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3D Rendering

Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 12:47am

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Can anyone suggest a good 3d rendering program, i looked at 3D Studios MAX 7 which i saw 3D Studios MAX 5 was used in a few videos here but $4,000 is way out of my price range. i looked at Maxxons 3d program and was wondering what some other good programs are for $700 or under
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 12:54am

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I think most people here will tell you that Cinema4D is the best peogram you can get cheaply. Other than that you can get Wings3D or Blender for free (Wings has no animation or rendering capabilities.)
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 3:05am

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If you want, you could get a student version of any of the programs(providing you are a student) all(I think) for under $700
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 3:09am

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softimagexsi advanced 4.2 can be had for 295$ student price and it even includes a great crowd software similiar to massive that was used to create crowds in lotr.
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 9:52am

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If you're reaaaaally wanting to go cheap, Bryce 3d is about 50-70 bucks. I think...
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 12:47pm

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Truespace & Animation Master ($299 at their website) are also very cheap but I think the best ones around the Cinema 4d one (which renders very fast for me) & 3ds max. If you have more than one pc 3ds max allows you to share rendering over a network so it's faster
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 7:12pm

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Blender is really good and it gets updated all the time, it just takes a while to learn.
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 7:15pm

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Yeah, I have Cinema 4d, and it has some really awesome features.
I am finally taking the plunge to learn Blender, since it is free and the fur and fiber generator looks awesome. if it could do cloth physics, I'd be even more impressed.
Posted: Thu, 30th Dec 2004, 8:41pm

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I agree with that Sniped, I've also got blender, but my only problem is that I am finding hard to use and I am seriously thinking that i am going to stop using it, but I dont want to because the images that i have seen that have been made with blender are really good, sometimes I think that it is a real picture. I also have Cinema 4D CE+6, which I know the basics, but I would have to say that I think the rendering quality is as realistic as some of the blender pictures I've seen, but then again it is all down to textures and lighting for the best realism.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:19am

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Iv tried blender before, even with the tutorials i was lost. I think i might go for Cinema 4d
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:25am

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if we are talking in terms of full prices yes cinema4d is the better choice but in terms of student discount you can get softimage xsi for only 295! thats even less than the newest c4d release and its a 10times more powerful program than c4d
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:28am

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how would i go about getting the student discount?
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:42am

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You can find these prices at places like http://www.academicsuperstore.com/ and http://www.journeyed.com/home.asp
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:45am

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if your in highschool or college you can get one you just need to send the company a photocopy of your student id and your good to go

heres the link to the academic version of softimage xsi 4.2 advanced
http://store.softimage.com/store/Products/Details/default.asp?fam=false&ITEMID=208&lang=en

its the exact same thing as softimage xsi advanced that costs
$6,995

so id say 295>6995 is a damn good deal,

there are some limitations tho student software cant be used in a commercial environment(well it can but just dont get noticed by softimage)

The student version also includes behavior a aesome crowd simulation software and by crowd i mean lotr style crowds not puny little max character studio things.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:52am

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I see 3DS Max for $138 but it says 1 year license, does that mean after a year i would have to buy it again?

EDIT: oh and by chance are there demos availible
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 3:59am

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yea 1 year means every year you gotta buy again
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 4:01am

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heres te softimage demo
http://www.softimage.com/products/Mod/v4/
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 4:03am

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thanks, happen to also know of a demo of Cinema 4d or 3ds max?
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 5:16am

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http://www4.discreet.com/3dsmax/#

go to 3ds max trial on the left hand menu

http://www.maxon.net/index_e.html

go to demo version near the bottom of this page

Now usually i woulda said become unlazy and use google but im in a good mood tonight biggrin
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 6:46am

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You know that these are actual businesses with real people? they even have phone numbers you can call in case you have something called a question, and chances are, they'll answer it better than any of us. I wouldn't trust a couple hundred bucks to our answers, and I'd call the places myself.

Unless you're really just doing this for shits and giggles.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 8:23am

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I would get an academic version but the problem is, is that I do video editing and production as my job. With academic versions you can't use them for creating things where you'd get money for it.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 10:24am

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It takes time to learn, so when you have learned the academic version (might take som years) then you could buy the comerical version.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 2:42pm

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Sidewinder's right. It's all very well asking about good renderers but asking for specific info about pricing & demos can be answered better (& quicker) by looking at official websites/google.
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2004, 4:13pm

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ok thanks guys
Posted: Sat, 1st Jan 2005, 5:22pm

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ever heard of academci superstore? You can by all kinds of software cheaply if you go to school k-12 or college. They sell the complete version of Maya Unlimited 6 for $370! Yes it is rather unbelievable but it is true. Just go to their website academicsupestore.com


note: You cannot use the academically priced versions of the software for profit, but I doubt most of us are actually wanting to get a profit off of our movies.