Help me understand Genesis and content packs
I downloaded DazStudio a long time ago and never got around to really learning much about it. While I did monkey around with it a bit, I never really felt comfortable enough to buy anything, for fear of not knowing how to make use of it. Now it's several versions later I still feel lost and confused by the sheer number of items in the shop. I'm looking for help to let me know what is necessary, what is useful and what is redundant when it comes to the new DazStudio 4.5.
What I'm confused about:
Genesis is not content but a new tool that's part of DazStudio for morphing between targets? Called shapes?
version 5 content, such as Michael 5 and Victoria 5, are all Genesis compatible?
Older content such as The Kids 4 Base is still DazStudio compatible but doesn't make use of Genesis?
In the event that content is available as a Genesis shape (such as The Freak 4) then the older versions are not required?
Can DazStudio export to 3DStudioMAX and/or Mudbox using a format other than OBJ? Preferably via an FBX format?
What I primarily use for 3D:
3DStudioMAX for content generation and animation
Mudbox for sculpting
Photoshop for everything 2D
What I hope to achieve by adding DazStudio to my workflow:
Base models for both male and female adults and children that can be used for sculpting in Mudbox
Muscle morphing to provide quick, broad variations in body shape and size
Facial morphing to provide quick, broad variations in appearance
Expression morphing to provide quick, broad variations in emotion
Ethnicity morphing to provide quick, broad variations in race
Simple posing for animatics, storyboards and/or graphic novels
Is all of this possible with DazStudio 4.5?
What I do NOT need:
I don't need genitals, hair, clothing, textures, props or other objects.
Lights and rendering. I have no intention of rendering directly from DazStudio.
What I think I need:
I realize much of the content below is available in bundles, but I'm trying to be specific so I don't miss anything.
These are versions 3 & 4 content... is there nothing newer that covers these age ranges?
Body variety - Genesis Evolution: Body Morphs
Head Varity - Genesis Evolution: Head Morphs
Muscle variety - Genesis Evolution: Muscularity
Ethnicity variety - Ethnicity for Genesis Bundle
Expression variety - Genesis Evolution: Expressions
Creature variety - Genesis Creature Creator Bundle
What I think might be very useful but may be redundant:
Are these necessary or is it now possible to create these using only Genesis with M5/V5 and body morphs?