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Posted: 03 July 2013 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Buy the “Carrara 1 Bible”.

Very cheap on Amazon (a few dollars). Learning a lot from this book. I think it covers 80-90% of todays Carrara. In a better way. I thought it was outdated and useless, but it is not.

Because of that, just ordered “Carrara 1 For Dummies” for 1 cent + shipping. No idea if it is also that good.

It is more informative as the Carrara manual.

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Posted: 03 July 2013 03:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Really? I was wondering about that one. Carrara 1? Holy Sh… I mean… Sockratea… I mean Cow! Holy Cow!
I love information from other sources. Thanks for this tip. I still have a couple that Jay_Nola told me I need on my “To Buy” list but I keep forgetting to until after I’ve spent the lot on cool new DAZ goodies.

Do you have any of the other Carrara books from Amazon?

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Posted: 04 July 2013 02:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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You’ll be surprised how much is covered from todays Carrara. Modifiers for instance were in v 1. For the first time I am starting to understand layering textures. Did you know you can add a video or sequenced images in a image channel or any other channel? Maybe it is in the manual, but probably missed it.

Not much there for Carrara. Besides the 2 books mentioned, I only found a Carrara 5 book. Also have a very thick Bryce 4 book. Also 1 cent + shipping at Amazon. But haven’t had time to study it.

One more tip, but this could get start expensive. There are many very good books about animation (at Amazon). Most are general and some are software specific, but still very usable. Believe me I have many dozens. They are the core of my animation knowledge. Not going to list them, because there are too many. And that would be too easy. Maybe others could list there favorite books. If so, let this be a “good book only” thread. But I think not many are reading animation books. But maybe I am wrong.

Just search at Amazon. Search in books for just animation, or 3d modeling or whatever related. Most books can be looked inside before purchase. Also many books outside the animation range, like script writing, using cameras (there are no books about camera for animation), etc.

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Posted: 04 July 2013 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks for the tip.  I’ve had Carrara and other 3D software for along time, but never did much with it (just a hobbyist).  Recently, I’ve had more time to play around and am just amazed at what Carrara can do. 

I am working my way through two sets of video tutorials.  One is by PhilW because Infinite Skills had a big sale for the IPad app - not sure if that price is still in effect.  Extremely helpful.  I also got the online subscription to VTC, which has tutorials by Mark Bremmer.  The two sets complement each other very well.  I feared it might be repetitive, but so far I am learning something from each.  I’d recommend either of them if anyone can get them on sale.

I’ll definitely look for the Carrara 1 Bible.  Training books sometimes have a cd rom with additional content.  If you get it used on Amazon, does it still have the content CD?

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Posted: 04 July 2013 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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diomede64 - 04 July 2013 08:16 AM

I am working my way through two sets of video tutorials.  One is by PhilW because Infinite Skills had a big sale for the IPad app - not sure if that price is still in effect.  Extremely helpful.

I have the Learning Carrara 8 videos (downloaded version)....I didn’t realise it was PhilW’s dulcet northern tones I was hearing?  Great tuts. Thanks, Phil if you are visiting the forum. I bought your Sidelong Hair as well to help get my head around doing hair (LOL). Your explanation on creating hair is great but the tool seems to have a mind of its own! 

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Posted: 04 July 2013 10:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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IS there any BOOK on Amazon or otherwise that the people running DAZ could read Like “HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS” or ‘HOW NOT TO IGNORE and ALIENATE YOUR CLIENTELE”

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Posted: 04 July 2013 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Pjotter - 04 July 2013 02:06 AM

You’ll be surprised how much is covered from todays Carrara. Modifiers for instance were in v 1. For the first time I am starting to understand layering textures. Did you know you can add a video or sequenced images in a image channel or any other channel? Maybe it is in the manual, but probably missed it.

Not much there for Carrara. Besides the 2 books mentioned, I only found a Carrara 5 book. Also have a very thick Bryce 4 book. Also 1 cent + shipping at Amazon. But haven’t had time to study it.

One more tip, but this could get start expensive. There are many very good books about animation (at Amazon). Most are general and some are software specific, but still very usable. Believe me I have many dozens. They are the core of my animation knowledge. Not going to list them, because there are too many. And that would be too easy. Maybe others could list there favorite books. If so, let this be a “good book only” thread. But I think not many are reading animation books. But maybe I am wrong.

Just search at Amazon. Search in books for just animation, or 3d modeling or whatever related. Most books can be looked inside before purchase. Also many books outside the animation range, like script writing, using cameras (there are no books about camera for animation), etc.


Want to blow your mind? Many of the things you’re talking about are hold-overs from before Carrara. The modifiers are a great example! The place where they appear in the interface is different, but the controls for adjusting most of the modifiers are the same as they were in Raydream Studio 5. The control panel for the DOF is virtually unchanged except for where it’s found. The 3D Aura is also nearly the same, except in Raydream it was a global setting, whereas now you can set it up for individual objects.


Using video in a shader? Did it in Raydream! Maybe that’s why I felt really comfortable with Carrara when I bought it and learned it’s lineage. The interface was this weird melding of Raydream and Bryce that was similar, but different from either of them.

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Posted: 04 July 2013 03:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Pjotter - 04 July 2013 02:06 AM

Also have a very thick Bryce 4 book. Also 1 cent + shipping at Amazon. But haven’t had time to study it.

I hope that Bryce book isn’t from Shamms Mortier.
His books are notoriously useless.
I don’t know too many people who got anything from his books (including me).

 

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Posted: 04 July 2013 08:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Pjotter - 04 July 2013 02:06 AM

There are many very good books about animation (at Amazon). Most are general and some are software specific, but still very usable. Believe me I have many dozens. They are the core of my animation knowledge. Not going to list them, because there are too many. And that would be too easy. Maybe others could list there favorite books. If so, let this be a “good book only” thread. But I think not many are reading animation books. But maybe I am wrong.

Here are some books you might find useful for Filmmaking, animation and screenwriting…
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Directing-Shot-Visualizing-Productions/dp/0941188108/
http://www.amazon.com/Lew-Hunters-Screenwriting-434-Successful/dp/0399529861/
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Movies-Sidney-Lumet/dp/0679756604/
http://www.amazon.com/Animators-Survival-Kit—Revised-Principles-Classical/dp/086547897X/
http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Lighting-Rendering-Jeremy-Birn/dp/1562059548/

 

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Posted: 05 July 2013 02:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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diomede64 - 04 July 2013 08:16 AM

I’ll definitely look for the Carrara 1 Bible.  Training books sometimes have a cd rom with additional content.  If you get it used on Amazon, does it still have the content CD?

Mine has the CD but haven’t used it yet. It includes content files for the tutorials, some shareware (probably outdated) and some highly detailed 3D models. But sometimes the CD is not there. Sometimes this is mentioned at the seller info at Amazon. Maybe you can contact the seller. But Amazon also has the new versions starting at $8.-

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Posted: 05 July 2013 03:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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tsarist - 04 July 2013 03:26 PM

I hope that Bryce book isn’t from Shamms Mortier.
His books are notoriously useless.
I don’t know too many people who got anything from his books (including me).

Find your book and because of the bad reviews at Amazon, you are probably right. It looks bad.

But mine is this one (This is not an affiliate link).

It looks good to me (But my CD is missing). The difference between manuals and books is, books use examples instead of plain explaining the tools.

For instance, one of my Carrara books (not sure which one) has dozens of pages for creating an underwater scene. These are very helpful to me by the time I need this.

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Posted: 06 July 2013 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Pjotter - 05 July 2013 03:00 AM
tsarist - 04 July 2013 03:26 PM

I hope that Bryce book isn’t from Shamms Mortier.
His books are notoriously useless.
I don’t know too many people who got anything from his books (including me).

Find your book and because of the bad reviews at Amazon, you are probably right. It looks bad.

But mine is this one (This is not an affiliate link).

It looks good to me (But my CD is missing). The difference between manuals and books is, books use examples instead of plain explaining the tools.

For instance, one of my Carrara books (not sure which one) has dozens of pages for creating an underwater scene. These are very helpful to me by the time I need this.

Oh okay. The book you bought is a good one.
My cousin used it and she found it very useful to help her with Bryce 5.5 (I’m not sure how much help it will be for Bryce 7).

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Posted: 06 July 2013 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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tsarist - 04 July 2013 03:26 PM

I hope that Bryce book isn’t from Shamms Mortier.
His books are notoriously useless.
I don’t know too many people who got anything from his books (including me).

Find your book and because of the bad reviews at Amazon, you are probably right. It looks bad.

But mine is this one (This is not an affiliate link).

It looks good to me (But my CD is missing). The difference between manuals and books is, books use examples instead of plain explaining the tools.

For instance, one of my Carrara books (not sure which one) has dozens of pages for creating an underwater scene. These are very helpful to me by the time I need this.

That book is one of, if not the best, book that has ever been written about Bryce. Susan Kitchens was involved with writing the original Bryce manuals when Bryce was still with MetaCreations. Real World Bryce 4 is much, much better than the original manuals in most Bryce users opinions, and many of us still have our original copies, and we recommend the book still for New Users, although it doesn’t cover anything added to Bryce since Br4, it does give a very good basis on which to learn Bryce, even now

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Posted: 06 July 2013 04:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Very cool!
I love this topic - and I love books! I don’t even care if the cd is missing, really. If I had the choice, I’d likely pay extra to have it - but all of the ideas/software mentioned so far are that which it’s good to dive in and build stuff/write stuff yourself. Yeah… I love how you can use animation sequences or avi in many areas of Carrara. It took me quite a while before I could sit behind a computer screen for long. Sensitive eyes, maybe? So I got into the (somewhat expensive) habit of printing out my manuals and pdf books so that I could read them from paper. The Carrara Manual is a beautiful tome. I often bring it to hospitals for waiting room entertainment.

Anyways, thanks to all whom share book titles and other cool info in this thread. I need to organize a good old fashioned book delivery in this digital age of downloads and clouds!

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Posted: 08 July 2013 07:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Pjotter - 04 July 2013 02:06 AM

There are many very good books about animation (at Amazon). Most are general and some are software specific, but still very usable. Believe me I have many dozens. They are the core of my animation knowledge. Not going to list them, because there are too many. And that would be too easy. Maybe others could list there favorite books. If so, let this be a “good book only” thread. But I think not many are reading animation books. But maybe I am wrong.

Here are some books you might find useful for Filmmaking, animation and screenwriting…
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Directing-Shot-Visualizing-Productions/dp/0941188108/
http://www.amazon.com/Lew-Hunters-Screenwriting-434-Successful/dp/0399529861/
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Movies-Sidney-Lumet/dp/0679756604/
http://www.amazon.com/Animators-Survival-Kit—Revised-Principles-Classical/dp/086547897X/
http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Lighting-Rendering-Jeremy-Birn/dp/1562059548/

 

Nice list thank you very much!

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Dartanbeck - 03 July 2013 03:24 PM

Really? I was wondering about that one. Carrara 1? Holy Sh… I mean… Sockratea… I mean Cow! Holy Cow!
I love information from other sources. Thanks for this tip. I still have a couple that Jay_Nola told me I need on my “To Buy” list but I keep forgetting to until after I’ve spent the lot on cool new DAZ goodies.

Do you have any of the other Carrara books from Amazon?

I am curious what ones were on the To Buy List

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