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How to Install and Use Octane Render for LightWave 3D

Octane Render is a powerful GPU-accelerated, unbiased, physically correct renderer that can produce stunning photorealistic images. Octane Render is compatible with LightWave 3D, a versatile 3D modeling and animation software that has been used for many films, games, and TV shows. In this article, we will show you how to install and use Octane Render for LightWave 3D.


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Step 1: Download Octane Render for LightWave Zip File

To use Octane Render for LightWave 3D, you need to have a Studio or Enterprise subscription license from OTOY, the company that develops Octane Render. You can sign up for a subscription on their website: Once you have a subscription, you can download the Octane Render for LightWave zip file from their customer downloads page: You will need to log in with your OTOY account credentials to access the downloads. Choose the version that matches your LightWave 3D version and operating system (Windows or OSX).

Step 2: Install Octane Render for LightWave Plugin

Once you have downloaded the zip file, extract it to a folder on your computer. You will see two files: a .p file and a .cfg file. The .p file is the plugin file that contains the Octane Render engine and features. The .cfg file is the configuration file that contains the settings and preferences for the plugin. To install the plugin, you need to copy both files to your LightWave 3D plugins folder. The location of this folder may vary depending on your LightWave 3D version and installation path, but it is usually something like this: C:\Program Files\NewTek\LightWave_2019.1\bin\plugins or /Applications/NewTek/LightWave3D_2019.1/bin/plugins. After copying the files, launch LightWave 3D and go to Edit > Edit Plugins. Click on Scan Directory and select the plugins folder where you copied the files. You should see OctaneRender.p appear in the list of plugins. Click on Done to confirm.

Step 3: Activate Octane Render for LightWave Plugin

The first time you use Octane Render for LightWave 3D, you need to activate it with your OTOY account credentials. To do this, go to Layout mode in LightWave 3D and open the Render Globals panel (F5). In the Renderer tab, select OctaneRender as the current renderer. You will see a message saying "OctaneRender is not activated". Click on Activate and enter your OTOY username and password in the pop-up window. Click on OK and wait for a few seconds until you see a message saying "OctaneRender is activated". You can now use Octane Render for LightWave 3D.

Step 4: Set Up Octane Render for LightWave Scene

To render your scene with Octane Render, you need to set up some parameters in the Render Globals panel and in the Object Properties panel. Here are some basic steps to get started:

  • In the Render Globals panel (F5), go to the Camera tab and select Octane Camera as the current camera type. This will enable you to use some of the advanced features of Octane Render, such as depth of field, motion blur, lens effects, etc.

  • In the same panel, go to the Output tab and set the resolution and aspect ratio of your render.

  • In the same panel, go to the Octane tab and adjust some of the settings that control the quality and speed of your render, such as samples per pixel (SPP), max samples (MAX), adaptive sampling (AS), denoiser (DN), etc.

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