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10 October 2004, 11:45 AM
Hey there!

Just wanted to see if there are any LW and XSI users that could answer a question for me. Ive used LW for about a year and want to learn something else too.(so no one get all ruffled - Learning is a good thing!). Anyway the LW community is great there is a lot of tutorials in somewhat organised order all over the net. Beginner level stuff that assumes you know NOTHING. Then more advanced stuff. Plus the inside LW books have been great! Looking for XSI stuff has been harder. Tutorials are out there but so far, a lot of broken links, "beginner" tutorials that skip over where or how to use a function.(I learned to lathe(forgot what XSI calls it) a pot/cup/etc but I dont know how to rotate the camera to look at it. hahaha)

Anyway basicaly I just wanted to ask fellow LW users where they started to look on day 1 when learning XSI. I know Leigh and a few other people also do XSI.

This was my best friend when I started with LW.

Thank you!

10 October 2004, 12:10 PM
Search the softimage section on this forum, there are a lot of users who just started XSI and asked the same...:)

Here are few links to get started. (there are free xsi video tutorials, to get started)

10 October 2004, 12:13 PM

10 October 2004, 12:54 PM
I know what your saying mossou. I've been searching for tutorials (especially shader/rendering tutorials) and hav'nt found too many more advanced ones. LW tutorials on the other hand are plentifull. :D

Oh, by the way, hold down the "s" key, its similar to holding the "alt" key in other programs. Use to rotate, pan, zoom etc.


10 October 2004, 01:33 PM
When I started using XSI, I needed to get up to speed really quickly. So I bit the bullet and purchased two downloadable (also available on CD) tutorials from www.3dtutorialcom (, the XSI-Modeling 1 ( and XSI_Production Solutions and Tips ( , both being about 12/13 hours worth of high quality video. (this was before Softimage started shipping the 5 DVD tutorial set with new purchases).

The Modeling videos start off really basic, going through the interface, selection methods and basic modelling, before embarking on a nice start to finish tutorial on building a mountain bike.
The Production Solution tips is mainly about surfacing, lighting and rendering. A very good video series that will get you up to speed quickly. It's a bit intermediate/advanced in some places, so if you are a beginner I would recommend the Advanced Rendertree Techniques ( , aslo from 3D-Tutorial, as it goes through all the basic shader types in some depth.

Don't worry if you are buying a new copy of XSI and don't want to shell out for additional training material. New owners now get the 5 training DVD's that come with a new purchase, they're really good.

If you are looking for free video tutorials try ( (look for "Tutorials" down the lefthand side for free XSI video tutorials).

Other than that, Ed Harriss's site is my first stop for tutorials (more than you can shake a stick at).

10 October 2004, 05:07 PM
There's a ton of tutorials available for XSI(more free than commercial), most links have already been posted. Also go to and look in Tutorials->Beginner for a LW2XSI PDF.
I'd start with the tutorials that come with XSI as I think they're invaluable to cover the basics as well as more intermediate stuff. has some 14 free video tutorials on rendertree/lighting techniques. is not updated in a long time but has plenty of good info.

Welcome and if you have any doubts go to the Softimage section of this forum or and ask away, you'll find plenty of concurrent/ex LW users on the XSI community ;)

10 October 2004, 06:02 PM
robinson: Thanks for the links! Your right I should should have searched better first. Anyway there is a lot of links there and they going straight to my favorites. thank you!

evan: Thanks evan. "S" key it is. I stumbled on the "z" key and it wasnt cutting it. Good luck with the shader stuff. I havent even seen that screen yet but just reading people talk about it and how MR works, I know I will be following you soon. But that "q" command is cool! talk about instant feedback. I havent rendered anything worth while yet but so far it seems really fast. When I first got lightwave I downloaded a really complex scene and rendered it just to see it work. Havent found one for XSI yet but I have a feeling MR is erally fast.

yog: Thanks! I did manage to find the ed harris site. Havent tried much yet though. I saw a sample video from that site and it rocked! Im planning on buying XSI at the end of the trial but I wanted to try it first and see if I liked it. I will definatley get the DVD's and I got to have that "master the human head" one or whatever from that site. That was very cool.....

RuiFeliciano: Thank you. Im not really sure about the tutorials that come with xsi. I clicked help-tutorials. It took me to the SI page, I logged in, clicked beginner. Are those the ones you are talking about? Thanks I will definatley see you over in the XSI forum

Thanks again to everyone. You have all been really helpful. I will be spending the next few days knee deep in the links from you guys.

10 October 2004, 08:30 PM
Nope, not the online tutorials. I'm not sure that the version you're using have them but look on your XSI install folder if you don't have a Tutorials subfolder somewhere.

10 October 2004, 11:22 PM
Nope, not the online tutorials. I'm not sure that the version you're using have them but look on your XSI install folder if you don't have a Tutorials subfolder somewhere.

OOOH! hahaha Now thats what I was looking for!!! Thank you I just downloaded them and skimmed through it. Thats exactley the type of stuff I need. Thanks again! Ok Im off to start...

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