What is 3D? 3D or three dimensional graphics are becoming more and more popular with the new era of the software development technology. Usually 2D or two dimensional graphic technologies represent width and height of the graphics. But 3D figures have depth in them additional to the width and the height. Actually this depth is a visual illusion created by the 3D animation software.
3D images are very important in cartoon and film industry. Further they can be used to design 3D computer games. There are some softwares more suitable to design the faces of living beings while some of the other software suitable to create the objects like cars, buildings and the parks. You may have seen some disastrous scenes in some of the films where actual people are casting: the scenes like blasting of a car with people in it. But in the real world these disastrous scenes can not be shot. The figures of the actual people are taken to the software and the scene is developed. This is where some of the 3D software comes very handy for the film directors. Therefore 3D animation software programmes are very essential in modern film industry. However there are softwares which suit to the simple graphic designing and which can not be used to shoot scenes for the films. It is the graphic designer’s responsibility to choose the correct software for his task.
There are open source 3D animation software and commercial 3D animation software. Among the commercial software there are products between 30 and 50 $. There are some of the other software products those are valued between 1000-2000 $. Since there are free softwares available in the internet you have to think twice about the requirements before going for the highly valued products. It would be unnecessary because you may just need the software to embed some graphic items to your web page.
Maya is one of the best 3D animation software popular among the graphic designers. This graphic designing software is supported for the operating systems Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft windows. Initially this software was developed by Alias Systems Corporation and currently it is developed by the Autodesk Inc. Autodesk Maya is able to create three dimensional figures, to be used in the films, cartoons, video games. This software has some features like Classic cloth, fluid effects, fur, hair, Maya live..etc. For an example Classic clothe feature enables the graphic designer to use the movement of the dresses and clothes over the animated figure. Fluid effects can create the clouds and the explosions. There were new features added with the continuous release of the different versions of Maya. Maya Entertainment creation suite 2012 is the current version that is available. You can try this software by downloading the trial version and buy the product later if you are interested in the features of Maya.
Anim8or is free software that can be used to create 3D graphics. This software supports BMP, GIF and JPG file formats. Anim8or has the features like 3D modeler, True type font support, Export, Morph targets, anti alias software renderer and many more features. Anti alias software renderer is used to produce high quality images. You should at least have 300 MHz Pentium processor along with 5MB disk space to have Anim8or installed in your PC.
Development of the 3D animated software is very essential for the graphic related industry and it is one of the sector, investors should look for investing. Development of the 3D animation software is rapidly developing with the increased demand from the various sectors.