Monday, September 27th, 2021 Posted by Jim Thacker

Discover how to clean up 3D scans for production

The Gnomon Workshop has released Cleaning Up Scanned Assets for Production: a guide to preparing 3D scans for use in visual effects and animation work, recorded by 3D modeller Scott Denton.

The workshop, which comprises over four hours of video training, covers Wrap, R3DS’s scan-processing software, ZBrush and Maya, along with the Zoo Tools Pro framework and the Arnold renderer.

A production-proven guide to preparing 3D scans for use in VFX pipelines
During the workshop, Denton reveals how to take scanned assets and prepare them for use in production, working from a facial scan created NYCAP3D and assets from 3D Scan Store.

He discusses how to use Wrap and ZBrush to transfer textures and displacement information from the 3D Scan Store mesh, highlighting the key tools and export options inside both applications.

Denton also demonstrates how to set up the textures inside Maya, how to bring a 3D character to life using stock animation data from Adobe’s Mixamo library, and how to generate final renders in Arnold.

Along the way, he provides industry tips for organising and naming files, and discusses what look dev artists expect of the assets they receive from 3D modellers.

About the artist
Scott Denton is a principal modeler at Facebook, working with the Reality Labs and Spark AR teams.

He has been working in the industry for nearly two decades, across film, commercials, 3D printing and videogames, for freelance clients including Disney, DreamWorks, DNEG, The Mill and Framestore.

Pricing and availability
Cleaning Up Scanned Assets for Production is available via an online subscription to The Gnomon Workshop. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $490/year. You can try the training for free.

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