We loved collaborating with Lil Nas X, the UnderWonder team, and Mathematic Studio to bring this incredible video to life. Seeing our 3D scans activate and create this vision with the whole team was an incredible experience.
It’s always refreshing to work with artists who dare to dream and vision outside the box and embody the message of radical self expression. Lil Nas X took spicy to the next level with this one! It’s easy to see why Lil Nas X took home the moon man for MTV’s Music Video of the Year and a huge honor to have worked on this project.
The Scan Truck, Frame Store Pictures, and Google partnered to bring the experience of the Summer 2021 Tokyo Olympics to your home — literally! The team scanned athletes to seamlessly capture their signature movements and create AR avatars that can be pulled up and viewed on any mobile device in any environment. Google search the olympians Caleb Dressel, Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe and Alexander Massialas for the full interactive experience, and watch their digital doubles freestyle, fence, and triple backflip across the arena of your living room carpet, the beach, or wherever you are.
The intricate technology used to capture these absolute feats of human athletic performance, and bring them into the palm of our hands with Google’s new 3D platform, is gold-medal worthy! Seeing new applications for this technology in sports and utilizing it to capture top tier athletes extends the horizons of what is possible, bridging the gap between the digital world and real life. This gives the crowd watching from home an entirely new, inspired and immersive experience. Download the google app and try it out!
The Scan Truck Joins ICVR and Reallusion to Create “Scan To Animation” Character Pipeline for a Diverse Variety of Applications
“It is fantastic to see our 3D content turned into vivid 3D characters with controllable animation and deployed in a wide range of applications beyond games and films. We’re very excited to be among the early testers of this pipeline and to see the increased efficiency it brings to art production as a whole.” said Chris Swiatek, Chief of Product, ICVR.
Nowadays, 3D scanned people are widely used to create visual assets in many industries beyond games and films. From manufacturing, business, archviz, digital twins to media entertainment, they are the key element to bringing simulations to life, transforming digitally created virtual scenes into a convincing realistic world.
Thousands of 3D people can be easily found online. As realistic as they look, most 3D characters tend to lack the natural movement of real human beings — either in static poses, emotionless faces, or stiff body animations. How to transform scanned models to animated people requires not only skilled experience but also technology for customisable character creation.
Now Reallusion, the developer of iClone and Character Creator, has brought a new “Scan to Animation Pipeline”, adding details, realism and performance to scan images. In collaboration with Scan Truck, a Hollywood-based 3D scanning service company, and ICVR, an award-winning digital content development agency, Reallusion has successfully turned scanned models into lively animated 3D characters that can be fully controlled and exported to major 3D tools for any production.
Leaders in Character Creation
Located in Los Angeles, the heart of the American entertainment industry, Scan Truck and ICVR have collaborated with major Hollywood studios and international corporations including Warner Brothers, FOX, Universal Studio, SONY pictures, Apple, Netflix and many more, to create avatars and digital content for top games, films and marketing campaigns. Their recent successes include creating digital doubles for Grand Theft Auto 5, the Olympics, Xbox video games, and for feature films including Marvel’s Black Window, Dune, and Terminator: Dark Fate.
Beginning with recruiting 15 people for a shooting day inside their studio truck in LA, Scan Truck precisely captured the likeness of each model using their high-end scanning technology. Next a team of texture artists in ICVR converted these images into high quality 3D models through cutting edge detailed data processing.
From Creation to Content Animation, Reallusion Redefines 3D Characters
Constantly evolving their products to keep the pace with next-generation technology while also providing unique implementation that adapts their tools to all levels of creators, Reallusion is setting a new industry standard for real-time character creation. The company’s “Scan to Animation Pipeline” provides the highest realism and control over 3D people, aiming to effectively level up business visualization for archviz, digital twins (manufacturing, construction), traffic or crowd simulation. At the same time, the new pipeline synchronizes with the rapid growth of real-time visualization offered by GPU and game engines including NVIDIA Omniverse™.
Deploying its advanced technology on facial and body rigging, morphing, and lipsyc animations, Reallusion’s new pipeline can generate two unique outputs from 3D scan:
actorORIGION: High-res Digital Human for Character Creator
The ultra realistic digital humans deliver the highest details for close-up performance, customizable with hair, facial and body morph, skin layers, and outfit systems, suitable for real-time film and AAA game projects. It is the native character format (CC3+) in Character Creator, with a large amount of assets for mix’n’match of body shapes, appearances, outfits, and accessories.
actorSCAN: Photo-realistic 3D People for Crowd Rendering
The one-mesh, fully-dressed, lightweight models are designed to enliven business simulations with fully rigged, all controllable, true-to-life digital crowds, all with facial expression and lip-sync animation suitable for long to middle camera ranges.
Scanned Actors Live on Stage in Any 3D Productions
Reallusion’s animated 3D avatars are fully compatible with thousands of AAA production motions available on ActorCore, Reallusion’s premium online 3D asset library, allowing one character to be used for multiple purposes from business, training, archiviz, to films and games. All content is also compatible with most 3D programs including Unreal Engine, Unity, Blender, Maya, MotionBuilder, 3DS Max, Cinema4D and iClone.
What an experience hanging on the truck with these pillars of the hip hop movement. Legendary day sharing stories with Dr Dre, Jimmy Lovine, DJ Pooh and Scott Storch while we helped create their digital avatars for GTA!
As fans have been spotting in recent hours, the two industry
titans are featured in a sequence that also includes an appearance from
prolific Rockstar creative DJ Pooh. In the scene, Dre and Iovine squabble about
some potentially lost music files.
Dr. Dre fans have put some added theoretical value into the
update’s timing, with several people noting that the surprise GTA V appearance was revealed on what was also the day of the Chronic release anniversary.
“The Cayo Perico Heist is our way of getting everyone together to party and dance in the safest possible way while also giving players the chance to take on our biggest and best Heist yet,” Same Houser, president of Rockstar Games, told PC Gamer on Tuesday. “It’s been a difficult and challenging year, and we wanted to make something everyone could have some fun in—we’re really excited for you to play.”
Co-directed by Nas and Gibson Hazard, the visual takes place on Christmas Day in the year 2220. Lil Nas X portrays four distinct characters within a gigantic, sci-fi Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. Later, he takes a ride across the United States in a high-tech “sleigh” — a Christmas-red Dodge Challenger — pulled by robotic reindeer, and flies past his own versions of Mount Rushmore, the Hollywood sign, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square.
Super relevant quote from Paul “Fear is the mind killer”, let’s take care of each other through all of this. Sending tons of love and positivity to the world right now. Such an incredible experience working on this beautifully epic film with our Scan Truck fam and next level cast and crew.
Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name. A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
It was such a pleasure working with world famous pianist Jon Schmidt and the Piano Guys on this breakthrough AR Pianist app. This futuristic tool brings us one step closer a world where AR is used to help make education fun and rewarding.
The Piano Guys, Massive Technologies and The Scan Truck have generated a realistic avatar of Jon Schmidt to perform “with total visual and musical accuracy.” Smartphone or tablet users just need to fire up the AR Pianist app, point the device’s rear camera at any piano and the app will put Schmidt at the keyboard.
The app uses machine learning to place the virtual virtuoso at the piano within an accuracy of a centimeter, and the device holder can move around the space with six degrees of freedom to view his playing from any angle. If you want to get closer to the action, you can zoom in, and should you want to use the experience to learn from a master, playback can be slowed down by up to 100 times.
Here at The Scan Truck, music is a huge part of our creative process. We are honored to contribute to our technology and skills in collaboration with one our favorite bands Tool and the legendary guitar craftsmen Gibson. What an opportunity to be part of this epic art project. The Scan Truck’s 3D scan of this complex guitar came out perfectly using a unique combination of 3d scanning technologies. You can see more details and view this guitar from more angles than you could with any physical camera.
For the world premiere of the new Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones Les Paul Custom, a special animated short film, “The Witness”, was created and scored by Adam and mixed by Joe Barresi. Adam was heavily involved in re-creating the new guitar, working with Gibson’s luthiers in Nashville, TN to ensure the instrument was a clone of his #1 guitar. Utilizing his extensive experience in visual art, special effects and design, Adam Jones is both the director of the majority of Tool’s music videos and creates the visual experience on stage for the band.
The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab, led by Tom Murphy, then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.
We present to you another great way to produce content using 3D scanning. Filming commercials during the COVID-19 lock down was not an option, so Kawasaki and FUSE Interactive came to us. The solution was to 3D scan their brand new vehicles and create photo realistic animations to show off the features.
These UTV’s and motorcycles were some of the most bad ass vehicles we have ever 3D scanned. We used a combination of lidar and photogrammetry to get the maximum detail and texture quality. Working with FUSE Interactive team so fun and we love the final animations they crated!