Lidar Scanning and Processing for VFX 1001

This on-demand course will teach you how to plan for a Lidar environment shoot, capture the scan data and then process the material for VFX.

Jahirul Amin | Matthew Davies
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Learn to scan and process environments for VFX using the FARO Focus laser scanner

This on-demand course will teach you how to use the FARO Focus laser scanner for capturing environment scans.

We’ll start the course by having a deep-dive of the scanner itself and familiarising ourselves with the menu and scan settings. We will also demonstrate some of the recent developments of the technology with the new Focus Premium and the Stream App.

Following on from this, we’ll turn our attention to the importance of planning and assessing your environment before you think about hitting the ‘scan’ button. We will then look at how to go about capturing a variety of scans depending on the environment itself and time pressures.

Course Details

  • Type: On-demand
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Lessons: 7
  • Format: Pre-recorded videos
  • Tools: FARO Focus laser scanner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Access Time: Lifetime

Understand how to plan, scan and process Lidar captured with the FARO Focus laser scanner

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Lessons in this course

  • 01. Overview of the FARO Focus Laser Scanner

    We'll start this course by assessing the FARO Focus laser scanner and how to kick off a scan. We will also look at the most recent developments with the technology with the new Focus Premium and the Stream App.
  • 02. Planning your Scan Shoot

    Before you start scanning, it is important to review your set and plan who you'll capture the environment. Here we will look at some of the considerations you'll want to think about before you hit the 'scan' button.
  • 03. Scanning an Interior Set

    Now that we are familiar with using the scanner and we've planned our scan shoot, let's look at capturing a detailed interior environment on a closed set.
  • 04. Scanning an Exterior Set

    Your approach to an exterior environment will differ to that of an interior environment. Here we will take a look at what you need to consider and also how you can tweak your scan settings for optimal results.
  • 05. Quick Scans for a Live Set

    On a live set, you'll need to capture inbetween shots and sometimes even takes. Speed is of the essence. Here we will look at how to capture quick scans that are still very valauable for post-production.
  • 06. Processing Lidar Scans

    With our scans captured, this lesson will walk you thorugh the steps to process the scans into geometry.
  • 07. Prepping and testing the Scan for VFX

    For our final lesson, we'll look at prepping the processed scan and testing it in a 3D application to ensure it is pipe-friendly.

Tutor: Jahirul Amin

VFX Trainer

Jahirul Amin is a Computer Animation and Visual Effects Trainer and Consultant. He specialises in designing and delivering courses to create solid and diverse production ready skills in all 3D related departments and across a number of facilities worldwide. His background in academia feeds into his ongoing connections with Universities and Colleges which provide Computer Animation and Visual Effects courses. He is also involved in course and examination design as well as lecturing, running workshops and mentoring.


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