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NewTek Releases LightWave™ 10.1 with New Stereoscopic Features and Interactive Production Workflow

Advancements deliver robust stereoscopic camera rig and VPR functionality, better import and export capabilities, new Skin Shader node, and more

SAN ANTONIO— July 28, 2011— NewTek, a worldwide leader of 3D animation and video products, announced LightWave™ 10.1, the latest version of its Emmy® Award-winning 3D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering software, is now available. With powerful advanced modeling and animation tools designed to integrate into any production pipeline, LightWave 10.1 offers a new off-axis stereoscopic camera rig option, improved Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), advanced import and export capabilities, including MDD and integrated Autodesk® Geometry Cache support, a new Skin Shader node, and more. Artists count on the features of LightWave to deliver stunning results.

“We’re using LightWave 10.1 for everything—from lighting and shading, to working on material from other pieces of software, as well as just producing everything in it—from start to finish,” explains John F. K. Parenteau, managing producer at Pixomondo Los Angeles in Santa Monica, California. Pixomondo is currently using LightWave in the creation of Steven Spielberg’s new TV series “Terra Nova,” slated to premiere this fall. “LightWave provides a very fast turnaround for us. It has become a great tool, particularly with its new capabilities,” explains Parenteau.

New Features Provide Impressive Results

LightWave 10.1 enhances creativity with new stereoscopic features that provide access to all major stereo camera rigs, and the ability to dynamically correct for toe-in distortion in the animation pipeline. Additional stereo enhancements include interactive OpenGL off-axis adjustment of the right and left camera planes, click-and-drag convergence point adjustment in the viewport, and the ability to disable the anaglyph representation of the stereo camera in OpenGL. Also in LightWave 10.1, interocular and convergence points can be dynamically animated over time to track stereo changes within a shot.

The LightWave VPR allows artists to directly interact and easily adjust lights, textures, volumetrics and more, within the viewport. Artists can also use the VPR to view updates, quickly deliver realistic, environmental walkthroughs, and perform virtual location scouts. LightWave 10.1 extends the functionality of the VPR with the support of clip maps in the VPR render, the addition of object and distance dissolve, and improved nodal shaders like the new Skin material node that works with the VPR. The Skin Shader node uses a proprietary model for subsurface scattering for an easier method of replicating realistic skin textures.

LightWave 10.1, with integrated Autodesk Geometry Cache Support gives artists the ability to include or exclude models, morphs, animations, cameras and lights, upon export. Other workflow features in LightWave 10.1 offer the ability to import joints as LightWave bones for greater compatibility with other programs; multi-threaded mesh evaluation optimization and sub-d mesh freezing acceleration; linear colour space workflow improvements, including new support for .ICC/.ICM monitor profiles, and more. Additional LightWave 10.1 features include:

  • Virtual Studio Tools—supports InterSense Virtual Camera Tracking System (VCam™) and 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator™ 3D mouse, allowing interaction with models and scenes in real time 
  • FiberFX™—hair and fur shader now supports VPR and includes improved speed, stability and displacement handling
  • Linear Colour Space Workflow—supports custom Look Up Tables (LUTs) for more realistic lighting and compositing flexibility, colour space correction for HyperVoxels™,  XYZ, Lab, RGB and CMYK data, and more
  • Updated User Interface (UI)—interactive channel sliders, added control for custom colours, and numerous workflow enhancements deliver a more dynamic user experience

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Pricing and Availability

LightWave 10.1 is now available. The update is available as a free download for owners of LightWave 10. For a limited time, the upgrade from any previous version of LightWave to

LightWave 10.1 is $569 (inc GST AU$), a full license is $899 (inc GST AU$) and Educational licenses start at $249 (inc GST AU$). For more information, please visit or call New Magic Australia Sales at 03 9722 9700.

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 feature films and television shows, including "Avatar," "TinTin," "Repo Men," "V," "Fringe," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Fairly OddParents" and more.

About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd (Australian and New Zealand NewTek LightWave 3D 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 has been established for over 16 years and is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, NewTek LightWave 3D, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Matrox Video Product and Sony Creative Software products.