Photography-based Full-CG Environment

Creating full-CG environments based on real photography gives the highest quality output. High-quality full-resolution HDR Domes are the base. The HDR is responsible for the visual base of the environment as well as for the lighting and the reflections on the vehicles.

Photography-based Full-CG Environment

With this video animation of the Aiways U5 web-visualizer, it is easy to see how photography-based full CG environments have changed the game for the automotive industry. The level of detail and photorealism is simply stunning, and it all starts with the use of high-quality HDR domes.

In this post, we will take a closer look at how the HDR domes from MAGROUND serve as the foundation for creating full-CG environments that set a new benchmark for photorealism.

First, let’s talk about the importance of high-quality HDR domes. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which is a technique used to capture and store images with a high level of detail and accuracy. The HDR dome used for this Aiways web-visualizer is 32bit and has a resolution of more than 30,000px, which ensures the highest level of quality and detail. The HDR domes serve as the visual base for the environment, as well as for the lighting and reflections of the vehicles.

tone-mapped jpeg file (reduced size) of the original HDR-dome

The high-quality HDR dome provides an accurate representation of the real-world environment, making it possible to create a truly photorealistic CG environment.

Once the HDR domes are in place, it’s time for the CG experts at Mainworks to get to work. Using the software 3DS Max and Blender, they rebuild the scene in 3D and use projection mapping techniques for texturing the 3D geometry with the HDR dome. Once the environment is done, the integration of the car begins, camera, rendering all was made with Autodesk VRED for this visualizer. This process requires a deep understanding of 3D modeling, lighting, and rendering. The end result is a full-CG environment that is almost indistinguishable from the real world.

Finally, the 360° HDR image and video animation of the Aiways web-visualizer showcase the power of photography-based full CG environments. The level of detail and photorealism is simply incredible.

By starting with high-quality HDR domes, CG experts can create photorealistic environments that showcase the cars virtually in the best possible light. The Aiways web-visualizer is a perfect example of what can be achieved with this technology, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.