Newly created 3-D model of President Obama becomes the highest resolution portrait of any President. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Portraits of President Barack Obama were recently created based on data collected by a team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and mask. A new video released on Tuesday by the White House details the behind-the-scenes process of scanning, creating and printing the historic portraits. The portraits created from 3-D scan data are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle in Washington. The Smithsonian-led team scanned the President earlier this year using two distinct 3-D documentation processes. Experts from the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies used their Light Stage face scanner to document the President's face from ear to ear in high resolution. The photo shoot included 50 custom-built LED lights, eight sports photography cameras and six wide angle cameras to gather the data needed for the 3-d image of President Obama. The Smithsonian team then used handheld 3-D scanners and traditional single-lens reflex cameras to record peripheral 3-D data to create an accurate bust.