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Posted: 15 July 2012 05:16 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I thought that maybe I would start a new topic in that I cannot seem to get any answers from Dreamlight.  I have purchased both, Dreamlight’s Modeling course, Light Master course, and now the pin-up master course that starts in a week.  I see mention of Lightwave, a lot and the courses center around that software mostly.  I have asked dream light their opinion on use of Ligtwave over other software modeling brands.  Unfortunately, I have received no opinions from Dreamlight.  So, I am an avid user of DAX 4 Pro and my interest is in female modeling (more on the glamour and provocative side).  I have modeled a lot of females using DAZ, but I was wondering if I should also add another 3d package to my arsenal.  I have read that Lightwave, though expensive, is the flagship of 3D modeling software.  I would like opinions on what everyone else feels.  Should I save for Ligthwave to get to the next level, or get another software package, or will DAZ do all the things that I want?  I will not abandon DAZ, though. I really like the product and will continue to use it.grin

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Posted: 15 July 2012 05:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Download the trial version

http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/lightwave-downloads.html

hop on the forums

http://forums.newtek.com/forumdisplay.php?f=167

and see if that’s what you need smile

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Posted: 15 July 2012 02:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Lightwave is not really the flagship of 3D modelling, but it is in the top group.
Lightwave is extremely powerful…extremely.  It has a fully functional modeller app with so many tools, scripts and features it is just overwhelming to the uninitiated.  It can do Vertex and point modelling, additive/reductive modeling, spline cage modeling, nurbs and metanurbs, and so much more.  It can export to a variety of other 3D formats, and import a variety of 3D formats, including OBJ.
Plus, it has a fully featured layout and animation program with camera, lighting, volumetrics, atmospherics, and compositing and effects that blow DS, Poser, Carrara, Blender, and so many other programs not only out of the water, but out of the universe.  It’s render negine is not only capable of photo-real results, but far faster and more efficient than Poser or DS in every way.  Lightwave also features full character rigging and animation tools far more advanced than either Poser or DS. Lightwave is intended for, and used by many of the industry proffesionals.  In fact, it and VUE were among two of the programs used to make Avatar.

The down side is, Lightwave has a very steep learning curve.  The manual is essential, and in order to use all of it’s features it could take some time to master.

Do I think it’s worth it? Heck yeah.  It is the best 3D package I have used and I really need to use it more.  Is it for everyone? No.

Maya is the proverbial flagship of 3D though, and it is far more expensive than Lightwave, 3DS Max, or Cinema 4D.

In fact, one of the Reasons Daz Studio 4 is a non-starter for me is no Lightwave support or hosting plugin at all.  Since DS 4 itself lacks important features and capabilities to me, also lacking a way to host it in my other 3D applications renders it useless to me.  Maybe they’ll address this some day, maybe not.

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