Re: Seeking recommendations for 3D software
- Hi Fulldome Community.
First : Best Wishes for this new year !
My point of view about 3D software for fulldome creation is simple : the
faster the rendering process, the more I'll focus on creation.
So, using a 3D soft that handles 180 fisheye rendering out of the box is
good for the movie quality. The problem is that some render engines wont
make a good job on all the aspects of 3D rendering / textures / shaders.
My actual choice is 3DS Max with V-ray (integrated VrayDome Camera) and
Krakatoa Plugin for particle intensive rendering. Krakatoa has a camera
modifier for fulldome rendering.
I'm also testing the Clarisse Fx. It's not a modeler but some sort of
after effect for 3D scenes.
The Clarisse FX team just added support for fisheye rendering to 360°
Amr El-Laithy wrote:
I'm working for planetarium post-production for 3 years now , based on
our workflow in cinema4d , and it's nice . we start produce the dome
master just like the old schools with the 5camera Rig which is working
nice even now . then we start to use the Dome shader for c4d and other
plugins.and i may publish one of my tutorials for how to produce dome
master in c4d .
From: Andy Dolph >
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Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:46 PM
Subject: [fulldome] Re: Seeking recommendations for 3D software
I know that Alex Lindsay at Pixel Corps strongly recommends people
start in Cinema4D for both learning curve and workflow reasons. I have
a lot of respect for his opinion, but that's general advice, not dome
specific and I don't know what would be required to get dome masters
out of Cinema4D.
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On Nov 29, 2012, at 12:48 PM, Drew Gilmore wrote:
First of all, by 3D I mean modelling and rendering 3D or volumetric
objects - not stereoscopic shows. I have so far worked mostly in After
Effects for show production and feel pretty comfortable there.
We're now looking to add 3D animation to our production capabilities.
I am realistic that we aren't going to produce a full,
beginning-to-end, 3D modeled extravaganza right out of the gate (or
necessarily ever), but it's time to enhance our tools and skills. We
have been granted some funding for production software and training in
the coming year, so we have a couple questions for those with experience.
I know there are plenty of Blender fans out there, and I'm all for
free stuff. But taking cost out of the issue, are there good reasons
to favor 3D Max, Lightwave, Maya, Cinema4D or something else over
Blender? Could I (as one person doing most of the visual work) get
much more out of commercial software than I could out of Blender? Are
there specific pros or cons, strengths or weaknesses for one package
versus another - especially for someone just getting started?
And without intending to start a holy war on the list, is there any
consensus on which software package is more useful or more commonly
used for fulldome work? It seems all over the map what people are using.
Just a guy made of dots and lines.
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There is a “cylindrical lens” post effect, but it’s not terribly useful. Have not seen any new dome-related feature in R15, unless I’m missing something.
We use vray (in c4d) as our primary renderer and get great directly-usable results from its “VrayCameraDome” tag attached to the camera. Plus, you get the benefit of vray’s cooler texturing system, which is something we like. Vray for c4d 1.8.x is new, and its distributed rendering is a work in progress, but we think it’s evolving into a great platform for this kind of work. It’s also now mostly core-for-core up to date with current Vray releases (excluding 3.x) for other platforms feature-wise, with some exceptions that don’t matter much to us.
University of Colorado Boulder
- I haven't heard of any updates that adds an internal fisheye to C4D.Here is a list of the current plugins for C4D.