Question by Thunder: Looking for software for 3D graphic, animation….?
I am looking for softwares for creating 3D graphics, chracters,and for website site design and animating chracters for the game or movie. any sugestions

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Answer by Rohan Kapadia
MAYA for annie

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  1. There are a lot. There is Google Sketchup for beginners but if you want some professional programs there is Autodesk Maya which is good for movies (but the full version goes for 8000 bucks), then there is Autodesk 3Ds which is better for games, and then ZBrush and Cinema 4D which is my personal favorite and a whole lot more

  2. 3d max and maya for 3d animation and toon boon,flash for 2d animation

  3. To create such 3d graphics & characters, you need a 3d animation / modelling package. There are many such applications available, both free and commercial.
    There are several choices when you want to create 3d graphics & characters. Let’s have a look:

    More or less an industry standard, great character animation tools, but somewhat difficult to learn, and a lack of flexibility. Amazing technology, though. But quite expensive, especially the ‘ultimate’ edition. $ 1999 / $ 6999

    Softimage XSI
    Very professional package, and excellent character animation tools. Steep learning curve, but not as steep as Maya’s. Excellent all-rounder too. With the current pricing, amazingly inexpensive as well (for the basic package). It also supports scenes with an obscene amount of complexity and offers a complete compositing & effects system. If you only buy one package, this will be it, I guess. I’m thinking to extend my toolset with this one myself. The foundations version contains most of the features. The more expensive version include more production studio features.
    $ 495 (foundations) (I can’t believe this!) / $ 1995 / $ 6995

    Maxon Cinema4D
    Again, excellent all-rounder, and with the new version 10 character tools are comparable to those of Maya & SoftImage. Also very easy to pickup. Some say it’s the easiest package to come to grips with. Renderer is great, but not as great as Mental Ray (of which Maya, SoftImage and 3dsMax make use of) Basic package is inexpensive and contains BodyPaint that makes painting of characters a doddle compared to other packages (think Photoshop in 3d). Problem is, you really need Mocca (the character extension module) and the advanced renderer modules, and this adds extra cost.
    685 / 1700 / 2800 (euros)

    3ds Max
    Expensive and based on a workflow & technology that’s pretty old. Nonetheless, good all-rounder and it comes with Character Studio installed, so well catered for character animation. Max can use the in-build renderer or make use of the excellent Mental Ray. Being a popular package, there’s heaps of support and tutorials available for free on the www.
    $ 3,495

    Excellent 3d Character animation app: redefined the industry in some ways… It really is an awesome experience working with the realtime animation tools. However, you do need another 3d app to render the results. There’s a build-in version for 3dsMax: HumanIK.
    $ 4,195 (Ugh! Too bad the freelancer edition is no longer available for $ 200… that one I got.)

    Good allrounder, and with version 9, it’s finally catching up with some of the others. Excellent renderer. Lightwave has proven itself in the industry many times over, but its character animation tools leave somewhat desired. However, combine this with Messiah:animate, and you’ve got excellent character animation tools. Lightwave is inexpensive for what it offers and is easy to learn.
    $ 795

    The odd one out, since it’s not very well know. However, excellent character animation & renderer. Very low price. Against it are the lack of support on the www. Then again, it can be combined with Lightwave, Cinema4d, 3dsMax & Maya for a powerful combination.
    $ 299

    Hash Animation:Master
    This is the package that’s known as an ‘insider secret’ to people who work in the 3d character animation industry. I’ve read that certain well-known animators at Pixar work with this at home after work and prefer it to anything else. For character animation, this rocks. On the other hand, its modelling system differs from all the other packages, and this might put you off. It’s an inexpensive package, though, and well worth it.
    $ 299

    A free 3d package, that gets stronger and stronger all the time. ‘An elephants dream’ (… was created in Blender, and shows that great animation is possible in this package. An excellent all-rounder, great support and an amazingly quick development process; it seems new versions are coming out every few months. The non-standard user interface mars an otherwise very good app. Steep learning curve when you’re used to other 3d packages. If not, it’s not too bad, though. Blender also includes a complete non-linear video editor, with post effects and all. Only Soft Image XSI can compete with that. And it’s free! (didn’t I already mention that?)
    $ 00.00

    So a LOT of packages to choose from. Whichever should you choose? Well, I’d say download some trials and see which ones you prefer. Some are inanly expensive (such as 3dsMax) which may be a problem.

    There’s a comparison made at:

    Be careful, because newer versions are out for all apps. The Computer Arts site offers newer online reviews of most packages.

    If affordability is your main thing, go for Blender, SoftImage 6 standard, Cinema4d standard, Lightwave, Hash:animation master. For ease of use, Cinema4d and Lightwave are best rated in most reviews.

    To actually learn how to create a cgi character, have a look at:

    This tutorial covers the creation of a character in 80 pages! You can use Blender to get started for free.

    Free 3d video tutorials can be downloaded for most packages at:
    Free registration grants you access to literally hundreds of hours of video tutorials.

    Look for other tutorials on the net; there’s tons available.


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