What is 3D animation?
To explain it in technical terms, 3D animation is the rapid display of sequential images of three-dimensional computer graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data. 3D animation adds a third dimension to traditional animation, giving scenes and characters a more realistic and engaging feel. The realism also makes 3D animation a useful tool for medical instructional videos, interior design plans and military training. With a mix of for-fun and extremely useful functions, 3D animation is here to stay.
3D animation training
Training for a job in 3D animation requires a thorough understanding of several computer programs. The final product is created after dabbling with some software programs. To make a real 3D animation, one has to have knowledge of the these different programs like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DS Max, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Soundtrack Pro and many more.
Autodesk Maya: It is commonly shortened to Maya, is a 3D computer graphics software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux. It is used to create interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, TV series, or visual effects. Over the years, it has added many other features into its program such as Fluid Effects, Bifröst, Classic Cloth, Fur, nHair, Maya Live, nCloth, nParticle, MatchMover, Composite, Camera Sequencer. Some of these features lated became into separate software. Maya is equipped with a cross-platform scripting language, called Maya Embedded Language. MEL is provided for scripting and a means to customize the core functionality of the software
Autodesk 3Ds Max: It is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games and images. It has modeling capabilities, a flexible plugin architecture and can be used on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is frequently used by video game developers, many TV commercial studios and architectural visualization studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie pre-visualization. In addition to its different modeling and animation tools, the software also features shaders such as ambient occlusion, subsurface scattering along with dynamic simulation, particle systems, radiosity, normal map creation and rendering, global illumination, a customizable user interface, and also has its own scripting language.
Adobe Photoshop: It is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. It can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers and supports masks, alpha compositing and several color models including RGB, CMYK, Lab color space, spot color and duotone. Photoshop has vast support for graphic file formats but also uses its own PSD and PSB file formats which support all the aforementioned features. In addition to raster graphics, it has limited abilities to edit or render text, vector graphics through clipping path, 3D graphics and video.
Adobe After Effects: It is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, rotoscoping, compositing and animation. It also functions as a very basic non-linear editor, audio editor and media transcoder.
3D animation jobs
As 3D animation develops and expands, animation jobs appear in new areas.3D animators work to create movies, television, commercials, video games, online video and instructional video. 3D Animators can work for the government, the private sector and non-profit organizations; animators can take an artistic or commercial focus. The sector of 3D animation requires positions like 3D Graphic Designer, 3D Modeler, 3D Visualizer, Composite Artist, Video Editor, 3D Matte Painter, VFX Artist and much more.
Future of 3D animation
Computers have found a major role in today’s animations, removing much of the tedious and repetitive drawing from the process. But is 3D animation here to stay? For more than the past 20 years though, 3D animation has risen from being flashy and new to acting as a new standard for animation. We can only expect that 3D animation technology will continue to change and develop at a rapid pace. With so much potential, and so many industries that could potentially benefit, 3D animation technology will only improve.