Features: Dedicated to designing, rendering, and animating
breathtaking natural 3-D worlds and abstract 3-D sculptures. Extremely easy to
use and comes loaded with libraries of presets. Lets you create your own
surface materials, skies, and more. Now includes multiple import and export
formats and a new sky lab. Instantly turns free USGS data into 3-D models. If,
as a graphic artist creating off-planet scenes, you find that your needs run
toward rendering fly-bys, Bryce 4's interactive movie previewer is for you.
With the newest version of this popular software, you can render a thumbnail
preview or a storyboard-style interface, making the process of keyframing
animation much easier. Top Selling 3D application world wide:
Product Description Bryce 4
is dedicated to designing, rendering, and animating breathtaking natural 3-D
worlds and abstract 3-D sculptures. Bryce is a perfect application for both
beginners and advanced users because it is extremely easy to use and it comes
loaded with libraries of presets to use in your own work. As you become more
proficient, Bryce allows you to easily create your own surface materials,
skies, and more, while making the creative process every bit as entertaining as
the final output. Start by building your scene, using basic objects such as
mountains, seas, rocks, balls, and blocks, then assign different textures to
the objects, adjust the sky, place lights within the scene, and render. You can
even use the animation controls to create breathtaking movies. Simply edit
these shapes to create exactly what you want. Bryce 4 now includes multiple
import and export formats, a new sky lab, and instantly turns free USGS data
into 3-D models. Also shipping with Bryce 4 is an extra disc full of tutorials
and presets for you to use and learn from and will quickly get you started in
creating wonderful 3-D worlds. Import Index (3D): 3D Studio (.PRJ)/(.3DS),
AutoCAD (.DXF), Heightfield (.HF), LightWave (.LWO)/(.LWS), Portable Greyscale
Map (.PGM), TrueSpace (.COB)/(.SCN), USGS DEM (.DEM), USGS SDTS (.DDF),
VideoScape (.VSA), VistaPro DEM (.DEM), VRML1 (.WRL), Wavefront (.OBJ), World
Construction Set (!ELEV) Import Index (2D): BMP, JPEG, PICT, Photoshop, Targa,
TIFF Animation Export: Sequential PICT, QuickTime (.MOV), RealMovie (.RM), AVI
(.AVI) Export (Textured Terrain Objects): 3D Studio (.3DS), AutoCad (.DXF),
Heightfield (.HF), Infini-D 4.0 (.ID4), LightWave (.LWO)/(.LWS), MetaStream,
Portable Greyscale Map (.PGM), RayDream Studio (.RDS), RayShade Height Field
Export, trueSpace (.COB), USGS DEM (.DEM), VideoScape (.VSA), VRML1 (.WRL),
Wavefront (.OBJ) Export (2D): BMP, HTML, Photoshop, PICT, TIFF
3D Map example from USGS data with Bryce.Click for larger
Both Mac and Windows are on the same CD.
|Poser by MetaCreations
character animation software. More options for shading models. Facial structure
and final appearance can be completely customized. More than 60 fully textured
Amazon.com Poser is an
easy-to-use animation tool, with dozens and dozens of prebuilt models of men,
woman, children, animals, props, and assorted clothes and objects. Unlike many
3-D animation programs, though, Poser doesn't require massive amounts of memory
or a warp-speed processor. It runs well on machines with modest amounts of RAM
and 200 MHz processors, although it does consume quite a bit of disk space
(about 600 MB on a Mac and about 350 MB on a PC). Poser can output to a variety
of common formats, such as QuickTime on a Mac or AVI on a Windows PC, and it
can import models in DXF and OBJ formats. It's possible to build models in
other programs and import them. Poser's strongest feature is the natural media
render engine. MetaCreations has built on its experience from the wonderful
program Painter and brought that handmade look into Poser. The number of
variables one can tweak is impressive: sketch style, line density, line width,
paper texture, etc. Poser is a great tool for getting into computer-animation
rendering of 3-D humans. --Mike Caputo"
Mac and Windows
versions on same CD.
StrataVision 3D Pro
Description: Strata 3D is a high end yet easy-to-use 3-D creation package that enables you
to quickly create 3D renderings and animations. Drench your imagery with realism. New export features allow you to
port stunning content to the Web for e-commerce solutions. Within minutes,
create 3-D models, apply sophisticated textures, and add dramatic lighting to
render stunning 3-D effects. $440
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And for the BIG BOYS...
Universe by Electric Image
Macintosh 9+ platform
Lightwave 3D is a powerful animation-production package for
professionals. It is built upon the fast, accurate 3-D Inverse Kinematics (IK)
engine. With radiosity, caustics, subdivision surface animation, Skelegons,
thousands of enhancements, and an unsurpassed workflow, LightWave is everything
you need in an animation system. With LightWave you own a robust tool set for
manipulating these revolutionary surfaces, including interactive modifiers that
allow you to model in multiple "soft" modes. LightWave also allows you to
sculpt "digital clay" by directly manipulating it at the vertex level,
controlling groups of points or polygons with an extreme list of operators.
Real-time subdivision surfaces, extensive texturing tools, character animation
tools, HyperVoxels, and ray tracing are all incorporated into an extremely
powerful animation system.$2,655
This software package is intended for use with hardware
systems costing three to twenty times the software price. As with most
software costing in this range, between $1,500 to $3,000 or more, there is a
dongle key which must be used whenever the application is used. There are
skads and skads of dialog boxes full of options. Each option may lead to
further dialog boxes with more options. This software is for professionals.
You would not have a clue as to what the terms mean if you were to start
with this software to try to learn 3D rendering and animation. There is
an associated meta language with its own vernacular. Formal instruction
classes would be the best bet. Could you get really proficient with it
quickly? Not in a week. Not even in a month. But once you were able to
master it you could really make professional work. It will of course do
things which other applications can not do. And you can visualize your
scenes while setting them up much more easily. Motions and path motions
are as automated and intuitive as drawing a line. Here are some screen shots:
Modeller with head mesh, nothing selected.
Click images to enlarge.
Modeller with mesh and vertices
selected for modification and sculpting.
a head in scene with options
Rendered of object.
We asked our neighborhood 3D Guru what three
apps He first thought of or maybe even would recommend if He were us and had up
to $3,000 to spend on a professional application package irrespective of
operating platform. He rolled His eyes with an air of annoyance. We bowed
apologetically and assumed the air of fawningly servile sycophants. We had our
pencils ready and our tape recorder running. But the microphone wasn't working.
It was making a loud noise so three of us had to try to fix it. Two of us
gripped the plug with a pair pliers while two of us pulled on the microphone
cord. That didn't work so we had to try to turn it off. Two of us held the
off-button tightly with a set of pliers while the two of us pulled the tape
machine away from the pliers. For some reason, he rolled his eyes upwards
again. He pulled the electrical cord out of the wall. All by Himself. With only
one hand. Wow. What a dude, man.
He ran so fast through a litany of things
which we didn't quite get.
He did say broadcast quality was important only
3D. He impressed us that He was an instructor of commercial 3D animation at two
universities. We bowed obsequiously once again and assured Him that we were
duly impressed and begged Him to tell us what He had taught this week. We got
two names, Maya and Electric Image, so we jotted them down and
nodded, feigning intimate knowledge, hoping he would show us on the computer
how the magic was done.
He flatly stated the names of the three apps and
with an effeminite caesar-like wave of His hand He turned around and left,
pushing the door closed behind Himself.. Our interview was finished. Because
none of us could figure out how to get a good grip on the door to turn it
clockwise. Heck we couldn't even figure out how to get a good grip on the
doorknob with the pliers.
It looks good
too. Price is $100-300.
Caligari has TrueSpace with Shockwave3D
output and other web output capabilities.
Caligary says, "trueSpace is used
widely by 3D artists and animators and has gained industry recognition for
advanced capabilities such as hybrid radiosity rendering and direct
manipulation user interface. Now with trueSpace5, we are adding features to
satisfy two new markets: Design market and 3D Web content creation."
Pricing is complex: First time buyers
Competitive upgrades from: Qualified packages: Maya, Softimage,
Lightwave, 3DS Max, Electricimage, Strata, Raydream, Infini-D, Carrera -
inquire for others $1295.
Mac and Windows versions are on separate
Company says, "With
Inspire 3D, you can model, animate and render 3D elements in any style and
complexity. By adding texture, motion, lighting effects and more, your print
materials will almost pop off the page. Use the images you create as single
frame print graphics or as lower resolution animation files for multimedia or
Inspire is a NewTek product from the company which also
produces LightWave. Special deals appear to be available on some of their
products direct from the website. Website has alive forums and tuts.
Inspire 3D comes with a tutorial CD made by 3D
Interactive. This is the official web page of 3D Interactive and includes free
3D models, more tutorials, and more.
Joy Computer animation student Scott Tygett's casual tutorials for Inspire 3D,
the student's Lightwave 3D, are thumbnailed and include a "tipathon."inspirejoy.50megs.com/
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COMING SOON TO GEO-METRICKS - NEW SPEC, LOW POLYGON 3D
MODELS 3D Studio Max realtime, low polygon models coming soon. Soft skinned
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CURRENT PRODUCTS - LOW POLYGON 3D CLIP ART COLLECTIONS: 1. Humans Pack 2 - 12
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futuristic street people 5. 101 Interiors - Modern furniture - 20 different
styles 6. 101 Space - (Super Prims) spaceships, structures,
spacestations, satellites etc. 7. 101 Historical Structures - (Super
Prims) castles, temples, ruins etc. 8. 101 Trees - Spring, Summer,
Autumn, Winter - 2D Tree collection. www.geo-metricks.com.
For the nuts and bolts types there is a free ray tracer
called POV-Ray at:
Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for
creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official
versions for Windows 95/98/NT, DOS, the Macintosh, i86 Linux, SunOS, and Amiga.
The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports. For an
example of the top-quality output that POV is capable of, check out IRTC,
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