of our seven cities, please send resume and links to sonia@tngvfx.com.

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