Tech Prices and 3D

December 3, 2010

A common complaint nowadays about 3D is that the bar of entry is rather high. The average price of a 3D-capable HDTV should at least set someone back by $500, which obviously is not a small amount of money. The required glasses for viewing aren’t exactly cheap, too. Movie tickets are no exception, either. Coupled with rising basic prices, watching a movie in 3D these days adds about 30-50% more on top of the basic cost one pays for a ticket.

Fret not, though. As is the rule with new technology, it starts out really high-priced for early adopters, and then gradually decreases as it becomes more accessible and more manufacturers enter that particular market.

Let’s take a look at two good recent examples:

DVD players are a ubiquitous part of pretty much anyone’s home entertainment setup nowadays. Still, there were days back in the late 1990s to early 2000s where they were actually considered expensive. In fact, when Sony’s Playstation 2 game console came out in October of 2000 in the United States, it was considered as one of the cheapest DVD players available for the mass market. That really puts things into perspective, looking back on it from where we are now.

Another more recent example is HDTVs. When they first became widely available, a decent LCD set would usually cost an arm and a leg, somewhere around $2000-3000 and more so for a plasma display. Fast forward to today, and though they still might not be considered cheap, these once pricey sets are now priced more reasonably, usually at half of their cost five or six years ago.

Given the rate of adoption of 3D technology by a wide array of fields and industries, it won’t be long before prices drop and 3D-capable displays become available to a wider market than the one it they have right now.

3D technology has also moved in to other bigger stuff such as 3D renders and 3D floor plans in the realm of architectural firms and business. 3D renderings are being used in order to paint a better picture of what the clients would be seeing upon the completion of the project that they are investing in.


3D Renderings Playing an Active Role in Building and Construction

November 24, 2010

Because of the rapid speed of evolution for the building design and construction industry, many businesses have begun to improve their technology in order to be able to gain a headstart against their competition.

Today, fully modeled 3D renderings are one of the latest technologies that are widely used in industries including architectural, real estate and construction firms. These are basically defined as a computerized process which changes a digital 3D model turned into a rendered image.

These 3D renderings might follow 3D floor plans or even the regular floo plans and blue prints. They would also contain geometric information, texture information, ambient lighting and surroundings and even shade details.

All 3D renderings can be used for various areas and buildings including those for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional. There will also be a high level of customization including the potential to add effects such as sunlight or artificial light and even shadows.

Some of the softwares that are required in producing such great 3D renders would most likely include stuff like 3D Max 9, Cap Studio 3.2, Giza 2006, AutoCAD 2007 and even Photoshop CS3.


How To Differentiate Good 3D Renderings from Bad Ones

November 18, 2010

There are currently millions upon millions of digital renders and images flooding the Internet today. And with such there are only a couple of things that one should realize in order to say if the 3D rendering that they are looking at should really fall under the classification of a nice 3d image or just a work of an amateur.

Here are some of the things that you can use to spot a good render from a sea of hopefuls…

As a basis, let us use this fine image of the 3D floor plan on top as the reference for the 3D render.

When looking for a great looking 3D render, always check for the quality. This means you may have to take a very close look at the material, carefully scrutinizing each and every part of the image..

Another way to find out if the image is a great render is by examinig the quality and the size of the digital image.

 


3D Floor Plans in TV

November 15, 2010

Hollywood and the world of 3D floor plans have often worked side to side on multiple projects to capture the imagination. Here is a sample of a modern look at 3D floor plans and television.

There are a lot of television shows that have used animated style custom 3d floor plans in order either as part of transitions or as a main pull for their work.

Some of the more relevant samples of floor plans that can be seen on TV include the opening and transitional sequences for the series “Cribs” which features the houses of Hollywood celebrities and sports icons…

These animated and custom 3D floor plans have also been paired nicely together with lush 3D renders for the TV series “Ghost Lab” which deals with paranormal activities and research towards them.

Of course all of these look great but there should always be room for improvement for these parts, especially since they would be seen by thousands of people (not only on cable TV but also through the Internet).

A great suggestion is through the use of these great look 3D floor plans or 3D renderings

Or these gorgeous renders…

Either way would totally work but its still something to ponder on especially since 3D television is beginning to start rising in terms of popularity once more.

 

 


How To Spot Good Quality 3D Renderings

November 10, 2010

3D renderings have flourished in recent times thanks to having more and more people starting to practice and appreciate the art of 3D rendering.

Exquisite looking 3d renders should have the best looking images and should have crisp, sharp pixels on them. You will know that a 3D render would look inferior and feel inferior if, upon careful scrutiny and zooming, the pixels start to break and the image is no longer perfect.

A really great looking 3D rendering, be it architectural renders or even artistic renders should also exhibit a certain appeal.  It should be eye-popping and should really catch the attention of the viewer not only because of the high definition components within the image but also because of the feel and look of the render.

 


Visually Painting Images with 3D Renderings

November 3, 2010

Having a beautiful 3D rendering of an image will always be good for any type of business.

Let’s dissect what makes a 3D render stand out from other types of image files that are being used in the market right now.

3D renderings are high resolution in nature and utilize lots of pixels in order to show lush and eye-popping images.

3D renders are also great for high impact presentations. Since they were created digitally, renders are generally easy to manipulate or edit to fit to give out the perfect image or look.


Designing and Improving Cars through 3D Renderings

September 29, 2010

Seeing what a car looks like before it even hits the production line can save not only thousands of dollars but also save tons of work hours for a car manufacturing companies. The idea of having a fully realized and fully stylized car in the form of a lush 3d rendering has been adapted and embraced by both the European and Asian car manufacturers in producing their top of the line cars.

In the first place 3D renderings have been the pit stop of car companies. It comes after the initial and final design in the drawing board and comes just before it begins its tour on the production line. This has been done for years now with no signs of stopping and changing; on the contrary many car designers have come to rely on 3D renderings as a way to improve future car designs. From massive trucks to the simple and earth friend hybrid cars that can be spotted on the streets, just about every automobiles in production have used 3D renderings.

It’s amazing to think how something that can be seen from a computer monitor to become something as cool or as futuristic looking as automobiles.