View Full Version : to buy or to wait?

05 May 2002, 01:25 AM
Is this book good?
"Softimage Xsi Character Animation F/X & Design"
Or is it better to wait till there is a newer one?

05 May 2002, 01:47 AM
Bonjour Bupa,

Few months ago I would have said "BUY!" but that was before 2 things:

1- The Cumbria training cds

Covers in great lenght character modeling, rigging and texturing. The next 2 cds will cover shape animation. They are more expansive than a book but I think they worth their price. You can order them at The only problem is that they do not cover animation in detail.

2- The upcoming book of Anthony Rossano.

Anthony Rossano stated that this book is to be the bible about character creation. It it suppose to cover everything, expect rendering (and I suppose that includes materials and texturing). This is due to this summer. So I would wait until this book is out to have comparisons.

However, imho, it is better to get everything you get. In Chris Maraffi's book there are very interesting things, and it gives you another approach to rigging. The expressions part is very interesting, imho. On the other hand, the modeling and design aspect of the book is very weak. There is nothing on texturing. To make it short I bought the book and I don't regret it, as far as rigging and animation is concerned.

Hope this helps
Salutations - Cheers
Bernard Lebel

05 May 2002, 10:47 AM
Merci Atyss

05 May 2002, 11:41 AM
do not forget Ed harriss's videotapes and Cinesite Videos.


05 May 2002, 01:46 PM
Hé, Sheep Factory, thanks for that. I knew the tapes from ed harris but not the other one.
I can't buy them all. Must make a decision.
Anyone has the ed harris tapes or the "All About XSI: Fundamentals tape?"
Suggestions are welcome.:)

05 May 2002, 07:11 PM
I actually bought all the tapes from Ed Harriss when I switched from 3ds MAX to XSI. Though I did not learn anything about the creation of 3d that I didn’t already knew, it was REALLY helpful to get the right XSI mentality/thinking.

These tapes (and almost 10 hours in front of my TV, cause that’s how much information you get) made it possible for me to start using XSI in production from day one. I have nothing but good to say about the tapes, Ed Harriss or his website…:thumbsup:


05 May 2002, 11:37 PM
Thanks for the compliments Null_ !!! :)

05 May 2002, 12:49 AM
Greetings Ed, didn't know you where a moderator around this forum.:)

05 May 2002, 05:50 PM
Ed, I was just being honest (just as my mom taught me to be) :D :D

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