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MikeMinsterketter Silver 130 posts since
Jun 29, 2010
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Mar 21, 2012 5:21 AM


I just recently started looking into a rendering software for models & assemblies.  I downloaded Keyshot & I am very impressed with what it can do & how easy it is to use.  This is my only experience with a software like this.  I am looking for the pros & cons for Keyshot & or any other rendering packages?  I want to make nice models & assembly videos.  I am looking for some supporting information from the rendering experts to help me make the right decision when choosing a rendering package.  Thanks in advance for your help.



  • DanMarotta Platinum 633 posts since
    May 3, 2010
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    Mar 21, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to MikeMinsterketter)
    Re: Rendering?

    Mike, if you don't receive a response right away, I also suggest trying this group out too, Rendering. They are also running a poll on render software.

  • KevinBradberry Diamond 307 posts since
    Jun 7, 2010
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    Mar 21, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to MikeMinsterketter)
    Re: Rendering?

    I haven't tried it out and I don't render, but I'll promote this one because its free, open-source software, which I love.  It appears to be on par with Maya.


    See "Rendering" and "Raytrace Rendering" on the features list,




  • DavorGranic Silver 172 posts since
    Jul 2, 2010
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    Mar 22, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to MikeMinsterketter)
    Re: Rendering?

    Lightwave FTW!  .By far it has the best(intuitive) interface i have seen and all those movie FX people that used it cant be wrong . I dont think Blender is even close to Maya. Blender has high usage in game 3D graphics. Considering you are going for simple animations(nothing fancy like particles, morphing or effects) Blender will do fine and its opensource. The moment you outgrow your software capabilities switch to other one.

  • ptc-4520194 Copper 2 posts since
    Mar 25, 2012
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:06 AM (in response to MikeMinsterketter)
    Re: Rendering?

    Hi Mike, this is Josh from Luxion. My background is engineering and I have used several rendering packages in the past (I also run the solidsmack website.)


    You can see the main difference here:


    There's a lot that set's it apart: It's fast, it's easy, it's CPU-driven so no special equipment/gpu is needed.. among so much else. I an manufacturing/sales environment I was able to keep up with the demand for visuals. No that there's animation and the environment editor, I wish I had those features back then too.


    I suppose you are using the plugin for ProE/Creo? If you have any other questions about specific functionality or what you're rendering, just let me know!

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