Employing Advancing Technology to Enhance Imagery
of the Microscopic World by Mol Smith (Co-founder Mic-UK)
Poser is a software package originally created for artists. It
is now at version 7.0 and has become a mainstream package for creating and manipulating 3D objects. Software similar
to Poser is used to create many of the dazzling CGI effects in the movie industry. I have been unable to find any
microscopic subjects to show you examples of so I have used insects here in these pages instead.
This is a Darter Dragonfly, or at least a 3d model of one. It can be viewed and manipulated in the Poser software.
I have used 2 cameras (there are many in Poser) to film the insect as I spun it around. I made 2 short movies,
one from the left eye viewpoint and one from the right.
Afterwards, I combined the 2 animations using 3DCombine software to produce this web quality 3D movie. You need Red/Cyan
3D glasses to see it properly.
More sophisticated animations can be created and without the 3d effect I have applied here!
Someone very skilled has to create the 3D objects using software like Shade. Object creators licence out the use of their objects so people like me can create images
and movies with them. What we need is Microscopic subjects made into 3D objects.
Published in the April 2007 edition of Micscape.
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