Top 5 3D Animation Software of Recent Time

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Top 5 3D Animation Software of Recent Time

1.Autodesk Maya

Autodesk Maya 2014 Icon“Autodesk Maya” is an award winning 3D animation software  that boasts of a comprehensive modeling, rigging, animation, and dynamics toolset.It is used for almost all kinds of post production work in studios across the world. The software is paired with Mental Ray for photo-realistic rendering, and can be further customized using the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) and Python scripting that  gives you the ability to create breathtaking visual effects for film and television.

Learning Maya is like learning a new language all-together , but once you master all its twists and turns,it is well worth all the pain you endured. Maya in no-wonder is the topmost contender for the top                                                               choice 3D animation and visual effects software  used in film and                                                               television industry. With its ever-growing innovation like Fur, Fluid                                                            effects, nCloth etc, Maya’s popularity will always rise.


2.Autodesk 3ds Max

max“Autodesk 3ds Max” is optimal for someone who is new to 3D software,but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the power to deliver world class quality.It is easy to learn but hard to master.Its animation toolset might not be as robust and fancy as Maya’s but it makes up for any shortcomings with its amazing modeling and texturing tools.

3ds Max does for the game industry what Maya does for film and visual-effects. 3ds Max is typically a first choice for both game development houses, and architectural visualization firms.  Although Mental Ray is bundled with 3ds Max, many Max users choose to render with V-Ray because of its material and lighting tools.          3ds Max provides a good base to any student/enthusiast  for other                                                            complicated 3d software.Its easy to operate,but that doesn’t hamper                                                               its quality.


3.Autodesk Softimage

icon_Softimage“Autodesk Softimage” is a node-based 3D computer graphics application,that is used in post production for  everything from games to movies, and even in television. The Interactive Creative Environment (ICE), released on On July 7  2008 , is the node based part of Softimage, it gives the user a vast possibility for animating.Main use of ICE is simulation,rigging and deformation.

Each modeling operation in Softimage is tracked by a construction history stack, which enables user to work non-destructively.which means an artist can sculpt and re-sculpt without destroying the original sculpture.With its integration with autodesk other software,Softimage boast of an impressive game development and                                                    visual effects toolset.



zbrush_logo“Pixologic Zbrush”, is one of the best character modeling and sculpting tools available.ZBrush is used as a digital sculpting tool to create high-resolution models for use in movies, games, and animations.With the ability to sculpt up to a billion polygons, one can achieve a character’s sculpture  to a precision and detail that no other software can provide.The main difference between Z-brush and other typical 3d modelling software is that Z-brush is more akin to sculpting.



5.NewTek Lightwave

15yx3k0“NewTek Lightwave” is a complete 3D package that may not be as popular as Maya or Max, but is certainly  as efficient as those two software.With its user friendly toolset and moderate price tag, Lightwave is the ideal professional 3D software for freelancer and student.It is a complete package consisting of  modelling,animation and rendering package.

A student of MAAC Andheri and a hardcore gamer, I divvy my time between gaming and blogging. Only content writer at Animation to cover game engines.

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