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    A couple more clouds to be going on with. Did...

    A couple more clouds to be going on with.

    Did the LW2020 upgrade make things much better for VDB's?
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    The clouds were from here:...

    The clouds were from here:
    https://www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/3d-model-vdb-clouds-volume-1-1428125

    I must say I'm looking very enviously at Embergen!
    Real time?

    Maybe not good for...
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    Aha! Getting somewhere, this is not too bad. ...

    Aha! Getting somewhere, this is not too bad.

    Again, keeping it simple for now. I turned off global illumination, and moved to a distant (dome) light, with a major boost in the effect on...
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    Not a big drinker myself, but I'm learning to...

    Not a big drinker myself, but I'm learning to appreciate really good wine. Cost of living in general is about 1/3rd London.

    Anyway, back at the graphics!

    I tried some experiments with some...
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    My opinion on those Liberty 3d tutorials. I...

    My opinion on those Liberty 3d tutorials.

    I found them helpful, and clearly presented, broken into sensible sized chunks. A good way to get started.

    However, even with both the sets bought,...
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    Very low cost of living, my wife is from here so...

    Very low cost of living, my wife is from here so I have family. Internet is fast and cheap, and they don't tax alcohol, so a bottle of top quality champagne, (and I mean top) is about 5 euros. (It's...
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    OK, a few things to cover here! ...

    OK, a few things to cover here!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibtwbnZak20

    Experiment with a modified supplied scene, (textures, lighting, added some movement)

    But the big thing I did was...
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    Yes, I bought the first one - progress is slow...

    Yes, I bought the first one - progress is slow because I am trying styff out and the renders are not quick!

    Also...
    1. Just moved to a new country, and am settling in...
    2. My main PC is...
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    A thought regarding pacing of the generated...

    A thought regarding pacing of the generated animation.

    This stuff has a scale - by which I mean, if you size everything up, you don't just get a bigger version, you get something different.

    One...
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    It may take me a while to work through all that,...

    It may take me a while to work through all that, thank you!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lelYUr5E5hE&featur...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lelYUr5E5hE&feature=youtu.be

    Here's the results of the end on view of the fireball I mentioned.

    Rather cool, though as I said, I'd like to slow it down
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    I've bought the first Liberty 3d tutorial, and...

    I've bought the first Liberty 3d tutorial, and have tried others...

    I'm getting cool results, but I'm nowhere near in control!!!

    I've got one cool scene based on a end on view of a supplied...
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    Learning OpenVDB Lightwave 2019

    I've decided to have another run at getting my head around Lightwave 2019, particularly tempter by OpenVDB this time around, which definitely looks like it plugs a gap in my volumetric armoury.
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  14. It's the last few days of the Spacecraft Card...

    It's the last few days of the Spacecraft Card Deck kickstarter, which finishes at the end of the month.
    It's hit it's target so will be going ahead.
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  15. Kickstarter has now hit it's target, and will be...

    Kickstarter has now hit it's target, and will be going ahead!
    You have 6 days left to join in and get yourself some beautiful Lightwave3d based cards.
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    Sure. For things like the puddles, set the...

    Sure. For things like the puddles, set the reflection strength on a gradient keyed to incidence angle. In this case something like 100% at 0, and 5% at 1.

    It's something I pretty much always to...
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    Here are the GI settings...

    Here are the GI settings...
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    A very interesting idea! I tried poking around...

    A very interesting idea!

    I tried poking around in the FBX file, and found things like:
    RelativeFilenameS 753902_202507052439_2.jpg
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    It found the folder ok, but not the file...

    It found the folder ok, but not the file...
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    Conversion from Daz Studio to Lightwave

    Conversion of Stonemason's Urban Future 7 from Daz Studio to Lightwave.

    Done as an exercise in using strong colour and night lighting

    In the end about 3.5 minutes a frame, of which about 25...
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    Loading files with Chinese characters!

    Hi All,
    I bought a model, and the file names have Chinese characters in them. When I try to load the FBX file (LW 2019), I'm prompted for the file "?????.jpg", and have no idea which one it wants!
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  22. Thanks John! So if I get LW Cad I'm allowed to...

    Thanks John!

    So if I get LW Cad I'm allowed to do Booleans?!
  23. Perhaps a silly question... I've looked and seen...

    Perhaps a silly question... I've looked and seen things like lists of NEW features, but can anyone please tell me in a sentence or two what LWCAD is for? What will it let me do that I can't do with...
  24. The kickstarter for the 100% Lightwave card decks...

    The kickstarter for the 100% Lightwave card decks seems to be creeping towards the goal by ever smaller amounts...
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  25. Wow! Thanks for all the responses. I think...

    Wow! Thanks for all the responses.

    I think I'll go with cloning an image and setting one to alpha only. A quick test shows I can replace one of the images, and the clone changes too.

    I'm happy...
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