Software : NewTek : LightWave 3D

NewTek LightWave 3D

Version
(as of 7/16/2014)
11
Platforms
LicenseCommercial
CategoryGraphics

Software Overview

Main Features

  • 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 extension

.LWS – LightWave 3D Scene File

▶ Other file extensions used by NewTek LightWave 3D 11

Supported File Types
.LSLightWave LScript File
.LWOLightWave 3D Object File
.MD5ANIMid Tech 4 Model Animation File
.MD5MESHid Tech 4 3D Mesh File
.MDDPoint Oven Deformation Data File
.MOTLightWave Motion File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.RPFRich Pixel Format File
.SRFLightWave Surface File
Additional Related File Formats
.CFGLightWave Configuration File
.KEYLightWave License File
.PLightWave Plug-in

Updated: July 16, 2014