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SIGGRAPH 2013 LightWave Newsletter

Mon 22 Jul 2013

The LightWave 3D Group heads to Anaheim for SIGGRAPH 2013 (booth #303). This year, we will once again be streaming live during the show as we showcase  top  artists and studios who count of LightWave to create stunning visuals. We also have special show prices that run through the end of july 2013. New products will be unveiled, including  ChronoSculpt  a new standalone program from the LightWave 3D Group that supports all professional 3D software and introduces the concept of Time-Based Cache Sculpting in 3D. Next is LightWave 11.6 with many new enhancements for modeling and animation, support for 3D printing and much more. Also new at the show is NevronMotion for LightWave 11.6, which uses the Microsoft Kinect to capture and retarget mocap data to rigs in LightWave. Add in some incredible giveaways from companies like NVIDIA, Mushkin, Liberty3D, db&w and we have a great show in the making. And, check out the new LightWave Plugin Asset  Database for LightWave that lets you search hundreds of free plugins.

June 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 25 Jun 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 is fast approaching as the LightWave 3D Group prepares to invade Anaheim July 23-25. This month, a popular Design Bundle promo between the LightWave 3D Group and Wtools, creators of LWCAD 4.5, winds down as the official end date of July 4, 2013 draws near.  Heading into SIGGRAPH 2013, there will be plenty to see at the LightWave 3D booth #303 -- presentations and interviews with industry experts, new technology unveilings, and some pretty amazing giveaways that lucky audience participants have a chance to win--be sure to sign up for your free Exhibits pass. On July 16, 2013, join the DMALA user group for a special behind the scenes presentation of LightWave 11.5 for Syfy's hit "Defiance." Our Studio Spotlight this month focuses on Tainicom, a group of indie artists who rely on LightWave to create popular game apps. Japan-based SUNRISE, Inc. creators of stellar anime graphics has released a wealth of free LightWave plug-ins. Wrap it up with a call for CG character submissons forBallistic Publishing's popular EXOTIQUE art books.

May 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Wed 29 May 2013

The May newsletter highlights talented artists and educators from around the world--from Japan and Mexico to Barcelona and Rome. We also prepare to wind down the LightWave 11.5 Design bundle, featuring the latest version of LWCAD and LightWave 11.5 at a savings of $250. See the breathtaking images from this month's  LightWave Power Artist Naoya Kurisu of Japan before you enter the world of Inhance Digital to see how LightWave keeps the studio on time and budget. We wrap up the month with LightWave President Rob Powers visiting students and artists in Rome and Italy to share production knowledge and LightWave tips and technology, followed by the announcement of a new "Iron Sky" sequel, and a call for submissions to the LightWave Gallery.

April 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Thu 25 Apr 2013

April was a very exciting month in the land of LightWave. We kicked off the month at NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, where the new After Effects Interchange in LightWave 11.5 received plenty of excitement around broadcast and motion graphics. We also dropped an unexpected surprise at NAB with a technology preview of real-time mocap in LightWave using a Microsoft Kinect (watch our NAB videos and prepare yourself!) This month we introduce Studio Spotlight, where we take up-and-coming studios like NY-based Platinum Platypus and share their work and successes with you. Then it's on to Dracano, an independent film where Rogue State turned to LightWave 11.5 to create the visual effects. We also highlight Shabyat, in which Bahrain-based Muharraqi Studios uses LightWave to create the extremely unique landscapes and buildings for the TV program. On to training where Cody Burke and Lino Grandi offer video tutorials that focus on Bullet Soft Bodies in LightWave 11.5.  We laugh at Normal by French Artist Sylvain Delmé who uses LightWave 11.5 to create his animated parodies for the web. Then go into the minds of Iron Sky Artists Samuli Torssonen and Kelly Myers in an interview about how LightWave helped keep the production on schedule. We close it out with a nod to the new LightWave Pinterest page (follow us) and a call for submissions for SIGGRAPH Asia 2013. 

March 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Tue 12 Mar 2013

The LightWave 11.5 momentum continues to build! This month you'll find several ways to take advantage of LightWave 11.5's  many new features with a FREE 30-day full feature version of LightWave 11.5, which is now available for download. We have also teamed up with WTools3D, creators of LWCAD to introduce a new Architectural Design Bundle that includes LightWave 11.5 and a brand new version of LWCAD 4.5 CAD tools for LightWave. It offers everything architects, set designers and interior designers need to create stunning visualizations and animation. The March Power Artist Eugenio Garcia Villareal, based in Monterrey, Mexico, shares his  incredible visuals and story of breaking into 3D. LightWave's rigging expert Lino Grandi takes you through a wealth of new LightWave 11.5 Genoma tutorials and Cody Burke shares how to use the GoZ feature in LightWave in a polypainting tutorial. We also highlight the many videos for Beginners in the OfficialLightWave3D channel on YouTube. We round out the month with Ben Cooper recreating the "Ratatouille" kitchen with LightWave and a new LightWave contest kicks of on Facebook that utilizes the VoluMedic plug-in


February 2013 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Wed 06 Feb 2013

In our first newsletter of 2013, we are proud to announce the availability of LightWave 11.5—showcasing its robust features with a new video created by the LightWave 3D Group. Keeping with the LightWave 11.5 theme, we also highlight how to upgrade from LightWave 11 to LightWave 11.5 and offer a first look from 3D World magazine on its favorite LightWave 11.5 features. Wrapping up our LightWave 11.5 focus is a refresher course on how to use the Genoma character rigging system. Our Power Artist of the month is DJ Waterman, an Australian artist whose love of cars is brought to life with LightWave. We also highlight an 1957 Aston Martin model that artist Paul Hutchens is offering as a free download, along with free downloadable architectural fixtures models from MX 3D Models. We close out the issue with a recent story from which highlights LightWave in its story “These Days, Everyone’s George Lucas.”

December 2012 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Sun 09 Dec 2012

In the final 2012 edition of the LightWave Newsletter, meet December Power Artist Mitja Briščak whose love of effects-rich movies inspired him to pursue a career in 3D visualization. We also head to South Africa for the making of “Unsung Hero” and “Hooked” animated shorts at Character Matters Animation Studios. Learn how LightWave paired with Photoshop inspires Artist Neil Maccormack to create fantastical worlds like Gate54. Meet FX Animation Barcelona’s founder Xes Vilà and gain insight about how LightWave aids students in the creation of gorgeous 3D imagery. Then it’s off on a mission to Mars with Bohemian Grey and the creation of the pre-landing NASA Curiosity animation. We travel to Japan for an interview with leading anime artists at SUNRISE, Inc about award-winning anime. We end the year by honoring Larry Schultz (aka Splinegod) an industry great whose tireless devotion to the LightWave community will never be forgotten. We offer you a can-crushing LightWave tutorial he created for us to share with you earlier this year.

November 2012 LightWave Newsletter

A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News

Mon 19 Nov 2012

In this edition of the new LightWave Newsletter, meet Brett Murrah, November 2012's "LightWave Power Artist" and see how his 15 years of LightWave experience help him create impressive scientific and medical visualizations for XVIVO Scientific Animation.  Get the inside scoop on Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome and find out  how LightWave dominated the VFX pipeline for the highly-anticipated series. Read an interview with VFX Pro Doug  Drexler and find out why LightWave remains his software of choice. Discover impressive architectural visualization from Render Vision Finland. View a video tutorial designed to help you transition to LightWave from other 3D programs. Download a FREE  60-day  full-feature version of LightWave 11 trial software and much more.