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Weekly Digest #117

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1. Article- CGI Investment- Rolling the Digital Dice

2. Happiness Quotient From Around The World

3. Did You Know?

4. Entertainment Quotient

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CGI Investment - Rolling the Digital Dice

By: Mihir Rao

Visuals are an extremely important part of our lives. They captivate our senses, and do not require any sort of language. They can be used to convey complex ideas, transport us to faraway lands, and stir our imagination. Excluding real life, visuals are used in many things, such as marketing campaigns, movies, shows, and games. This ubiquitous usage of them, especially computer generated visuals, creates a need for better graphics and better animations, which has been constantly worked on with gradual improvements in Computer Generated Graphics (CGI).

CGI is created by the following process:

1 . Conceptualisation: The graphics are thought of and properly planned out.

2 . Modeling: The characters/objects in the animation are created

3 . Texturing: This is the process of mapping textures (images) onto the objects/characters in order to make them look a certain way. For example, textures could be to make objects look like wood, metal, fabric, etc.

4. Rigging: When characters are made in 3D animation software, they are given a ‘skeleton’ of sorts which allows more realistic movement and poses.

5. Animation:By changing the characters movements frame by frame, animators are able to convey

6 . Lighting: The lighting of an animation is also adjusted, to make sure the animation looks as natural as possible.

7 . Rendering: Once everything in the animation is ready, the animation is processed into a file which can be accessed after the rendering is over.

Although this isn’t a completely comprehensive list, it outlines some of the main points required in creating computer generated graphics.

Nowadays, the widespread use of CGI creates a need for more advanced and realistic graphics, and hence, there is a lot of investment in the development of graphics and graphics software. However, with this huge investment, a question arises: Is it worth it?

CGI has a multitude of applications - Movies, TV Shows, Video games and much more. It allows the creators of the media to be able to create much more creative and imaginative content that they are able to create without the use of artificial visuals. From battle scenes in movies to stunning landscapes, CGI allows for an amazing and epic finished product.

But they don’t just have applications in media - CGI can be used in many other things, such as:

  • Architecture - Here, CGI can be used to create realistic visualisations of buildings and help in understanding the structure of the building before construction starts.

  • Medicine - CGI can be used to create accurate anatomical models for study and can assist in medical visualisation and simulation greatly.

  • Product Design - CGI is extensively used in product design to visualise the product and create a digital prototype which can be referred to during the creation of the product.

  • It can create marvels like the recent Van Gogh 360 immersive experience that can breathe new life into old artwork!

However, CGI has a number of drawbacks:

  • Dependence - Using CGI constantly for every project would create a dependence on technology.

  • Cost - CGI is extremely expensive, especially creating realistic and fluid animations, which could be economically inefficient.

  • Time - A realistic, detailed and fluid animation can take a lot of time to create; this time-consuming process may not be efficient and also can cost more too.

So, does CGI really live up to its name? Should it be invested in or abandoned entirely? Ultimately, using it in moderation can really benefit and enhance the media being created, and this judicious use can provide a polished finished product.


By: Abhimanyu Rao


By: Agastya Rao


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  • Prehistoric Planet-Season 2


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