LightWave 11.5 Streamlines Broadcast Graphics at NAB 2013

Powerful new After Effects Interchange gives artists greater flexibility with 2D and 3D elements

Posted: Tue 09 Apr 2013

At NAB 2013 (booth SL4610), the LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., is demonstrating its new LightWave 11.5 3D modeling and animation software, including the new After Effects Interchange feature and workflow enhancements for broadcast and motion graphics.

“LightWave remains a go-to solution for the 3D motion graphics and broadcast markets—its ease of use, extensive features and affordability make it an essential tool for 3D graphics and visualization in television and film,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “With the new After Effects Interchange tool in LightWave 11.5, we’ve improved the flexibility of the pipeline by allowing artists to easily share elements between the two programs.”

LightWave 11.5's new After Effects Interchange -- Moving from LightWave to After Effects.

With the LightWave 11.5 After Effects Interchange feature, artists can easily select elements in a scene such as animation, lights, and cameras and move them between LightWave and After Effects via the GoAE button. The new After Effects Interchange in LightWave 11.5 supports:

Cameras: Combine 2D footage and 3D elements by tracking the cameras of live-action footage in After Effects to cameras in LightWave. Move the cameras between After Effects and LightWave to achieve identical real-life camera movements inside LightWave.

Nulls: Send nulls from After Effects to LightWave and place them in 3D space for compositing.

Lights: Achieve the desired look by moving lights, including spotlights and point lights, between LightWave and After Effects for multiple test scenes.

View the LightWave 11.5 After Effects Interchange video tutorial detailing the many uses of this new interchange.

LightWave 11.5's new After Effects Interchange -- Moving from After Effects to LightWave.

LightWave 11.5 also includes new features and functionality that enhance creativity and streamline productivity for everyone—from individual artists and designers to large animation or visual effects studios. Some of the many new features in LightWave 11.5 include the Genoma character rigging system with modular presets, predator and prey Flocking capabilities, per-object Instancing control, and soft-body Bullet Dynamics with support for FiberFX. Also included are Interchange Tools for Pixologic’s Zbrush software, stereoscopic and depth-of-field motion blur in the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR), major workflow enhancements, and more.

Pricing and Availability

LightWave 11.5 supports Windows and Mac OS and is priced at $1495 (USD). Registered LightWave 11 customers can upgrade to LightWave 11.5 free of charge; upgrade pricing from LightWave 10 or earlier is priced at $695 (USD). Educational pricing is also available. Visit to purchase or locate an authorized LightWave reseller.

Download a free full-feature 30-day trial version of LightWave 11.5 at

About LightWave

LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful and intuitive modeling and animation tools. LightWave includes hundreds of cross-platform render nodes for near limitless rendering, support for Windows and Mac UB 64- and 32-bit operating systems, free technical support and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for feature film and television visual effects, broadcast design, print graphics, architectural visualization, game development, and more. LightWave is responsible for more artists winning Emmy® Awards than any other 3D application.

LightWave has been used in the creation of CG and visual effects for leading feature films and television shows, including “Skyfall,” “The Hunger Games,” The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Avatar,” “The Walking Dead,” “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” “Fringe,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and more.

For more information about LightWave or the LightWave 3D Group, please visit: www.lightwave3d.comTwitterYouTube or connect with us on Facebook.

About NewTek

NewTek is transforming the way people create network-style television content and share it with the world. From sporting events, Web-based talk shows, live entertainment, classrooms, and corporate communications—to virtually any venue where people want to capture and publish live video, we give our customers the power to grow their audiences, brands and businesses, faster than ever before.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. 

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