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.