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#1 honeycomb

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 02:41 AM

I want to learn 3D design , but I don't know what software is good, 3Dmax or May,
I like movie Matrix, it have 3D picture.

#2 neonnachtschwarz

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 08:29 AM

I think that depends on what you want to do...(modeling/animating)
I'll just sum up the features of both for you:

3ds max:
+ straightforward, more user-friendly
+ easier to learn
+ your choice for game modeling (easy skinning, convert to game model filetypes, loads of plugins that help you with almost every aspect of modeling/skinning)

Maya:
+ your choice for animation in general (better, more powerful animation editor)
+ your choice for character animation (cloth, hair and fur effects included)
+ in my opinion overall more powerful as far as character modeling and animation is concerned

Now if you are completely new to 3D Design in general, i would recommend you start with 3ds max for now, since it is easier to learn and handle and afaik also cheaper.

have fun!

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 09:46 PM

It goes back and forth all the time for which software is the choice package for game development. It was Max for a few years, now Maya is back in vogue. But it sounds like you're interested in making movies? I would probably go with Maya.

#4 Bierhelm

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Posted 15 September 2004 - 05:44 PM

I would use 3ds max, but Cinema 4D is good, too

http:\\www.scifi3d.com

here you can find some 3D Models from

Star Wars,
Babylon,
Star Trek,
etc....

#5 NappingCancer

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 07:00 PM

for starters, macromedia flash mx is a very nice program to use. the trial software is available here. http://www.macromedi...software/flash/
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Posted 30 September 2004 - 01:48 AM

if you want to make just human models for the most part and import it into any 3d modeling program, i'd go with Poser 5, its stunningly realistic (for graphics that is) and its very very flexible

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 06:21 PM

Yes 3d modeling is awesome for beginner i would suggest Bryce 5 since it has the easiest interface http://www.daz3d.com/

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Posted 04 October 2004 - 05:22 AM

if you want to learn 3d with ease and speed, try 3ds max and theres a lot of tuts out there :)

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 05:01 AM

I want to learn 3D design , but I don't know what software is good, 3Dmax or May,
I like movie Matrix, it have 3D picture.

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It depends on choice of the Modeller
there may be Lightwave 3D which can be a better option
Lightwave3D is easier in all respects and ofcourse enough to get what you want.
I use lightwave3D [even when its hard to plug a character in VC++ modelled in Lightwave3D :) ]
adios

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 05:03 AM

I want to learn 3D design , but I don't know what software is good, 3Dmax or May,
I like movie Matrix, it have 3D picture.

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It depends on choice of the Modeller
there may be Lightwave 3D which can be a better option
Lightwave3D is easier in all respects and ofcourse enough to get what you want.
I use lightwave3D [even when its hard to plug a character in VC++ modelled in Lightwave3D :) ]
adios

#11 ThinkEr

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 03:58 PM

3d Flash animator.

this is also a very good tool for making quick 3d animations.
try this one also.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 11:15 PM

Cinema 4D. I based my banner of this new forum of mine (http://forum.rol.uni.cc/) off a Cinema 4D abstract model...and people seem to like it ^_^

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 12:40 AM

If u want a free version of 3Dsmax try Gmax .
It's made bascily for game development , you cant render and u can only export to certain extensions

but still it's a great way to see how max works .... FREE :P

http://www.discreet.com

btw I only replied to kinda look kind .... but if u were somewhere else i would flamed the hell outta ya :P

no offence

#14 rmdort

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:58 AM

there are actually tons of 3d softwares available.. Some of them are

3D max
Maya
Swift 3D
Vectra 3d

Personally i prefer 3d max. coz u can easily create 3d animation in a matter of sec although it takes time. But 3d max is not that good at creating 3d objects as a whole Instead wat i do is i create 3d object using AUTOCAD and then render it in 3d max.

Maya is good at creating 3d objects and animation as well. But it takes high system load.

Swift 3d is good as well but options are limited.

Vectra is the same as swift 3d limited options

#15 hajime

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 03:36 PM

An easy to learn 3D package must be 3D Studio Max. It may have lacked features in the past but with its recent release of version 7, there are a lot of exciting things going on.

Besides, 3D Studio Max has all the necessary tools for animation which I like:
chracter studio/it's built in bones system.
it has now built in mental ray renderer which creates those oh-so-cool advanced lighting effects.

What is lackes though is the fur/hair that Maya features. Neways, personally I think Max is so much user friendly than Maya.



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