I have paper plans for a ship that we have filmed documentary on. And we would like to make a wire frame representation of the ship that we can move the camera about with - to show where certain sections are to the viewer before the actual footage. Do to cost restraints we have to do this in house. Are there any tuitions available, or any suggestions what software would be helpful for us? (We have access to Autocad 2005). Thank you. ~tom
What's the priority of you project, tecnical exactness or a good look. If you need a model that's absolutly identical to the papers use a CAD-tool, like Autocad. If it has just to look good use a 3d-model and -animation tool (3ds max). The best, but most expencive way, would be, constructing the boat in Autocad and importing it 3ds max for texturing, light and rendering. Dataexchange works quite good - same SW-company - trough DWG-format.
The look is probably more important that technical accuracy. And I have started the project not in 3ds max - sorry - but in Maya as this is available to me. Seems like it's going to take a while though - as this is a Naval Ship with lots of parts!