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Carrara Studio?

Carrara Studio?

(OP)
Has anyone used Carrara Studio yet? What do you thing of it?
Thanks for any input.

RE: Carrara Studio?

Horrible. The so-called tutorials and manual is useless. We haven't been able to do anything of any value with this program. A waste of $400.00.

RE: Carrara Studio?

Ravenhawk, what 3D programs have you used in the past?  I'm trying to get my boss to spring for Carrara for two reasons.  I'm used to Ray Dream 3D and it's much cheaper than the other well-known programs.  In fact, since I own RD3D, we can get Carrara for a much reduced rate.

RE: Carrara Studio?

(OP)
I picked it up and I think it is great software. I can only describe it as a great mix of 3DS and Bryce. It has a real steep learning curve, but not as bad as 3DS.
The folks at Eovia have done a great job!

RE: Carrara Studio?

I've recently been using freeware and shareware 3D utilities such as Blender, Moray and POV-Ray.
Before that, I used a bonus program that was distributed with Corel Photopaint V7.0.  That program is called "Dream 3D", (D3D) a modeling and raytracing renderer.  I use these programs for creating 3D Titles and intro effects for video.  Nothing fancy.

It turns out that D3D is the ancient ancestor of Raydream and now Carrara Studio, I downloaded Cararra's trial version.  I had used Metacreations products previously, so was familiar with the idiosyncratic interface. There was enough of D3D's old interface left that I was quite familiar with it and able to get going right away.

I was able to load my old *.d3d-format files right into Carrara with no trouble, even preserving shaders.

Carrara is painfully slow and crashed repeatedly.  Even on my old 400Mhz test system, its performance is pathetic.  I fired up ol' D3D and it literally whizzed though a rendering.  Seems that the successive owners have done nothing but turn the original D3D source into unreliable and lethargic fatware.

I stongly advise absolute beginners to start with lower-cost tools such as Blender Creator (if it ever comes back) or Moray/POVray.  Yes, the learning curve is harder and steeper, but you will learn general 3D concepts that translate easily to other programs should you choose to buy a commercial 3D program later.

I stress that I am an absolute amateur, constantly in learner mode but I had enough experience of D3D to realize that at $400 this program is overpriced unless you qualify for the upgrade.

I will not be investing in it.

Regards,

Wol

Other progs that I use on this same 400MHz Pentium are:

                     Ulead Cool 3D and VideoStudio
                     MGI VideoWave
                     PureMotion Edit Studio
                     Corel Draw, PhotoPaint
                     Adobe Illustrator
                     Arbortext Adeptedit SGML

RE: Carrara Studio?

do any one have a crack for carrara studio 2 demo

RE: Carrara Studio?

i just got cararra 3 and am new to this.  I wish it was more friendly.  I can't figure out where to start.  The manual is not for a beginner, anyone want to buy it 1/2 price?

RE: Carrara Studio?

What problems are you having with it? Do you have any background or experience in animation or digital video?

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