Create A Virtual Enterprise

The USS Enterprise is one of the iconic symbols of modern popular culture. Many Trekkers who also happen to be involved in 3D virtual graphics and animation like to create their own rendered scenes featuring the Enterprise. They can then post these renders to sites like Renderosity or Animotions for others to view and admire. If you would like to create your own 3D rendering of the Enterprise, you must first download one of the free Enterprise meshes you can find at sites like 3D Studios or STMC. There are many to choose from, since there have been different versions in the TV series and movies.

Instructions

Poser

1. Click on the desktop shortcut to start the Poser application. Select the default figure in the scene and delete it.

2. Click “Render Settings” and make the render “Background” black.

3. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Import.” Choose the file type of the model you are importing and in the dialog, select and open it. Choose the size you want for the import and click “OK.”

4. Use “Parameter Dials” to position the Enterprise in the view. Select “Render” from the menu and click “Render.”

5. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Export.” From the options, choose “Image.” Save your render as a JPEG file.

Daz Studio

6. Click the desktop shortcut to start the Daz Studio application.

7. Click the “Render” tab and go to “Render Settings.” Make the render “Background” black.

8. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Import.” Browse to the model and open it.

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9. Click the “Pose” tab and use “Parameter Dials” to position the Enterprise in the view. Select “Render” from the menu and click “Render.”

10. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Save Last Render.” Save your render as a JPEG file.

Vue Infinite

11. Click the desktop shortcut to start the Vue Infinite application. Select the “Ground Plane” in the “Layers” panel on the left and delete it.

12. Select “Atmosphere” from the menu and choose “Load Atmosphere.” In the dialog, choose “Outer Space.” Click “OK.”

13. Select “File” from the menu and click “Import.” Locate the model and open it. Use the manipulators that appear around the model to position it in the view.

14. Click “Render” at the top. Click “Ctrl” and “F8” on your keyboard. In the dialog that opens, save your image as a JPEG file.