View Full Version : Wisps and Swirls?

06-05-2007, 09:18 PM

I have not used Lightwave for several years (since v7), so I am out of the current loop… I am considering purchasing Lightwave again soon – however I have a question first:
With an upcoming project that has several atmospheric shots in it, does anyone know of a Lightwave tutorial (or some sort of direction) that shows how to make realistic wispy volumetric clouds that can swirl around an object that passes through them? … much like the gas clouds that swirl around Star Trek’s Voyager in the opening title sequence where the ship pushes them out of its way. (I have looked for such a tutorial but have been unsuccessful) (I know they use Lightwave for the CG starships in the Star Trek shows – so I assume they used Lightwave for the volumetric effects as well).

I’ve seen the recent ‘300’ video clip that talks about how they used Lightwave’s Cloth to make cool smoke-like effects in one particular scene – it seems to be the closest example thus far but it is not exactly what I’m looking for. I need something to literally effect/push through the clouds on its own (without having to manually morph/manipulate the “clouds”).

I am also not entirely sold on hypervoxels, which seem too spherical and solid in my opinion (at least from what I’ve seen so far and have experienced in the past). I don’t think OGO Taiki’s nifty plug-in will work either in this case.
I've experimented with other 3D apps to get this effect using particles and volumetrics, but to no satisfactory success.

Again, I’ve been away for a while and am not up to date with the Lightwave community and software. My apologies if a tutorial that addresses this issue is posted already.
Any help in locating such a tutorial or any shared experience in this regard would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


06-05-2007, 11:23 PM
KURV studios has a Tips and Tricks Series that has such a tutorial.

06-06-2007, 12:45 AM
Thank you very much!

06-06-2007, 03:59 AM
It would be remiss of me not to mention Dynamite, a fluid/gaseous volumetric simulator and renderer for Lightwave.


Although still in beta, so there are problems.

06-06-2007, 08:15 AM
Ah, forgot to mention Pawel Olas's Fire & Smoke Generator, very nifty also.


06-06-2007, 09:49 AM
Awesome - thank you!
With Dynamite along with Kurv's tutorial DVD's, I don't see how I could go wrong!

... (I had forgotten about Pawel Olas' website -- I gotta start using Ginkoba I guess!)

06-09-2007, 09:36 PM
Well, I just purchased LW 9 -- so I'm back on board.
Thank you all for your help in answering my questions.