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11-29-2002, 05:25 AM
Hey guys, my school just got a copy of SoftImage, and I'm getting ready to jump in. I'm a big Lightwave guy, so I was wondering if there's any books that are sort of equivalent to that of Dan Ablan's Inside Lightwave series? Any other tips for a XSI noob are also much appreciated! thanks,
11-29-2002, 05:33 AM
I would recommend the Mesmer XSI:fundamentals books.
I also have the XSI character animation FX & design. Which is also a very very nice book.
I would most highly recommend the all about XSI fundamentals video tapes from www.cineframe.com , those tapes are the best to understand the xsi interface & workflow.
hope this helps.
11-29-2002, 07:13 AM
Im with Sheep,
I have the cineframe tape (was quoted by them as well) and mesmer's XSI character illumination book.
I recommend them both. also head over to XSIbase.com :p
I recommend going through the Softimage manuals, and while going though each topic do a relevant tutorial which can be found at xsibase.com, edharriss.com, joncrow.com, xsi netview useful links (http://www.softimage.com/xsinet/res_web.htm#links) and in the softimage tutorials. IMHO you will get the information you need faster and clearer.
I have not seen the character one yet, looks pretty good from the pics, the fundamentals book is quite wordy, the animation FX & design book is well written, the second half is quite useful, but out of date now and the first half is devoted to general cg/film info and poorly drawn storyboards that lend less credibility to the information about storyboarding and cinematography. If its of interest, better to get this info from a very knowledgeable person in this area, Steve Katz and one of his books Shot by Shot. I'm not just promoting him, he told me he only makes 3 cents a book :)
I have heard good things about the cumbria CDs. The cineframe tapes although they could be little bit faster, same with Eds tapes ;) sorry Ed, are good, easy to digest, basic bits of info for getting started. If rendering is of interest Ed is very knowledgeable, perhaps a version 3 is coming out soon, an indexed dvd would be nice to ref, (hint)
I've never read Dan Albans books but he says over at xsibase that he'll be doing an xsi book or tape one day.
12-02-2002, 02:35 AM
you wont be able to get the cinemagic movies right now but Ive heard great things about eds movies, expecially materials
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