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Ade
11-24-2003, 08:22 AM
Im wondering what are the best plugins for LW commerically avaiable.

Interested in:

Compositing
Lighting
Renderers
Dynamic effects

Dodgy
11-24-2003, 08:29 AM
Sasquatch is a plugin I'd spend some cash on if I had it :)


As for dynamics, upgrade to LW8, coming soon, has fully integrated dynamics :)

Worley's G2 is supposed to be very good for rendering and light stuff, very nice previews etc...

Ade
11-24-2003, 08:35 AM
So G2 is an actual renderer not just a display engine?
Im looking for a renderer and lighting system that goes beyond layouts.
Something that can display caustics or radiosity befire rendered.
I wish there was more info about LW8 features.


Is lightscape still around or finished?

Dodgy
11-24-2003, 09:18 AM
http://www.worley.com/G2/g2_main.html#startit

It adds a whole host of fuctionality to the Lw renderer, but it's a bit expensive for me :)

Also I recommend the IFW2 set of textures, which have a great number of special effect shaders, not just procedural textures and they're very cheap at the mo...

www.happy-digital.com does edge fx and instance, both of which are very handy. Edgefx bevels sharp edges at render time, saving you having to model them, but is also useful for adding dirt, paint rub off and other edge effects to your objects. There's a free plugin for just doing the edgebevels, but edge fx does so much more. Both are quite cheap for what they do :)

Can you tell I like to save money :)

Ade
11-24-2003, 09:20 AM
I should mention im mac based.

phrick
11-25-2003, 10:10 AM
XDOF 2.0 is a killer plug-in! You definately want this one.
It renders fast, has a great preview and works as expected in 99% of all cases.

http://www.evasion3d.com/

Buy it!

hrgiger
11-25-2003, 03:05 PM
Well, if you're looking for some dynamics, I would look into realflow.( www.nextlimit.com ) Great fluid dynamics! If I had the money right now, that's what I'd be getting. Right now, I"m just trying to scrape enough together for LW8.

I have the full version of sasquatch and I love it. You'd be amazed at how much better it is then it's stripped down brother saslite.

WizCraker
11-25-2003, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by hrgiger
Right now, I"m just trying to scrape enough together for LW8.


Thats what Mr. CC is for. :)