3D Scanning Services for the entertainment industry. Our locations include Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Montreal. Character scans are available as well as props, vehicles, buildings, or entire environments. We utilize structured-light, LIDAR, and photogrammetry.
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Full Body Scan Sessions

Carolyn 3D Scan

Carolyn The Vampire

Welcome to TNG Visual Effects

TNG Visual Effects provides 3D scanning services to the visual effects industry. 3D scanning is the process of digitally capturing a person, object, vehicle, building, or environment for use in film, telelvsion, video games, etc. We've also lent our services to other industries for 3D printing and for marketing merchandise and art. This service can be used for crime scene investigation, the creation of prosthetics, and to build out a virtual experience online.

          TNG 3D Scanners 

With over 10 years of experience in the 3D scanning industry, we have honed our technique in 3D scanning alongside the production crews on set. Our service includes a professional photo shoot, which is necessary for both color textures and reference to ensure accuracy of the real-life counterpart.

We are highly mobile and can bring our services to any location. Our headquarters are in Los Angeles, California, with satellite locations in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Lafayette, Louisiana. We are also expanding into New York, Toronto and Montreal. As veterans in this industry, we understand short time-frames and tight budgets.

The data we provide in our full service is retopoligized color textured 3d models in .OBJ format with displacement maps and normal maps, which are generated through the scan data for more accurate results. Other maps are available on request, and at any dimensions you may need (even 8k). 

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3D Scanned Head from TNG VFXCG head scan mounted on CG maquette scan with CG hair and eyes

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With the use of various types of technology, we are able to capture very large scale objects.
Our 3D laser scanning services include cityscapes, buildings, helicopters, cars, ships, production sets, and more!

TNG 3D Scanned Truck

Dodge Challenger 3D Scan

 TNG Chevelle

3D scanning a car with LIDAR.

The LIDAR 3D scanners emit an actual laser, which sweeps a scene capturing millions of points in the form of a point cloud. LIDAR can be used for any type of large object including vehicles, buildings and environments. When 3D scanning an environment or scene there are preparations to make to account for the needed alignment of the data after capture. These same methods can be used for a car. They include 'paper targets' which are taped to the walls which the 3D scanner will see and be able to use for alignment. Another helper for alignment are spheres which can be used to populate a room and likewise with paper targets help the entire system align one scan to the next It's necessary to take multiple scans for ideal coverage, ideal resolution of all parts, and because LIDAR scanners are line-of-sight, which means that for example if you were sitting in a chair in front of a monitor, you wouldn't be able to see the back of the monitor without standing up and moving yourself to the side or behind the monitor. Reflections can interfere with 3D scan captures, and so for cars it is ideal to have the car coated in a type of wax which will harden to a more solid surface, which the 3D scanner will see more easily and capture more details and resolution.

 

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Processing the 3D scan data of cars and vehicles.

The captured data out of the 3D scanner is a 3D point cloud. This is a dense collection of points (vertices), which will ultimately be surfaced into a regular 3D polygonal mesh with triangles or quads. In our pipeline, we put the data through filters and decimations with careful consideration to retain the maximum resolution required for the client or project. Noise reduction may also be used. After the entire car is surfaced, it can then be 3D modeled atop the scan data which is used as perfect 3D representive reference. Cars have very delicate lines and curves to them and so they must be built efficiently and precisely.

 

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Welcome to TNG VFX. Enjoy your stay. 3D Scanning in the Entertainment Industry