Lovely Doraemon and Shin-Chan

This article is dedicated to those parents whose kids are diehard fans of Doremone cartoon on Hungama channel in India. I am also amongst them, so I try to collect all information about Doremone and Shin Chan cartoons.
Doremone is basically Japanese cartoon series. So first discuss about Japanese cartoon/animation culture. In Japan, there are two kinds of animation style i.e. Anime & Manga

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Anime:
It is reference to those animation styles which originated in Japan.  It includes hand-drawn or computer-generated characters and backgrounds which is visually and thematically different than other forms of animation. Anime is aimed at a broad range of audiences. In simple term, Anime are similar as real characters and not like disproportionate cartoon characters. e.g.  Anime human character has proportionate head, leg, arms etc.

 

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It refers to ‘Comics’ or ‘Whimsical image’ in Japanese. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints & paintings) and Western style of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. Manga usually published in black and white. In simple words Manga characters are more like cartoons characters i.e. exaggerated physical features such as large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs etc.

Now let’s talk about Doraemon cartoons, a big hit animation series on Hungama channel in India.
Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio (Pen name Hiroshi Fujimoto) and Fujiko A. Fujio (pen name Moto Abiko) which later became an anime series. This series is about robotic cat named Doremon, who time travel from 22nd century to help a schoolboy Nobita Nobi.
Doraemon was first appeared in December 1969 in six different magazines. Total 1, 344 stories were created in the original series. The best thing about Doraemon is about its moral lesson to children’s which are very effective in delivery.  In India, Doraemon  series comes on Hungama channel and this Hindi dub language series is superb. I have found the language quality and selection of words in Hindi dubbed version really fantastic still simple. Due to this kids are learning/grasping language very fast and clearly.

Awards receive by Doraemon:
1. Japan Cartoonist Association Award (1973)
2. Shogakukan Manga Award for Children’s manga (1982)
3. Osmau Tezuka Culture Award (1997)
4. Nations first ‘Anime Ambassador’ (2008), by Japan’s Foreign Ministry

More details about Doraemon:
doraemonWord ‘Doraemon’ means ‘stray cat’ in Japanese.
Doraemon is sent back in time by Nobita Nobi’s great great grandson Sewashi to improve Nobita’s circumstances so that his descendants may enjoy a better future.  In animation series, Nobita shows as a lazy and irresponsible schoolboy, who is weak physically and academically, this nature led subsequent failure in his life and career, and put his future family line beset with financial problems. To change Nobi family fortune, Sewashi sent a robot called Doraemon.
Doraemon has a magical pocket from which he can bring many gadgets etc. which solves Nobita’s problems. This pocket is called Yojigen-pocket.
Doraemon is afraid of mouse because his ears are eaten up by rats, although he can hear perfectly.
Nobita is in fourth grade, and his friends include Shizuka, Jaian, Suneo, Dekisugi, Nobita’s parents, his school teacher, Doraemon’s sister, Dorami etc. Every character has its own mannerism, which is very lovely and attractive. Main thing in whole animation is the moral lessons with simple storyline. Animation shows Japanese culture (not heavily) but still you don’t feel lost; because series talks about story, its characters and funny incidents. That means animation is appealing for international audiences also, which is main selling point of animation in international market.

In late 1980s there were rumors about the series finale.
1. It was supposed that due to battery power ran out, Doraemon become dead.  There are two solution for this problem, battery need to replace but it cause reset and Doraemon lose all memory, or wait for the competent robotic technique (technician). Nobita will hurt by this incident and start work hard in school, graduate with honors, and become robotics technician. He successfully resurrected Doraemon in the future as a robotic professor, and became successful as an AI (Artificial Intelligent) developer. And this way his future has changed and he lives happily ever after.
Some more theories were their but they are more pessimistic. When Fujiko Fujio duo broke up in 1987, the idea of an official ending to the series was never discussed. Fujiko F. died in 1996.

Shin-chan
Crayon Shin-chan is a Japanese manga and anime series written by Yoshito Usui. The future of the manga is uncertain due to the death of doraemon_shin_chan_familyYoshito Usui in September 2009. It first appeared in April 13, 1992 on TV Asahi. This series is having lots of influence of Japanese culture and language based humors, due to which it is very difficult to translate humor properly in to other international languages. Its humor is little bit adult, so in Indian scenario it had created big controversies when it was first appeared on Hungama TV in 2005. Due to lots of controversies about his style and language, the show stopped airing. Later, by popular demand, the show was editied and began airing again. Content is edited according to the Indian children’s.  Shin-chan series having different characters, such as Shin-chan mom, dad and his sister Hemawari, his teacher etc.

 
References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Anime_and_Manga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doremon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Chan

Images used are from Google search.

 

Project Management Class

As I had learned about the Project Management, here is a short note on Project Management theory and its classes. This article is purely for my revision purpose, so readers may feel it like incomplete article, my apologies for that.

Project Management:
Projects are defined as complex efforts, made up of interrelated tasks, to be completed within a limited time frame and budget, with a well-defined set of objectives.
Project Management is define as the process of managing and directing the efforts and resourse (time, materials, personnel, finance) through the project life cycle to complete a particular project in an orderly and economic manner; and to achieve the project objectives to the satisfaction of the project’s major stakeholders.

A successful Project Manager must simultaneously manage the four basic elements of Project
  >> Resources
 >> Time
 >> Cost
 >> Scope

Project Life Cycle:

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Class:

1. Project Management Overview: Projectisation & Scope
2. Project Life Cycle feasibility analysis & a case study experience
3. Network based Project Planning & Scheduling
4. Resource Allocation & scheduling
5. Project risk assessment & management
6. Project Procurement, Material & SCM(Software configuration Management)
7. Project Evaluation & Finance related issues
8. Project Contracts, Arbitration & Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
9. Project Total Quality Management
10. Introduction to MS Project
11. Introduction to Primavera
12. Theory of Constraints & Project management Experience
13. Project Human Resource Management
14. Case Studies

Learnings:

1. Describe the special characteristics of project, and their implications
2. Describe the major project management functions and the skills required
3. Major project management techniques
4. With case studies, realistic expectation of how to learn to become effective project manager
5. Understand the role of good project planning, and basic planning framework
6. Understanding the common mistakes made in project planning
7. Understanding and differentiate the CPM  (Critical Path Method) and PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) technique in scheduling, their development, applications and limitations
8. Prepare a schedule for project activities, with or without resources constraints, possibly using Excel and MS Project software or Primavera
9. Use CPM method to analyze the time and cost trade-off
10. Address some scheduling problems facing task duration uncertainty
11. Define the elements and roles of project control during the implementation phase
12. Describe the frameworks for project control
13. Monitor project progress
14. Use the earned value method to manage project’s cost and schedule

Aptech aquires MAAC

Aptech Ltd. on 28 Jan 2010,  announced its acquisition of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC). The acquisition is through the takeover of 100% equity shares of Maya Entertainment Ltd.(MEL) , the parent company of MAAC.  MAAC, one of the largest players in the Animation & Multimedia education industry, is a premium brand with over 70 centres spread throughout India. Aptech has his brand, Arena Animation, the leader in the field of Animation and Multimedia education in Asia. The deal is valued at Rs. 76 cr . In my view a great move by Mr. Ninad Karpe the CEO & MD of Aptech. This move again reposition Arena Multimedia as number 1 in Multimedia, Animation and also strenthen itself in 3D/VFX education market also.

For more details check link: http://www.animationxpress.com/index.php?file=story&id=25611

Avatar: New era of virtual movie making

avatar_img_01‘Avatar’….yes a movie which is creating history right now. After ‘Lord of the Rings triology’ this is another movie which is responsible for changing the film and entertainment industries perspective, I also want to add game industry into it because game industry will get a huge benefit from technologies which ‘Avatar’ develops.
I watched this movie on first day first show and that too was morning 7.30 AM show. I want to tell that not only technology wise but philosophically also this movie is great. It shows the bonding between nature and its creatures in an emotional way, we don’t skip this aspect of the movie.

My friends were asking me to write something on ‘Avatar’ and its technology, but I need time to search and read articles before writing something. I find out some nice information, so let’s share.

James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is continuing its domination on box office worldwide in its fourth week, film domestic total till now is $429 million. And overseas, ‘Avatar’ grossing are $902 million (Reference: http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11030).  WOW !!! don’t you want to say. It will soon toppling down Cameron’s last box office hit ‘Titanic’, which has done business of $ 1.8 billion.

Before starting to talk on technologies I just want to describe some definitions:
CG = Computer Graphics
CGI = Computer Generated Imagery

CGI is a specific application of CG in that it refers to the use of computer graphics to create synthetic imagery. However, the two terms are sometimes used inter-changeably in the visual effects industry.
In a broad sense, computer-generated is an adjective that describes any element created by a computer– as opposed to shot live on a set or location.

Stereoscopic 3D (S3D): Stereoscopy, or stereoscopic imagery, uses the characteristics of human binocular vision to create the illusion of avatar_img_02depth, making objects appear to be in front of or behind the cinema screen. The technique relies on presenting the right and left eyes with two slightly different images which the brain automatically blends into a single view. Subtle right-left dissimilarities in the images create the perception of depth and can be manipulated to creative advantage. Therein lies the art of stereoscopic filmmaking. (Reference: www.autodesk.com)

Now comes to technologies used in ‘Avatar’. Lightstorm Entertainment, production company of James Cameron’s, developed a new motion picture production process to create the groundbreaking sci-fi epic ‘Avatar’. They combine live action 3D and computer generated, photo-real visual effects to develop a great sci-fi story.

Ubisoft, a game company, also launch ‘Avatar’ in a third-person adventure game form. It can be played with stereoscopic 3D (S3D) display.
Lightstorm Entertainment, pioneered a new method for making visual effects movie with advanced virtual cinematography techniques. They use ‘Autodesk®MotionBuilder®’ and ‘Autodesk®Maya®’ software for this film. Production team captures actor’s performances and apply them directly to computer graphics (CG) characters, while viewing the results in real-time. This movie sets a new standards in stereoscopic 3D(S3D) productions. Lightstorm refined the performance capture techniques and apply them to high resolution Maya character models to create realistic, believable, animation.

This movie starts new era of virtual moviemaking, which gives full freedom to director’s creativity. Hoping that in near future Directors try to replace actors with this CG characters….which doesn’t have any date problem and exorbitant fees….:)

 
References: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?id=14270942&siteID=123112; http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11030; google search

Life Lesson for 2010

I received an interesting email on new year, through my blog I want to share those interesting points with you. You must read at least once, really useful for our life.

Health:

  1. >> Drink plenty of water
  2. >> Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar 
  3. >> Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants 
  4. >> Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy 
  5. >> Make time for prayer 
  6. >> Play more games 
  7. >> Read more books than you did in 2009 
  8. >>  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day 
  9. >>  Sleep for 7 hours 
  10. >> Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you walk, smile

Personality:

  • >> Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 
  • >> Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment 
  • >> Don’t over do ; keep your limits 
  • >> Don’t take yourself so seriously ; no one else does 
  • >> Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip 
  • >> Dream more while you are awake
  • >> Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • >> Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 
  • >> Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others. 
  • >> Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present 
  • >> No one is in charge of your happiness except you 
  • >> Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 
  • >> Smile and laugh more 
  • >> You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Community:

  • >> Call your family often 
  • >> Each day give something good to others 
  • >> Forgive everyone for everything 
  • >> Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
  • >> Try to make at least three people smile each day
  • >> What other people think of you is none of your business 
  • >> Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

  • >> Do the right things
  • >> Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful
  • >> GOD heals everything 
  • >> However good or bad a situation is, it will change
  • >> No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up 
  • >> The best is yet to come 
  • >> When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it 
  • >> Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Swift 3D plug-in: Convert 3D animation to vector

Friends, thanks for your encouraging comments on my articles. Some ask that why I am not updating my blog regularly, one reason for not writing on regular basis is due to less time availability. Due to recession and heavy work pressure I do not have much time to write research articles. I don’t want to write those news items which you easily gets on every website, I try to write article after doing complete research on the subject.
Wait for my next article which will most probably on interactive 3D model. I am doing research on the same, and already made a really cool interactive 3D model. So just wait for my new article.
Here we talk about software (plug-ins) which helps to convert 3D animation into vector animation (i.e. Flash SWF). Isn’t it sound interesting?
Electricrain, a company made a software plug-ins for LightWave 3D and 3ds Max  i.e.  ‘Swift 3D LW’ ; and  ‘Swift 3D MAX’. With the help of these plug-ins, users of 3ds Max and LightWave 3D can render their 3D scenes in high-quality, low bandwidth vector or raster Flash animations.

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These plug-in are powered by industry-leading RAViX 4 vector rendering technology. Swift 3D plug-ins gives superior Flash integration and additional export formats including Adobe Illustrator, EPS, SVG and Toon Boom’s PNT format.
It is simple to use plug-in. You just need to install it (according to the installation manual), and it appears into your software as shown in below Figure.

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You just select your output format i.e. swf, eps, ai etc. in the SWIFT 3D window and render it, you will get the desire output in vector format. WOW…quite easy and very useful. I have use lots of SWF files in my project and it is quite easy to show a 3D model/animation made in LightWave3D in Flash with full control. You just need to import the SWF (3D animation) file into your Flash project and your 3D animation would work perfectly in Flash without consuming much memory. Same thing happens with 3ds Max.

Just download a trial and enjoy it!

For more information please check the link: http://www.erain.com/products/plug-ins/

Reference/Image (First Image) courtesy: http://www.erain.com

3D Arsenal™: Weapon to create your 3D visualization

3darsenal_img_01Are you worried when your client wants hi-ended 3D animation for small section of your animation/video? Don’t you think that it would be great to have some amazing templates of 3D animation effects? A 3D animator knows how painful is to make a effective 3D Logo animation which has to be shown just for a second in an animation, for this he/she needs to develop all 3D background and other models with texturing, animations, effects and rendering. And above scenario is worst nightmare for a video editor who doesn’t know 3D.

Now, here is a tool which comes to rescue you and meets your tough deadlines. So don’t worry here comes a ‘Weapon of mass creation’ ….. 3D Arsenal™, by NewTek.

You can use 3D Arsenal™ with SpeedEDIT, TriCaster, VT. These are the other products by NewTek. But here I am only talking about using 3D Arsenal™ with LightWave 3D® as I am using it for my projects.

This is a kind of plug-in, which you can use with your LightWave 3D® software. You just need to install this plug-in into your system and you will find a 3D Arsenal™ tab in your LightWave 3D®. 3D Arsenal™ is having over 750 pre-built scenes which easily meet the needs of the video editor for the creation of 3D animation. It is a great tool for video editors to add dazzling 3D imagery to a project without the hassle of learning complex 3D software because 3D Arsenal™ does the work for you.

3darsenal_img_02Once you find 3D Arsenal™ tab inside LightWave 3D®, just click that 3D Arsenal™ tab, and select a pre built 3D scene from template. Selected pre built scene loads into your LightWave 3D®. You just need to type text on Logo’s place so yours text become new logo. You can also edit textures, design of anything in the templates according to your needs. This has the facility to add videos into surfaces of 3D models such as backdrops, screen etc. You can place a dancing girl video with alpha channel in between the virtual sets. Take your video shots with blue/green screen and use pre-made customizable 3D environments provided in 3D Arsenal™. Map your video onto plasma screens, dancing TV’s, video walls and more, to give your productions a real primetime look.

3darsenal_img_03After mapping logo or video into pre-built scenes you just need to render your project and you will get final 3D animation output… Isn’t it very easy. Instead of creating each thing in 3D you just need to map the required video/logo etc. into pre built templates.

As a multimedia expert and 3D designer, sometime I didn’t like all of the templates as I want to draw my own scenes through my creativity, but yes 3D Arsenal™ is really helpful for those who don’t know how to operate complex 3D software and want 3D scenes in their projects.

3D Arsenal™ is a product from NewTek company, maker of LightWave 3D®. For more information on 3D Arsenal™ please visit www.newtek.com/3DA/

ZooZoo endorsing Vodafone

zoozoo_img01Opps! I made a mistake. Actually I think previously that this advertisement is made in 3D, just like any other person who saw it. But its not my fault, it has made so nicely that anybody thinks that this ad is made in 3D.

Ok ok, I understand that you want to know which ad? Boss, I am talking about new Vodafone advertisement which is running during IPL (Indian Premium League) cricket matches.

Now talk about the details, actually Vodafone wants to advertise its Value Added Services (VAS) i.e. SMS alerts, cricket alerts, backups service etc. So they approached their advertising agency i.e. O&M Mumbai. Vodafone brief them that they want to send VAS messages through some unique creatures. Now it’s easy for O&M to sketch out the creative plan. And it is not a big task for the agency which has Mr. Piyush Pandey as creative genius. They came out with this egg headed characters, they named it ‘ZooZoo’. These characters speak different language and not Hindi or English.
Prakash Varma an ad filmmaker from Nirvana Films has directed the commercials. Whole ad was shoot out in Cape Town, South Africa were IPL is going on. They also took help from local production house named Platypus.

Technical Aspects:

These new Vodafone characters, which are named as Zoozoos, are not animated characters. They are human beings who were made to wear body suits.

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As these characters are not animated one, so it’s going to be big challenge for them to create this kind of scenario. They use thicker fabrics to cover the actor’s body. Production team divided the outfit into two different parts: body & head. Outfit’s body part was stuffed with foam in some places, while head was attached separately. Inside head a material called Perspex was used to show head big than usual human being.

Cinematically, film was shot like that which create illusion of smaller creatures and backdrops. Nirvana production shot it in a high –speed format to make it more animated kind of illusion. Backdrops were created with spray painted with neutral grey colors, so viewer easily concentrate on the activity and message of the characters. They use girls and kids to the characters role because every character is having very thin legs & arms. It is quiet interesting that agency planned 30 such commercials, according to reports each commercial cost approx. Rs. 1 cr.

So that’s good to see this really new approach to give illusion of 3D computerized production, but on the other way you are doing it with real actors in white suites. But I feel that if they do it with 3D than that save lots of their time and cost, because if you create a single character inside 3D, than you only need to duplicate it. Even backdrops also can be created within an hour.

Oh boss if they would have contacted me na, than I will surely help with my 3D and multimedia knowledge to cut the cost and all other hectic activities. Piyush Pandey sir, next time gives me a chance? :)))

 

 

Image courtesy: http://www.funzug.com

Other details:
Client: Vodafone Essar Mobile Services Limited
Creative Agency: O&M, India
Date of Release: April 2009
Responsible creative people: Piyush Pandey(National Creative Director);
Creative Team: O&M creative team
Production House: Nirvana productions
Director: Prakash Varma
Media Agency: Maxus
Post-production Studio: Platypus Production

 Article references: www.afaqs.com and other internet resourses

Emergence of Director

Know Director? No No not a film director…I am talking about Macromedia Director (now Adobe). Yes, now that old Director which we all thought was dead, is making buzz in eLearning industries. After acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe, much software such as Director, Authorware, Fireworks etc. were not releasing their latest versions.

As a Director addict I thought that due to the power of Flash and emergence of Flex may force Adobe to dump the Director. But Adobe embed new Director version in eLearning bundle. I remember those old days during my learning time when people generally like 3D softwares i.e. 3ds Max & MAYA, but I love Director because that is quite tough to learn or you can say complicated but really good when you want to make 2D animations with cel(illustration on paper) which is bitmap base technique. I also learn Lingo language for Director. In my view Director was very nice tool in those days for interactive multimedia, you can easily make interactive multimedia applications, interactive games and touch screen kiosks. In 2004, Adobe stops it’s further up gradation. We saw newer versions of Flash, and new technologies such as Flex etc. but every one forget Director.

I remember one incident regarding to the Director, when I was with a big Learning Services company, which deals in eLearning, we got a project, which is done completely in Lingo language of Director. Now the problem is that no body knows Director, my company’s MD approached me for that project and even initially I was also hesitant to take that project because I had left Director practice long back, but due to my love towards Director I took that project and successfully completed that before the deadline which was really a great satisfying experience. Another reason for great experience for me is that Director project was completely written in Lingo script, so quite challenging for me to complete this project in very short deadline.

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Adobe launched Adobe® Director® 11 on March 25, 2008. Latest Adobe launced Director 11.5. It is having some new features such as:

1.  Support more than 40 video, audio, and image file format, including SWF
2.  Timesaving user interface
3.  Script Browser
4.  Easy multiversion output
5.  Windows® support (now includes Windows Vista®
6.  Mac support (now includes Intel® processors)
7.  Cross-platform projector publishing
8.  JavaScript support
9.  Adobe product line compatibility
10.  XML parsing
11.  Text rendering engine

There are some bugs also, but Director fans don’t worry at least Adobe®Director® 11 is in the market. Hope we will soon get newer version of Director with fixed bugs and with more interesting and useful features.

LightWave 3D through my view

Love 3D animation, good that means you are also interested into the softwares used to make 3D stuffs. I am sure you heard about many softwares which is used to create 3D like 3ds Max, MAYA, Ligtwave 3D, etc.
Details about other softwares are easily available on Internet with good tutorials, but if we talk about LightWave 3D, we didn’t find good stuffs/tutorials on Internet. In India, LightWave 3D is not very popular and you hardly find people who worked on LightWave 3D. I got chance to work on LightWave 3D during my work assignment, still I am using the same. In starting of my project I had tried to search some good tutorials on LightWave 3D, but not succeeded. I got only Newtek company (makers of LightWave 3D) tutorial section, which was not working during that time. Luckily, I got some video tutorial on Newtek website and also with the copy of my LightWave 3D.

Approach of 3D in LightWave is little bit different as compare to 3ds Max and MAYA etc. Cost wise differences between these three softwares are:

Autodesk 3ds Max 2009: $ 3990 (with Subscription Electronic Download)
Autodesk MAYA Complete 2009: $ 2590(Windows with Subscription Electronic Download)
Autodesk MAYA Unlimited 2009: $ 6490(Windows with Subscription Electronic Download)
LightWave v9 Full with Printed Manuals: $ 995

In LightWave 3D software you will get two different section i.e. Modeler and Layout; one is for modeling and other one for Animation and texturing (advance use).

Let’s discussed about the Modeler first.

Modeler
It meant for modeling and generation of 3D models and characters. 

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This program has different sections such as ‘Create’, ‘Modify’, ‘Multiply’, and ‘Construct’, ‘Detail’, ‘Map’, ‘Setup’, ‘Utilities’ and ‘View’.
Inside theses sections you will find all options of creating a box, ball, toroid, gear etc., which will be useful for creating 3d models. Other useful actions such as Boolean, Bevel, Extrude, Lathe and others are also present.
In Modeler, you can also adds lots of Plugins, some useful plug-in such as ‘3D Arsenal’ (wait for my next article on 3D Arsenal). Inside Modeler, one can create models and apply textures of different kinds. Modeler has Surface preset, which is very useful and easy for texture mapping, you can assign textures with just a click, nice feature.

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 A different approach of Lightwave 3D in comparison with other 3D softwares is layer systems just like Adobe Photoshop.

Create a 3D model, name it and also name its surfaces. After completing your model, you need to go to Layout. For Layout you need to click the button on the right side corner of the screen. On this menu, you will find options such as ‘Switch to Layout’; ‘Synchronize Layout’ and ‘Send Object to Layout’. After a click you will be into Layout….

Layout

Layout is meant for animation and effects purpose only. After coming here you can’t change the model or do alteration; if you want, than you need to go back to Modeler with the help of button on the top right side of the screen.

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In layout mode you will not find layers, the new thing here is camera, lights, animation timeline and animation panel on bottom with other useful tools. Here you can use functionality such as Bones, IK etc. And with the Render tab you can render animation with different option settings available.

Tabs under Layout modes are ‘Items’, ‘Modify’, ‘Setup’, and ‘Utilities’, ‘Render’, ‘View’ and ‘Modeler Tools’. These tools help to provide lights, camera and dynamic objects settings in a scene. IK, Bone management and Pivot point positioning is also possible in Layout mode. Lightwave script and Plug-in support is available in Utilities tab.

Here, in this mode you will find surface editor same as Modeler. So you can change the surface color/texture at any time. Important point in Lightwave 3D as compare to 3ds Max and other tools is that, when you create any object give its surfaces name. This will solve lots of complexity during texturing. And if your surfaces are having names, just select any specific surface and you can change the texture or color for that particular surface.

Finally my view is that Lightwave 3D is cost wise very cheap as compare to other 3D software and also very effective. Important thing, you can get Cloth, Hair and other effects totally free, which is very costly and comes separately in other 3D softwraes.  This is just a small description of Lightwave 3D from my view. For more and specific details about Lightwave 3D please visit Newtek website: http://www.newtek.com