View Full Version : LW Video Training Bundles?

02-17-2004, 01:32 PM
I recently purchased LW and would like to speed up the learning curve a little by purchasing some training videos on CD or DVD. Can anyone recommend a good set that might be out there?


Bill C.
Massapequa Park, NY USA

02-17-2004, 05:00 PM
I liked the Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.net/ClassOnDemand/Public/page.aspx?page=catalog.html#lightwave) series.

02-17-2004, 08:44 PM
LW has a steep learning curve. Some people measure it in years. I bought every book I could find and read them twice. These books are like small yellow page phone books -- THICK. Then I got the desktop images videos (red boxes). This is THE way to go. They really help cut the learning time. At $50 to $60 a crack they are pricey but well worth it. Better yet is to look for them used on e-bay.

02-18-2004, 08:55 AM
In addition to Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.net) , there is an excellent series of videos/DVDs available from Desktop Images (http://www.desktopimages.com).

02-18-2004, 03:17 PM
Check Larry's courseware also http://www.splinegod.com/

02-18-2004, 04:25 PM
I agree, check out Larry S., the best part of all with him you get 24/7 support. He knows what is is talking about too!
Dale Campbell

02-19-2004, 12:46 AM
I agree, Desktop Images training tapes are great!

02-19-2004, 10:13 AM
Hi Bill

I have a few training videos. I live a few towns over from you. Send me an email and I will let you know what I have.

It is good to see someone else on Long Island has heard of Lightwave.


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02-20-2004, 09:48 AM
i was just watching the 'particle' dvd yesterday, yes the info is neat altho the dvd looks like some garage production... (Desktop Images)

"as you can see this is a neat way to make a tornado..." :D

02-20-2004, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the responses. Has anyone used the LW training videos that 3Dgarage.com offers? Their free training samples seem pretty good.

Bill C.
Massapequa Park, NY USA

02-20-2004, 05:00 PM
I would recommend the 3d Garage courseware. I'm going through it and it is really building my confidence and program knowledge.

There's a few full reviews over at CGTalk.com. I have one that's building as I go through the course. It's pretty long and comprehensive and about 80% done. You can find it here... http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=119887

I will be doing the same for the advanced courseware as well.

02-20-2004, 06:38 PM
Wow.. that thread of yours is becoming quite a comprehensive review of the 3Dgarage.com training CDs. Very helpful. I've been playing with LW for the past few weeks and am also somewhat beyond the general tour phase and am looking to understand the specific function and effect each tool and value has on an object. But the initial tour CDs will also help others in my department who will be starting from scratch, so I don't mind (and would certainly expect) some initial CDs to deal with general orientation as a complete package.

Thanks for your continued opinion regarding these particular CDs.

02-20-2004, 07:39 PM
Yeah, the signature courseware is kind of slow for the first 5 or 6 discs, but the rest (25 total) are quite good and chock full of great information. I really would suggest them to anyone looking to learn Lightwave.

I just have to encourage anyone following the training to make sure they try to do a better job of modeling, animating and lighting than Dan. He does what he has to in order to show you how to use the tool, but he's not too concerned with creating outstanding works of art. I've really built my confidence my rendering out some pretty cool stuff based on Dan's more basic lessons.

I have to remind myself that the courseware is not there to teach me how to be a 3D artist. Rather it's purpose is to teach how to use the tool.

I expect the advanced courseware to be really great. I just need to finish the signature first!!!