.VW File Extension

Lightscape View File

3D/CAD File
The VW (view) file extension is associated with Lightscape, an application that combines ray tracing and radiosity to create accurate, lifelike lighting for 3D models. The Lightscape Visualization System was put together by the video editing software maker Discreet Logic which was acquired by Autodesk in 1998 in an effort to broaden the company's 3D product portfolio.

The process of adding lighting visual effects to a 3D model using Lightscape consists of two major parts: the Preparation Stage and the Solution stage when the lighting effects are implemented. During the Preparation Stage the user can edit materials, layers, processing parameters, geometry and lights. All this information can be saved and exported separately as different, standalone files. The VW format is used to export selected camera views or the active view.

How to open VW Files

View Files can be created with Autodesk 3ds Max or imported directly into the program. This is done through the Application Menu by selecting "Import" and choosing "Lightscape Files" from the drop-down list.

If the users creates several view files for different angles, they all get added to a list of views that can be accessed from the View Context Menu.

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