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What is this type of 3D shader / renderer called?

I'm looking for a type of 3D shader / renderer for which I've seen a number of demos. Most featured many objects (in the hundreds), often in greyscale, often with many of the objects acting as light sources. The quality of the renderings is very high, with a beautiful, soft chiaroscuro effect. I have a feeling the technique starts with an 'S'. Any ideas, hive mind?
posted by sixswitch on Jun 11, 2011 - 7 answers

3d virtual world

I want to set up a visual mind map/memory palace landscape type city using some kind of 3 virtual world technology. What are some options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Amazing projects where art meets digital/social technologies

What are interesting projects where art meets new (digital/social) technologies? Like Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, Youtube Symphony Orchestra, or Google Art Project.
posted by vladimirfrolov on May 9, 2011 - 3 answers

I don't want to create the universe, just recreate it.

I'm looking for usable 3d meshes of Earth, Moon and Mars I know the data is out there for free, but the data I've found is ridiculous (4 terabyte high resolution files), hard to use (5 degree slices that would need to be assembled), in formats that only planetary geologists can use, or simply stuck in the labyrinth of poorly maintained and documented government web sites where I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on May 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Free version of 3D Studio

I need a free alternative to 3D Studio, one that has a fairly similar interface. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Apr 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Looking for specific (3d) logo of a cultural building

About a year or two ago I saw a presentation about the design of a logo for a cultural building / institution: opera, theatre, museum or university, library. I think they used a 3d model of the building, to create profile shots of different angles, thereby providing different logos for different occasions Im desperately looking for this presentation or logo. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by peshay9000 on Apr 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Colorblind and 3D vision?

Can people with red-green colorblindness see depth in 3D comic books where you look through red-blue glasses? Personal testimony from my colorblind readers would be most compelling to me, as the optics are complicated.
posted by tnygard on Feb 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Help with finding a 3d gaming/virtual reality engine

I’ve been tasked with finding a suitable 3D system to power a VR platform we are thinking of building, and I’m having a hard time finding one that seems to be usable, let alone suitable. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted on Feb 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Cardboard to plastic

What's the best way of turning a cardboard art project model into plastic? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 answers

What would you name this product?

Hello, I am looking for ideas about what would be a good name for following electronic product/video converter box (in nutshell) :- It is a small box which converts regular 2D video into 3D video and using the HDMI port on this box, this 3D video can be watched on a regular LCD TV while wearing Red-Blue glasses. The product name should be small (2 words or so), pithy, not necessarily technical jargonry, and telling about its functionality in its name (if possible). thanks, -GM.
posted by goldenmean on Jan 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Low-end 3D software for Mac

Is Carrara 8 pretty good 3D software for a sub-$200 budget? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jan 7, 2011 - 4 answers

From Point to Polygon

I want to learn 3d modeling but from a vector standpoint (if possible). Needs to be OSX compatible. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 7, 2010 - 5 answers

3d to vector questions

I am an artist and need technical help on how best to manipulate a 3d image of a human spine then export the image as a vector into Adobe Illustrator. [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Dec 3, 2010 - 7 answers

What 3D modeling software should I use to make infographics?

What is the best 3D software (preferably for Mac) for doing stuff besides modeling motorcycle parts and video game characters? I'm primarily interested in creating things like infographics in 3D. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Nov 29, 2010 - 9 answers

3D software for viewing .obj models!

I'm looking for a simple, free 3D viewing software in which I could import an .obj I'd export from 3dsMax and allow me to rotate around it/zoom and the such. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Nov 24, 2010 - 8 answers

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out?

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out? Would you strain your eyes? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

custom transformer figurine

Im a big transformer fan and i was wondering if anyone makes custom transformer toys ... optimally (lol) id like ones made out of metal but platic would do even a 3d model i could transform and make it do stuff would be fun maybe sit on my desktop on my pc and i dont mean repaints and newly made old toys i mean trans formers that i make up
posted by quseio on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I careate colour decals in vRay for Rhino?

Rhino 4.0 + vRay for Rhino + JPG Decal = How? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Nov 5, 2010 - 2 answers

3D animation CGI advice?

So, basically, I want to know what the various options are for CGI/3D animation software. Factors to consider are, price, ease of use/learning curve required, system(s) required and so on. I know I'm being vague, but I really just want to know what the various options are. For instance, I have dabbled a very little bit with Blender, but found it beyond arcane and hard to use. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by geekhorde on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Can you point me to 3D models I can move and zoom around?

Do you know an online resource where I can look at a 3D model of either a face or a body that I can rotate at all angles and maybe even zoom in so I can use it as reference for my art etc? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Oct 29, 2010 - 5 answers

When will I be able to play around on a holodeck or go into the Matrix?

How is virtual reality technology coming along? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Oct 27, 2010 - 4 answers

The worst animator I can be.

What animation tools for Mac are not very good? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Why do some movies looks worse in HD?

Why does avatar look so much WORSE on nice HD TVs? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Aug 30, 2010 - 15 answers

Fecking 3D glasses: Why don't they work they way I expected?

I thought I knew how the current crop of 3D glasses worked, but an experiment with my glasses and my laptop screen proved that something weird is going on. Why does the direction I'm looking through the glasses change what I see, and why do the polarising filters appear to be oriented the same way? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Do I need HDMI on a 3D DLP projector?

I'm planning to buy a new video projector, and thought that while I'm at it I should buy a 3D-ready projector so that in a couple of years when there are more 3D movies available, I'll be ready to watch them. Ultimately I think I'll end up getting a new PC with Blu-Ray and probably an NVidia card to play 3D Blu-Rays, as per this AskMeFi thread. But do I need to get a 3D-ready projector with HDMI, like this Acer P1200? Or does HDMI not matter? I don't want to end up buying a projector only to find I can't plug it in to the right source a year down the line.
posted by skylar on Jun 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Classic picture. How can I get it legally?

Classic picture. How can I get it legally? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Jun 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Watching 3D Movies

Where in the theater is the best place to sit while watching a 3D movie? [more inside]
posted by jsslz on Apr 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Best 3D animation program?

What is the best program that I should learn for 3D animation? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Apr 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Swing arm shaving mirror that moves up and down as well as left and right?

Swing arm shaving mirror that moves up and down as well as left and right? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Mar 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Procedural Generation

Looking for a good book or detailed online guide to applying procedural generation in the creation of video games. [more inside]
posted by sophist on Feb 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Best place for Avatar in PDX

Best place to see Avatar in 3d in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

What Vancouver, B.C. schools offer good Game Design programs?

I am thinking about applying to some Game Design / 3D animation programs in and around Vancouver, B.C. Got any suggestions?
posted by smartless on Jan 21, 2010 - 5 answers

3D at home?

So after seeing Avatar I still have the 3D glasses. Is there anything I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 16, 2010 - 31 answers

How to Slice a 3D Object?

How can I get "slices" of a 3D rendered object? [more inside]
posted by lore on Jan 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Is there any good open source or free Photogrammetry software?

Is there any good open source or free Photogrammetry software? I'd like to take a few photographs (two or more) of small areas (small forested park lands) with a calibration/reference object in the frame (if need be) and extract points and lines from the images. [more inside]
posted by ianbanks on Jan 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Damn You, James Cameron, I Just Want To Watch The Pretty Pictures, Not Spend Hours Researching Competing Theater 3D Projection Standards

Avatar on IMAX 3D, is Fake IMAX the better choice or should drive further for the bigger Real IMAX screen? [more inside]
posted by jrishel on Dec 31, 2009 - 17 answers

A 3D newbie inquires . . .

Is the 3D print of Avatar prescription eyeglasses friendly? And what can I really anticipate from the 3D portion of the experience? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Dec 28, 2009 - 40 answers

Two Avatar queastions.

Regarding Avatar: Is it appropriate for an 11 year old (who's REALLY into scifi) and which 3D system? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Dec 18, 2009 - 12 answers

3d CAD drafting on Ubuntu?

Looking for a 3d CAD drafting program that will run with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Nov 25, 2009 - 9 answers

House Design on the Computer

Can anyone recommend a website that lets you design a house, inside and out, including furniture placement in realistic-looking 3D for free?
posted by VC Drake on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

simulated 3d from two photos

what is it called, and how do you make a simulated 3D photo using two photos, then animated to flash back and forth? [more inside]
posted by karl88 on Nov 14, 2009 - 4 answers

3D effect with 2 animated photos

Looking for a site aggregating a series of "2 slightly different pictures of the same subject animated in a loop". [more inside]
posted by bru on Nov 4, 2009 - 6 answers

A splinter for my mind's eye

Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Make Me a Model

Where can I send someone a design of a 3D object and have them put it together for me? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Sep 2, 2009 - 11 answers

What 3D software do I use for Architectural models suitable for 3D printing?

Hey all. Similar questions to this have been asked, but I think my formulation is unique. I am trying to model some stone walls for architectural models. I need the stone texture to show up in 3D so it will print on a 3D printer. I am not sure what the best 3D software to use for this application. [more inside]
posted by Yellowbeard on Aug 23, 2009 - 8 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Please recommend 3D software for doing leaves

Digital graphics artists, hi! I have a painting in mind--a foliate head (aka 'green man') or rather several of them, embedded in foliage. I expect the final form will be in acrylic on masonite because I want it to be bigger than any monitor or color printer I'm ever likely to have. But I want to do most of the detail prep digitally, and it will involve 3D work because I plan to stare at and think about every single one of X hundreds of leaves, sized and rotated to fit in with its neighbors. So I'm fishing for recommendations about which of the free 3D packages I should plan on using. I know the learning curve will be pretty steep and I want to pick one program and stick to it. Free candidates I know of are SketchUp, Blender, and Bryce 5, but I'll consider anything. Does any one of these, or any other one you've used, stand out from the rest for doing complex-mesh organic forms like, um, leaves? If any of them make it easy (or anyway less hard) to texture flat(ish) objects on both surfaces, that's a big plus. Thanks very much! Oh, Windows or Linux. Got no Mac.
posted by jfuller on Jul 8, 2009 - 10 answers

Sketchup alternative?

I'm looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight application that will allow me to visualize a wooden structure I want to build. I know about CAD software like AutoCAD and modelling apps like 3dsMax, but they seem way more complicated than what I'm looking for. Sketchup seems to fit the bill pretty well, but it's hideous to look at and I can't seem to get exact measurements out of it. Any alternatives to sketchup out there? (free preferably but not required) Thanks
posted by AltReality on Jun 15, 2009 - 16 answers

circles or spheres?

Pixar's Up: 3d or 2d? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Jun 1, 2009 - 39 answers

How does 3d work for this dvd?

I saw My Bloody Valentine 3D in theaters, and it was awesome. I also just saw the DVD at target with four 3D glasses!! Since I know the theater uses the REALD (CP polarization) system, and I know tv panels don't operate the same way, has anyone bought the DVD/know how the home theater version works/is it worth checking out?
posted by Large Marge on May 29, 2009 - 2 answers

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