Bryce 6.3 for free

I hadn’t realised that the 3D landscape-rendering grand-daddy Bryce 5.5 is freeware (online registration required). Just keep in mind it’s five-year old software, dating back to 2005 when Bryce was finally rescued by DAZ from stagnation in the evil clutches of Corel Corp. But if you’ve only got an old hand-me-down PC, it’s free and it’ll run. A somewhat more up-to-date version of Bryce (v6.3, Nov 2006 — intro’d HDRI lighting) is being given away free on the cover-DVD of the forthcoming edition of 3D World magazine #135 (Nov 2010), which should be in the shops in the UK in about a week…

Personally, if you just want pretty 3D landscapes to use as backdrops for your non-profit video, then I’d suggest using FRAPS to grab screenshots from a videogame where the interface is such that it allows you to remove/crop-out all or most of the interface clutter.