Animation and modeling services complement the programming and video services and are often included as part of a larger project. Projects are often a collaboration of work with programmers and other media specialists. The animation and modeling group is capable of scripting interactions with applications like Flash and Dreamweaver to produce web-delivered interactive programs.
Animation and modeling output is available in all popular formats, including broadcast-quality, high-resolution digital video. Products include interactive learning materials, illustrations, and video.
The animation and modeling group is primarily concerned with providing media for visualization of concepts, procedures and material interactions. This includes models and animations available for viewing in virtual reality players.
3D Modeling and Printing
Artists and animators using 3D programs like Maya and ZBrush produce high polygon count models that can be reduced in size for better performance online. Models are reduced, or decimated and texture and normal maps are created to produce high quality renders in real-time.
Models can also be output in formats ready for 3D printing.
Animation and Motion Design
Academic Technology Services animation and motion design is used to communicate difficult concepts or visualize scientific mechanisms or medical procedures. Subjects include organ transplants, surgical procedures, organism development, plant anatomy, eye movement and PET/MRI scanners to mention a few.
Interactivity and 3D Viewing
Models and animations can be used for simulations and other interactive purposes. They can be delivered online using 3D viewers to create an immersive environment.