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Affordable to quality 3D content is important to every 3D artist and 3D animation producer. We all have our favorite sources, however change is the one thing we can count on. So its important to stay on top of the changes and face lifts going on at our favorite content providers. Some of these changes affect savings club program benefits.
Here is a comparison of popular 3D content distributors and their content clubs or discount shopping programs so you can determine which affords you the best value and benefit. Whether you like to render your 3D work in Poser, DAZ Studio DS4, Messiah 3d, SimLab 3d or your favorite game engine you need access to affordable content. This content club review will get you started off right.
Turning things upside down, we will get o the bottom line, first:
Hands Down, DAZ Platinum Club offers the best 3D content & consumer value. When you compare these benefits over the competition. (Runtime DNA, Renderosity, TurboSquid, Cornucopia3D, Poser World, Arteria and Content Paradise) its easy to see who still stacks up on top:
DAZ 3D Store has a vast array of 3D figures, clothes and scenic props at very reasonable prices and incredible prices when on sale. DAZ products have the most practical user license if you plan to publish your work commercially. DAZ3D also offers commercial and independent game developer licenses so you can distribute royalty free derivative projects.
The selection is vast, yet the search works well and compatible items are easy to to identify. Furthermore, unlike many some of the competitors which charge as much as 30% for the privilege of downloading your product in the future , DAZ3D.com will maintain your inventory and licenses indefinitely in your account profile without charging for future downloads. This is very convenient, allowing you to purchase when you want without worrying about downloading soon and backing up your purchases.
DAZ 3D Platinum Club (PC) is a premium savings program offering substantial product discount, special events and freebie benefits for the consumer. Membership costs $100 the first year and $70 to renew as there is a $30 initial membership activation fee.
- A MINIMUM of 30% Off DAZ Factory Originals, Representing at least 1/4 store inventory.
- Monthly subset selection of nearly 1000 items further reduced to $1.99
- $6 Discount Coupon per month for to purchase a DAZ original product(s) that IS NOT reduced to $1.99
- Members Only Perks (To Be Defined) In the past this included sales events such as March Madness and October Surprise sales programs and freebies.
- Freebies - PC Club newsletter frequently has an item that has been listed as a freebie for members.
Eligible for a monthly art contest with a chance to win $25 store credit.
So DAZ PC is the one to beat, here is what the competition serves up in terms of in value:
Renderosity is a user oriented 3D content store and artist community site focused on all aspects of 3D media development including 3D Modeling, Figure Creation, Posing, Scene Production, Animation, Rendering, and Post Render retouching. No other site offers the depth of user knowledge in this industry. Registered users receive many free benefits, including the ability to download and share 3D content including figures, materials, clothes props and poses. Registered users have their own image gallery and upload library to manage and publicize their work to the Renderosity.com 3D community.
- Prime selection of approximately 350 items priced at $3.50 each and are frequently rotated.
- Use of special Image Gallery (includes 3 Gallery uploads per day).
- Use of special Private forum with dedicated concierge service (i.e. moderator).
- To be defined benefits such as coupon discounts for Prime members, periodically
- TONS and TONS of FREEBIES and Fellow Artist shareable.
Cornucopia3D is E-On Vue’s 3D content store and user community. Similar to DAZ Store linking into DS, Cornucopia has an in-app interface that loads content directly into the Vue 3D scenic rendering application. Vue is a amazingly versatile 3D application, and the Complete product integrates very well with Poser, DS and outputs the most extraordinary vista and environmental animation for games. As such it imports and exports most unlocked content very well with baked textures and lighting.
The Cornucopia3D.com Store sells products are available in open standard format (OBJ & 3DS), and proprietary locked to (Vue) license format that is NOT exportable/transferable to other applications in your 2D pipeline. However the “locked to license” content is considerably more affordable.
C-Club cost per year: $100, including ($70 to renew) as there is a $30 initial membership activation fee.
- 30% discount on Essential Items monthly selection, comprising of approximately 30 items, un-exportable - locked to license items and selected Training Materials
- 90% discount on Big Deal monthly selection of approximately 30 items.
- Access to a $1 Bargain Bin, selection of approximately. 25 items.
- $5 Monthly Voucher to use on NON-Sale, approved, locked to license about 115 items.
- 30 day price guarantee. Necessary as a $20 item last month may be only $.99 this month.
Poser World - More of a mega-size Poser accessory and 3D prop download site rather than a club/user group. $70 annual fee ($500 lifetime) gets you unlimited download access to thousands of hobby and near retail grade items suitable for Poser and DS. Lots of freebies. Quality of items is good but inconsistent.
RunTime DNA – Is a Store and 3D Figure user community. Its also the “Official Poser Forum” and is used by SM to announce news to the Poser community, however it is independently owned and operated. RunTimeDNA.com Store product selection focused on Poser, DAZ 3D Studio, Vue, Z-Brush and other animation rendering and modeling systems. No club fees however registration provides some benefits and amenities similar to a club like atmosphere including newsletter contests, training events and sale notices. Awesome account management and unlimited downloads and plenty of cool freebies make this a very accommodating 3D site.
ShareCG – Computer Graphics User Community Gallery, Download and Discussion Forum site with special sections for Poser and DS compatible figures and content. Thousands of user uploaded content, renders and tutorials reside in the ShareCG.com file libraries. Site registration enables all benefits to users.No dues or fees, its all free.
Content Paradise – Smith Micro’s factory Poser store that integrates into Posers interface. No club fees, some registration benefits and sale notices. Some cool freebies. Costly extended download fees for each file make it a requirement to back up your files, including free patches and upgrades. A bummer because it could be a great and convenient resource.
Turbo Squid - No club fees, however there are many registration benefits, especially if you are a interested in becoming a content developer. Gigantic assortment of products and formats, some very professional but quality overall is inconsistent, as is the pricing. Tons of freebies.
Arteria 3D – Arteria3d.com is a 3D content outlet for commercial and independent game developers. Diverse, theme based product selection includes low and med poly animated figures and props in a huge assortment of handy formats and levels of detail including for the most popular game engines wavefront obj, torque, unity, milkshape, blitz3d, Direct X, FBX, and more. Very good, consistent quality most suitable for 3D games.
You add it up and you see that DAZ PC has the largest selection each month to club members offering the best value for quality products in the industry however there are some outstanding alternatives.