December 3, 2003 at 6:58 pm #24528
fartyboyslimParticipantDecember 3, 2003 at 8:30 pm #24538
3d studio max. Its the best software in my opiniun, but i sugest u try out maya and max. Maya is a good peice of software, and there is a few free versions out and its used in lots of big projects like final fantasy films etc.
Making 3d models can be a hell of a challenge. I am by no means an experianced modeler and ive been using max for ages. Dont expect to start up ur software and begin creating starwars style battles. Take time modeling and animating and read plenty of tutorials, i sugest:
http://www.3dlinks.com – A very good site for 3d uses, try out some of the tutorials and read some articles on different 3d products.
Hope this helps.December 3, 2003 at 9:04 pm #24544
MarkBParticipantDecember 3, 2003 at 11:37 pm #24565
saw that they were using cgi grafics for certain parts of the film. I wondered how easy it is
even for the pro’s doing such things is not easy.
you can call it a challange.
As beginer in cgi you can only dream to make such visuals, no it’s not easy, even if you know your software very well it’s still a challange.
i self use 3ds max 4.2, there are many tutorials for on the net, i think you might try first the challange to find these tutorials. 😛
One day i found a great one, where you be taken on a lessons tour, it contains 101 lessons, it starts with telling you what actually 3d modeling is, it starts with telling you the power of a ‘box’, but i lost the link to that site, :evil (not joking, it’s true, to lazy to search for again)
But i think you should try first Blender 3D, there are some kind people in this forum who can work well with it.
Good luck!December 4, 2003 at 12:02 am #24568
MathewParticipantDecember 4, 2003 at 12:09 am #24569
the other day i was watching the pecial features on T3(Terminator 3) I saw that they were using cgi grafics for certain parts of the film. I wondered how easy it is and what is some good software to use for it.
As T mentioned above, as a begginer, you might start with Blender 3D first. I am going to make a begginers tutorial soon, it might help you then.
Of course Blender is not so powerful as 3D Studio Max, but it is a neat program.
-AntiggoDecember 4, 2003 at 1:27 am #24575
The program doesn’t mean anything. I can give Maya or Softimage to a yocal, that doesn’t mean he’ll be able to pump out art. Granted, there are more features in something like 3DSMax than Blender, but since I doubt you will ever use raytracing (which you never need to) or advanced particle effects, Blender can produce the same quality work.
Anyway, if you want to go professional, don’t want to spend a lot of money, and want to get your software legally, then I would suggest http://www.dvgarage.com and its 3D Toolkit. But before ever spending any cash, download all the demos you can find and decide which program you are most comfortable with.
CometgreenDecember 4, 2003 at 1:31 am #24576
I don’t know how to do any CGI, but i tried out blender a couple times, and its quite tricky, with tons of icons everywhere, quite confusing. You do want to read the tutorials first. If you don’t want to spend a penny on CGi programs, use Blender to start off with. If you want something perfessional, get 3D Max or Maya, which is about 400 bucks (is it?).
Making CGI effects is never easy. Takes years to perfect ’em.December 4, 2003 at 2:32 am #24583
Actually, I believe you will find the prices of those programs to be a little higher…
You could, of course, find an older version on Ebay for quite a bit cheaper though.
That being said, I have been playing around with Blender lately and have found it an excellent place to start as previously stated. I would definitely suggest giving it a try. And as Comet said, download as many demos as possible to find out what works best for you.
-AlexDecember 4, 2003 at 12:44 pm #24605
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