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  How Photo Simulations are Made

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Computer rendered images can be composited into photographs with great accuracy, matching the scale and lighting in the base photo.  This is an invaluable tool for assessing the visual impacts of a project.  Particular views can be selected and photographed, and then the project can be seen as it will appear from those views.

The most accurate photo simulations are prepared in computer software that is commonly used by the movie industry to produce special effects.  This application requires dimensional accuracy and exact camera matching, so that computer rendered footage can be seamlessly integrated with filmed footage.  Videoscapes uses such a program, called 3ds Max, which has been enhanced by Autodesk Corp. to work with architectural and engineering data.