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Creating 360 Model Turntable Viewport Renders

In this doc, we'll run through the steps of creating shaded and wireframe 360 model turntable viewport renders (playblasts).


When submitting your asset (geometry) for review, we’ll also expect to see the following viewables:

  1. A shaded 360 turntable with reference and slate info
  2. A wireframe 360 turntable with reference and slate info
  3. Lined up reference images (if working from photography or scan data)

In this walkthrough, we’ll run through #1 and #2, and in the following tutorial, we’ll cover #3. To keep things nice and snappy at this stage, we won’t be rendering our turntables. Instead, we’ll be generating playblasts from the viewport with a fixed lighting setup.

For all 3 submissions, the aim is that your supe can easily assess your work as you version up from one submission to the next. To do that, it is very important that:

  • We lock cameras down from v001 and use the same cameras for each version of work we submit for review
  • We lock the contact sheet down, so again, things are consistent and locked down.
  • We do not modify the lighting.

In order to get relevant and consistent feedback, we don’t want to confuse the supervisors by using different cameras, lenses, lighting, or anything else. A supe will want to A/B between the versions, so the simpler we can make the review process, the better.

In this example, we’ll be using the Maya Prop Studio Viewport Template 1001, however, the workflow is the same for characters, vehicles, creatures, etc. If you have enrolled on a specific course at CAVE that requires the setup below, then you’ll be provided with the scene file under the course ‘Resources‘. If you are not enrolled on a CAVE course, fear not, you can pick up the setup here:


The setup includes:

  • A prop studio created with basic geometry
  • A fixed set of lights.
  • A modelled turntable that is set to turn 360 degrees over 200 frames.
  • A Nuke template for the contact sheet.

Maya Setup

To get things going:

  • Make sure you are at frame 1.
  • Import your asset and parent it under the locator called: ‘modelTT_360_200frame_LOC‘.
  • Then apply the ‘clay_grey_viewport_MAT‘ to your asset.
  • Add a number of cameras to best frame your asset and then lock these cameras down (as you should now use these for all future renders and asset updates).
  • Lastly, add your asset to the ‘model_wireframe_LYR‘ display layer.

You should now be able to switch between shaded and wireframe on shaded, and only your asset should pick up the wireframe.

Nuke Template and Deliverables

With your playblasts good to go, you can now drop things into the Nuke template. This will allow you to add info to the first frame (the slate) and then export out mp4 files for submitting to Dailies. Remember – keep things consistent, so once the template has been A-OKayed by your supe, then use it without making changes (other than the updates to your model).


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