NewTek LightWave 3D
|Version||11(as of 7/16/2014)|
- Easy to learn, intuitive interface
- Fast rendering engine supporting realistic reflections and refractions
- Ability to create a virtual model of a physical location using cameras and other input
- Support for a wide range of inputs including mice, tablets, game controllers, and sensor arrays
NewTek LightWave 3D is a 3D computer graphics application that is used to create 3D graphics and animations. It has been used in many different industries including TV, film, architecture, advertising, and video game development.
LightWave is able to render both animated and static 3D images utilizing a good sized pallet of tools for creating and manipulating images. You can surface your 3D elements using a quick layer-based system, a more involved but powerful nodal system, or both. LightWave also includes effective procedural, nodal, and keyframe animation tools to help bring your 3D creations to life.
There are many features that LightWave provides that make it easy to add CGI effects during the movie making process. With Virtual Studio Tools a movie crew can walk a set with cameras and other input devices and LightWave will create a virtual replica of the set. It can even reproduce the lighting that is on the set.
LightWave is a great 3D animation solution for smaller companies that don't have large budgets for programs like Maya. While it is a lot less expensive then similar products from Autodesk, LightWave is still quite expensive and probably not ideal for those who are simply looking to dip their toes into 3D graphics.
Primary File TypeLightWave 3D Scene File
Supported File Types
|.LWS||LightWave 3D Scene File|
|.LS||LightWave LScript File|
|.LWO||LightWave 3D Object File|
|.MD5ANIM||id Tech 4 Model Animation File|
|.MD5MESH||id Tech 4 3D Mesh File|
|.MDD||Point Oven Deformation Data File|
|.MOT||LightWave Motion File|
|.OBJ||Wavefront 3D Object File|
|.RPF||Rich Pixel Format File|
|.SRF||LightWave Surface File|