3D Animation

What makes a picture 3D?
A picture that appears to have a height, width, and depth.

What is CGI Animation?
CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery. More specifically 3D computer graphics. CGI is used for visual effects that are computer generated.

Advantages of 3D/CGI animation are:
CGI is very successful because the animator has more control over the animation. The animator does not need actors, props, or expensive sets. 3D animation has evolved so much from where it began.  3D looks realistic and the final product is truly amazing!

There are many 3D computer programs that are different and have their own characteristics and specialties. Some examples are:

  • Maya
  • LightWave
  • Softimage
  • Studio Max
  • Swift
  • Amorphium
  • Carrara Studio
  • Poser
  • Bryce
  • Blender
  • Renderman

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