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Blender VS Lightwave
africa 
7/8/07 4:50:21 PM
Journeyman

Hey guys im not too keen on purchasing a very expensive peice of software but i want the quality. So honestly from experienced users is it worth buying lightwave or should i just learn to use blender?

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xfu 
7/8/07 5:20:55 PM
Champion

Why are Lightwave and Blender the only options?

It's very important to know what you want to do in 3D. Not even in terms of knowing where you want to end up career-wise (yet), but what do you actually want to do right now?

Is this a hobby? Will you be trying to get Freelance work?

I know Lightwave is (or it was, at least) one of the cheaper options among the full professional 3D apps, but it's still a big outlay if it's just for fun, especially if you've never done 3D before and may not even stick with it.

Quality of work comes from the artist, not the tools. If you just want to have a bit of fun, have time to burn, etc, get into Blender and push it as far as you can. If you feel limited, and you've gotten pretty savvy with 3D, maybe it'll be time to outlay cash for a high end app.

As far as serious 3D apps go though, I'd recommend Max or Maya. Lightwave is cheaper but Blender is free. Go all or nothing. Max/Maya are industry standard kickarse apps that make people very employable.

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bluedude 
7/8/07 8:49:10 PM
Champion

+1 to what xfu said.

Stick with Blender, otherwise go Max/Maya. At least try Lightwave trial before you buy it, because if you're like me, you'll find it a pain in the arse to work with :).

You might want to check out Cinema 4D, XSI and Modo, to see if they suit you better.

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masamune 
8/8/07 1:51:20 PM
Initiate
Just want to add my +1 to xfu's comments as well, especially re: the onus being on the artist and not the tools.

Stick with blender until you want to work professionaly, then the transition to max/maya is the go (and easier once you have your head around how 3d works).

Lightwave is apparently quite a popular package but honestly i didn't like it at all when i had a short play with it (this was a while ago though and i think i was trying to use it the way i use max/maya, which wasn't how it likes to be used apparently).

I haven't used blender, but i believe in price for performance it is the best peice of kit out there at the moment (hehe, even if it wasn't free it's still meant to be pretty good).

and dont forget you can get student verions of software if you're studying, or free versions for evaluation from autodesk.

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africa 
8/8/07 2:24:33 PM
Journeyman

Thanks guys, the only reason i ask this is because when i did my course in animation, it was on lightwave. Therefor i am familiar and i enjoy animation a lot, but for recreational purposes it is a bit pricey. Anyway thanks for the tips

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Ruzzy 
23/3/08 3:51:50 PM
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I personally think that Blender is excellent after using it for two years. I use SunFlow to render my Blender models, which is also free. You can see the two in action on my homepage. Link is on my profile.

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24/3/08 11:48:17 AM
Titan

Quote by Ruzzy
I personally think that Blender is excellent after using it for two years. I use SunFlow to render my Blender models, which is also free. You can see the two in action on my homepage. Link is on my profile.


Try not to bump old threads.

http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forumfaq.asp

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Athiril 
30/3/08 10:16:51 PM
Titan

(since this has been bumped, will post for other people interested in this same kinda thing).

XSI.

If youre a student, the prices are excellent considering its for the full uncrippled product.

Latest version not available from uncle torrence, nor is all the cool extras available from uncle torrence.

Just grab a trial off their website.

There is Maya PLE 8.5, but thats pretty crippled from the full product.

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