3D Artists have always amazed us with their creativity and here we have a list of 3D animation software that helps them design and develop these animated models or characters.
Some of the most remarkable 3D animation software includes –
Autodesk Maya – One of the most commonly used 3D software and better known as ‘Maya’. The name ‘Maya’ has been taken from Sanskrit, which means ‘Illusion’. The software is supported on various operating systems like- Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. Maya was primarily released for IRIX, an OS until 2006. The software has been developed and owned by Autodesk Inc. Maya helps in building interactive 3D applications like- animated movies, ad campaigns, games, and various visual effects. The Software also helps in 3D architecture, gaming, and character animation.
Autodesk 3ds Max – Yet another powerful tool that is loved by 3D Artists. The software was previously known as 3D Studio Max. The software creates exceptional 3D animations, character models, architectural models, and images. Autodesk 3ds Max, as the name suggests has been developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. The software has specific 3D modeling capabilities as well as various plugin features. It is supported by the Microsoft Windows Operating system. Autodesk 3ds Max is most commonly used by game developers, animation studios, and architectural visualization studios. The software has been proven compatible for various movie effects and movie pre-visualization process. Moreover, the latest version of the software has features like- Ambient Occlusion, Subsurface scattering, particle systems, radiosity, dynamic simulation, normal map creation, rendering, global illumination, customizable user interface, and scripting language.
CINEMA 4D – A well-known 3D animation, modeling, and rendering application designed and developed by MAXON Computer GmbH Germany. The software is best known for its 3D animation, procedural and polygonal/SUBD modeling, lighting, texturing, and rendering. Cinema 4D also offers common features from 3D modeling applications. The software has its own unique programming language known as C.O.F.F.E.E. The language helps in building platform-independent plugins. The tool is also available in the free plug-in mode. One of the important features put up by the company includes the availability of the software in three different versions. The three versions include- the core CINEMA 4D application, the XL-Bundle, and the Studio-Bundle. The CINEMA 4D is compatible with Windows Operating System and Macintosh. The software has been widely used for generating 3D animation movies and games. It features high-end rendering, shading, creating textures, and high- resolution video and images.