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Interview with Infinite-Realities

By Richard Tilbury

Web: http://www.ir-ltd.net (will open in new window)

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Date Added: 8th August 2012

What has been the hardest part behind developing a successful stereo photogrammetry process?

Money. I started a business when I was in debt (which I have now paid off, finally!) so I could have been doing this two or three years ago, but it took time to build the system, save up, and research different solutions and software. First came 2 cameras, then 4, then 18, then 32. I'm now running 74 cameras. It involved a lot of trial and error, a lot of late nights, sacrificing my social life, a huge amount of patience, research, risk and careful, diligent bookkeeping!

How complicated is it to get the raw data into a useable format ready for 3D rendering and animation?

It's a good question; I see a lot of incorrect assumptions online and in forums about how to handle this kind of scan data. It's really quite trivial. Thanks to the amazing new tools in programs like ZBrush (Remesh, AutoUV) and other applications it's super-easy to retopologize a mesh or use an existing low poly frame (already UV mapped and grouped) to shape conform and re-project with, transferring over the details. This process can be handled with ease in less than 10-20 minutes. Luckily the data this system can now produce is 90% cleaner than it used to be, so very minimal clean up is needed.

What differentiates your company from ones offering a similar service?

It's just me and a few dedicated freelancers overseas, like a talented artist called Alexander Tomchuk. My overheads are very low compared to other studios and all projects get my full attention. My company isn't technology-based, or founded on money. It was purely founded on the passion for creativity, art, and specifically the replication of digital humans, which is something I am extremely passionate about and continue to try and excel in every day. There are also other studios dabbling in similar forms of capture, like Ten24 and Digicave, who are also getting interesting results. It's not just the big VFX studios and research institutes anymore. It's becoming more mainstream and anyone can do it.

Technology is constantly evolving, so after having developed your system how do you anticipate it changing in the future?

I'm already looking into grant funding and investment, so the next phase is to go 4D, capturing

How would you like to see your efforts and technology best used?

I would like to see it used to improve virtual character content in games and film. This technology, specifically used for face capture, is fairly new; some studios are starting to test and adopt it, but I think it will soon become commonplace in most studio pipelines until the next iteration of technology kicks in.

This kind of change and progression is a good thing. It will help tell more engaging and emotional stories as I think at some point, game and film will merge.

From IR I would like to say thank you to 3DTotal for the opportunity of this interview. Sample Scans and 3D models are available to purchase at www.triplegangers.com

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(ID: 157005, pid: 0) Hal Jaffe on Fri, 19 October 2012 7:25pm
What would be the least amount of cameras to scan a "bust" of a person, approx from the mid chest up, if the subject can stay still and is turned. I know that is not what your capture is all about but funds are so tight and I am not able to come up with money for as many cameras as you use for a singe shot synchronized image. What size lens? Any info is appreciated.
Hal Jaffe haljaffe@aol.com
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