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Ok, so I know photoshop, illustrator, Final Cut... LOTS of production/art programs.... But I have ZERO experience with 3D outside of Sketchup.

What's the best, FREE, tool for a nubbin to use to render Sketchup models?
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Unfortunately, rendering is the most the difficult part of any 3d modeling. There are lots of little tweaks like compositing and node editing to make it look good.

Check out blender3d. I know you can import a lot of different file types from cad and cam software so it should handle google sketchup files too. Not sure how it will handle textures.

If you're unhappy with that, you can check out luxrender which operates in blender.
    
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Sorry to intrude on your thread. But are 3d rendering apps the ones that you can create 3d objects and drawings like buildings and cars?
    
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Sorry to intrude on your thread. But are 3d rendering apps the ones that you can create 3d objects and drawings like buildings and cars?
Yeah. That's what they do.
    
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I'd recommend Cinema4d, it's not free but it has some similarities with Photoshop, I've found it much easier to use than other programs like 3Ds Max and Maya, it also works pretty well with After Effects
Edited by Riks - 12/26/10 at 8:08am
    
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For beginner Cinema4D - if you look for more expert level - MAX and Maya.
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For beginner Cinema4D - if you look for more expert level - MAX and Maya.
It kinda just looks like you read what i said and made a half assed judgment, C4D is not a beginner program, it's used in plenty of movies for example Inception.
    
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Free = blender. Closest open source you're going to get to the app's used in production. Have never used it myself, but from what I've both seen & heard over the years, it's a great place to start for someone who wants to 'have a look' without the financial commitment.

As for paid app.'s, pretty much what everyone else has said. The all have their pro's & con's, but essentially take you to the same place when all is said and done. It's just a matter of choosing the right tool for the job at hand.
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i don't know about the best but, i managed to make this in zanoza.





Ahhh the days of windows xp, I miss it already.
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Best bet for free would be Blender. As far as the noob part is concerned, all rendering aspects will differ. A common knowledge of material selection, lighting, and camera use can make a good start for any rendering you do. Then it all comes down to learning how to implement that in the program of your choice.
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