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by kishoor / April 12, 2006 6:47 PM PDT

I'm interested in learning how to create 3D animations (as a hobby - it has nothingh to do with my job). The best I could find, the standard software suitable is Autodesk Maya, and Adobe After Effects (perhaps alongside Adobe Illustrator). Which one should I chose, is there any other software that will do the job, and what are the differences between them?

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3D Animation
by areno / April 20, 2006 6:19 PM PDT
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Well first of all wow your thinking of awfully high end
software for a beginner. For starting out I would recommend you check out some of the 3d forums on the net and try out some of the free software that's available sometimes you can get free older versions with Computer Arts or 3D world magazines.

Can't really compair your software choices: Maya is for building and animating 3d models and After effects is a Motion Graphics and Compositing tool for video.

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Not really comparable...
by ScarBoro55-tv / April 20, 2006 11:41 PM PDT
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The choices of software you mention are for different tasks, so comparing them is like comparing apples to oranges. Also, if you are just starting out, you had better be ready for a steep learning curve... Maya is really not for the uninitiated. But fortunately, most of the high end 3d packages have free demos you can try. I would give them a shot before making a choice, and it will also give you a good feel for the complexity.

The three packages I would try (for high end) are: 3D Studio Max; Lightwave 3D; and Maya. Each one of these are very powerful and will satisfy every 3d task. They all do pretty much the same things, and each has certain strengths and weaknesses. One of the things to consider is the strength of the scripting language and the availability of (and quality of) plug-in's. Each one of these are very popular with CGA's, so there will be an extensive online support community.

I have run through most of the 3d apps out there, and 3D Max is the only one that has stayed on my hard drive. This is completely subjective, though, and there are plenty of designers out there with preferences for other apps. It is just a matter of personnal preference because all the top apps can do the same tricks... some easier than others.

good luck, and welcome to CG.

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If you want to save some money...
by raoulleon / April 21, 2006 9:27 AM PDT
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Poser & DAZ Bryce 5.5 both animate beautifully with much diversication. Poser mainly does people and Bryce, landscapes, but they can work together. They are quite popular. I have both, including DAZ Studio (free) and Mimic (which adds sound to talking characters & also is interchangeable).

Hope this helps! Happy

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If you want to save some money..
by seenodeer65 / May 18, 2006 11:00 AM PDT

If you have a very very new giant graphics card or 2 Daz is great!I could never get Daz to stay open, it always froze up on me, never got to use it.Would have love to have tried it. They are some nice graphic makers.

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by BrianO5 / April 22, 2006 5:36 AM PDT
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When you talk about creating animations you need to have a basic knowledge of the programe in mind, with Adobe you have to be able to follow a written guide, if you have never used an animation programe before do not try to do it alone, you are just wasting your time and money, i know, i did it. Then i found a programe called Combustion 3, unlike Adobe, Combustion 3 had 8 two hour video tutorials with the programe, the tutor is the person that created the programe, he tells you all about the programe, and i mean all about it, as well as teaching you how to make Animations and more, it is a different world and you should be prepaired for a lot of hard work, but hard work with someone showing you how and what to do. Combustion 3 is expensive, last year on the internet it cost over

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