I was reading about Carrera, especially as it is now on sale.
In images I have seen rendered by Carrera, there is a different “feel” compared to other render engines.
It appears to be extremely realistic as regards light and skin tone/texture.
Could someone please talk about this, especially in comparison to D4 and Poser 2012.
Appologies if I have posed in the wrong forum. I thought this might be helpful for many of us not familiar with Carrera, and so reach many of us through this Forum category… Commons.
I use Carrara, DS, and Poser, and prefer to render in Carrara. For renders with “equivalent” settings (at least a close as possible) Carrara blows the doors off of DS and Poser 8/Pro2010. I haven’t tried any real comparison tests with Poser9/Pro2012, but from the simple renders I’ve played with so far, Carrara still feels faster.
I think that SSS (using Snarlygribly’s script) for skin is better in Poser, but I’ve seen some outstanding results in Carrara and DS (you just have to work a bit more on the shaders). Poser doesn’t have caustics, and DS renders them at a glacial speed, so Carrara wins hands down there. Typically you will have to tweak materials/shaders in Carrara to make them look like they do in DS or Poser, but the material/shader system in Carrara is pretty easy to come to grips with. I find lighting easier in Carrara than DS or Poser. Using HDRI images for lighting and reflections is very easy in Carrara, and is setting up Global Illumination (GI or IDL in Poser terms) is very easy. In fact, Carrara it handles lights much more like an unbiased render engine when GI is enabled than Poser.
Of the three, I find Poser the most difficult to get good renders out of, and Carrara the easiest, but that’s just me, your mileage may vary. Bottom line, Carrara does have a very very good render engine. You should download the trial version and give it a test run to see how well you get along with it. If your interested, you can take a look at my gallery at Rendo (link in my sig below) to compare renders from the same person using all three apps (only 2 Poser renders though - like I said, it’s the most difficult for me).