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An Insight into Photogrammetry for VFX

What is photogrammetry in VFX? – Photogrammetry is instrumental in VFX, aiding the creation of lifelike 3D models using photographs from various angles. These models infuse a high degree of realism into characters, environments, and props. The Technique involves taking multiple images of a subject from different angles, which are then processed using specific software to create a detailed 3D models and textures. The models can be used in anything from tracking to final VFX.

Can you combine photogrammetry and LiDAR? – Yes, photogrammetry and LiDAR can be combined to create more accurate and detailed 3D models. By capturing high-resolution photos and precise spatial data simultaneously, you are able to create highly realistic models with complex textures and intricate details, enhancing the quality of the work. For industries such as film and TV, this level of detail is paramount as it adds a layer of realism and depth that simply can’t be achieved otherwise. In essence, the combination of photogrammetry and LiDAR is a game-changer for creating immersive and compelling visual experiences. Check out more on our blog ‘LiDAR Scanning for VFX

What can photogrammetry be used for? – Photogrammetry is a versatile tool used widely, from creating detailed 3D models for VFX, to aiding construction planning and preserving archaeological sites. In medical fields, it supports detailed 3D analysis, while in environmental studies, it helps monitor landscape changes. Its ability to convert photographs into accurate 3D models opens numerous opportunities across different industries, making it a key technology in the digital age.

What is the future of Photogrammetry for VFX? – The future of photogrammetry in VFX is promising with developments set to revolutionise the industry. As sensors become increasingly powerful, we can expect higher-resolution 3D models with enhanced details. Additionally, automation in the photogrammetry process will streamline operations, increasing efficiency. Emerging technologies like NeRFs offer new potential by adapting to different light conditions, further advancing the scope of photogrammetry applications.

Photogrammetry VFX: The Most Essential Tool in 3D Modelling

San Gimignano Photogrammetry Model | Disney

Our Photogrammetry Studio Method

RealityCapture Project and Sony A7R IV Detail

Why use Photogrammetry?

Photogrammetry, especially when applied in the realm of VFX, is far from being just a high-tech novelty. Its benefits are huge and its applications increasingly indispensable to those projects that adopt it.

In a nutshell, the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of photogrammetry, alongside its remarkable versatility, make it a technique of choice for many industries. It’s a testament to how advanced technology can bring about significant improvements in how we capture and represent the world around us.

Its usefulness extends far beyond the entertainment industry. In architecture, for example, photogrammetry can be used to capture detailed models of buildings or sites, aiding in design or preservation efforts. In archeology and heritage conservation, it’s a powerful tool for recording and preserving the intricate details of historical sites or artefacts, creating a lasting digital record that can be studied and appreciated by future generations. Even in the realm of virtual reality, photogrammetry is employed to create incredibly lifelike environments for a truly immersive experience.

Compared to traditional methods of creating 3D models or capturing spatial data, photogrammetry can be significantly faster and more cost-effective. With high-resolution cameras and advanced software, a large amount of detailed spatial data can be collected in a relatively short amount of time. This speed doesn’t come at the expense of quality either. The resulting 3D models maintain a high level of precision and detail, making photogrammetry an attractive option for projects with demanding standards for quality.

The cost-effectiveness of photogrammetry is also noteworthy. Considering the quality of the results it can deliver, photogrammetry offers excellent value for money. For projects with limited budgets, it’s a technique that can deliver top-tier results without breaking the bank.

Use's of Photogrammetry

What is the Future of Photogrammetry?

Improved Sensor Technology

Automation and Streamlining of Processes

Intersection of VR and Photogrammetry

Are NeRFs the Future?

It's important to note that while nERFs are a promising technology, they are still relatively new and their full potential in the field of photogrammetry and VFX is yet to be realised. At Visualskies, we are closely following the developments in this field, ready to incorporate these advancements into our workflows as they mature.

Joseph SteelFounder / Director
House of The Dragon Photogrammetry
Photogrammetry for VFX


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