When I see footage like this (not too mention watch the movie, Sin City), I wonder to myself what it is that people feel they can't create in LightWave?
Prometheus, when you mentioned a render farm for that sort of quality, do you have any thoughts on how many cpus required to perform in a time reasonable to you. For example, would this be beyond the single top line Threadripper ?
Proper fire, smoke and fluids were a limitation that seems removed now.
Depends on what you do most probably.
I use Lightwave since the first pc version around 1994 (v3 ?) or so.
I make mostly things in planetary scale.
So after a while i begun using Terragen more and more for rendering together with Lightwave in this and that capacity.
The way you can get the clouds and lighting-atmosphere makes this very easy in Terragen. Render times are slow of course.
My last animation i am making was 10-15 minutes in the beginning. Now between half and one hour per frame.
Without my new AMD Ryzen 9 3950x this would have been too long for my old computer...5 times or so slower .
I look at old HV stuff I did that I thought looked good, it doesn't...TFD has been there for a while, and that is what you should use for "proper" fire and smoke, the gas solver is just too crude to be efficient to work with for that matter, at least to reach the TFD level of quality and workflow.
As for fluids, yes..some limitations natively have been removed with gas solver and the other VDB tools, deepfx and hurleyworks has been there for a while though, as well as realflow.
But with additional tools you can create anything, but without it, you can´t..at least not up to the same level though you can create pretty much everything if you can settle for less realism and more workarounds of course.
prometheus - how many words per minute can you type? Seriously you say so much that I don't even read your posts anymore and I think you generally have pretty good comments on all subjects. Maybe I'm just jealous that I can't type so fast. Maybe less is more?
I've read a lot of your posts over the years but I am finding life is too short to keep reading them especially when they go on and on. Keep 'em short if possible. But seriously there must be a typing speed test on the internet somewhere I would love to know how many words per minute you can type, it has to be a lot. I'm no longer a hunt and pecker as I took some Mavis Beacon typing courses 20 years ago but that didn't help much.My latest post...Only five words
Your latest post..amazing 50 words
And yes, I have two conditions, just like ents in LOTR, I don´t write anything unless it´s worth writing a lot of it ..(or it was about saying something unless it takes a long time to say)
I tend to write to much I know, part of it may be that I can write without looking at the keyboard, and can write quite fast since I learnt the finger method when I was around 9 years old, but I haven´t bothered on counting it to prove anything really.
So it´s an effect of fast writing that allows me to write more than I maybe should, and that I may have a tendency to just ellaborate too much on what I want to convey.
I am aware of it and will try to shorten things, so that means it ends right now.