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Summary

Rendering your animations has to be done. Someday, you might not need to render, as processors and video cards become increasingly powerful. For now, though, LightWave still has to render, just like any other 3D application. But you’ll find that the rendering engine inside LightWave is one of the best around. It’s strong and stable, and most importantly, it produces beautifully rendered images.

NewTek has added many OpenGL enhancements. These speed up your workflow, but also give the poor F9 (Render Current Frame) key a break. Work through the exercises in this book, and make your own animations anytime you can. You can’t be in front of your computer 24 hours a day—well, maybe you can, but you shouldn’t. When you get ready to take a break, set up a render. Don’t just wait until the animation is “perfect.” Render often and see how your animation looks. You might find new ways to enhance it and make it even better. Or, you might just find that it’s perfect the way it is.


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