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 From:  futagoza (STEFAN)
5198.1 
Hi all,

just found this, i think this is a pretty cool offer for hobbyists etc.
to get a Maxwell license really cheap!

http://www.maxwellrender.com/education/learning_edition

Regards
Stefan
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5198.2 
And for Sketchup there is a free version! ;) 800*800
http://www.maxwellrender.com/index.php/maxwell_for_google_sketchup

EDITED: 18 Jun 2012 by PILOU

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 From:  ed (EDDYF)
5198.3 In reply to 5198.1 
I don't see any import specs on their web site - just a list of plug-ins such as Rhino.

Does anyone know if you can simply import an OBJ file?

Update - OK, I downloaded their PDF and it says "Import via Maxwell Studio: .obj, .stl, .lwo, .nff, .xc2, .mxs, .dxf, .3ds, .xml, .fbx, .ply, .dae, .bin, .sd and .dem"

If I read the Student Edition page correctly, the Student Edition includes the Suite package, which includes Maxwell Studio.

Can anyone confirm?

Ed

EDITED: 18 Jun 2012 by EDDYF

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 From:  EdwinKlijn (EDWINTSI)
5198.4 In reply to 5198.3 
Ed,
the student version is the complete suite but you need a proof of education (or whatever it is called).
The LE version is usable by anyone. Again, the full suite MINUS the network rendering and limited to HD render res (which i think is 1920-1080).
For many 'home users' this res is enough as an higher one drastically increases the render time (even more so without network rendering).
As a final touch, God created the Dutch
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 From:  Rich (LOOPCORP)
5198.5 
I use Maxwell a lot, it's a great renderer, I think it's the best out there. It is an odd beast in that Maxwell itself is purely the render engine so if you are only using Moi, you will need to export as something like OBJ and set up your scene with lights, materials etc in Maxwell Studio and that exports to the render engine. I use the plug-in to Cinema 4D which is very well integrated so I never really use Studio.

It gets a bad rap for being slow but to get similar results from any render engine would take a long time, for my workflow it speeds things up a lot compared to Modo or Cinema's renderers. The beauty is that there is no buggering about with endless buttons and sliders to get a decent level of sampling/anti-aliasing etc. Hit render and it will spit out a very grainy render in seconds then keep refining the samples to spit out a more refined render a minute later, and again after another couple of minutes etc etc. I love it for my workflow as I quickly get something acceptable that I can put into Photoshop, After Effects etc and start applying colour corrections or integrating with other elements and leave Maxwell to cook the render further at the same time. After sometimes doing all my post work, I can replace the render with the most refined version and the job's done. You can even stop it, come back months later and let it render further if your deadline forced you to accept something a little grainier than you would have liked. It doesn't mess around asking if you'd like shadows, caustics, depth of field - it's all just on. In fact a common early mistake is that people don't "focus" the render camera and are surprised to get a very blurred image!

The 2 most important rules IMHO:

Build your scene at real scale - a 50mm tall house is going to render oddly, as is a 1000ft long pen. ie: lighting that pen with a 60w light would be akin to lighting a football field with a 60w bulb, you'll just be scratching your head for hours wondering why your renders are so dark.

Never make white materials purely white. Nothing is pure white and a 255 white will reflect all the light that hits it, causing the render to struggle to resolve the scene, which results in excess noise. 225 would be a good start point for a very white sheet of paper.

Cheers
Rich
www.loopcorp.com

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 From:  ed (EDDYF)
5198.6 
Rich - Thanks for the input.

What is the typical render time for an object such as a wrist watch? Will Maxwell take advantage of a 12 core PC?

I currently use KeyShot and love its speed, but I'm becoming aware of its limitations as a biased render engine. Maxwell is unbiased and due to its very realistic lighting and I'd like to give it a try.

Ed
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 From:  Rich (LOOPCORP)
5198.7 In reply to 5198.6 
So much depends on the resolution of your image but I find product shots such as that will render quickly. Not Keyshot quick but beautiful quality! Maxwell does have Fire which is a fast interactive renderer to help you in setup before committing to your final render. The thing I love in Maxwell is that it's the only renderer I have which often surprises me with it's beauty, others only ever perform as expected or disappoint!

A good speed tip is to use HDRI for illumination, Maxwell handles them very well. You'll be well used to HDRI in Keyshot but in most 3d packages HDRI needs supplementing with actual lights for focused shadows. There are excellent examples of Maxwell scenes lit by a black HDRI with one bright pixel which render with pin sharp shadows. See section 1.5 here:

http://www.maxwellrender.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=32630

Cheers
Rich
www.loopcorp.com

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