There’s to be a free Poser 2014 webinar with Steve Cooper, Senior Product Manager at Smith Micro Software. The one-hour live webinar will walk you though the new features in Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014, on 23rd May 2013.
Here’s a survey of contemporary modern goth girls for Daz Studio and Poser. No medieval armour, fantasy vampires, s&m lingerie, or Victorian-era frumpery — just a focus on a more contemporary look…
Characters for V4:
Lilah for V4 and A4…
Vast amounts to choose from, but here’s a core starter pack.
Goth Chick for Genesis (DAZ Studio 4.5) is flexible dance-club style goth outfit…
For a scene in colder climes, or perhaps a visit to a chilly crypt in search of cultists, try Bunny Fashion (requires Victoria 4.2 Morphs++). There are now a variety of texture addons for this…
Gothic Lilipop outfit for V4 and A4 is a little more cosplay…
Dark Rose for V4 and A4 is a bit quirky and has a variety of texture expansions…
Hoodlum for V4 and A4 is purrfect for exploring the catacombs…
Set two in the Urban Fae pack is goth…
… and there’s a free texture makeover for Urban Fae which has a cool lower set (swop out the pink for grey or white)…
Chilli Hair is a convincing contemporary street goth look.
Dead World Piercings for Genesis (DAZ Studio 4.5)
Teodora and Saraid Boots for V4 A4 are more your standard shoe-shop style goth boots…
FoRender is starting a series of complete Victoria 4 characters for Daz and Poser who look like famous actresses. The first is Restless for V4. I don’t recognise her, but apparently she is modelled after a Hollywood actress who many will know. You can suggest/vote for further V4 “famous” characters to be created in 3D by FoRender, here.
Here are the new features, with my comments on each:
* There’s a new Pro-version only “Fitting Room”… “to convert your existing clothing and props to fit any figure”. Useful, although third-party software such as CrossDresser (my review) already does that quite well and also works seamlessly for DAZ Studio too. Plus a related… “Morph Brush now supports Sag, Tighten and Loosen so clothing works better”. Poke-through, begone! Maybe.
* “Pixar Subdivision Surfaces for fast and efficient scene building” This means you can change the density of the surfaces on your model, by making the mesh looser or tighter. Looks like an on-the-fly polygon-reduction system, and one you can apply to any bit of a 3D model. Nice. Not sure how many times I’d use it. If I ever had a scene that heavy then I’d break it into background, foreground, character, and then composite their multiple renders together in Photoshop.
* “Bullet Physics for Soft Body Dynamics, Rigid Body and Hair.” Nice, for the small handful of serious Poser animators.
* A new “Comic Book Preview Mode” for color and B&W cartoon illustration and animation. A bit more on this one: “This feature will enable you to create comic art with fantastic line control and color, or clean black and white outlines with persistent shading even when rotating or animating your point of view.” Plus some new semi-toon characters which will ship with the software.
Sounds cool, especially if we can tweak it and can make share-able presets. The existing sketch mode in Poser can be made to produce rather nice effects. But I’ve yet to see a useful straight comic-book filter from any software, and I’ll be surprised if Poser 2014 manages to finally get it right.
* “Interactive Raytrace Preview.” Grainy real-time preview in a tiny window, but it looks really useful in terms of seeing what your render is actually going to look like, and as such could save a lot of time. Reducing the amount of wasted “fiddle-about-with-it time” can only be good, since that’s a real drawback in using Poser and DAZ Studio compared to iClone.
* “OpenGL Speed Optimization.” Nice. It was a bit sticky and slow, for me, so improvements are welcome. Not sure it’ll be as lovely-looking and responsive as DAZ Studio 3′s implementation of real-time Open GL, but we can hope.
And of course, the ever-present promise of faster rendering…
* “The Firefly render engine has been optimized for faster performance when Raytracing.”
So for me, the new version boils down to: it may render a bit faster, it has a useful real-time preview, and the comic-book filter might be cool. The real-time preview window looks like the must-have “killer feature”.
Anyway, judge for yourself. Here’s the official video for the new features of Poser Pro 2014…
“integrated in the DAZ Studio interface, the Look at my Hair Player allows you to load most pre-made Look at my Hair presets or .duf scenes, modify color and shader properties, hair count, thickness and render!”
Cool Poser-made movie, “The Drop”, by Gabe Sabloff and Tirade…
Lots of great SF 3D content appearing at the moment. Perhaps it’s something to do with the massive comet that’s headed our way later this year! Stonemason has just released the latest addition to his superb set of sci-fi environments. The latest is a set of SF consoles…
Looks great, but I do wish that DAZ and Poser could do glowing objects more easily, spilling light into the air around them. You can add glow after the render, in Photoshop + a few filters, of course. But it would be nice to make a prop or fabric glow as easily as you can in iClone.
I also note that DarioFish has a nice new set of Mass Effect -style aliens for DAZ Genesis, the “HFS Races”, which keep on getting better. The latest Iradian species looks especially professional…
Iridian Poser materials free here.
ArtFarm’s recent Zorn alien would complement the Iradian nicely.
Talking of comets, in advance of the huge interest there’s going to be in comets later this year, someone like Stonemason needs to do a quality “comet rider” sci-fi kit, with an awesome comet, and a mission craft to investigate it.
* what’s in the included free content and how to find it
* how to pose and dress both Miki and Tyler, and customize them
* the basics of rendering, turning your 3D scene into a 2D picture.
You can get a feel for the webinar format by looking at the archived webinars, including part one of “Getting Started in 3D with Poser”.
After a long wait Reality 3 for Poser is actually available to buy now, with a $20 discount until the 5th of May 2013!
DAZ Studio users already have Reality 2 available now, with Reality 3 for DAZ Studio announced but not yet dated as far as I know. I’m guessing possibly August 2013?
A Renderosity staffer reviews Vue Xtream 11, the top version of the natural landscape rendering software. The blurb for the lesser Vue 11 Studio version ($399) claims… “extended Poser/DAZ integration” and that it will “Load and render Poser characters”. Hopefully that latter feature isn’t limited to the 64-bit version, as it was in Vue 10.
A very nice new semi-toon spacesuit, Imploo Explorer, for the new Imploo character. Personally I’m not keen on the Imploo, it lacks something when compared to the appeal of Nursoda’s creations and the skin textures are Poser-only. The developer obviously has great hopes of it, but I can’t see it catching on if neither the textures nor the poses work in DAZ.
I’d love to see it officially made available for other semi-toon characters too.