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    I have a question about 3d programs

    Hi I really wanna get into 3d artwork but programs like maya are like $1000 or $800 at the cheapest so i was wonderin if there is a way of getting into this field and get away with it without having to pay $800 for a program?
    suggestions of cheaper programs are more than welcome thanks alot.
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    Well good news for all of us budget 3d aspiring artists.

    Softimages XSI is now pricetagged at $500, that is ridiculously low for 3d software.

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    Maya has a personal learning edition that is free and fully functional, can only render out proprietary images though and has watermarks on the renders and viewports.

    Max has gmax, that's free. Don't think that it has all of the functions that max has but I'm not sure.

    There are some lower end programs that are pretty cheap. Hash animation master is $299 .. http://www.hash.com/ There's some other ones out there, haven't used em but they're all just tools. There are some things that are different about each program but there are fundamental aspects that pretty much are all the same.

    Here I found a big list from "How to get a job in computer animation" (this is a decent book you may want to check it out to see what you're getting into - www.edharriss.com )

    Freeware stuff:
    Anim8or: www.anim8or.com
    Blender : www.blender3d.com
    Gmax : www.discreet.com/products/gmax
    Loq Airou : www.quelsolaar.com/loqairou
    Moonlight3d: moonlight3d.net
    Wings3d : www.wings3d.com

    $800 or less:
    Amapi Designer: www.eovia.com
    Amorphium Pro: www.electricimage.com
    Carrera: www.eovia.com
    Hash AM: www.hash.com
    Pixels 3d : www.pixels3d.com
    Plasma : www.discreet.com
    Strata 3d: www.strata.com
    Truespace: www.caligari.com

    Some of those are less than $300.
    Can't really recommend anything, as I haven't tried any of these except Wings which is a cool freeware modeller.
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    My suggestion is go and download a freebie software or Maya learning addition... or one of the other expensive learning additions... Then go to different 3d sites and do tutorials...

    Also what do you want to do 3D for? Personal art? Game models? Movies? Advertising? Graphic Design? these things are important..

    If you can model in one software you can model in all software it is just a matter of learning the tool set..

    A new program called Modo is coming out by Luxology.. It has a lot of promise.. it will be 500-600$ when it first comes out which is a reasonable price.. another inexpensive modeling package is Silo.. its about 100$...

    Like someone said XSI is 500$.. Not too shabby.. Also XSI has a lot of support and tutorials out there...

    but its up to you..

    One program that is out there too is Zbrush.. but don't be fooled into buying it to model.. First learn to use a actual modeling package first.. Zbrush is great for doing hi-res work... but after you have made your models in another package.... so holdoff on that..

    anyhow.. good luck

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    thanks alot guys
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    are you a student? Academic pricing is great. Lightwave is like $350 or something, and Maya is right around $400
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    not a college student, im in high school
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    I can recommend...

    Blender3d...

    ....especially now that they've upgraded. I've been playing with it for the past month, and I'm really impressed with what it can do. The other 3d program that I have is HASH--in comparison to Blender, it sucks memory . Blender is small and fast. Higher quality renderings are possible in it as well, because you can use other rendering programs besides the one that is included in the download.


    I have Milkshape..it's not that good, really. I now use it to convert to other formats. I tried Wings3d--it's on the same level as Milkshape. Both are ok, but usable.
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    any student can get the discount - Kindergarten through University.
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    For modelling I am using this one http://www.ac3d.org/,the price is $50.
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    dude i prefer 3dstudio max for modeling to me it is very easy to model and i find it best for games.

    XSI is also very good and has an awesome UV texture editing tool...
    perhaps it is the best i have seen compared to all other 3d programs.

    still 3dstudio max is the most exspensive one out there.
    i can get a discount on it for 400 bucks at RIT and someother colleges i might go to after high school.
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    This might be something to consider:

    3ds max 6 (1-Year Student/Faculty License) - $170
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