Before LightWave came Videoscape 3D and Aegis Modeler 3D on the Commodore Amiga. Videoscape was written by Allen Hastings and Modeler 3D by Stuart Ferguson, giving a historical basis behind the split personality of LightWave 3D.
VideoScape featured 3-D solid graphics, smooth camera motion, multiple resolutions, frame generation and of course supported the IFF format. Because it was originally an Aegis product is also included support for the Aegis/Sparta ANIM format and included artwork created by Jim Sachs, Richard LaBarre and Allen Hastings himself.
There was a very impressive demo reel out there that showed off just what VideoScape could do, and it was no surprise that NewTek chose this as the basis for LightWave.