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Best 3D Software?

Best 3D Software?

(OP)
Okay, I need opinions.  My boss is ready to spend some money on all kinds of software, so I need to know what 3D software is going to be the best value for the money.  I'm leaning toward Carrara because I've done several good magazine covers, etc., with Ray Dream 3D (not Studio but 3D, the cheaper version.)  I want something that will do beautiful 3D renderings but not animation, just stills for covers and article graphics, etc.  Is there a program out there that a) doesn't require a bunch of plug-ins before it's a really good product, b) doesn't cost more than $400-500, and c) won't be too alien to me?

RE: Best 3D Software?

(OP)
Forgot to tell you.  I'm on a PC running Win98.

RE: Best 3D Software?

You might want to consider the forthcoming Cinema 4D Art by Maxon (www.maxoncomputer.com). As I understand it, Art will be an animation-less version of their flagship 3d product.

RE: Best 3D Software?

(OP)
I checked it out - still pretty expensive, but I might download the demo and see how it compares.  Any more suggestions?

RE: Best 3D Software?

Animation Master has a lot of features for a small price.  I haven't
used it, but it gets rave reviews.  It even includes a NURBS modeler.

RE: Best 3D Software?

well  if you don't require animation then I suppose the best value software that is easy to use with a good renderer is Z brush available at www.pixologic.com

RE: Best 3D Software?

Here is a guy who has done lots of illustrations for magazine covers: Chris Stocker, works for Future Publishing, maker of many magazines such as 3D Worlds mag, Computer Arts, PC Format, Mac Format, ...
His website:  http://www.chris-stocker.co.uk
He uses mainly Amapi and Cinema 4D.

Amapi is $399 in the US. Don't know about Cinema, I think they have an entry level (Cinema 4D GO) version which is around $199. Amapi exports to Cinema in polygonal form, and also has many other formats including Wavefront OBJ in which it can export Nurbs and pass them to Cinema. Personally I prefer polygonal and there's great subdivision controls for organic modeling. See http://www.staigerland.com/amapi for my tutorials

Of course, these prices mentioned don't paint the whole picture. You'll want to compare lab license discounts, and ease of learning, as well as cost of training material if any.

-Felipe

RE: Best 3D Software?

Ooops, I forgot to mention: of course, Carrara is also a great candidate in this category. And Carrara comes with Amapi 5.15 included on the installation CD.

A reseller (Crazy Ivan Productions) is currently selling Carrara Studio 1.1 at $149  (the latest is Carrara Studio 2) - see http://www.gfx2swf.com/gnome-special ) - some tutorials on Carrara (and some with Amapi as well) are here:  http://www.carrarastudio.com/tutorials  and http://www.eoviamirror.com/movies   and  http://www.staigerland.com/amapi/carrara

Also keep in mind that some vendors will offer educational discounts of 50% or more, and side-grade discounts. If for example you have RayDream or Infini-D, Carrara is available at discount.

-Felipe

RE: Best 3D Software?

well, yo humans, i think that the beast says that the best is the outstanding Cinema 4D's graphics.

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