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Posted: 18 March 2013 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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whispers65 - 18 March 2013 05:18 PM

I don’t even use Carrara (learning Daz Studio only at this point, and not that great yet especially with renders).  I’m not even sure what Carrara is or what it is supposed to do or capable of but just wanted to drop down in the Carrara section when I saw this maze and then I saw this tread.  I think this Maze is “amazing”.  I’m so tempted to look into Carrara just for this if nothing else.

*Ok, slobber mode off*

I just think it looks really great!  And there is something about it that I really, really like.  Lately, every time I see some amazing scenery, it has Howie’s name on it and then I see “Carrara” and am scared off lol.

The reason you don’t see Howie Farkes scenes in DAZ Studio is because D/S simply doesn’t have the capabilities needed to load the scene. Specifically, replicators, plant generators and most likely volumetric effects for the forest scenes.


Carrara is more of a full featured 3D suite if that makes sense. It has a Spline modeler, Vertex modeler, Meta-ball modeler, terrain generator, plant generator, true volumetric clouds, a powerful procedural shader system, natively loads Poser style figures and props, the Carrara 8.5 beta is working on introducing Genesis support and there are tons of other features that I haven’t even mentioned.


Go here to see some Carrara galleries and be sure to check out the Showcase Gallery and the best of 2012 Gallery. There are other user galleries there as well.

Go where to see the galleries?  Sorry I’m not seeing them.

Yeah, I guess that would be a big question is what of my stuff I’ve bought could I use in Carrara if any.  I’ve invested quite a bit at this point lol.  And pricewise to buy Pro isn’t bad but might have to wait a bit.

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Posted: 18 March 2013 09:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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pretty well all Poser format stuff works, but not studio specific stuff except new .duf format in beta
(shaders may need tweeking for highlight and Poser proceedurals may not work)
and of couse not Poser dynamic hair but Carrara has its own hair
animated cloth sims can be imported after using dyntomorph py script in Poser
Carrara inbuilt bullet softbody not suited for animation but some draping possible.
Genesis works for some in the C8.5beta (including me but I get a lot of random freeze ups and errors at times)
as a studio user you may need to get used to a few differences in interface.
Poser scenes can be opened in Carrara and many Poser users have used it as a render engine.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 06:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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wendy♥catz - 18 March 2013 09:09 PM

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pretty well all Poser format stuff works, but not studio specific stuff except new .duf format in beta
(shaders may need tweeking for highlight and Poser proceedurals may not work)
and of couse not Poser dynamic hair but Carrara has its own hair
animated cloth sims can be imported after using dyntomorph py script in Poser
Carrara inbuilt bullet softbody not suited for animation but some draping possible.
Genesis works for some in the C8.5beta (including me but I get a lot of random freeze ups and errors at times)
as a studio user you may need to get used to a few differences in interface.
Poser scenes can be opened in Carrara and many Poser users have used it as a render engine.

Hmmm…that sounds interesting.  I do have a lot of poser content so maybe I wouldn’t be in that bad of a shape but I do like to use Genesis for characters and such.  I mainly like place such as warehouses, houses, etc but I like a lot of outdoors stuff and usually only see big scenes like that for Carrara but I would want to use people, props, etc if possible in addition to the scenery that’s why I wasn’t sure what Carrara could do.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 06:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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I have C8.5s browser set to 25 runtimes, and studio’s “my library”. Once and a while I hit a poser item that wont load right, but it’s rare.  Using your poser runtime in carrara is as easy as adding it to carrara’s browser wink And I use clothes from my M4 runtime on genesis from my “my library” all the time with little issue; other then autofit being a crap shot if cloths fit or not.  I’ve found quite often the figures back comes out of the clothes.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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I am almost tempted to go ahead and purchase. I don’t know if I would ever have a chance to get it free like daz pro a while back. A long time back I had purchased it also. So that’s one thought.

The other thought would be renders. I have a prob now and can never get anything to look like the promos.  So if Carrara was the same way then I’m less likely to purchase as I’m not knowledgable enough to do all that other stuff.  I can set up a scene and get ok result on rendering , nothing great like promos.

Sorry if I hijacked the thread. It wasn’t my intention. I just really appreciate the beauty of howie’s products. I could go ahead and buy. I’m not afraid of making purchase mistakes. Then I could buy a couple I howie’s products I’ve always had my eyes on and give it a shot? I didn’t see a trial version of Carrara.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 07:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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HI whispers65

I don’t know if I would ever have a chance to get it free like daz pro a while back. A long time back I had purchased it also. So that’s one thought.

C6 and C7were both featured on the Cover-Disk of 3D Magazines,. so you could wait to see if that happens to C8,.
but,. it may not happen.

if you have either C6, or C7, then you should be eligible for upgrade pricing.

I have a prob now and can never get anything to look like the promos.  So if Carrara was the same way then I’m less likely to purchase as I’m not knowledgable enough to do all that other stuff.

What you see in a carrara promo image, is exactly what you’ll get when you render that scene.

All the lighting, sky, terrain, plants, etc are saved in the scene,. so you simply load and render.

I didn’t see a trial version of Carrara.[/quote

There’s a Trail / Demo version of Carrara 8 Pro,. for PC and MAc, avalable on CNET www.downloads.com
search for Daz Carrara.

Hope it helps smile

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Posted: 19 March 2013 11:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Ok well I’m pretty much sold the.  Spring time reminds me of camping and stuff so I like the great outdoors. The hard part is deciding what to buy. I really like the hedge maze, Stoney creek, and secret lake.  Stoney and secret have always caught my eye.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 02:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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whispers65 - 19 March 2013 11:33 AM

Ok well I’m pretty much sold the.  Spring time reminds me of camping and stuff so I like the great outdoors. The hard part is deciding what to buy. I really like the hedge maze, Stoney creek, and secret lake.  Stoney and secret have always caught my eye.

So…I’m in the same camp; I was amazed (NPI) at Howie Farkes latest Carrara set, and I had been meaning to pick up C8P for a while.  I splurged and got it and Country Lane 2.  It took me a bit of fiddling to figure out that they call cameras different things in Carrara, but I ended up creating a new camera, flying it around a bit, and taking this shot just to test the render.  (The original is 1920x1200, I downsized it for the forum.)

@Wendy understates with the note that ‘as a studio user you may need to get used to a few differences in interface’. It’s pretty deeply different.

Still, after I figured out that ‘directors camera’ was like ‘perspective view’, I was able to navigate, mostly.  Then after figuring out that ‘conical’ was a camera type, and that I could do the equivalent of ‘create with current parameters’ by moving it to ‘directors camera’, and eventually finding the place to change the render camera, everything worked out!

Rendering Howie’s images with my own tweaks is probably how I’m going to drill into understanding some of this stuff.  Well, that and I have a particular render I’m dying to do in that jaw-droppingly beautiful field at the edge of the stream. smile

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Posted: 19 March 2013 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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That pic looks great to me. If I can render something like that then I would wholly satisfied. I’ve decided to splurge when I get home.  I’m using 1680 x 1050 on laptop at work so it’d be nice to render some background scenery pics. I can’t wait.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 03:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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whispers65 - 19 March 2013 02:29 PM

That pic looks great to me. If I can render something like that then I would wholly satisfied. I’ve decided to splurge when I get home.  I’m using 1680 x 1050 on laptop at work so it’d be nice to render some background scenery pics. I can’t wait.

I had some renders of country lane as my background.  I lost track of how many people asked me where the photo was taken.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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One of the first things I would do with a Howie scene is find center and use the spherical camera to render it out, to convert to an HDRI wink

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Posted: 19 March 2013 04:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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ManStan - 19 March 2013 03:39 PM

One of the first things I would do with a Howie scene is find center and use the spherical camera to render it out, to convert to an HDRI wink

That’s sounds like a foreign language to me. I have a lot to learn.

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Posted: 19 March 2013 05:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Ok true to my word.  I’m home and what I did can be summed up in one word:

Spppppllllluuuuuurrrrrgggggeeeeeeeee.

There was just simply too much pressure trying to decide which ones to buy so I bought all three, and bundles when I could.  smile

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Posted: 19 March 2013 05:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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whispers65 - 18 March 2013 07:44 PM

Go where to see the galleries?  Sorry I’m not seeing them.

Yeah, I guess that would be a big question is what of my stuff I’ve bought could I use in Carrara if any.  I’ve invested quite a bit at this point lol.  And pricewise to buy Pro isn’t bad but might have to wait a bit.


Geez, sorry I forgot to post the link to Carrara Cafe. I must be going senile!
http://carraracafe.com/

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Posted: 19 March 2013 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Go where to see the galleries?  Sorry I’m not seeing them.

Yeah, I guess that would be a big question is what of my stuff I’ve bought could I use in Carrara if any.  I’ve invested quite a bit at this point lol.  And pricewise to buy Pro isn’t bad but might have to wait a bit.


Geez, sorry I forgot to post the link to Carrara Cafe. I must be going senile!
http://carraracafe.com/

Not a problem.  Thank you very much!  I like looking at renders.  It shows me what the product is capable of and gives me ideas and inspiration.

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