The Process of 3D Animation

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There’s probably more steps to 3D animation than you think there are!

The process of a 3D animation pipeline is complex and can be a lot more complicated than any other forms of animation.

Depending on what project and which 3D animation studio is involved, the number of steps may vary.

In this lens, I’ve identified and illustrated the 11 most common steps involved in producing a 3D animation project.

Many people have the idea that 3D animation stemmed as a progression from 2D animation. While not entirely untrue, this is definitely not the whole truth as well.

If we have to make some form of link, then I would say that 3D animation has more of its roots in stop motion animation than in traditional hand drawn 2d animation. The stop motion film techniques were used very well in the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts by Ray Harryhausen, although they have actually been around since the very early days of film in the late 19th century. But it was Ray Harryhausen who really brought the technique to life.

You might want to know also that the original King Kong movie produced in 1933, also used stop motion techniques extensively.

They are namely :

1. Concept and Storyboards
2. 3D Modeling
3. Texturing
4. Rigging
5. Animation
6. Lighting
7. Camera Setting
8. Rendering
9. Compositing and Special VFX
10. Music and Foley
11. Editing and Final Output

3D Animation On the Rise? Trends For 2014

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In 2011 TechNavio conducted a research and forecasted that the Global 3D Animation Software market will grow of 17.4 percent over the period 2010–2014.

Now, standing on the cusp of 2014 it is time to admit that 3D animation has become a rapidly growing phenomenon, worth around $40 billion globally.

The rapid growth of 3D animation technologies and methods of creation and delivering 3D content leads to further improvement of 3D animation products and fuels creative minds behind them. New possibilities extend the boundaries of 3D animation application making it widely utilized by many areas, such as gaming, marketing, movie industry and even architecture and education.

The prospects of 3D animation are truly massive. The following trends will continue to influence the growth of 3D animation in 2014.

3D Animation in Branding and Advertising

As advanced technology progressively add the third or often even the fourth dimension to objects, which have previously had only two dimensions, it is essential for businesses to stay up-to-date. Major brands have already benefited from using 3D animation or animated elements in their brand logo. Volumetric representation of ideas or concepts creates the atmosphere, adds emotion and personality to the brand logo.

The automotive industry will continue to use 3D modeling and animation to effectively showcase their products and vehicles. 3D allows achieving the unprecedented degree of realism, getting seamless and spectacular shots that would be impossible to get with traditional camera shooting.

As opposed to traditional shooting, 3D camera movements have no boundaries. Sometimes 3D animation is used not only to showcase the advertised object, but also to create the required atmosphere, add style and glamor to it.