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    The NewTek LightWave 3D Group is pleased to announce the New LightWave 2015 Release

    The NewTek LightWave 3D Group is pleased to announce the New LightWave 2015 Release

    LightWave 2015 Feature Page and Video

    LightWave 2015 is the latest iteration of our flagship LightWave 3D Software. With this release we have moved to yearly naming for the product to eliminate any confusion related to an extended version number cycle not appearing current for many of our customers. Now with LightWave 2015 all customers will clearly know that they are looking at the most current release of the product which we anticipate will be very helpful for our many new users and educational customers. Of course, as always we have no forced subscription payment model for our regular customers because we strive to release innovative features and workflow enhancements that you will want to purchase because you see the value and benefits that they bring to your creative work.... but it's totally up to you.

    "At Stargate Studios our VFX workflow for hit shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' require massive stability and performance—LightWave delivers both," says Al Lopez, VP of Creative Services, Stargate Studios. "We are excited to add all of the new tools in LightWave 2015 to our pipeline because LightWave always enables us to do the impossible… every day."

    LightWave 2015 offers many new workflow enhancements and features that are designed to streamline pipelines for everything from visual effects, motion graphics, and game development to architectural visualization, product design, and advertising and marketing. Also with the release of LightWave 2015 comes a new pricing structure: $995 (USD) for a full seat and $495 (USD) upgrade from LightWave 11.x or earlier.

    LightWave 2015 introduces new features that are ideal for character animation, visualization, dynamic simulations, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the Genoma character rigging system, Bullet Dynamics, dynamic parenting, rendering enhancements, and more..

    Some of the many new highlights in LightWave 2015 include:

    Bullet Constraints:
    Take control over dynamics simulations with new constraint types such as Point-to-Point, Hinge, Slider, Cone Twist, Spring and six degrees of freedom (DOF) constraint types. Whether it's a car rolling over a terrain with fully working suspension, or a rag doll falling down the stairs, constraints help make it believable.

    Importance Sampling:
    Greatly improve the quality of scenes lit by GI and HDR images or background lighting. Importance sampling intelligently concentrate rays into important areas and eliminate the noise and splotches that arise from highly differing intensities for cleaner, more predictable renders.

    Match Perspective Tool:
    Whether matching plates or simply placing objects into photographs, matching the camera position and rotation can be time consuming. The new Match Perspective tool can be used to quickly sync the LightWave camera to an original photo or plate.

    Genoma 2 Character Rigging System:
    This rapid modular rigging system, which at the base level is a complete rigging development kit (RDK) can be used to quickly rig characters for animation without the need to setup complex rigs from scratch. Genoma 2 gives everyone the ability to create expert rigs and makes it possible to generate custom presets that perfectly fit into any character animation pipeline at any degree of complexity, including the use of Math Expressions and Scripts. It also features new and improved Human, Feline, and Arthropod preset rigs.

    Edge Rendering:
    Intersection Edges can now be drawn where geometry intersects on the same object and/or separate objects, allowing for more creative control over cel rendering. Use Patch Border Rendering to make Sub-Division patch borders visible in the renderer with the click of a button. This is perfect for modelers who want to showcase their mesh topology, combined with the beauty of the full render. Render all edges into their own buffer with Edge Buffer, allowing for post-process manipulation in your favorite compositor.

    64-Bit QuickTime Support:
    Loading and saving Quicktime movies is now possible to those using 64 bit versions of LightWave.

    LightWave 2015 includes new enhancements to the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR) and introduces many new features such as Interactive Dynamic Parenting, Textured Falloffs in Modeler, Fiber FX, GoZ Multi-tool and Unity 5 support, and more. It also supports the latest interchange formats such as Alembic 1.5 and FBX 2015.

    As with every LightWave release, 2015 offers:

    • A straight-forward easy and reliable 3D workflow
    • NO need for an external renderer
    • Unlimited render nodes
    • NO forced subscriptions

    Pricing and Availability
    LightWave 2015 for Windows and Mac OS is now available and priced at $995 (USD). Registered LightWave 11.x or earlier customers can upgrade to LightWave 2015 for $495. Educational pricing is also available. Visit to purchase or locate an authorized LightWave reseller.

    Download a free 30-day full-feature trial of LightWave 2015 at

    About LightWave
    LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful and intuitive modeling and animation tools. LightWave includes hundreds of cross-platform render nodes for near limitless rendering, support for Windows and Mac UB 64- and 32-bit operating systems, free technical support and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for feature film and television visual effects, broadcast design, print graphics, architectural visualization, game development, and more. LightWave is responsible for more artists winning Emmy® Awards than any other 3D application.

    LightWave has been used in the creation of CG and visual effects for leading feature films and television shows, including “The Walking Dead,” “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Maleficent,“ “NCIS: Los Angeles,“ “Muppets: Most Wanted,“ “Skyfall,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Avatar,” “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” “Fringe,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and more.

    For more information about LightWave or the LightWave 3D Group, please visit:, Twitter, YouTube or connect with us on Facebook.
    Last edited by Matt; 11-24-2014 at 02:12 PM.
    Rob Powers

    President, NewTek LightWave 3D Group
    Burbank, CA


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