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NewTek Ships LightWave™ 10

NewTek Ships LightWave10
3D artists’ gain interactive viewport rendering, real-time stereoscopic preview, Virtual Studio Tools for immersive walkthroughs and the first complete linear colour space workflow, all within an enhanced user interface

SAN ANTONIO — December 30, 2010
— NewTek, a worldwide leader of 3D animation and video products, releases NewTek LightWave™ 10—the latest version of its Emmy® Award-winning 3D software. LightWave 10 delivers a whole new set of capabilities for 3D producers and studio pipelines. Now, 3D artists have the ability to focus on the creative process with tools that provide immediate feedback—whether they work alone or in a multi-software studio.

LightWave 10 leverages new technologies developed in LightWave CORE, and showcases NewTek‟s commitment to the creation of tools that support the artistic process. With LightWave 10, artists have the ability to interact directly in the viewport and see changes to lights, textures, volumetrics and more, to view updates to their stereoscopic work in real-time and to deliver realistic environment walkthroughs in ways never before possible. With data interchange tools that enhance pipeline integration and a fresh user interface, LightWave 10 is the most artist-friendly, production-ready version of LightWave ever. Developed through continued collaboration with 3D artist members of the LightWave HardCORE community and key Hollywood studios, LightWave 10 delivers the benefits artists count on.

“We upgraded to LightWave 10 with its linear colour space workflow because it lets us achieve photorealism so much faster. It helps bring out all the qualities of the rock solid LightWave render engine,” said Stefan Bredereck, supervising artist EdenFX. “With LightWave, we achieved the needed results super fast, and we accomplished even the most challenging tasks, LightWave 10 speeds things up even more. The new features make it a very valuable tool for our studio.”

LightWave 10 New Features and Benefits include:

  • Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR)--render in real-time, with the ability to limit the render region, for maximum performance
  • New Stereoscopic Anaglyph preview—real-time interocular, „red-blue‟ anaglyphic separation delivers the ability to view changes as they happen
  • Virtual Studio Tools—supports InterSense Virtual Camera Tracking System (VCAM) and 3Dconnexion 3D mouse, allowing interaction with models and scenes in real time
  • Linear Colour Space Workflow—supports custom Look Up Tables (LUTs) for more realistic lighting, and to maximize compositing flexibility
  • New Data Interchange Tools—support for MDD, Autodesk® Geometry Cache, FBX® and COLLADA™ make it easy to move data from one application to another
  • Updated User Interface (UI)—interactive channel sliders, added control for custom colours, and numerous workflow enhancements deliver a more dynamic user experience

“Our goal with LightWave 10 is to deliver workflows that best serve the artist and support their creative discovery process, allowing them to interact with their 3D content like never before,” said Rob Powers, NewTek vice president of 3D development. "Technology should serve the artist, and not the other way around. This is how the Virtual Art Department (VAD) worked, which my team innovated on „Avatar.‟ It helped transform filmmaking to serve the director.”

Pricing and Availability
LightWave 10 is now available.
For a limited time the upgrade price from LightWave v9 to LightWave 10 is $719 AU$ (inc GST) — and includes membership in the LightWave HardCORE community with immediate access to preview builds of LightWave CORE. For a limited time a full license for LightWave 10 is $1169 AU$ (inc GST) — and includes membership in the LightWave HardCORE community with immediate access to preview builds of LightWave CORE.

Educational pricing is also available. For more information, please visit or call New Magic Australia Sales at (03) 9722 9700. International callers replace (03) with +613.

About LightWave
NewTek LightWave 3D® combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools. LightWave 10 is designed to support the creative process, providing the artist with the ability to interact in real time with 3D content, to work seamlessly with the full range of software applications in production pipelines and to render on unlimited render nodes. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide, as a complete 3D production solution for visual effects in film, television, broadcast graphics, print, games, visualization, and the Web, and is responsible for more artists winning Emmy® Awards than any other 3D application.

About NewTek
Benefiting producers and artists with cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek is a worldwide leader in 3D animation and special effects tools, portable live production and video editing including LightWave 3D®, the TriCaster™ product line and 3PLAY™. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards. NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including "Avatar," "Repo Men," "Alice in Wonderland," "Tintin," "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Caprica," "V," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Lost," "Fringe" and more.

About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd (Australian and New Zealand NewTek LightWave master distributor)
New Magic Australia Pty Ltd is a recognised leader in the distribution and marketing of multimedia hardware and software, representing a carefully selected range of innovative, leading manufacturers and catering for both the professional and consumer markets. New Magic Australia established in 1993 is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, NewTek LightWave 3D, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Matrox Video Products and Sony Creative Software products.