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What is 3d animation?

What is 3d animation for?

Techniques and Types of 3D Animation

There are countless animation styles, as many as 3d artists in the world. Since art is, ultimately, interpretation, each studio and each animator can set a series of rules and choose the most appropriate techniques to define a type of animation.

This decision may have its origin for artistic or budgetary reasons. However, broadly speaking, there are 3 main types of 3d animation; Realistic, Cartoon and Snappy and the most common is to find hybrids that define the personality or style of each studio or in each movie. Here we explain to them all and with examples.

Realistic 3d animation

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In this case, the technique is completely manual, that is, the animation is created by animators. You will find a good example in movies like Angry Birds and Ugly Dolls.

Snappy 3d animation

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The Snappy-style 3D Animation is actually an exaggerated and simplified version of Cartoon Animation. The use of principles as an animation style taken to the extreme, with very marked timings and spacing. And a much more pronounced use of stretching, crushing, and exaggeration. You will find a good example of Snappy animation in the reel of the animator Jorge Viagra, used in large productions. I also include the famous animated short The food thief.

The origin of 3D animation

In 1972 young Edwin Catmull (Ed Catmull) and Fred Parke created the first 3D Animation. 3d Animation came at a time when traditional animators were witnessing the end of a great era. Increasingly, the general public began to value a tool on which no one would think that an empire could be built.

3D Animation Programs

Currently, there is a multitude of 3d animation programs, which take more or less prominence, depending on the standards set by the animation industry. Although they are built to create almost any animation, each software is usually very classified for what type of production (characters, 3dfx situations, motion graphics) or the industry (Cinema, video games, virtual reality, etc.).

Some of the most used programs for the production of 3D Animation (updated to 2020). Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Blender, Cinema 4D, MotionBuilder, Modo, Houdini, and Marvelous Designer.

If you want to know more about the origin of the following article, we will tell you everything about The History of 3D Animation.

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