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sony
02-10-2012, 09:57 PM
Is there a way to know which 3d rendering program was used for a movie or for television?

evenflcw
02-10-2012, 10:41 PM
Experienced artists will perhaps be able to tell what was used because they know some tell tale signs. But they can never be 100% sure. Generally you can't tell just from the image alone. It's all just best guesses.

stiff paper
02-11-2012, 03:08 AM
Ten or twelve years ago it used to be much easier to tell what a render had been done with, but these days it's much harder to do that. Most of the time now, once the CG has been integrated in comp, tweaked and fiddled with, added to, and generally post-processed 'till next Tuesday, it's impossible.

There are other things you can do, obviously, like try to find out which company did the VFX and then find out what they use.

wrench
02-11-2012, 12:23 PM
That's the way I do it. Most 3D apps have similar capabilities these days, or ways to work around not having them - as an example, LightWave has no crowd system for the time being, but it didn't stop its use in Last Samurai or Buffy the Vampire Slayer for generating realistic-looking crowds.

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Nangleator
02-13-2012, 08:04 AM
About half a dozen times a year I shout out "Crumple!" when watching TV. I imagine other apps have something similar, but that procedural is so recognizable to me.

Danner
02-13-2012, 09:12 AM
Even if you could tell what it was rendered in, the modeling could have come from anywhere.

bazsa73
02-13-2012, 10:15 AM
About half a dozen times a year I shout out "Crumple!" when watching TV. I imagine other apps have something similar, but that procedural is so recognizable to me.

:)

shrox
02-13-2012, 10:16 AM
About half a dozen times a year I shout out "Crumple!" when watching TV. I imagine other apps have something similar, but that procedural is so recognizable to me.

Veins! Veins!

jomax
02-13-2012, 10:25 AM
yep its hardly recognizable these days. veins ha ha...it used to be that in the past bryce could be identified from anywhere. now every software is getting competitive and the days are not far that we may not recoganise whether a software was used or not.

littlewaves
02-13-2012, 12:55 PM
About half a dozen times a year I shout out "Crumple!" when watching TV. I imagine other apps have something similar, but that procedural is so recognizable to me.

I'm sure your nearest and dearest can't get enough of that.

Do you shout "GREENSCREEN!!" at the weather forecast?

Actually I see you only said "half a dozen times a year"

Let's hope LW11 makes that Half a dozen times a week!

dwburman
02-13-2012, 01:25 PM
Remember the old fractal noise image map from LW in the 90's? I'd often see it in the reflections of metallic, logos or text.

inakito
02-14-2012, 03:26 PM
You can start from here :D

http://www.newtek.com/lightwave-project-list-menu.html

Dexter2999
02-14-2012, 04:09 PM
My room-mate says "Green screen" most anytime he sees it... but only while watching COVERT AFFAIRS.

To be fair, some of their green screen is a little shabby.

prometheus
02-15-2012, 01:45 AM
I think a lot of movies uses several studios doing different parts for a movie, therefore a majority of different software could have been used, I would suggest look at vfx sites and search that movie or series you want to find out more about and see what they say.

here´s some fx sites
http://www.awn.com/magazines/animation-world-magazine/all
http://www.fxguide.com/featured/x-men_extreme_makeover/
http://www.awn.com/magazines/vfx-world-magazine

http://www.cinefex.com/ (subscription required)

Michael