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Old June 11th, 2017, 11:49 AM   #1
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Hello!
The first post for me here, so just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I'm Richard and I have been taking part in the forums over at casebook.org for a few years now and finally thought I should also be using these forums too! Don't know why it took me so long to ask Howard for a reg for these forums but I'm very glad he's allowed me to take part.

Most, if not all, of my threads on casebook center around the creation (re-creation) of 3D (VR) JtR related locations, photos and the like. I've noticed the kind comments and threads on these forums in reference to some of my youtube videos and 3D creations and I'm pleased they have been received well.

I am fascinated with VR (virtual reality) and 3D and really enjoy creating (or trying to create) the historical locations we've all seen in the grainy photos of JtR's London, Whitechapel.

I'm not a professional CGI / 3D artist in any way. This is just a little hobby I play around with and sometimes the results are good... but mostly they are mediocre.

My little mission would be to create the JtR locations as accurate virtual 3D maps that allow people to enter them and walk around and to better understand and visualise/ understand the maps, photos and other media that can sometimes be hard to interpret in the minds-eye.

by way of example, I've created a 3D model based directly off Frederick Fosterís scale drawing of the Square which users can now virtually walk around:
https://skfb.ly/ZXRC

If you are lucky enough to possess a VR headset you can actually stand in these locations and virtually walk around them which is an amazing experience.

My latest attempt and one that Howard has already kindly linked on these forums is of Bucks Row. A work in progress. This is the Sketchfab link:
https://skfb.ly/68rQK

and this is the link to the same model as a walk-thru:
http://autumnofterror.com/Bucks/

There's a website for all this stuff I've created at http://autumnofterror.com

A lot of the stuff I've created so far is not the best I think I can do. I am learning all the time which is why you will see multiples of the same model/scene as I try to fix and improve.

suffice to say that I will be posting like I do on casebook when I have something new to share/show off!

What I would like is for feedback on the models & scenes. I post on these forums (here and at casebook) because of the hugely knowledgeable members who can put me right and give me answers and helpful advice.

Ultimately, wouldn't it be amazing to have a 'Google Earth' VR of 1888 Whitechapel?

As Cyril Fletcher used to say to Bob (remember him?) I'm just a keen amateur...

I won't waffle any more.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 12:46 PM   #2
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Hi, Richard, and welcome! I like your work. I really like all the computerized 3-D works because they give us a real feel for what it was like.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 04:21 PM   #3
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Hi Richard,

Welcome to the boards.

My regards,

Sean.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 09:37 PM   #4
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Richard:

I've posted links to your You Tube presentations going back over a year now.
Glad to see you here, boss.
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Old June 12th, 2017, 06:59 AM   #5
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Excellent stuff, Richard!
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Old June 12th, 2017, 07:50 AM   #6
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Nice job Richard.
I did some 3d work on the ripper sites a few years ago now. More as a muck around not serious though.
I used sketchup for the drawing,
Lightup for rendering and
Unity also for the 3d animation/interaction.
You can get get some great textures free of the web.

It was a very time consuming operation as you probably well know.
The bit I liked the most was constructing the street furniture, lamps etc, never could find the absolute locations for them. I stuck the odd cart and a few barrels in here and there.
I had to pack it in as other things required my attention but I might get back to it. The lightup plugin renderer is excellent, produces lovely results and you have a lot of control over lighting. I put the lights inside the Victorian street lamps and it looked quite realistic but I would have to buy another license and I don't think it's worth it.
Unity and Sketchup are free of course.
I only wish the Victorians built their buildings and streets straight.

http://www.sketchup.com
https://unity3d.com
https://www.light-up.co.uk/index.php?vc=GB&c=GBP
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Thanks for all the nice replies, folks.
String, I use Blender for the modelling and is okay for setting the scene up but I do struggle with Unity sometimes. SketchFab is really very good for showcasing models and scenes and it is stable enough to work across browsers and platforms. The only niggle with Sketchfab is the user viewing the model isn't 'grounded' and can fly around and view from any angle/viewpoint which I'm not keen on. I like the scenes to be proper walk-thrus where the user is standing on his virtual feet.

On the subject of 3D JtR there is a new 'docu game' being developed by a studio also using Unity. Nothing to do with me but they are doing precisely what I wanted to do only they are having a lot more success in their endeavours. The game is called Shadow Over Whitechapel and the link and a vid is here:
http://www.aurochdigital.com/blog/londonbookfair-2017


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Nice job Richard.
I did some 3d work on the ripper sites a few years ago now. More as a muck around not serious though.
I used sketchup for the drawing,
Lightup for rendering and
Unity also for the 3d animation/interaction.
You can get get some great textures free of the web.

It was a very time consuming operation as you probably well know.
The bit I liked the most was constructing the street furniture, lamps etc, never could find the absolute locations for them. I stuck the odd cart and a few barrels in here and there.
I had to pack it in as other things required my attention but I might get back to it. The lightup plugin renderer is excellent, produces lovely results and you have a lot of control over lighting. I put the lights inside the Victorian street lamps and it looked quite realistic but I would have to buy another license and I don't think it's worth it.
Unity and Sketchup are free of course.
I only wish the Victorians built their buildings and streets straight.

http://www.sketchup.com
https://unity3d.com
https://www.light-up.co.uk/index.php?vc=GB&c=GBP
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Old June 12th, 2017, 08:50 PM   #8
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Welcome, Richard! I admire your skill.
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