The Next Big Innovations in CG ? 2012 - 2015


Hello all,

I thought it would be interesting to discuss what people think will be, or could be, the NEXT big innovations in CG, coming in the next 3 years or so (or at least doable with current technologgy in the next 3 years).

I’ll post the first suggestion:

Photorealism Assistance Algorithm/Intelligent Re-Shading and Shading Transfer Algorithm

  1. Analyzes the shading of a rendered image.
  2. Intelligently alters the shading of that image (using statistical methods or similar) to create a much more Photoreal looking result
  3. You can also provide a photograph or other image whose look/shading you want to mimick, and the PAA will automagically apply/transfer that type of shading (or “shading profile”) onto your rendered image.

That’s my suggestion for the Next Big Innovation.

I am curious to hear other people’s suggestions now.


real time stereo conversion!



From what I’ve heard talking to some people who seemed to be in the know, a lot of PhD students in computing science/image processing/computer graphics are, apparently, currently working on the 2D-to-Stereo3D problem. Its particularly popular in universities in Asia/China, I’ve been told.

So no worries there. Somebody somewhere is going to solve this problem properly in the next 3 years or so.


Not this thread again!

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I’ve struggled with 3D on and off. Sometimes I just get frustrated and stop then go back months or years later and I am able to do what set me back years ago with absolutely no problem. I think hidden barriers of how to do things will be simplified. I swear to god if you know a few key elements all of a sudden everything is easy but then you just need the motivation and the creativity to put in the effort. I look forward to seeing little kids doing what I could never do.


an algorithm that does everything for me


Hopefully soon:
Software that rearranges oxygen on the sub atomic level
to produce ,for me, an unlimited supply of jelly doughnuts!:scream:



I’d just be happy with software that’s more stable and better supported. Hopefully with less draconian licensing.


the next step, i think would still be focused on rendering. GPU renders are on the horizon. Once you can render out frames with the fluidity of playing video games. The CG industry will change… ALOT… Less overhead for smaller shops and perhaps even individuals can start outputting amazing cg shorts…


If your browser supports WebGL, there’s a very cool, and surprisingly fast interactive demo of GPU accelerated RayTracing/PathTracing at this URL:

You can change the camera viewpoint by click-dragging the mouse, and move objects around the 3D scene by left-click selecting them, and dragging them around.


Here’s an Al Gore Rhythm for you.


I want my software to do all my work for me, so I can spend more time playing my banjo.


Where’s a Like button when you need one?!


I see the most progress happening in the realm of “reality capture”.

More advanced and higher detailed lidar scanning
123D Catch
Better and Faster HDR capture
HDR Video
More motion control rigs.
Better Motion Capture.
Better Pointcloud and Depth Capture
Material property scanning.

Also quite a lot of progress with “brute force” kind of renderers like Arnold, Vray and Maxwell. Not that the tech is so new, but the computer power can actually do it now. Maxwell can still take 48 hours to render a HD1080 frame, but that’s better than a week :slight_smile:

I foresee a massive amount of data being captured and analyzed on shoots, then having the the basics of a scene ready to go semi-automatically. So integration and rendering and lighting will be much more physically accurate and automated.

Beyond that, it’s a safe bet that many things that are computationally heavy will get much faster and more refined. The math behind fluid dynamics is much farther ahead of what are current processing power can handle, alot of that stuff was farther ahead in the 50’s, but now we can actually see if it really works :slight_smile:

that’s my prediction at least.



I expect mocap to become mainstream (kinect 2) and realtime tesselation to take off with new consoles (dx11/ogl4). Plus 3d printers will hopefullly become cheaper.


You’re asking us???


I expect mocap to become mainstream (kinect 2) and realtime tesselation to take off with new consoles (dx11/ogl4). Plus highend 3d printers will hopefullly become cheaper.


Viewport displays that look as good as video games do now.


With the exception of lighting, since it doesn’t have any lighting effects as such, Mari’s viewport displays shaded surfaces the best out of any 3D package. I’ve never seen another package capable of displaying specular glossiness and roughness with as much detail as it can.


Camera’s that can record depth and reflectance information (so you can take a picture of a pavement and get a bump/normal and specular map out of it) Adjustable depth information is recorded so that post-refocusing can be done in camera.

Tabletop 3d scanners

Realtime motion and facial capture added into all major 3d animation packages via Kinect or several standard webcams.

3d displays and Kinect-type sensors allow 3d sculpting with your hands. Gloves will provide tactile feel of the surface through the fingertips.

Game engines like Cryengine3 will begin to replace traditional renderers for final production renders (first main stream movie to be done within a game engine will be released)

Large 3d application companies will stop releasing their software as installable applications and force everyone to rent them in the cloud.