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nerrazzi
01-24-2003, 07:40 PM
I'm a hash user but I'm considering going over to Newtek's Lightwave. I like hash but they are seriously lagging behind in everything. I need convincing particles, descent managable hair and a really fast renderer. If anyone has made the switch already, could you tell me where there are some basic tutorials for getting started. I know nothing and need to start from the ground up. :cool:

UserDelta
01-24-2003, 07:49 PM
http://www.lightwave3d.com/tutorials/index.html
the first 5 tutorials are an introduction to lw. i would suggest viewing that, there is also the 1000+ page manual you can download from the newtek site. i also listed other sites in this thread on page 2 http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=39272

dfaris
01-24-2003, 07:53 PM
nerrazzi LW is a great app if you can get by the UI i have not been able to so add to your list of apps to check out: for modeling, Wings3d (free http://www.wings3d.com), Zbrush (http://pixologic.com/) modeling and texturing, messiah studio for animating and renderering http://www.projectmessiah.com/.

PNelson
01-24-2003, 09:26 PM
If anyone here is interested in LightWave, I would be willing to offer you guys a special price on a competitive upgrade to LightWave 7.5 from Animation Master.. You can even KEEP you copy of A:M!

This offer would only be good until the end of January!!

If interested, drop me an email...

later,
Philip Nelson - pnelson@newtek.com
Director of Worldwide Sales
NewTek

Hookflash
01-25-2003, 01:39 AM
Originally posted by PNelson
If anyone here is interested in LightWave, I would be willing to offer you guys a special price on a competitive upgrade to LightWave 7.5 from Animation Master.. You can even KEEP you copy of A:M!

This offer would only be good until the end of January!!

If interested, drop me an email...

later,
Philip Nelson - pnelson@newtek.com
Director of Worldwide Sales
NewTek

Sweet Moses... Email sent! :)

bugzilla
01-25-2003, 04:27 AM
This isn't so much a Lightwave Vs Hash message. I will just tell you my own personal experiences since I started out in AM and recently bought Lightwave AND Messiah.

I really loved animating in AM but the renderer kept giving me problems (such as crashing the program after every 2 frames or so). Since I do Multimedia Design work for a University I am fortunate that I can purchase these programs from Creation Engine or Journeyed at educational price, so I got Lightwave beacuse it only cost me $350.

Now, there is no comparing the features and render engine in Lightwave and AM, but all I really care about for my personal work is character animation. I figured with the new NLA features in Lightwave it would be easy to do powerful CA work, but I found the Lightwave interface to be---not to my liking, especially for character animation. Could not get used to the way bones have to be modeled then converted from skelegons to real bones, etc, etc... Also, one thing I learned I could not do without is Poses. Lightwave has the ability to do this with sliders, but I found out it doesn't seem to work with bones! Also, no dope sheet for easily moving around keyframes!!!

That said, Lighwave has some awesome power. The subdivision surface modeling produces much smoother models without creases. The particle system is AWESOME as is motion designer. Then again, I use very little of these features.

I am still animating in AM because I know it and feel comfortable with it. But, I hope to have the time to learn Lightwave in earnest. The final quality and stability make it worth learning.

BlueCougar
01-25-2003, 04:38 PM
*Bump*

Check it out Hashers!:thumbsup:

Hookflash
01-25-2003, 05:04 PM
Well, I dropped PNelson a line, and haven't recieved a response (I didn't expect to... It's Saturday;)). I'm just kinda worried that I'll miss the "end of January" deadline. Does anyone have any idea of the details of this offer?

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