Extraordinary Visions : Lightwave rolls out new features and enhancements

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's favorite Wall Calendars are FREE The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today LightWave 11.5, the newest version of its award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering software for artists and designers, is now available for purchase at www.lightwave3d.com. A no-charge upgrade to LightWave 11.5 is available to all registered LightWave 11 customers via the LightWave 3D website.

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The Genoma character rigging system in LightWave 11.5 is a modular instant-rigging system that can be used to quickly rig a simple biped or quadruped for animation in Modeler without the need for specialized rigging tools.

LightWave 11.5 includes new features and functionality that enhance creativity and streamline productivity for everyone—from individual artists and designers to large animation or visual effects studios.

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this interior generated completely in LightWave

Some of the many new features in LightWave 11.5 include the Genoma character rigging system with modular presets, predator and prey Flocking capabilities, per-object Instancing control, and soft-body Bullet Dynamics with support for FiberFX. Also included are Interchange Tools supporting Adobe After Effects cameras and Pixologic’s Zbrush, stereoscopic and depth-of-field motion blur in the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), major workflow enhancements, and more.

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The Genoma character rigging system in LightWave 11.5 is a modular instant-rigging system that can be used to quickly rig a simple biped or quadruped for animation in Modeler without the need for specialized rigging tools.

Scott Wheeler, visual effects supervisor at Rogue State and LightWave beta team member said

Quoting  begins Leveraging the rich collection of new tools in LightWave 11.5 allows us to continue to deliver movies on time and on budget . . . No other software gives us the scalability to do small team projects while still being capable of handling major studio effects movies quite like LightWave. It’s a must have in our CG arsenal. Quoting  ends

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The new FiberFX enhancements in LightWave 11.5 allows for bundling around guide chains to create advanced fiber braiding and twisting effects.

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