Is CGI Getting Worse?

  • Published on Aug 23, 2018
  • In recent years I've noticed a dip in quality in CGI, resulting in many digital creations that feel very unreal. In this video, I explore why that may be. Please comment below if you know more about CGI and can answer the questions posed in this video.
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  • Miike_Snow
    Miike_Snow 11 months ago +13047

    I work for a company in Belgium specialized in CGI / render . And All a can say about thoses bad cgi scene is the light is ruining the 3d model. The light is the key in 3D rendering !
    Just take a look at this kind of 3D render (yes all is in 3D),
    the light is making all the realism in that scene, not the models or the materials. Light and color grading at the best :) !

    • Vital Lazarovic
      Vital Lazarovic 8 days ago

      nah, it not looks real

    • The Lovepools
      The Lovepools 12 days ago

      I know what game I'm buying next.

    • André Pieterse
      André Pieterse 13 days ago

      Its all about the lighting!

    • boomshuka
      boomshuka 13 days ago

      Not just CGI most movies looked better in the 90’s. There’s a screen door effect that romanticizes the look of many older movies

    • LMLMD
      LMLMD Month ago

      Totally agree. Raytracing is important... case in point of how not to do it, Indiana Jones and the crystal skull tree-chopping car in the jungle scenes.... dear gods :(

  • Hi-Fidude66
    Hi-Fidude66 20 hours ago

    Alita Battle Angel looked incredible one of the best looking movies in my opinion. The problem with that movie that it is sort of badly written, story is not exciting enough. There better be a sequel

  • David Doornenbal safty

    Very Good!

  • MisthaufenGmbH
    MisthaufenGmbH Day ago

    Amen to that!

  • onkel bro er homo
    onkel bro er homo 2 days ago

    What are you talking about, fallen kingdom looks fantastic. Do you think the spinosaurus from jp 3 looks good.

  • —
     3 days ago

    yes it is

  • taki
    taki 3 days ago +1

    I’m getting 2004 Catwoman vibes from those Black Panther clips.

  • Sech Met
    Sech Met 3 days ago

    I would say Theory #2 is close to the truth. I think the movie makers use so much CGI that the animators can't possibly make the result pefect within the time they're given.

  • NeoWorm
    NeoWorm 4 days ago

    As many people who criticize CG in movies you also mix CG that is actually good but shows something that is obviously unreal and say it's bad because you don't believe it. Yeah, not many people can form a helmet on their face from molten steel with fingers - fake! bad CGI!

  • Artie Albano
    Artie Albano 4 days ago

    I think you've hit the nail on the head. I agree 100%

  • El Roșu
    El Roșu 4 days ago

    CAn someone name the movie from 6:24 and 7:19, please?

    • El Roșu
      El Roșu 4 days ago

      @Center Row thanks m8

    • Center Row
      Center Row  4 days ago

      Alita: Battle Angel and A Wrinkle in Time

  • Simon Anthony
    Simon Anthony 6 days ago

    I agree. I'd add that motion is often too fast and camera positions impossible. Contrast is often low these days too, everything has to be in a fog for some reason.

  • Koala Too
    Koala Too 6 days ago

    Yes but the cats from fantastic beasts "shivers"

  • Jamezz Clarkson
    Jamezz Clarkson 6 days ago +1

    Transformers compare it now to Tf last night

  • Jan Stüwe
    Jan Stüwe 7 days ago

    What is that song he's using for his "bad examples"?? I've been looking everywhere for it...
    p.s. Special effects don't matter it's the acting and plot...

    Naa they do...

    • taki
      taki 3 days ago

      “Frolic” by Luciano Michelini

  • Chickenphat
    Chickenphat 7 days ago +1

    3:29 that’s actually not true. They did have stuntmen. I direct you to this video where the real stuntman that did that scene comments on it.
    I agree that the CGI looks bad tho.

  • Xorcist Bat
    Xorcist Bat 8 days ago

    Combination of hiring cheaper staff, tighter deadlines and possibly template driven rendering and environments so as to cut down on time. You get a 'standard template setting' that shows as opposed to someone who knows what they're doing and takes the time to do it, etc...

  • emi emi
    emi emi 9 days ago +7

    For black panther the problem was that the cgi team was given the movie late and they had only a month to do all suit scenes (barely any time for cgi teams to work) but in capitan America civil war everything was on schedule so they had time to make everything!

  • brus li
    brus li 10 days ago

    At 240p everything looks nice.

    • brus li
      brus li 7 days ago

      @M11B222INF8791 I want to see 240p at 60fps.

    • M11B222INF8791
      M11B222INF8791 8 days ago +1

      144p is actually better.

  • Nathaniel Tan
    Nathaniel Tan 11 days ago

    Hellboy 2 looked awful.

  • Ninja Crackpot
    Ninja Crackpot 11 days ago

    Blame the director

  • Juan Sutton
    Juan Sutton 11 days ago

    Cgi like everything else. It the people using the tools. The software can only take you so far. It also takes a creative mind and someone that knows how to apply it. By the way. The new Jurassic parks looks way better.

  • idahill
    idahill 12 days ago

    Some of your bad cgi examples are meant to look cartoonish. Marvel would look weird if it wasn't like a comic book. The hulk is supposed to be likable. So he needs to be a cartoon.

  • Space Logic
    Space Logic 12 days ago

    I agree. The reason that most of the movies filming in a studio, was to save the expences to film into real world locations. But Hobbit for instance, was cost a lot more money than Lord Of The Rings. So this leave us that filming industry doesn't leave much time to the CGI artists and filmmakers to complete their work as it should be. And this happens because 1: they save money and time and 2: very few people actually cares if the CGI is realistic or not rather to see a raw spectacle of action. I have no problem with CGI, but in some cases, the truth is that CGI are rediculously bad! Hobbit was unfortunately one of them, DC superheroe movies also (Man Of Steel, Batman Vs Superman, Justice Leage, Aquaman), and the list goes on adn on...

  • abi gail
    abi gail 13 days ago

    talk about the uncanny valley, it's the effect where something is so close to looking real but when something small is off, it makes it feel gross. it's like when you said "these just look so ugly" because it's hard to pinpoint what's off but your subconscious knows. cool stuff & lots of animation deals w this these days where they're borderline realistic.

  • notorio
    notorio 13 days ago +1

    The Hobbit was a disaster. I didn't even watch Part 3 out of respect.

  • Shaayan Boozari
    Shaayan Boozari 14 days ago +4

    Who’s watched this after the new “cats” trailer?

  • Casey Flentye
    Casey Flentye 14 days ago

    I agree with how you describe there not being weight. Literal physics is true. However there is, timing, lighting...amount of CGI. Discretion. Reverence.

  • Taz Havoc
    Taz Havoc 14 days ago +1

    Anhilation dont count bro... alita is fine

  • Rolling Rock
    Rolling Rock 14 days ago +1

    CGI is getting worse because Hollywood is hiring in a bunch of foreigners on H1B visas with "Master's Degrees" and replacing all their American, experienced talent with a Bachelor's but 20 movies behind them.

  • DDC Radio 1
    DDC Radio 1 14 days ago

    The CJ in Terminator G is better than Avatar.

  • DDC Radio 1
    DDC Radio 1 14 days ago

    The CJI in Avatar looks like crap.

  • Yagyiu
    Yagyiu 14 days ago

    Better to read a good book.

  • Chris Seaman
    Chris Seaman 14 days ago

    I can't believe you didn't show any of the Arachnids from Starship Troopers. Tippet did a badass job on that CGI. And that was more than 20 years ago.

  • Brad Dieden
    Brad Dieden 14 days ago

    1:08 what movie is this from?

    This explosion looks so familiar and it's killing me I can't remember it.

    • Brad Dieden
      Brad Dieden 14 days ago

      YES when they destroyed Jedha City! Much appreciated!

    • macskajaj22
      macskajaj22 14 days ago

      rogue one

  • Big Chungus
    Big Chungus 14 days ago

    In my opinion, CGI is not getting worse. And even if CGI is getting worse, it's actually the people creating the CGI that are getting worse

  • P Ixy4213
    P Ixy4213 15 days ago

    The reason why black Panther looked bad was because the scene was filmed in October and the vox artist only got it in December so they only had two weeks to work on the scene.

  • Aaron Null
    Aaron Null 15 days ago

    Peter Jackson isn't a good director. There.

  • BostonKingKush
    BostonKingKush 15 days ago +1

    I think RIPD is meant to be excessively CGI’ed, it fits with the goofiness of the movie. About 20 minutes ago I watched Alita for the first time, and absolutely loved it. The only CGI part I hated (no spoilers) was the woman in the red cloak. Oddly, I think Alita is more attractive than Rosa is IRL hahahah!

  • dd LoveTrump'sHat
    dd LoveTrump'sHat 15 days ago

    Its the cgi designers. They are so bad at their job, but the producers5 dont givea fuck because they are under the impression it is completely passable because they see the audience as stupid, slave, consumers. The Disney studiosis throwing a wrap party, in hell, for all those who made a fortune off their classical shit movies

  • Nic B.
    Nic B. 16 days ago

    All I have to say is that I've watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition about 200 times throughout my life and I have not grown tired of it. It's a remarkable trilogy that should be rescreened in theaters every 5 years at least.

  • raven2289
    raven2289 17 days ago

    It's lack of time + lack of talent + lack of money. Directors don't have the budget to do special effects so they rely on cgi. There isn't that many good action directors out there especially in marvel movies so they don't really know what to do with cgi and what to do without it. Finally they don't have enough time to shoot without cgi and cgi artists don't have enough time to make their cgi effect better. So you end up with boring action sequences that aren't enjoyable to watch (but we're all pretending they are...)

  • Daisuke Akihito
    Daisuke Akihito 17 days ago

    For me the biggest drawback these days is I believe quite simple, a lot of movies kinda put their effects way over the top, i. e. the scene from the hobbit with the ropes you've shown, it's the combo of relatively lackluster effect with absolutely bonkers physX effect on top, I'm not even talking about excessive jiggle physics, no japan is not the only one to blame for that one, whereas they like them jugs to jiggle, west apparently likes jiggly fat folds and as a result a lot of these FX often make it look less lifelike and more like really stretchy rubber, combine that with bad lighting and vualá here we are. In the past it feels like these effects were much more focused and more than likely difficult to make, not to mention expensive and lot less twitchy giving big monsters much more realistic movesets.
    I've hit the brick wall with these effects pretty much in the Hobbit trilogy where I heartily call the movies " *Absolutely Awful Set* of movies", or simply ASS for short, earning myself plenty of hate, but that's where I stand.

  • Pablo Smith
    Pablo Smith 17 days ago

    When Avatar is your reference in term of look & aesthetics, you're disqualified right away. Stopped watching at 0:18

  • Saifan Shaikh
    Saifan Shaikh 17 days ago

    Have you seen Chappie, if you didn't read about it VFX, it's fucking awesome

  • Saifan Shaikh
    Saifan Shaikh 17 days ago

    Black Panther's VFX team didn't get enough time to do their work compared to other MCU movies

  • Lexie Harvey
    Lexie Harvey 18 days ago

    my guess also is just that effects are done more cheaply, skipping steps that would make them outstanding, so they can be on budget and on time. Producers opt for the budget friendly effects over higher cost ones...after all a movie is a gamble so they take the budget friendly-er route.

  • Some Random Fellow
    Some Random Fellow 18 days ago

    I'm not saying anything about the quality of the CGI but if you think that in the Hobbit and Black Panther, the CGI is the problem and otherwise they would be just fantastic movies... then oh boy!

  • Max Wooks
    Max Wooks 18 days ago

    The Hobbit Series sucked.

  • :o marsmhello
    :o marsmhello 19 days ago +1

    maybe this is why Christopher Nolan's movies look good

  • mario zaal
    mario zaal 19 days ago

    I totaly aggree.

  • Clay Teunis
    Clay Teunis 19 days ago

    You're jaded

  • Meitri Syani
    Meitri Syani 20 days ago

    Christopher Nolan : *laughing in silent*

  • Jayden Mann
    Jayden Mann 20 days ago

    I think both of them look real

  • Valeriy Keller
    Valeriy Keller 20 days ago

    To be honest the black panther ending is not that bad expecially if what people are saying that they worked that Scene in a small time of like a week or 2 to accomplish that scene.
    If that’s not true then it looks horrible.

  • Jonas Skog
    Jonas Skog 20 days ago

    Damn straight!

  • Waleska Garcia
    Waleska Garcia 21 day ago +1

    can you talk about th efects in the new startrek serie

  • Space Junk
    Space Junk 23 days ago

    i hadnt thought of this in forever but, i remember in the 1990s, there being this massive gulf between CGI on TV versus CGI in movies.... it took so much to pull of anything on the big screen, where doing it with the limited pixels of a TV was much easier, and cheaper. only vaguely related to what you're talking about here but, you just reminded me of that

  • M L
    M L 24 days ago

    Most of these are shit movies anyway.

  • TakeMyOxygen3
    TakeMyOxygen3 26 days ago

    The 2017 IT remake rests heavily in the "bad" cgi category.