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What DAZ Studio is :
DAZ Studio is a 3D Computer Graphic Creation tool that allows you to pose, animate, and render 3D scenes and models purchased from the DAZ Store or other Content Market Places that support the DAZ file formats such as : Biovision Hierarchy (BVH), Wavefront Object (OBJ), and Collaborative Design Activity (COLLADA - DAE) file systems.
Who uses DAZ Studio :
Content creators from freelancers to professional-grade artists and studios have used DAZ models to make artwork, ranging from book covers and illustrations to concept art and fully rendered animations.
Why use DAZ Studio :
DAZ Studio has a lower price-tier than other 3D content creation applications, making it easier and more affordable to start your computer generated projects without the prohibitive costs associated with it.
NOTE : Keep in mind that building your DAZ Studio inventory can be expensive if you aren't making your own 3D assets. Keep an eye out for sales and discounts! If you sign up for the Platinum Club Plus Membership you receive an even bigger discount on DAZ related products. You also receive a monthly discount coupon and access to Platinum Club Plus items that range from $1.99 to $15.99.
Out of the Box models :
Getting models for free can be tricky. Often you have to lurk around and the products store to find deals on new release products. You can avoid some of this by creating an account, signing up for the newsletter, or adding items to your wish-list. The wish-list will show you the total sale price for your items whenever a sale event is going on. The newsletter is handy because it lets you know when a sale is happening. If you do both options, you have less work to find out if your favorite item or model is on sale.
Items that are currently included with DAZ 4.9 may change from time to time, so it’s best to check back to make sure you have all the included freebies. Think of this as a product update, every time DAZ releases a new version of its program, they add more free assets you can download. When you add the ‘bundle’ to your cart, the items are free. If you add them individually, you end up paying for them separately. It’s a weird system, but you want to pay attention to it so you don't make a mistake and buy something that you would otherwise get for free!
Currently, the following items are included in the DAZ Studio 4.9 Pro Beta Bundle :
DAZ Studio 4.9 PRO (includes)
Genesis Starter Essentials : $159.95
Genesis 2 Starter Essentials : $39.95
Subsurface Shader Base : $5.95
Genesis 3 Starter Essentials : $69.95
NOTE : You’ll want to read everything very carefully to find out what exactly is included with each product. This article isn’t meant to go into the details of what each product contains though we probably will in the future.
The models you receive :
As mentioned above, the kind of model you receive depends on the product update and the model(s) you purchase from the DAZ Store. With the current DAZ Studio 4.9 Pro Beta, you get both base male and female models from the Genesis 3 Era. These are the latest and greatest universal models, this means they can switch between genders.
If you want a more specific gender model, you need to purchase the additional male or female model base. There are several versions of each and you end up saving money in the long run with all the additional components you get in each bundle, especially if you have a Platinum Club Plus membership :
Genesis 3 models
NOTE : If you want the ‘anatomical elements’ for each model, you have to purchase the PRO versions of the models. That means if you want the female ‘anatomical elements’ for the female models, you need to purchase the Victoria 7 PRO Bundle. If you want the male ‘anatomical elements’, you have to purchase the Michael 7 PRO Bundle. The ‘anatomical elements’ (i.e.: genitals) are not included in the base or starter bundles. I’m not certain why DAZ Does this, but they do, so be aware of the model type before you buy!
TIP : An alternative to purchasing DAZ only content, there are ‘alternative adult’ model resources (i.e.: renderotica.com) that sell the ‘anatomical elements’ for DAZ and Poser models. The only problem with these items is that you have to manually install the content into the DAZ sub-directories yourself, which is sometimes difficult to keep track of. There are plenty of tutorials on this subject however, and most content creators include instructions on how and where to place the files within the DAZ directories
Modeling items for DAZ :
DAZ Studio is not a modeling application! Not in the sense that you create 3D items within DAZ; that isn’t what you use it for. DAZ Studio is only meant to pose, animate, and perform very limited rigging functions. If you want to create a 3D model from scratch, you need to purchase a 3D modeling application (i.e.: Autodesk 3ds Max, Blender, Lightwave, Maya, Zbrush, etc.), in order to accomplish those tasks.
Tutorials for DAZ :
If you’ve bought DAZ Studio and are looking for resources on how to use the program, you can always read the documentation HERE. If you come across a missing page or broken link, please report it! The documentation is spotty when it comes to user submitted tutorials. This is most likely due to server migration and link-death from externally linked files. You can find some information here, but the best place to find tutorials on DAZ is to search the forums HERE. The DAZ Community is very friendly and will help you figure out where to find information if you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for. You can find the main support page HERE as well.
TIP : There are lots of videos on YouTube and other places on the web. Do a quick Google search with DAZ in the search bar and you should find something related to what you’re looking for. The DAZ Forums have tons of threads related to tutorials and additional resources.
As with any computer program, you want to make sure your computer can handle running the DAZ application. Be sure to check the computer requirements to make sure your machine can run the application. It would suck if you got the program and bought a bunch of additional assets, only to find out your machine doesn’t support it.
For a list of system requirements for all DAZ programs, click HERE. You can also refer to the chart below to see if your computer meets the requirements for DAZ Studio 4.9 Pro Beta.
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