A good 3D Animation/Rendering Program?

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  1. Grimwave

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    Okay, what I'm looking for is an affordable, reliable, 3D Animation Studio program. I need something where I can do rendering and full length animation work, all in the same program. I really wanna do my own TF fan mini-series, so this is really important to me. So what would you guys suggest?
     
  2. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    There is Blender 3D, a free open source program, that's got a lot it and highly complex. Be sure to take tutorials on it!
     
  3. Grimwave

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    hmm, do you use it personally?
     
  4. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    There's also Autodesk's software, like 3Ds Max and AutoCADD. I think Anim8tor is supposed to be decent, too.
     
  5. Grimwave

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    now where do these range in price? 100's 1000's ?????
     
  6. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Yeah I've used it! It's got a hell'ah lot of potential to it! Like I said though is that it is one of the most complex rending programs I've seen but there's a lot it can do. The results that Ive seen of it can rival 3D Studio Max.

    blender.org - Home

    Check it out!
     
  7. Liege Prime

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    You're talking about some very complex work here that takes a lot of training. A lot of companies use multiple programs, jumping around from 3ds Max or Maya, to Z-brush, which has a bunch of other plugins and seperate programs, and then also generally using the help of Photoshop for the textures. Each of these programs can run about $600-$1000.
     
  8. Tripredacus

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    I've only used Lightwave before, but I don't know if that is still around. I had used it to animate Renderware objects. Heck that was in 2001.
     
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    I've heard Blender thrown around. But that's really all I know.
     
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    blender's not bad, just hardish. tutorials help, too
     
  11. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    There's also Sketch-up, but I don't recommend it to anyone whose been trained on Autodesk Software.
     
  12. CrypticIllusionist

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    Before I went to college, I tried every bit of freeware 3D animation and modeling software I could find and it all frustrated the hell out of me. I was so happy when I first tried out Maya in college; hands-down the most user-friendly 3D program I've used. It's also very expensive, so...pick your poison (empty wallet or difficult interfaces) I suppose.
     
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    Sketchup is no good for animation work.
     
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    Ebay:
    Anim8or and blenderware for free.
     

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