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Posted: 22 October 2012 07:50 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Question, is Carrara a combination of Studio and bryce? I like studio 4.5 Pro, but haven’t gotten the hang of bryce yet, but Carrara sounds like it’s a mixture of both softwares and this 69% off is catching my interest.  can anyone comfirm my thoughts and tell me if it’s worth getting it…................. also does it use genesis as well?


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Posted: 22 October 2012 08:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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decoyboy - 22 October 2012 07:50 PM

Question, is Carrara a combination of Studio and bryce? I like studio 4.5 Pro, but haven’t gotten the hang of bryce yet, but Carrara sounds like it’s a mixture of both softwares and this 69% off is catching my interest.  can anyone comfirm my thoughts and tell me if it’s worth getting it…................. also does it use genesis as well?


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Short answer.  No!

Carrara is an essentially full service 3D tool.  It slices and dices and makes julienne fries.


DAZ Studio is absolutely excellent at posing, staging and some animation of pre-created objects and textures
Bryce does very well at creating landscapes and staging objects and does permit some object creation
Hexagon does very well at creating objects
Carrara is a jack of all trades in 3D but perhaps master of none.  Its posing isn’t as powerful as Studio.  Its modeling isn’t as powerful as Hexagon.  Its landscaping is perhaps not as powerful as Bryce.  However, it does work pretty well, and if you had to limit yourself to a single tool from the DAZ stables, Carrara would be a good choice.

I have not tried using Genesis with Carrara yet.  Others who have should pipe in here.

 

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Posted: 22 October 2012 08:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Genesis doesn’t work in the current version of Carrara 8 Pro

There is an 8.5 Beta that is trying to get it to work but a full version release isn’t here yet.

You can get a lot more info in the carrara board
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewforum/66/

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Posted: 22 October 2012 09:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Just LeatherGryphon said Carrara is the Swiss army knife of 3D apps. I have it but hardly touch it. Daz Studio is definitely better for still figure posing, however Carrara has excellent animation tools.  I find Hexagon a better box modeler, however Carrara’s spline tools are so much better. Also I get hopelessly lost in Carrara’s material room.

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Posted: 23 October 2012 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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As others have already said, Carrara is more of a general 3D application. It includes several tools that DS doesn’t have, and tools that Bryce doesn’t have. I’m not a Bryce user, so I can’t really give a good comparison between Carrara and Bryce, but I get the general sense that the landscape tools in Carrara aren’t quite as robust as Bryce. That being said, I’ve seen some fantastic landscape work done in Carrara, Howie Farkes (http://www.daz3d.com/shop/catalogsearch/result/?q=HowieFarkes) has some beautiful outdoor scenes for sale here that rival work done in Bryce or Vue.

I’m a long time Carrara user (since version 2), so I’m probably a bit biased toward Carrara. I find the posing in Carrara to be just as easy (maybe a bit easier) as in DS, and the 8.5 beta handles Genesis quite well. I also find materials and lighting to be much easier in Carrara. The dynamic hair in Carrara isn’t quite ready for “prime time” for animation, but is fantastic for still images (much better than the standard trans-mapped hair). Carrara also has modeling tools that are quite good, there are several Carrara artists that do a great deal of modeling in Carrara. Carrara also has dynamics, but doesn’t support dynamic cloth like Optitex in DS, or Poser dynamic cloth. Carrara is faster at rendering than DS, though DS 4.5 is getting better in the speed department.

Carrara also has a tree creation tool and replication/instancing, spline modeling, displacement painting, and several others tools that I’m sure I have forgotten. Lighting in Carrara is very easy (at least for me), and setting up reflections, and caustics is quite easy. Materials in Carrara are quite powerful, and for me are a lot easier to wrap my head around than doing advanced materials work in DS.

If you are looking to expand your tool set, and retain the ease of use of DAZ/Poser content, right now for price/performance Carrara is the best tool available (C4D and Interposer Pro is another option, but is a lot more expensive). Because Carrara is a more complex and feature rich software than DS, it also comes with a greater learning curve. But, a lot of what you learn in Carrara can be easily transferred later if you decide to move on to an even more feature rich 3D software.

I realize time is limited due to the sale time frame, but there is a trial version of Carrara available that could help you make a decision. PhilW has some very good training videos available here that would help speed up the learning curve a great deal. There definitely isn’t a make art button in Carrara, but I still find it easier to get decent images from Carrara than DS. If you willing to roll up your sleeves and invest a bit of time getting to know Carrara, then I would strongly recommend getting it. I’m pretty comfortable with DS now, but I still prefer Carrara.

Hope this help, if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to respond quickly. I really enjoy using Carrara,

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Posted: 23 October 2012 08:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thank you for all your answers.  They were very helpful.  They have given me alot to think about.  I may be downloading by the 25th.  Thanks again.

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