3D Animation Using Daz3D And Lightwave


This time I thought we’d take a look at the Daz3D products for animating your CG characters.


As the name suggests AniMate is geared to helping you create movement for your Daz3D characters.

You can also choose from many blocked animation options that will make the task of moving your characters around a lot easier.

A couple of these are the aniMate Belly Dancer for V4 (here: http://www.daz3d.com/animate-belly-dancing-for-v4) and aniMate at the park, which you can find here:



Source image: http://www.daz3d.com/animate-at-the-park-aniblocks-for-m4

There are also aniBlock sample packs, such as the one shown here, which you can find here: http://www.daz3d.com/animate-aniblock-sampler.

The description from the website, “This is a promotional sample of the currently available aniBlock content packs. These aniBlocks come from the Walk Construction Kit, Gestures 1, Dance Club Moves 1 and Transitions: Sits 1 packs.”

On the Daz3D site you will find aniMate Mastery2 (Part 1 of 2: http://www.daz3d.com/animate2-mastery-part-1), which costs US$39.95. You will be guided through all the steps you need to make an animation using Daz3D

Note from the aniMate page: “The aniMate2 plug-in is included with the DAZ Studio 4 installer and is installed automatically, but is not activated until you enter a valid serial number for it.”


Source image: http://www.daz3d.com/animate2-mastery-part-1

MovieMaker for Daz Studio

MovieMaker gives you pre-rendered backgrounds with camera, lighting and shadow matching.

The Director’s Pack includes seven backgrounds with a total of 202 high resolution 360 degree panoramic backgrounds, shown here, which costs US$34.97, and you can find it here: http://www.daz3d.com/movie-maker-director-bundle


Source image: http://www.daz3d.com/movie-maker-director-bundle

There is also the Hollywood Producer pack, which includes 14 background packs, a total of 457 high-resolution pre-rendered 360-degree panoramic backgrounds.

For an overview of how to use MovieMaker, watch this video on YouTube:


Finally, don’t forget that you also need to create some expression in the face and movement with the hair so that the moving figure you have created gets to look as though they are enjoying themselves, or not!

Anyway, here is a short tutorial from Brian Loukatos on how to make a character nod and wink using Daz Studion http://youtu.be/4Qhgh5ocr7w.

Melanie Phillibert

Dreamlight Content Management and Support

PS: You can take a look at some more Dreamlight Animation Tutorials HERE

Happily sharing how to create great 3D & 2D art in DAZ Studio, Lightwave and Photoshop, Val Cameron, CEO and founder of Dreamlight, has been coaching and mentoring hundreds of thousands of artists since 2005. Bestselling DAZ 3D vendor with over 230+ video tutorials, plug ins and light sets.

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7 Responses to “3D Animation Using Daz3D And Lightwave”

  1. mike reidell October 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    “Movie Maker is not compatible with DAZ Studio 4.x or higher at this time.”
    Would be nice if it was working DAZ Studio 4.x or higher

  2. scott November 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    I would like to do my thing with 3d style.

  3. Jerry November 17, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    What is the highest resolutions movie maker can export? Can it
    export 4k?


    • Val Cameron November 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Yes it can. There is no limit to the resolution it can export, it’s more a limitation of the pre-rendered backgrounds. If you zoom out far enough, you can easily get away with 1k, 2k and still having the background looking sharp. However, as you use higher resolutions, the DAZ rendered portions of the image will look high rez, while the background will start looking too soft. However, if you intend to have a DOF effect (blurred background), then that is not a problem. Movie Maker is originaly designed for rendered at 1280 x 720, so that you can maintain some zooming into the 360-degree backgrounds.

  4. Stan January 8, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    I have bought Movie Maker for DAZ Studio 4.6 and I can not get it to work on Daz 4.9. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Val Cameron January 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      Hi there, it’s for DS 4.6 only at the moment… Sorry for any inconvenience!

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