Triplegangers has been offline for quite some time now. We wanted to bring back the store which first started out as ir-models back in 2008! Triplegangers is back and now purely focused on selling head scans…
Triplegangers was original envisaged as a digital capture service for IR focused on digital doubles and likeness re-creation. We started to sell body scans but realized there is a stronger market for face scanning in particular. Model fees, model travel fees and scanning fees can become exponentially expensive as a service for clients. So we wanted to offer a very large database of real life models that have been digitized for use in visual effects and computer games, that are available at an affordable price. We plan to grow the store over time and update it with new models each month.
We are using a standard 50x DSLR Canon EOS 100D setup, that we designed back in 2011. The system is simple but robust and now widely used by many studios to this day. We also plan to be releasing other sorts of captured data, such as photometric scans and multi-lighting reference.
Scanning as a service can sometimes run into multiple (£) 5 figure sums, depending on what systems you use and what services you offer. We wanted to democratize this process and offer a large database of models from varying ethnic backgrounds, captured over 2 continents. Now available at a fraction of the production cost. These models could be used as hero characters or as background characters in any production.
What makes our process different is that we offer access to the RAW data. The RAW .CR2 photographs and the RAW scan files. These are not an ‘artists’ impression of a scan, they have not been manipulated in anyway or re-sculpted as is often found with most online 3D scanning stores.
Each model comes with the neutral expression as the base likeness and 19 FACS scans. Some products in the future will contain full FACS sets of over 40 expressions. These are RAW triangulated 7 million polygon meshes with original CR2 photosets, ready for retopolgizing and texture baking. Having this data will make it easy for you to perfect your own digital doubles which will fit your pipeline perfectly.
The products will contain all relevant *.CR2 (Canon RAW format) photographs and Agisoft Photoscan *.psz files. As well as one CR2 photo of the model holding a Color Checker chart(image above), that you can use to calibrate the photosets. For the time being we are distributing products as Photoscan files because the software is production ready and suitable for multiple chunk layering. We will be supplying additional scripts in conjunction with our products shortly. By having CR2 photosets you will have the freedom to color manage the textures and get that final look you require. We will recommend getting familiar with the linear pipeline. Which is an industry standard. Click here to learn more Linear Pipeline
All scans are correctly calibrated and match real life dimensions. Each expression is rigidly tracked and aligned to the base neutral scan.
Our 3D scanning system comprises of over 50x DSLR Canon cameras and a diffuse lighting system. We soon hope to be releasing cross polarized data, multi-lighting reference, as well as Photometric scans from our IDA-Tronic DS1 scanning system later this year. Setting the goal to populate the store every month and aim to produce over 200 models by the end of the year.
We will also be releasing tools, scripts and tutorials with the hope to engage with other creatives and industry veterans, to share ideas and techniques.
We hope you like what you see and that you will be interested to purchase with us. Please email any of your ideas or concerns, or please do post below.