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cosmari
10-02-2004, 02:18 PM
I have been using Freehand and Photoshop for about 6 years, and I am
just about to enter the world of 3D graphics.
I had nearly decided on going with Maya, when someone mentioned the
great program called Modo.
Can you please explain its differences, strong points and if it will work
ok on a Mac G5.

Thank you

MunCHeR
10-02-2004, 03:44 PM
Modo as it stands is just a modeller, and I'm sure in the near future there will be other "modules" like a renderer and some sort of animation package. Software like Maya and XSI let you do pretty much everything, modelling,rigging, animation and rendering.Maya and XSI both have free versions, and theres a pretty cool little modeller called wings3D(not sure about a MAC version, checkout www.wings3d.com (http://www.wings3d.com).
I used to think having a seperate modeller was a silly idea but being able to do just one thing makes the package lighter and things are easier to find.

edit: just checked, there is a wings3d mac version:

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=33028

So grab yourself a free version and start playing. :thumbsup:

MunCH

cosmari
10-02-2004, 03:53 PM
Thanks Muncher!
Basically what I need to learn is creating 3D stills rather than animations, however
maybe it is good to keep animation in mind for the future.....who knows?
What program do you use, and what platform / hardware?

MunCHeR
10-02-2004, 04:07 PM
OK even for stills you're going to need something to render them, and luxology havent released one yet. I use Maya 6 linux on a dual xeon 2.8 PC with 4Gb RAM and a quadro fx1000.I'm not really versed in the mac options for 3d software,XSI has dropped foundation to $495 US but thats only for windows. Its not going to cost you much for some animation/rigging capabiliies in a piece of software, you could go with maya, lightwave or messiah.Someone else might have some better ideas:D

Oh yeah I use modo now too ofcourse LOL

MunCH

qral
10-04-2004, 11:59 AM
I have been using Freehand and Photoshop for about 6 years, and I am
just about to enter the world of 3D graphics.
I had nearly decided on going with Maya, when someone mentioned the
great program called Modo.
Can you please explain its differences, strong points and if it will work
ok on a Mac G5.

Thank you

Hi Cosmari

has been i the same situation as you, and because I am a dedicated mac user, I have tested almost any 3d package for macs, and I must say it is up to your preferences regarding workflow, features and interface so you should tryout allot of demo versions, but I recommend Cinema4d or Modo/Nexus.
I personally really like Modo and have been waiting for the program for more than a year. now I am waiting for nexus :drool:
ps. XSi/max/messiah has not been released for mac.:hmm:
happy hunting!

Steve McRae
10-04-2004, 12:07 PM
hi cosmari -

if you are a hobbiest and have no future plans for working in the industry then download the various demos and pick the one that suits you the best.

if you are looking for employment sometime in the future - Maya would probably be the one to learn.

This site could help if you are thinking about working in the industry - by a guy who is a TD at Pixar.

http://www.3drender.com/jobs/index.htm

[edit]: because you are on a mac - looks like Maya, Lightwave, C4D are your options for now if you are looking for a full featured package - ie. rendering, animation etc. (you could also try blender which is free to get started - it works on the Mac - http://www.blender3d.com/

Proximus
10-04-2004, 12:38 PM
Look for a modeler called Silo, they have a version for Mac and is quite friendly. Plus is quite cheap, and you can download a demo right away. Dont let yourself be influeced by the marketing hype, try before you buy...

cosmari
10-04-2004, 08:21 PM
Thank you all guys!

I have started downloading various demos, but the problem I believe will
remain. Since I have no experience at all, and noone to train me at the moment
it will take me ages to work my through them :-)
But, what else to do, I will try my best!

Steve McRae
10-04-2004, 08:39 PM
For Maya (and some others) register at 3DBuzz.com and DigitalTutors.com. They have some free introductory videos that should get you started in the right direction.

Room335
10-04-2004, 09:20 PM
Blender is a fantastic tool and includes all the above and you can't beat the price- free. . You can find great support for it here, and Elysiun http://www.elysiun.com/index.php as well as Blenderls site. http://www.blender3d.com/

Phil Lawson
10-04-2004, 11:01 PM
Don't forget Newtek are offering a training edition of Lightwave [8] at the moment which includes the following :-


http://www.newtek.com/buynow/swproducts.html

Cheers.

qral
10-05-2004, 07:03 AM
Try to follow WIP threads on these forums, you can learn allot by see great modellers work in progress and reading the discussions. :)

kennez
10-05-2004, 09:54 PM
Another option for the Mac is Hash:Animation Master (http://www.hash.com). It is an all in one package, but concentrates mainly on character animation, although just about anything can be done with it. It has a decent renderer, although it is fairly slow.
They don't do a demo version, but they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

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