View Full Version : Does this text effect exist in 9.6?

02-03-2009, 04:48 PM
I currently use Apple's Motion, and I'm considering Lightwave 3d to add more 3d realism to some animations.

Motion is a kind of crippled 3d, but it does some nice text effects.

I know Lightware can do all the other parts better, but can it do the text effect?

If so, could you point me in the right direction?



02-03-2009, 04:58 PM
You can also use some kind of copositing program for that. Thats much easier than going 3D. But there is a text tool in lightwave modeler.... If you know how to use google you'll find lots of tutorials.........

02-03-2009, 05:15 PM
Space Monkey - I understand that Lightwave can do 3d text, and I've looked thru several of the demo videos.

What I'm asking about are stock behaviors for making that text appear, in the fashion that you'd see in an advertisement, one character after another with some size adjustments, blurring, etc. for the character currently being 'laid down' on the screen.

I'm hoping that I can use just Lightwave, or some 3rd party plug-ins for Lightwave, as I'd like to be able to take that logo off the z axis, after it plays to the end, and transform the shape objects into thick colored glass with raytracing of the light sources going thru them as they move, change the lines into neon with a moving light source inside, etc.

Are there 3rd party tools that do these text effects, or does Lightwave have these effects (and lots of them) as standard features of 9.6?


02-03-2009, 05:57 PM
A lot of those effects are built into Lightwave without any additional plugins or purchases needed. What you're describing (the neon lights, raytraced colored glass) are just different surfaces in Lightwave (also called shaders) that you would apply to your model (a 3D text model that can easily be created in Modeler with the Text Tool).

Everything in your video is easy to do once you know a few things, like enveloping transparency for the fade-in effect, setting up surfaces, animating lights. You will need to learn a few things though, but none of them are that challenging.

However, there isn't any "built-in" plugins that do these things for you magically, similar to how After Effects or Motion has built-in effects that keyframe themselves to your text. You'll have to set up the animation and transitions, but it isn't that hard if you're willing to learn.

02-03-2009, 08:06 PM
There is this: http://www.newtek.com/3DA/demo_reel/

Man who is that VO guy, he has a great voice!

That particular text effect wouldn't be very hard to do in lightwave.