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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
115
Apr
2009
3D Model Collection
3d02 Models

(3 files)
3d02.com has provided 3D World with the following models this issue: a female character in 3DS and MAX formats;(more) a male character in MAX format, a Syringa Reticulata plant in MAX format and a zombie in MAX format. LICENSING: Commercial use

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115
Apr
2009
3D Model Collection
ShineFX Model

(1 file)
Included on the CD is a model of a realistic foosball table. The model includes textures and is provided in FBX,(more) MAX and OBJ formats. Licensed for commercial use; please read the License.txt document in the folder

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115
Apr
2009
Audio Editor and/or Collection
SoundScalpel Professional Sound Effects

(20 files)
Sampler of 20 audio clips for games and other multimedia projects. On the CD is a selection of useful sounds,(more) including aliens growling, chickens clucking and rivers flowing. The files are provided in WAV format. LICENSING: Please read the licence document in the folder

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115
Apr
2009
2D Texture Collection
TexturePortal Games Textures samples

(15 files)
The CD includes a selection of 15 high-resolution, tileable textures with specular and normal maps. Textures(more) include brick, brick walls, asphalt, gravel, marble tiles, stone walks.

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115
Apr
2009
Plugin
R2Builder
Character editing tool for use with Brian Haberlin's Poser tutorial. Every figure in Poser relies on its CR2 file,(more) which contains all the information the software needs to control how the figure works. The CR2 holds data on body parts, morphs, textures and more. CR2Builder is a handy tool for editing CR2 files by hand, enabling you to make all sorts of advanced edits.

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115
Apr
2009
Modeling - Character
Character Workshop
This issue, digital artist Lino Masciulli guides you through the complete modelling and texturing workflow for(more) a fantasy female character in two step-by-step tutorials. The first tutorial deals with modelling. The CD contains Cinema 4D scene files for various stages of the workflow, as well as OBJ models you can import into any major modelling package. There's also the first part of Lino's modelling workflow video (at 28 minutes). The 3D World web-site has the remaining parts which together represent over 16 hours of modelling workflow, played back at double speed.

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115
Apr
2009
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
Body Painting
Lino Masciulli explains how to texture a character from scratch using Cinema 4D or another 3D painting package.(more) The CD contains Cinema 4D scene files for various stages of the workflow, as well as UV maps and an OBJ model, which you can import into any major 3D package. There's also the first part of Lino's texturing workflow video which lasts 48 minutes. Be sure to visit the 3D World web-site to access and download the remaining parts. Together, the videos present around six hours of texturing workflow, played back at double speed.

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115
Apr
2009
VFX - Compositing
The Perfect Composite
Whether you're adding digital creatures to footage of just trying to match two images, compositing is a vital(more) part of VFX work. Brush up on your skills with these 20 expert tips.

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115
Apr
2009
Animation - Scripting
How do I dissolve a character into butterflies?
This issue, art director and acclaimed Blender artist Andy Goralczyk shows how to create a transition from a character(more) model to a swarm of smaller models in Blender 2.48, available for free from www.blender.org. All the scene files you need to follow this tutorial are on this CD, along with a screen-capture video showing the workflow.

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115
Apr
2009
Rendering - Optimization
How can I speed up motion blur calculations from mental ray?
115
Apr
2009
Animation - Scripting
What does the xPresso data type spline do?
115
Apr
2009
2D Image Creation, Management and/or Editing
Is it possible to turn day into night using adjustment layers?
Gimp
115
Apr
2009
Modeling - Cloth, fabrics and/or clothing
How can I simulate chain mail?
Lightwave
115
Apr
2009
VFX - Hair Simulation
How do I create a tooth brushing action?
115
Apr
2009
Modeling - Character
How do I make my Poser hands bigger without them breaking up?
115
Apr
2009
Animation - Particles
How do I create a laser beam effect using trueParticles?
115
Apr
2009
Modeling - Landscapes
How do I create a detailed environment with sand dunes
115
Apr
2009
Animation - Constraints
Is it possible to limit the effect of a direction constraint to a single axis?
115
Apr
2009
Book/DVD
Character Animation Volume 1: Fundamentals
At 170 minutes, this DVD provides expert tuition that aims to fill a gap in the self-training character animation(more) market.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: The Gnomon Workshop

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115
Apr
2009
Book/DVD
Character Animation Volume 2: Mechanics and Emotion
At 164 minutes, this DVD provides expert tuition that aims to fill a gap in the self-training character animation(more) market.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: The Gnomon Workshop

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115
Apr
2009
Book/DVD
Character Animation Volume 3: Acting and Lip Sync
At 146 minutes, this DVD provides expert tuition that aims to fill a gap in the self-training character animation(more) market.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: The Gnomon Workshop

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115
Apr
2009
Book/DVD
Architectural Interior Lighting and Rendering
modo
At 270 minutes, this DVD tutorial for modo 302 can feel a bit like an Airfix instruction manual at times, but(more) it's deep, detailed and a decent value.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Luxology

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115
Apr
2009
Book/DVD
Architectural Modeling
modo
At 93 minutes, this modo 302 tutorial DVD has some useful information, but the key tools and processes could be(more) better explained.

Verdict (new purchase): 6/10
Author: Luxology

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115
Apr
2009
Plugin
LipService (version #3)
Joe Alter's latest 3D Studio Max plugin mixes Z-Brush style sculpting tools with phonoeme animation controls -(more) but the whole is more than the sum of the parts.

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

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115
Apr
2009
Video Editor and/or Compositor
Toxik (version #2009)
FBX support, a new file management system, stereo viewing capabilities - and now an OS-X version - add up to Toxik's(more) first truly strong release.

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

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115
Apr
2009
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Carrara Pro (version #7)
After almost three years and two major updates under the DAZ Production banner, Carrara continues to advance,(more) gaining much needed new features.

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

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115
Apr
2009
Hardware - Computer
NEC WA1320
This workstation has pro graphics for under $1500 USD - but does its Phenom processor pack enough punch for 3D(more) content creation?

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 6/10

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