Strata Foto 3D CX 2 for Mac & PC

Create Textured 3D Models From Any Digital Camera

Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a digital camera or any phone camera to capture real-world objects as fully textured 3D models. Its ideal for difficult to model objects like organic shapes, soft forms and hand made items. The included Photoshop plug-in makes model creation even easier. Foto 3D models are ideal for developing packaging, games, illustrations, online catalogs and more.

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Sophisticated Camera Support

Strata Foto 3D CX provides automatic camera support to deal with lens distortion, focal length and image factors specific to particular camera models. Correcting these factors ensures the highest possible fidelity in model capture.

Automated 3D Space Orientation


A special calibration mat – which can be printed out directly from Strata Foto 3D CX – aids the software in generating 3D model data. This mat allows Foto 3D to calculate where the camera is in 3D space for each image. This orientation information then allows Foto 3D to automatically capture features from the images to build the 3D object.

Feature Pinning – Allows the Use of Any Photo Set


For projects that don’t allow for use of the calibration mat Strata Foto 3D CX now provides direct control using a pin user interface. This allows you to specify the surface area details important to a high quality capture. This new feature allows the use of photograph sets from virtually any source – including video frames, aerial photos and any large object that cannot be brought into a studio setting.

Integrate with Adobe Photoshop for Model Creation


Part of the process of generating a model from photographs involves separating the background from the object. Foto 3D provides powerful color-key tools to automate this process. In addition to these powerful tools, Adobe Photoshop (CS 4 and 5.x) is supported directly with a plug-in, allowing you to easily use Photoshop’s features to get the job done.

Interactive Model Adjustment


Once the geometry is generated, Strata Foto 3D CX gives you the ability to interactively modify the surface polygon detail (“decimation”). A clipping plane is also provided, allowing you to trim the base of the model to ensure a flat base where desired.

Import Models to Photoshop or Strata 3D CX


Models can be sent as a 3D layer to Photoshop Extended design projects, where the 3D object can be painted on, rotated, lighting adjusted, and more. Or, textured 3D models can be exported as VRML or Collada files for import into Design 3D or other 3D software.

In-Depth Feature List

Photo Support
Foto 3D builds and places a UV texture on any model by using a series of photographs. Regardless of the type of camera you use, Foto 3D will calibrate itself automatically for the best results. Foto 3D allows you to take anywhere from 20 to 256 pictures to create your textured 3D model.

  • Mat Printing
  • Lens Calibration
  • Up To 256 Images Per Object
  • Automatic Camera Calibration
  • Merge Additional Photos

Surface Generation
Foto 3D generates a model that includes surface smoothing and interactive mesh decimation. For use in a 3D rendering package, such as Strata 3D CX, you’ll want the highest quality mesh possible. For real-time 3D use, you may want to reduce your mesh density for faster downloads.

  • Surface Optimization
  • Interactive Mesh Decimation
  • Fast Wireframe Generation
  • Clipping Plane

Save & Export Features
Once you’re finished with your project, simply export it into VRML, Collada or 3DS. Then your file can be imported into Strata 3D CX for rendering and animation, or into Strata Live 3D for real-time display on a web page or PDF document.

  • VRML
  • Collada
  • 3DS

Masking Features
With a complete toolset that includes automatic mask generation, interactive theshold controls, shrink wrapping and brushes, you’re guaranteed a positive result. Once Foto 3D creates the 3D object, you can then rotate it to any position and finalize any additional masking that may be required.

  • Automated Masking
  • Shrink Wrap Tool
  • Interactive Threshold
  • Masking Tools
  • Import External Masks

Texturing Features
Foto 3D creates a photo-realistic UV texture for your model. You can use Adobe Photoshop to modify the texture from any angle. Simply copy the view to Photoshop, modify the texture, and paste it back into Foto 3D. All texture blending occurs automatically. Optional Photoshop plug ins require CS 4 or CS 5.x. Plug ins not compatible with CS 6.

  • Automatic Texture Creation
  • UV Unwrapping
  • Incremental Map Generation
  • Texture Map Editing
  • External Texture Editing
  • Large Map Resolution
  • Tone Correction

System Requirements

Macintosh Minimum System Requirements

  • Power Mac with Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • 512 MB RAM (more highly recommended)
  • 75 MB free disk space
  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768
Windows Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 with SP 4 or later
  • Pentium Compatible or better
  • 512 MB RAM (more highly recommended)
  • 75 MB free disk space
  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768

Vizworld

“It’s a bargain… Users who find themselves frequently needing to scan 3D models will find Foto3D CX an invaluable tool for it’s power, flexibility, and excellent price point.”

IT Enquirer

“…Strata Foto 3D CX is a lot faster than creating a 3D model from scratch in Cinema 4D, Vue, or Maya. For example, if you are on a deadline for an advertising project or an illustration with a story that will be published both in print and online, Strata Foto 3D CX may cut your project time in half – if not more.”

Layers Magazine, Four and a Half Stars

“Strata Foto 3D makes it possible to take nearly any object and make a 3D model with just a little set-up time and a digital camera.”

Mac NN

Strata Foto 3D “…is an efficient photo-based system for modeling real world objects that allows users to create 3D models with no technical skill or expensive hardware.”

Gamasutra

Strata Foto 3D creates “…high quality, fully textured 3D meshes.”

GFX Artist

On Foto 3D, “Picture how many hours this could save you. We did and now we’re believers… Overall, for the majority of 3D artists, we feel this will be a must have application.”

Compare Foto 3D Versions

FEATURES FOTO 3D SE FOTO 3D CX
Photoshop Plug-Ins Generate an object from a layered Photoshop file or send the finished 3D model back to Photoshop CS Extended. included
Lens/Camera Calibration Correct for the specific distortions your lens or camera produces. included included
Markers Flag specific points across photo sets to build models without the need for the positioning mat. Ideal for very large objects. included
Image Support Up to 256 images per object, Merge and place non-mat photos. included included
Interactive Mesh Decimation Change mesh density on the fly to achieve the detail desired. included included
Clipping Plane Feet not quite flat? Use clipping plane to create flat surfaces. included included
Maximum Mesh Resolution 12,000 Polygons 20,000 Polygons
Save & Export Features Collada (DAE), VRML and 3DS. included included
Automated Masking Create masks automatically from clean backgrounds. included included
Masking Tools Create your own masks in-app. included included
Import External Masks Import masks from another application. included included
UV Unwrapping and Texture Creation Model is textured with the photos used to create the mesh. included included
Maximum Texture Resolution 800 Pixels 1600 Pixels
Tone Correction Adjusts for photo sets where lighting isn’t uniform. included included
Incremental Map Generation Add new photos of specific details to the generated mesh at any time. included included
External Texture Editing Copy and Paste textures in and out of Foto 3D for maximum flexibility. included included

Case Study | Bruce Hardwoods® Cleans-Up

Bruce Hardware
Packaging Corporation of America was approached by long-time client Armstrong World Industries to help them launch a new product. Armstrong had a prototype for their new Bruce Hardwood spray-on cleaner product but they needed a design for a shipping box that doubled as a shelf display and as a mini pallet display.
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Case Study | Museum Captures The Past

Murberget Museum
Swedish museum Murberget has an extensive collection of artifacts – so many in fact that it cannot display them all within the confines of its physical building. Head of Research for Murberget, Lars Goran Spang, thought what they needed was a way to make the museum “virtual” – after all, there’s no limit to the room available on the web.
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