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February 2018
Volume 10  Issue 2

Digital Doubles  from Raw to Ready-to-Rig for the Entertainment Industry


TNG Visual E ffects is headquartered in  Los Angeles with offices in New York, New Orleans and Atlanta. Locations also  in the Canadian territories of Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

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 2009. 

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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In closing

This year appears to be moving much to quick to keep up with. Here we are in February already. Getting chocolates and flowers for our loved ones and special cards with hearts and candies for our little ones. Enjoy the season of the heart and call us if you need a little advice (about 3D Scanning)

At TNG, we are developing more techniques in relation to 3D scanning to give you better models. We are getting deeper into developing systems 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. 

We continue our search for partners who are synergistic to our service. Together we can help our customers save more while using better products.
Contact us  for more information.

**This article originally appeared in full on 3/20/2017 on  Engineering.com- TNG is reposting only a portion & replaced images with our own**

3D Scanning: Understanding the Differences In LIDAR, Photogrammetry and Infrared Techniques

It is increasingly important for engineers and scientists to choose the right technique for capturing "reality data" - the physical information about a structure, object, area, or living being.  But what does "3D scanning" mean, anyway, and what options are available to you?

Types of 3D Scanning

3D scanning is the act of mapping an object, structure, or area, and describing it in the form of x, y, and z coordinates - a format known as a "point cloud". Some of the more unusual forms of 3D scanning include computed tomography scans and ground-penetrating radar, which have fascinating uses in fields like archeology and medicine, but this post will cover three specific ones: digital photogrammetry, white-light structured scanning, and LIDAR - a term which, depending on who you ask, is either a combination of "LIght and RaDAR" or an acronym for "Laser Imaging Detection And Ranging".

Since it's unlikely that you have an unlimited budget set aside for 3D scanning, this article will explore a few different technologies and compare both their performance and their costs - you may not have the budget to capture reality data down to the nanometer, but that doesn't mean there's no tool you can use to achieve your goal.

1. LIDARSometimes used as an acronym, LIDAR was originally a combination of the words light and radar, and was first used to accurately model clouds following the invention of the laser in the 1960s.
LIDAR first captured the public's imagination during the Apollo 15 lunar mission, where it was used to create a surface map of the moon. NASA published this complete 3D model of the moon's surface in 2011. 

  (TNG using LIDAR to scan the Endeavour Shuttle)

 (TNG using LIDAR to scan the interior of the Endeavour Shuttle)

Just as radar uses radio waves to measure the distance between the radio tower and an object, LIDAR uses lasers to create points between the laser and an object, structure or landscape. LIDAR proved itself particularly useful in surveying land and creating accurate topological maps, replacing photogrammetry due to LIDAR's accuracy in sifting through objects that would obscure elevation and other details.

Virtual Reality
**This article originally  appeared on 1/24/2018 on  Cnet.com **

 Elton John announces final tour with a stellar VR concert

Elton John is one of those rock 'n' rollers who seems to always be touring. His work has been sewn into our cultural conscience for five decades with hit songs like "Bennie and the Jets," "The Bitch is Back," "Candle in the Wind" and his music for "The Lion King." One of his biggest hits was his 1973 song "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." The ballad has this chorus:
So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough
The lyrics take on added significance Wednesday, when the singer announced his final world tour. The New York event was broadcast over YouTube and included an incredible virtual-reality medley of songs like "Rocket Man" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." For "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," a VR version of John is shown decked out in a sparkling Dodgers baseball uniform performing at his sold-out concert at Dodger Stadium in 1975.

After the VR performance was over, the actual John sat behind his piano decked out in a tailored colorful coat and his trademark glasses to play "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing." He was joined by Anderson Cooper post-performance to discuss his final tour.
John cited wanting to spend time with his children as the main reason behind retiring from touring. He'll still record new music, however.
You can watch the VR concert and John's announcement at the top of the article. A VR headset is recommended, but not required to enjoy it to the fullest. 
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will visit 300 cities around the world over a three-year period. For more information about the tour and tickets check out  Elton John's website

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