Is CGI Getting Worse?

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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 Il y a an
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 :) !
NetTubeUser Il y a 24 jours
@Miike_Snow -- There is no mystery and I agree with you, the light is always the key. Just like photography. Let's face it, the movie industry doesn't care about details because their goal is to make money as fast as possible and don't spend too much time with CGI. That's why the result is not that good. Like I say many times, it's like comparing a fast-food with their junk food and a really good restaurant. Well, movies today are like fast-food...
Vital Lazarovic
Vital Lazarovic Il y a mois
nah, it not looks real
The Lovepools
The Lovepools Il y a mois
I know what game I'm buying next.
André Pieterse
André Pieterse Il y a mois
Its all about the lighting!
boomshuka Il y a mois
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
Mysterio Il y a 51 minute
Fun fact: The VFX studio that made the CGI for Black Panther is the same that made the CGI for Blade Runner 2049.
joshua ristow
joshua ristow Il y a 4 heures
Armorden Il y a jour
Agreed. This is one reason why older movies seem to be better especially action movies: the Practical effects are real and you start to believe the characters face actual danger which sucks you in to the scenes.
Yora Il y a jour
CGI is getting worse when movies make less of an effort to look good.
Lorenzo Mariani
Lorenzo Mariani Il y a jour
I think it's also a quality problem. The human eye does not see in 4k and sees many detaiils slightly blurred. Nowadays films are so full of visible details that a little voice in the brain says: "it is not possible that in reality you can see all of these things so clear: it's all fake"😃. The frame rate is important too. The eye does not see at 60 fps per second but at around 30. With 60 fps characters movements' will seem fake. Years ago there were mainly "darker" scenes to "hide" possible problems, but today there are few good directors of photography and everything is "in light" and with excessive contrasts. 😃 That's Just my opinion and Sorry for my english!
Gary Projects
Gary Projects Il y a jour
If you can't do perfect CGI don't do it at all.
St3vEn BaDu
St3vEn BaDu Il y a jour
one answer... YES!
Paladin Il y a 2 jours
valentino00o Il y a 2 jours
Movies died after Practical effects were not used as before . Now most movies look stupid like `am watching cartoon or PS4 games
Denise Haronga
Denise Haronga Il y a 3 jours
thats yr opinion you clown.....i think yr eye sight is getting worse!! the hobbit cgi effect rules ! you moron and yr voice is annoying haha..................the worse cgi was when they used paul walkers face on his brother now that was DUMB!!!!
Blue Mos
Blue Mos Il y a 5 jours
Watch this cgi of a football match from an Indian film in 2019: @
CR7NEYMAR Il y a 5 jours
its not even that bad. I have no idea what this guy is complaining about
alam71us Il y a 6 jours
Everyone says that cgi must be realistic or unnoticeable and if it’s not either one of those things then it’s bad cgi. I’m I the only who thinks that cgi can be good as long as they look and feel like they belong in the movie even though they are unrealistic and noticeable
Ben Kleschinsky
Ben Kleschinsky Il y a 7 jours
As the cost of CGI goes down, so does the quality of the artist. Bugs Life and Toy Story look 100% better than 99% of CGI today.
Duc Minh Ngo
Duc Minh Ngo Il y a 5 jours
Too much exaggeration your statement used. Compare Endgame, Godzilla and Far From Home to those two and see how much more beautiful they are compared to them.
Damon Clark
Damon Clark Il y a 7 jours
the CGI on the Flying Ditchman crew in the 2006 film Dead mans chest and that looked fantastic
Arqunine Il y a 8 jours
Btw the Black panter fight, they only had 6 weeks to do it that is not much time.
Center Row
Center Row Il y a 7 jours
Yeah, I found that out and addressed it in the follow up video
ACTIONIX Il y a 8 jours
2:19 can anyone tell me the name of the movie?
ACTIONIX Il y a 8 jours
@Center Row thank u
Center Row
Center Row Il y a 8 jours
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Andrew Krylov
Andrew Krylov Il y a 8 jours
Dislike for saying Black Panter was a good movie.
Forever Pink F.
Forever Pink F. Il y a 9 jours
I 100% agree with you.
Vincent Lindhorn
Vincent Lindhorn Il y a 9 jours
Avatar looks kinda fake too
DETA-X PX ONE HAG Il y a 9 jours
Short answer: Yes
James M
James M Il y a 11 jours
Can't agree in all. You used a lot of scenes were the quality of CGI it's subjective and used a silly music to strengthen your point. I would agree however that there's a trend to overuse CGI. One more thing it's that sometimes it won't matter how crazy good a cgi it's done, when presented with something incredible "ridiculous" from an existencial point of view, the viewer will always feels something off. Last thing.. what happened to your vid quality?! bad compression/encoding? it's really hard to follow. But keep doing more vids mate. :)
Asdrubale Girolamo
Asdrubale Girolamo Il y a 11 jours
2:56 - 3:02 I mean.. Wonder Woman and Alita didn't look bad..
johnny klingborg
johnny klingborg Il y a 13 jours
Do a movie like they did LOTR again and you will have a blockbuster! CGI can look cool, can do things that wouldn't otherwise be possible but i can´t be as real as the real thing.
Corbin Henderson
Corbin Henderson Il y a 15 jours
No, look at The Weather Channel.
J. Michael M.
J. Michael M. Il y a 20 jours
This was a insightful video. I agree with you. We really have so much to learn from just looking back to the films from ten or twenty years ago. Why did they become so artificial looking. We could be doing so much more.
DrawingIsMyOxygen Il y a 20 jours
I actually quite like most of the CGI in the Fantastic Beasts films, especially the first one.
Midnight rider
Midnight rider Il y a 21 jour
It is a matter of money and time. They simply dont put too much effort anymore because fuck you, you are not worth it to them anymore. Progress=regress.
Some Fella
Some Fella Il y a 21 jour
cgi or not black panther was dog shit what the fuck are you talking about
Nocturnal Entertainment
i'm wanting to be a filmmaker, and i'm going to go back to how films were made in the 90's. using as many practical effects as possible, and only using CG when necessary.
Mathew O'Brien
Mathew O'Brien Il y a 22 jours
Pennywise look shit in IT Chapter One
in the new superman movies the flight effects are not better of superman the movie (Christopher Reeve) even if they have better technology my opinion
i think it depends of the director and his vision and how he is careful about the details that's why Spielberg is one of the best
NIKOS LANGAS GREEK AND ENGLISH MUSIK the best effect ever practical effect
hypoeddy Il y a 23 jours
Thank you. CGI is unrealistically stylized and over dramatized, basic bone structure and natural movement are the first casualties to mental retardation of the designers.
Nick3xtreme Gaming
Nick3xtreme Gaming Il y a 23 jours
I also blame the decrease of high quality original movies, and the increase of boring action films no will remember about 1 month later
I D K A Name
I D K A Name Il y a 24 jours
The Avengers CGI is done really well.
I D K A Name
I D K A Name Il y a 24 jours
I dont know how you think cgi is getting worse . And the Cgi in black panther had to be done very quick so they only had a month to get most of the whole scene done
NetTubeUser Il y a 24 jours
They are ugly because they don't spend too much time just like the animations. When they move, looks like they are made of bubble gum or something just like the first Hulk movie. Today movies are way too many because they are made in a few months only. They have the tools but don't spend too much time working with those tools. That's how the movie industry works today: making money as fast as possible with less interesting dialogues and content. It's like comparing a fast-food and a really good restaurant -- Well, movies today are like fast-food...
Sharp Shooter
Sharp Shooter Il y a 24 jours
How is that looking bad? like wtf is wrong with you????
David Martin
David Martin Il y a 25 jours
CGI isn't getting bad, CGI makers are getting lazy. It's being used to cut budgets instead of doing things that are otherwise impossible.
Herp Derp
Herp Derp Il y a 26 jours
Glad you showed Deadpool 2. My god the CGI in that movie is some of the worst iv ever seen.
GUNMOFO5 Il y a 26 jours
Pacific rim is one of the best examples I can think of when it comes to cutting edge CGI being utilized expertly.
wascally wabbit
wascally wabbit Il y a 26 jours
Oh god how I miss Casablanca
Kamalky Laureano
Kamalky Laureano Il y a 27 jours
Dude, that "Jurassic world movie scene" where chris pratt is inside with the T-Rex it is not CGI. That was a animatronic dinosaur. 😂😂😂😂 CGI is cheaper now, more people are using it. Not all of them are good with it
Kyla H.
Kyla H. Il y a 27 jours
The hobbit disappointed me so much, especially visually. I was expecting the magic of LOTR where everything felt real and like you could reach out and touch it, what I got were cartoon armies and video game characters
Timothy Seabrook
Timothy Seabrook Il y a 27 jours
I walked out ofvthe black panther !ovie and didn't wastecmy money on snother MCU film until Venom which I expectedvt o have a lo o CGI But I rate Tom Hardy as an actor!
Ballowax 2002
Ballowax 2002 Il y a 27 jours
You know, I think you find the Hobbit to be ugly becuase of it's color grading, it's very flat and dull,
Micheal Ellis
Micheal Ellis Il y a 27 jours
Avatar looked like shit
Francesco Rizzo
Francesco Rizzo Il y a 29 jours
It goes like this. If you see John, the painter, painting a perfect shape, then you see Mark, another painter, painting a not so good shape, you should not say "painting is getting worse nowadays". you should only say "John is better"
Felony Melody
Felony Melody Il y a mois
CGI is like mc Donalds, as long as people buy it they won’t make it as good as possible
alam71us Il y a mois
The way I view good and bad cgi is if the cgi character or setting looks like it belongs in the movie, then I don’t care if it’s cgi, if it doesn’t, then I will care. For example for 2005 King Kong and 2007 transformers, I know that there is no such thing as a giant ape or a giant alien vehicle transforming robots, so I can always tell that it’s cgi. But as long as the way it looks, feels, and interacts with everything looks like it belongs in the movie, then I don’t care that it’s cgi
Culvea Solvere
Culvea Solvere Il y a mois
I agree with some of your bad examples but not all of them were bad imo.
The Legend Killer
The Legend Killer Il y a mois
To this date there’s no movie that has better Cgi than Transformers 3, not even the 4 or 5 are better than it, its so beautiful the way they created the final battle, i literally tought they had to blow a real building when the building fell in Chicago, new movies even transformers 4 look like a damn videogame, it looks so cartoonish, also avengers infinity war or endgame, when thanos comes out i think im seeing a videogame cutscene of how shitty he looks
DESHIY 360 Il y a mois
Beautiful video
Iam Theone
Iam Theone Il y a mois
Good im not the only one that thinks of LOTR when i see bad VFX
Atomic Ranger
Atomic Ranger Il y a mois
Lets be honest the star wars movies are a series with great CGI.
Alex Hansen
Alex Hansen Il y a mois
cgi is ruining movies .just look a the marvel movies. is like a really bad pc game. it looked awful. i only see the marvel movies. when the get on netflix. will never again, go back to the cinemas. and to pay for crappy cgi , movie ever again. maybe kids age 3-1x will love it, or whatever. it may not be a complete waste of time. for some people.
Hi-Fidude66 Il y a mois
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
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