Old 2nd Apr 2019, 05:24 AM   #1
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Default Newtek SOLD!

While the rumor mill devours itself, I'm content to ignore the rumormongers, and wait the acquisition period out for an official announcement regarding impending changes (if any) for the future of Lightwave.

https://www.newtek.com/press-release...quires-newtek/
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Old 2nd Apr 2019, 09:29 AM   #2
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Yeah, saw that as well. Can't really say yet what it might mean for LW, best to let the dust settle first.
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At least it wasn't AutoDesk... Have to wait and see how thing settle though.
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Well... I guess I will save my pennies... buy LW 2019 and work with that for the next 20 years... too old to learn another 3d program...
Started with Inspire 3D in 1998, not going to stop now...
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Really too early to assess impact?
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No, it's probably just the right time to assess.
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  • There was no mention at all of LightWave in the press release (other than listing it as one of the trademarks of NewTek).
  • Maybe I missed them, but I can't remember the last time I read a trade article where LightWave was discussed (other than one of those dreary "LightWave is dead!" posts).
  • After 11 years it's time for me to build a new computer and I've been researching multiple sites for recommended components... no one discusses LightWave. No one. It's all Maya, 3ds Max, and Cinema 4D.

If the writing isn't on the wall, it seems to be crawling up the baseboards at least.

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Started with Inspire 3D in 1998, not going to stop now...
Nuts to that, I say! I bought myself 3ds Max and online classes for my 55th birthday. Never too old to learn something new.
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No, it's probably just the right time to assess.
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  • There was no mention at all of LightWave in the press release (other than listing it as one of the trademarks of NewTek).
  • Maybe I missed them, but I can't remember the last time I read a trade article where LightWave was discussed (other than one of those dreary "LightWave is dead!" posts).
  • After 11 years it's time for me to build a new computer and I've been researching multiple sites for recommended components... no one discusses LightWave. No one. It's all Maya, 3ds Max, and Cinema 4D.

If the writing isn't on the wall, it seems to be crawling up the baseboards at least.


Nuts to that, I say! I bought myself 3ds Max and online classes for my 55th birthday. Never too old to learn something new.
I was the opposite, I started out with 3D Max but I didn't like it, I tried the free 30 trial of Lightwave and was hooked from then on so I bought the full version. I have not upgraded from Lightwave 10.1 yet but I would never use Max again except to covert some old models I have.
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From what i've read Vizrt, the world’s leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators, has acquired NewTek, what that means for lightwave i have no idea....even if its true....?
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Its true, but what that means for LW is still shrouded in mystery. NewTek/vizRT are both quiet on this apart from the normal corporate speak.
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So long, Lightwave....

And who the heck is Virtz....? They certainly aren't a player in feature film. I've never heard of them.
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They wouldn't be. They bought NewTek for their bread-and-butter broadcasting products. They're a live production company. TV sports, news, event coverage, all that real-time stuff.
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They wouldn't be. They bought NewTek for their bread-and-butter broadcasting products. They're a live production company. TV sports, news, event coverage, all that real-time stuff.
And that's what Lightwave was at its conception. It was a software tool included in the VideoToaster; a television and video editing studio on a circuit board. Since it can't compete in the film VFX industry, perhaps it's time for Lightwave to return to its roots.

Or VirtZ wants to expand into film and see Lightwave as the tool for the job.
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And that's what Lightwave was at its conception. It was a software tool included in the VideoToaster; a television and video editing studio on a circuit board. Since it can't compete in the film VFX industry, perhaps it's time for Lightwave to return to its roots.

Or VirtZ wants to expand into film and see Lightwave as the tool for the job.
True, I know Battlestar Galactica used Lightwave and I think it was used on Babylon 5.
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True, I know Battlestar Galactica used Lightwave and I think it was used on Babylon 5.
And Star Trek DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. See a complete list of shows and movies which have used it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightWave_3D
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And Star Trek DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. See a complete list of shows and movies which have used it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightWave_3D
Babylon 5 was why I got into Lightwave in the first place!

I was at a convention with a friend of mine where Mojo from Foundation Imaging was a guest. We got to talk to him personally and asked him about the software used on the show. We both had assumed it was some proprietary piece of software they wrote themselves and used a mainframe or super computer for the rendering, but he told us it was an off the shelf (back then when you bought software off of shelves) piece of software they were using on Pentium 90mhz machines in a render farm.

As soon as we could, both my friend and I got a copy and started fiddling.
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What got me into Lightwave was modding Klingon Academy. Never actually created a mod as I discovered the wide world of rendering starships etc..
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But those television series weren't the original vision. It was included in the Video Toaster to create logos and titles for programs such as news broadcasts. It acheived much more than that once it was separated from Video Toaster.
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I have to agree with Moriarty, I think LW's prolly nearly done sadly. Doesn't bother me at all, I have version 2015 of it, and to be honest I think the days of software rendering are nearly done too.
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