I would like to enquire about the possibility of importing 3D STUDIO model
files into ALIAS/WAVEFRONT.
For SOFTIMAGE 3D there is a plugin available from Minerva Custom Effects
called "3DS2Soft". It states:
"The 3DS2Soft effect lets you import 3D STUDIO model files into SOFTIMAGE
3D. The result is a hierarchy of SOFTIMAGE 3D meshes with any local
material correctly assigned." (Minerva Custom Effects User's Manual,
Is anything similar available for ALIAS/WAVEFRONT ? I can't seem to find
any information in the user's manuals.
I know it is possible to import files from 3D STUDIO into ALIAS/WAVEFRONT
as DXF as well as IGES files.
However from past experience, trying to import model files from STRATA
STUDIO (Macintosh) to 3D STUDIO (PC) it created a lot of problems: lost of
detail; lost of holes and undercuts; lost of animation paths; lost of
Also in WIRED, April 1996, p. 178, "Cameron Angle", James Cameron States:
"At Digital Domein we're actually using lower-cost platforms, just PCs
basically, to do a lot of preliminary modeling, texture mapping, and bump
mapping before we ship it up to the SGIs' which have the higher cost-rate
How do they do it? Please give advice.
Thank you in anticipation for your time and assistance.
Johann van der Schijff