View Full Version : Complete Tutorials?

12-10-2006, 05:16 AM
any one knows were i can find complete tutorials for a beginner?

12-10-2006, 05:26 AM
Could do worse than trawl through here.

12-10-2006, 05:39 AM
i forgott ... i want video tutorials!!

12-10-2006, 05:55 AM
There are the ones available from NewTek here:

There are many others out there too.

Quick googles search "Lighwave 3d video tutorials"

Hope that helps.

12-10-2006, 06:05 AM
And of course, Dan Ablan's site:

Lightwave video tutorials, as well as some for Modo, in the downloads section. :)

12-10-2006, 10:56 AM
I think what's frustrating for beginners (like me) is almost all the tutorials are for version 7.x or 8.x. So you try to work one of those and when something doesn't go right, you are put in a situation where you aren't sure if it's caused by a change in version 9 or simply something you are doing wrong.

I was surprised there were so few written tutorials for version 9 on the Newtek site.

Dan's book will be a great help when it gets published.

12-10-2006, 01:43 PM
Yeah, I'd agree - it can be aggravating, but the basic concepts are the same.
One of the many cool things about Dan though, is that you can email him with questions and actually get a reply, or join up at LWG ( http://www.lwg3d.org/v3/index.htm ) and post there and get answers to tut problems from either him or someone else familiar with it.
Can't really say the same for alot of other people/places.

I'm also looking forward to Inside LightWave 9 when it comes out. I think I read at Amazon that if you pre-order, it'll be delivered before Christmas, but I'm not counting on that.
I'm kinda hoping that 2/3rds of it deals with the Nodes. ;)

12-10-2006, 05:21 PM
I would also check out
Theres also a link to free videos in my signature.
Theres also free videos to download there as well.

12-10-2006, 06:51 PM
i'll chime in and say that splinegod's tuts are awesome. after the new year, hope to have a few in my collection. but his free ones are awesome. he is very thorough, and even if it's a little confusing the first time you watch it, keep watching it over and over. it'll click eventually. 2 tuts that stand out is the transport space ship and the spline modelling tuts (i see that freakin' lizard head in my sleep i watched it so many times!!! but very valuable). but like everyone said already, do a google search and check out the results. never hurts to check. most give you a small portion to see if the tut is suited to you

Captain Obvious
12-10-2006, 07:30 PM
Dan Ablan is a good teacher. I have both Inside Lightwave 8 and the Official modo Guide, and they're both great.

12-10-2006, 08:18 PM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Hello Linden, I have personally bought products fron both Larry Shultz and Dan Ablan. I own Dans book inside LW 8 and many of Larrys video tutorials. I have been more than pleased with the content and level of professional instruction. I would recommend Dans book Inside Lightwave and his complete beginners series videos. And I would get as many of Larrys Videos as you can afford from Kurv Studios.com Also I really like Kevin Phillips videos also from Kurv Studios. Kevins Viper Project is a very popular tutorial modeling a space craft called the Viper. It is not too diffucult. It is step by step and you will geta good feel for a lot of important modeling tools. Also I liked Gerald Abrahams Video Car Studio tutorial. Also a Kurv.com product. I am not trying to leave out anyones products here you cant go wrong with any of the tutorials from these websites. Go to there website forums and check them out for yourself. The great thing about video tutorials is that you can work at your own pace,as you have time. And you can play it over and over picking up things you may have overlooked. I have worked with so many of these videos I feel like I know some of these guys,but of course I dont. They sure beat a boring class room lecture.And although books are great source of knowledge. I read many.A picture is worth a thousand words.I hope this helps. Personally I would like to see some tutorials on these subjects: making photorealistic scenes, the hows and whys of setting up photo real arch. and interior lights.Also incorporating a cg object or animation with a photo or video. Also more videos about the partical effects portion of lightwave. The hows and whys, What it will do what it wont do. The LW manual leaves a lot to be desired. The manual tells you what the tools are and where the buttons are. But it dosent tell you HOW or WHY to use them. Ive found that the training weather free or paid for and asking alot of questions is the only way I can get the hows and whys.

12-10-2006, 09:40 PM
Thanks for the comments :)
Ive also my own support forums and KURV does too.
This is good for feedback and support from more then one instructor.

12-11-2006, 06:35 AM
If tutorials are for older versions you can set your menus for the older style. Sometimes the location of tools can be frustrating. You should be able to do much the same with 9.

12-11-2006, 06:43 AM
And there are lots of links to tutorials here too:-