People requiring the most advanced 3D modeling software able to perform such task as animation and rendering, have several options to choose from. Below are just some examples of what already available.
(Most of these software vendors have free trial download of their available products, so it is much easier to find the most adequate package for the upcoming projects.)Autodesk 3ds Max is the perfect solution for state-of-the-art 3D animation, rendering and modeling solution package. It includes such features as modeling, data and scene management, polygon modeling and texting, hair and fur, character animations, integration and prosound connectivity and a lot more. This particular software is preferred by people working in the film, television, game developing and digital publishing industries.
There are numerous available plug-ins for Autodesk 3ds Max, greatly extending the range in which the program can be used. Regardless of what designers need, atmospherics, fluids, cloth or animation, rendering plug-ins, there are high chances that they already available.
Maxon Cinema 4D was initially developed some years ago to be used with Amiga computers, but now Windows and Mac OS X version is also available. The software is frequently use by people involved in the film industry. Actually, the software was used to produce such blockbusters as Monster House and Polar Express.Numerous add-on modules are available to use with Cinema 4D. Some of these add-ons include:
Hair stimulates such things as hair and fur or grass
Sketch and Toon for technical drawings and cartoons
MOCCA for character animation and cloth simulation
PyroCluster fire and smoke simulator
Because of the user-friendly interface of the software, people new to the industry should experience no difficulties of learning rather quickly how to use it.
Autodesk Maya is an award-winning and outstanding software package for animation, 3D modeling and visual effects, perfect for a wide range of projects.
The software offers users full-featured product with a wide-ranging animation tools, texturing and 3D modeling tool sets, complex visual effects tools, adaptable rendering and modifiable software options.
Its features also include selection paradigm, leading to a smaller amount of trial and error, superior workflow, animation and Maya Assets (prefect to organize, present and share projects) layering providing increased flexibility in making and editing various animation.
Softimage XSI now known as Softimage 7.5 is the best choice for people involved in visual effects and game production, with two available versions, the original and the advanced.
The software introduced the ICE or Interactive Creative Environment, which is an original platform used only to create effects and tools via a node based paradigm.
People purchasing Softimage 7.5 gain access to hundreds of free of charge video training through the website. Additionally, a helpful online community is also available.
Newtek Lightwave 3D is an award-winning software program for multiple industries. It is used to create special effects for film and television. It was used for such projects as Titanic, Star Trek Voyager, Babylon 5 and Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius.
The full-featured software package is also suitable for such projects as industrial design, print materials, medical imaging, website creation and architectural design. Another advantage of the package is that is available for both Windows and MAC version.
People who purchase the Lightwave from the Newtek website are offered a free one-year membership to the HardCORE program, which offers instruction and numerous other benefits to the buyer.
Blender 3D is a free animation and graphics program able to do most of the tasks as its equivalents, featuring a unique and user-friendly interface.
The software with Linux, MAC and Windows versions downloadable from the website was made available under a general public license.
It is a full-featured software program which is constantly updated. It can be used for such tasks as animation, rendering, modeling, nonlinear editing and compositing, and a lot more.
After the program is downloaded, users gain access to numerous tutorials and other useful information on how to easily use the software. Similarly to any software program, the key to success is familiarity and practice.