In response to the excellent DAZ3D.COM Home Page, I made a new one, based on Carrara.
DAZ3D is where you get the stuff. Any kind of stuff and All kinds of stuff.
Carrara is the place where you keep your stuff and then let them out so you can share their presence with the world.
Once optimized within Carrara, simply setting a check in a box or typing in a number or two will transform whatever sort of scenery you’ve set up into a living, moving, world.
Wizard will guide your first scene enabling you to select the sort of terrain you have in your world. But you also set up its atmospheric conditions, lighting and the appearance of the sky and clouds. Now you can enter your new scene and set up wind, more, closer, clouds of volumetric realism, sharpness, and how they affect the light. Design your own plants and trees or select them from the library and then tweak them to the way you need them to look. Set two numbers and a dial and you’ve just made them rustle and sway with the wind. The clouds are also easily animated by typing in a time range. Further settings are very easily set up thanks to how clearly labeled everything is within the settings tools.
Carrara is designed from the ground up to put your imagination into motion with as little effort from you, the designer, as possible. If that makes it sound limited, allow me to say that you control how limited or complex you make your scenes. From simple automation settings found throughout nearly everything within Carrara, to designing your own anything and deciding and creating what happens when you turn the dials that you invent! Further those functions by adding manipulative magnets, dynamic hair, endless possibilities being blown from particle emitters that have many realistic controls that allow you to alter reality. create your own methods of movement. Change the particles depending upon how long they’ve lived, or several other dependencies! Carrara makes particle emitters and physics amazingly simple to set up - but you’ll see how valuable experience and experimentation can be towards becoming a true FX master!