If anyone has tried to use Blender and failed miserably (like me), take another look.
It is simply THE Best Deal out there. Not just because it’s FREE, but because it also is extremely powerful.
Witness the Sintel video. And the new GUI, while not as intuitive as Carrara, is
not that difficult to learn. And no false modesty, if I can do it, trust me, anyone can do it!!!
The new Cycles renderer is wonderful, and blazing fast when used with an NVIDIA CUDA GPU…...e.g.
my GTX460 2gb graphics card renders 10X(!!!) faster than the Phenom II 955 CPU on the same computer. =O
I also have it (2.63a) set up to render with Yafaray, Octane Render, 3Delight, and LuxRender. But really like Cycles, especially
since it is so fast (with CUDA).
I still use and love Carrara & Bryce, but highly recommend Blender. It does amazing physics animations.
Here’s an overview of the new improvements in just released 2.64.
There are gigabytes of free video tutorials….....re: my To Do List. =O
The best adjective to describe Blender is not “hard’......it’s “awesome”!
Which is why I created this site. http://www.blenderportal.com/
Check it out.