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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
trueSpace (version #7.6) (Full version)
trueSpace 7.6 is a fully-featured high end 3D authoring application with real-time 3D collaboration capabilities(more) that will let you create 3D content for Microsoft Virtual Earth, games, 3D illustration, animations and more. The software is now free: there are no restrictions on the licence for commercial use, no time limits on the software, and no features removed or disabled.

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109
Nov
2008
3D Model Collection
Digimation Vehicle Model Collection

(1 file)
A hand-digitised 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe
109
Nov
2008
3D Model Collection
Turbo Squid Vehicle Model Collection

(9 files)
Turbo Squid has supplied seven models of vehicles for the CD, including models of an executive helicopter; a(more) bike; a TVR Sagaris, Camaro and a Saab 9-5. All models include textures and are supplied in MAX, 3DS, OBJ or LWO formats.

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109
Nov
2008
3D Model Collection
3d02.com Vehicle Model Collection

(2 files)
Included on this CD are an International 9900ix Cistern truck and a CRJ 900 US Airways plane with interior. Both(more) of the models include lighting set-ups for V-Ray and are provided in MAX format.

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109
Nov
2008
3D Model Collection
Arte-3D Vehicle Model Collection

(1 file)
Arte-3D has provided 3D World with a highly detailed 2006 BMW 1 Series polygonal model with interiors. The model(more) comes with two pairs of rims, and all materials and textures are included. The model is provided here in MAX, OBJ and 3DS formats

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109
Nov
2008
3D Model Collection
3D Revolution Studio Vehicle Model Collection

(1 file)
3D Revolution Studio has provided 3D World with a detailed model of a Lamborghini Murcielago. The model includes(more) interior and exterior, and is available in MAX and OBJ format

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109
Nov
2008
2D Texture Collection
Texturama Smart Maps

(10 files)
This collection of tileable game textures includes ten texture sets complete with specular, bump and normal Maps.
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Rigging
Rigged for the Road
Video walkthroughs of Andy Nicholas' magazine tutorial on rigging an off-road vehicle so that it can be animated(more) with realistic results. The scene files include a car model provided courtesy of 3d02 (www.3d02.com) - but licensed only for educational use.

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109
Nov
2008
Animation - Rigging
Rigged for the Road
For this issue's vehicle-themed tutorials, The Mill's Andy Nicholas guides you through rigging an off-road vehicle(more) so that it can be animated with realistic results. As well as his scene files on the CD, Andy contributes an XSI script written especially for this tutorial.

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109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling
Chocks Away!
modo
Aviation artist Dieter Meyer explains how to model a Tempest MkV airplane in modo 302, using box modelling techniques(more) and cross-section blueprints. Scene files available at the 3D World web-site

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109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling
Modeling on Rails
The CD contains a series of video walkthroughs showing the entire modelling process for Nathan Prestopnick's tutorial(more) on modeling a locomotive train using trueSpace 7.6, along with the scene files you need to follow the project.

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109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling
Modeling on Rails
This issue, Nathan Prestopnick helps you get to grips with trueSpace's toolset as he guides through the construction(more) of a locomotive train, as part of our vehicle-themed issue.

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109
Nov
2008
VFX - Compositing
The car's the star
Theodor Groeneboom explains how to set up a series of render passes in 3ds Max and assemble them in After Effects(more) to create a slick car advert. The scene files and screenshots you need to follow the magazine tutorial are available at the 3D World web-ste

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109
Nov
2008
VFX - Compositing
How do I create a rocket after-burner?
Andy Goralczyk takes this issue's vehicle theme to the stars as he shows you how to create a rocket engine flare(more) using Blender's node compositing tools

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109
Nov
2008
Rendering
How can I create effective sub-surface scattering without using mental ray?
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How do I reverse an animation?
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How can I offset the animation on each of the legs of a millipede?
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Motion Capture Data
What's the proper pipleline for applying mocap to an imported model?
109
Nov
2008
VFX - Compositing
How can I simulate a convincing sun bloom effect during compositing?
109
Nov
2008
Modeling - UV Projections
How can I create a normal map between two meshes instead of one ZTool?
109
Nov
2008
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How do you create a procedural leather material?
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Rigging
How do I build a camera rig that will give me more control over camera movement?
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Particles
How can create the debris kicked up by bullet impacts?
Lightwave
109
Nov
2008
Book/DVD
The Art and Science of Digital Compositing (Second Edition)
An essential learning text for beginners and an eye-opener for experienced artists(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Ron Brinkmann

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109
Nov
2008
Book/DVD
Digital Art Master: Volume 3
A well presented and insightful snapshot of the work of today's leading digital artists(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: 3D Total

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109
Nov
2008
Book/DVD
The Official Luxology modo Guide (Updated for 302)
modo
A few useful tips for experienced modo artists, but this guide is best for newcomers to the software.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Dan Ablan

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109
Nov
2008
Plugin
Horizon
Create backgrounds for After Effects compositions from environment maps, video layers or even pre-comps with Trapcodes'(more) ingenious new plug-in

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 5/10

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109
Nov
2008
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
IDX Renditioner (version #1.1)
Based on TurboSketch Studio, this bolt-on renderer for SketchUp promises easy one-click rendering, including radiosity(more) and GI support.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 7/10

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109
Nov
2008
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
RV (version #3.4)
Tweak Film's in-house image-viewer gets its commercial release, boasting a slick interface, basic compositing(more) tools and support for stereo playback.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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109
Nov
2008
2D Texture Creation and/or Editing
CrazyBump (version #1.05)
Already a favorite of games artists, this small but powerful tool turns photos into normal occlusion, specular,(more) diffuse or displacement maps

Verdict (new purchase): 10/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 9/10

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109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #7)
Its ICE Visual porgramming platform is currently the talk of the 3D community, but can the latest version of XSI(more) possibly be as cool as Softimage claims?

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 10/10

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