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 From:  BurrMan
3652.21 In reply to 3652.20 
A guy in another forum asked if Carrara could do good work. ANother user responded with this video. I thought it was pretty good...

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 From:  -ash-
3652.22 In reply to 3652.21 
Carrara has a very capable renderer. If you get hold of it I highly recommend checking out the Digital Carver's Guild plugins, very reasonable price and really make a difference:

http://www.digitalcarversguild.com/

An awful lot can be done without texture maps too. All the below examples use procedural shaders for pretty much everything (exceptions are the moon and the leaves in the canyon).







Regards
Tony

(aka HamSoles)


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 From:  unclecharlie
3652.23 
I know you've said you don't like Blender but you should put the time in to learn the interface. It is very powerful once you learn the hot-keys.

This is almost ancient history but this video is a good introduction to moving from Moi to Blender to Luxrender:

http://www.vimeo.com/4810249 He is moving too fast but you can see that it doesn't take that many steps to get to a workable render.

The biggest problem with that video now is that Blender has moved to 2.5 beta and the interface has changed. It is easier to learn now but that doesn't mean much to someone new.

Meanwhile Luxrender is starting to look amazing. It has been a very powerful renderer for a while but they are getting close to workable gpu rendering which is an order of magnitude faster than cpu rendering. Check out the real-time rendering in this video:

http://www.vimeo.com/14290797

Also look at this guy's animations using Blender, a physics engine and Luxrender -- http://www.youtube.com/user/Phymec

Crazy.

UncleC
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 From:  eddi
3652.24 In reply to 3652.23 
hi people
here a very interesting project from Japan "vidro - global illumination renderer"
console based with gui
http://www.vidro-project.com/
ps. use google for the translation

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and other with cpu+gpu, very experimental, but fast
http://www.bee-www.com/parthenon/
requires *.mbo files, converted in Metasequoia 3d
-EDDI
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
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 From:  TwinSnakes
3652.26 
Okay, I stumbled across this one on the Blender forums. Mitsuba. Supports Collada and OBJ. Documentation is a little sketchy, but the OpenGL realtime preview/scene navigation is pricelss.
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 From:  3DKiwi
3652.27 
Personally if I was looking for a free renderer I would use something like Carrara that's been given away on various CG Magazine cover discs. You then get an easy to use 3D program to apply materials and a reasonable GI renderer.

3DKiwi
Homepages: 3dkiwi.co.nz & C4D Cafe
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