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Occasionally clients request integration with existing technologies or third party applications, but aren't sure about the ramifications to their current or planned project. This is where Research is used to investigate solutions, install demo programs, libraries, or plugins, and analyze software to make the best possible solution. If your interested in bringing a new idea to life, without understanding how it may work, and our team hasn't dealt with it before, then Research into what can be done and how, will be essential for the project to move forward.
Here we give you the tools you need to provide us with anything that represents your project's idea. When projects are started from the ground up, having an idea of what is expected is essential. Please provide us with your napkin drawings, notes, layout ideas, and anything else you may feel is necessary.
We don't expect you to know what any of the above terminology is, let Visual-Optics take care of that understanding for you and deliver you a 3D Model of your product, logo, or other project needs. Note that a 3D Model is simply a representation of points and lines which create surfaces, which make up a 3D Shape. This 3D Model is gray to start with, before unwrapping, texturing, materials, or lighting ever come in, and is the starting point to any 3D Requirements.
After you have a 3D Model, you generally want to apply a 2D Image (like a photo of wood) to your 3D Model, this process is referred to as "UV Unwrapping", or "UV Mapping". The easiest way to understand this concept is to think of wrapping a sticker around all outward facing surfaces of a cardboard box with the least amount of stickers (1 in this simple case). You would need to cut your 2D sticker into a plus or cross, then set your box in the center, and wrap the sticker up the sides of the box, being sure to align the cut edges to the best of your ability. This same problem exists in 3D, and on more complex 3D Models than just a box, and can be overcome by means of what is called "Custom UV Mapping". Leave this complex concept in the hands of the professionals at Visual-Optics, and we will provide a 3D Model with is ready to be custom textured.
Often one of the most complex steps in the 3D Industry, the 3D Rigging step is a pre-animation step, and allows designers the ability to manipulate a 3D Model with ease and without actually breaking the original model. You can image this step as giving a model artificial bones, muscles, skin, and external controls for specific manipulation requirements.
The second most complex step in the 3D Industry, is the 3D Animation step, which allows animators the ability to take a rigged 3D Model and pose it in various ways, which represent the peak moments of a line of action, and setting key frames at specific points of the timeline to represent these movements. Animators then breakdown these animations and handle things like blocking,, twinning, and the inbetween poses needed to make the animation more fluid. Before making a final polish pass, adding in moving holds for realism and emotion, or breaking joints & squash and stretch for a cartoon feel, or even adding in real world dynamic forces to help bring the animation to life. And finally producing a final animation sequence, which can be added to a scene later and / or rendered to a final product.
The third most complex step in the 3D Industry, is the 3D Scene Creation step, where designers & producers will build up the scene(s) needed in the project's requirements. First by declaring a 3D space for the "Stage", building a landscape, and positioning non-interactive assets on that "Stage". Second the designers & producers will create & choose what materials & textures this scene & it's static models need, while also setting up lights, planning for required shadows & reflections, and setting up cameras which will catch all of the action. Finally the animators & producers will position dynamic, moving & interactive assets in front of the cameras, making final adjustments to both cameras and our dynamic assets as needed. In the end, producing a draft render of the final Scene with & without final animations.
The final step in the 3D Industry, often thought of as "the easiest" by clients, is actually a whole other level of complication. When rendering a 3D Scene or object, there are a lot of small things coming together to produce a single final frame, which will often be a single frame of a longer video. The renderer must know what the client expects for the final result, as the settings chosen for the rendering will not only adjust what you see as the final product, but also how long it will take to produce each frame of the final product. Different settings coupled with lighting, shadow, or reflection expectations can cause rendering times to go through the roof on a normal desktop computer, so drafts are created before a final render is sent off to a render farm. The render step of 3D is crucial to the final product outcome, and should be understood by the client as crucial step when discussing their expectations with the Project Manager.
Sometimes projects in this industry require real photo's to be taken to ensure you are the owner of the copyright on all components of the bigger project. At Visual-Optics we have dedicated teams of photographers and videographers which help produce high quality pieces no matter where you are, which will be used in the final project whether Motion Production or in Design & Development.
When a project requires 2D images to be created for a website, a video, a logo, business card, etc. Visual-Optics will do what ever it takes to produce the requested image, from using Real Photo's to creating Computer Generated Images, we can accommodate any 2D Design requirements for your project.
Web based projects all reside on a server of some sort, this server needs to have an administrator, or someone who can access the server and take care of things like upgrades, errors, backups, as well as security, and much more. Let Visual-Optics be an extension of your team by providing the knowledge and skills needed to manage your system(s).
When ever you need to give the server commands to do something external of php or other server side language, such as interact with another software installed on the server, this is referred to as Server Side Engineering, and is required when ever a project needs bridges to connect 2 technologies, or needs a completely custom server side development solution.
Visual-Optics offers exclusive hosting packages to our Clients for their Projects, including a Development as well as a Production environment to ensure development does not affect your end users who use your project, as well as for version control & backup of all projects. Even if you already have a Production server, Visual-Optics will offer a Development space for your project free of charge to keep the security of your Production environment from being compromised.
One day in the town of Sacramento,
A boss man sends his team a memo,
"I want this, and that, and more",
"Let me know what I have to pay for!",
The staff runs about in a scurry,
Trying to figure things out in a hurry.
"WordPress!", one exclaimed out loud,
With a smile, being so proud,
An idea he knew nothing of,
But still seemed to love.
"Design!", another yelled,
With nothing more prepared,
"But what colors will we use?"
A kid with no muse.
"Content!", screamed another,
Also not prepared, like his brother,
Saying, "what topics will we discuss!?"
For nothing more than to make a fuss.
A woman pipes up, "I don't mean to gloat,"
"I just found Visual-Optics, lets get a quote!"
She moves her mouse, and taps her keyboard,
The rest of her team are floored.
They won't have to do much here on out,
Except discuss ideas and go this new route.
Some questions here, discussions there,
All answers mere complete, the quote fair.
All that is left to do is create an account,
Save the quote, and tell boss man the amount.
Tell the Project Manager any details,
And listen for the heavenly bells.
Only a few more steps to go, not to far now,
60% down, gets you a progress bar, wow!
Communicating with your Project Manager, fun,
at 30% due, in no time we will be done.
Now to Quality Assurance Test,
To make sure your project is the best.
We have come to the end, it has been great,
Here is your project, no more need to wait.
After you have had time to test,
Please be so kind and pay the rest.
The last 10% is due,
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Visual-Optics Can Build Anything! If it does not fall in the Basic Development skill, then it is most likely an Advanced Development need. Note that if you are looking for Custom Software, SAAS, API, or Website to be built, you are in the right place! We offer the ability to build custom theme's and plugins for Wordpress, or Larvel, as well as pure PHP & Server Command Line based solutions. If it is possible, our Project Managers will figure it out, and provide you with abstracts long before this step is started, so you will not waste your money or time having something built only to find that a crucial step will not work as assumed.
The process a web developer takes to convert a cross-browser web site into a mobile based, cross-platform, cross-browser web site. This tedious process ensures all major mobile platforms, as well as TV's, Tablets, and Desktops, are able to use your web project at any resolution; and that if a web based technology is not usable on any given platform it is downgraded to a usable technology, ensureing the best possble outcome on any given platform.
Visual-Optics is further capable of created Native Mobile Apps for Google's Android, and Apple's iOS. Discuss With Your Project Manager To Find Out If Your Project Calls For Native Mobile Functionality, such as GPS, Notifications, etc. from a mobile device, As This Will Likely Change Your Quote.
Mobile Development is also great for Search Engine Optimization, as more and more large Search Engines, such as Google, will lower your score if your website is not Mobile Ready.
At Visual-Optics, we pride our self in our work, so all projects come with Basic Quality Assurance Testing before the product is delivered to the Client. Visual-Optics also offers further testing solutions such as AdHoc, where we have our Team try and break the project & document any located bugs. Bugs which may be located during AdHoc are taken care of immediately at no additive cost to the Client.
I Understand My Project Will Undergo Basic Quality Assurance Testing From The Developer & Project Managers
Search Engine Optimization is a crucial part of any projects success, once built, and with the proper foundation and understanding from the start that your project will need to be Optimized for Search Engines once complete, will help your Project Manager plan for this crucial step, and ensure the end developers understand the needs of the specific SearchEngineOptimization-able parts of the project.
Often times after a project has been complete, we find that the Client want to test how users are doing while using their project. This is true with software as much as web site projects. Visual-Optics offers tools to test performance, as well as experiment with the final project and test to see what users prefer more, without ever talking with the user. Visual-Optics offers an exclusive project recoding software which can capture your end users exact browser specific usage, and allow you to look through the eyes of your users.
I have been providing all of the above services for over 15 years under the Visual-Optics name. As of 2017, Visual-Optics will be a well oiled machine, which will be able to take your project from pre-conception to final-production and beyond to future-versions in no time at all. Here at Visual-Optics, no project is delivered to the Client without me explicitly testing and correcting any detail I need to to ensure your happiness. I strive to provide a well rounded service through Visual-Optics, so if there is anything you do not see here that you are in need of, please get in touch with us anyway, and we will be more than happen to find a solution to your requirements. I strongly encourage the use of this quoting system, as it helps dial in the cost it will take to create your custom project, and provides our Project Managers tools to better fine tune your quote before you ever check out and start the project. This ensures that you will get the best available price quote for your project, as you will have a full year to redeem your quote and start your project, allowing you to research what other companies would charge you.
We strive to make custom project creation as easy and painless as possible for you. I invite you to hire Visual-Optics as an extension to your team. If you find that you are running into any problem with Visual-Optics and your Project, please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com