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Ray McDonell
05-16-2007, 10:01 AM
Hello All:
I am an occupational teacher in Fremont, CA. I teach graphics, sound and animation to High School and Adult students on PC computers. I recently convinced my Administration to purchase and install 35 copies of LW9 for my animation class. I also chose Lightwave 3D 8 Revealed as our Text book.

My students have flown through the text and are now busy looking for tutorials and techniques to do whatever they can imagine. This is keeping me challenged to find lessons for them.

I am, at best, a novice to 3D and am interested in keeping my students challenged with good tutorials. I've been delighted with this forum and am now searching for simple accurate tutorials that can help my students learn fundamentals.

If there are any "absolute musts" that I can learn/teach from, including text books, I'd appreciate your suggestions.

Looking forward to your replys...

JamesCurtis
05-16-2007, 10:10 AM
Have you checked out the tutorials on the NewTek tutorials sections? Lot's of good stuff there.

Ray McDonell
05-16-2007, 10:23 AM
Yes I have and you're right!

omeone
05-16-2007, 10:28 AM
Hi Ray, well done, it's refreshing to hear such a story.

I have a complete character modelling course in my signature, it is designed to teach more about the tools and give confidence to beginners (as opposed to yet another method for character modelling). It starts off basic and has an intoductory section covering all the tools used. It is both text and video. It was made a couple of years ago in [8] but there's nothing that isn't still relevant. It is very big, but its free too. Hope it helps.

After that I would suggest getting specific Lighting, Cinematography, Texturing books to keep your students learning pace up and continuous improvements in their finished pieces.

Then, I would just say to set them large-ish project based challenges, cos that's where learning really gets going.

dablan
05-16-2007, 10:41 AM
Hi Ray, be sure to check out our full LightWave v9 Signature course (www.3dgarage.com), updated for 9.2. And, Inside LightWave v9 - which is now shipping from Amazon.com.

Safe Harbor
05-16-2007, 10:44 AM
Here is a list of all the LightWave tutorials we carry (including Dan's fabulous courseware!):

http://www.sharbor.com/scripts/search.cgi?ke=lightwave&ord=mid&mid=&cid=301&pla=&min=&max=&x=23&y=11

Elmar Moelzer
05-16-2007, 11:34 AM
Dont forget this excellent page here:
http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm
Lots of links to other tutorials, pretty good resource if you ask me!
CU
Elmar

SplineGod
05-16-2007, 01:55 PM
I have a complete course covering character modeling, rigging, texturing and animation.
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com/professionalcharacterseries.htm
also check out KURV studios which probably has the largest DVD library of LW material - www.kurvstudios.com
I have literally hundreds of hours of video material. Most show many tricks and techniques not covered elsewhere. :)

Silkrooster
05-16-2007, 05:51 PM
I have a lot of respect for any and all teachers. It took several years after high school before I realized how important education really is. So I commend you in your efforts in teaching about lightwave and 3d in general.
I hope this pdf will help you find what you are looking for.
Silk

WilliamVaughan
05-16-2007, 07:41 PM
I'd love to help! Let me know if I can help in any way. I teach LightWave daily.....if you ever want to chat shoot me an email.

[email protected]

JVitale
05-17-2007, 02:00 AM
Smart Flix


It's Netflix for instructional videos. $9.99 for one week...I've tried them and they are awesome!...here's the LightWave section

http://smartflix.com/store/category/244/Lightwave-3D

mattclary
05-17-2007, 07:49 AM
You should consider Dan's book "Inside LightWave", they are invariably top-notch and filled with hands on, project oriented tutorials.

It's pretty common that you will hear someone around here state that NewTek should include a copy of Dan's book as the documentation for LightWave. ;)

You want a book that is going to give you a lot to DO vs. a book that talks theory and menu structure. Dan's book has almost twice the page count the book you selected does for a similar price. Personally, I find having a hard copy in my hand works a lot better than video or having to read a web page while flipping back to LightWave. But that may just be me.

I would be willing to bet that publishers would send you samples of their books if you are considering them for your course, you might want to consider a different textbook next year.

BeeVee
05-18-2007, 06:44 AM
As a personal plug I manage the LightWiki (http://www.lightwiki.com) site and because it's a wiki anyone can put a new tutorial idea up and someone will write it.

B

Ray McDonell
05-18-2007, 11:29 AM
I spent a couple of days doing other tasks and did not revisit this forum until last night. I'm amazed at the help that is available. I have downloaded some info/files and will share this with my students today.

I was involved with NewTek during their debut of the Video Toaster (When Jim Plant was an editor for a startup magazine called AVID). I had forgotten about the incredible community that utilizes their products. Thank you all for your help.

With Gratitude
Ray

IMI
05-18-2007, 06:48 PM
Smart Flix


It's Netflix for instructional videos. $9.99 for one week...I've tried them and they are awesome!...here's the LightWave section

http://smartflix.com/store/category/244/Lightwave-3D

No way! I had no idea there was a Netflix for LW training, and wouldn't even have thought to check. Thanks for that!

JVitale
05-18-2007, 08:23 PM
No way! I had no idea there was a Netflix for LW training, and wouldn't even have thought to check. Thanks for that!


Not just LightWave but instructional videos in general in all categories...

Jim Plant
05-20-2007, 06:39 PM
I was involved with NewTek during their debut of the Video Toaster (When Jim Plant was an editor for a startup magazine called AVID). I had forgotten about the incredible community that utilizes their products. Thank you all for your help.

With Gratitude
Ray


Hi Ray,

Man, we go back a long way...back to the days when I used to work at HT Electronics in Sunnyvale...and moonlighting on Avid, The Amiga-Video Journal.

And yes, this truly is an incredible community.

It is great to see you here.

-Jim

tonybliss
05-22-2007, 08:07 AM
http://simplylightwave.com/
They have some free video tuts and some commercial ones(good but kinda pricey)
Plus i can share some of my older tuts with you too ;)
Welcome :)