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3D Animation Production: Learn the Basics

23 Jul 3D Animation Production: Learn the Basics

Here at Hub we work with our clients to discover the best medium for their projects, if you are thinking of using 3D in your next project it pays to learn about the basics. Here, we will learn a bit about how 3D animation is made, and how you can look for a company to create 3D images from scratch if it is something that you would like to have made for your business.


A Glimpse at How 3D Animation is Made

First, let us learn about the basic definition of 3D animation. In its simplest form, 3D animation is the process of creating three-dimensional moving images in a digital environment. 3D models within a 3D software are carefully manipulated to make them look like real moving objects. Just like traditional animation, the goal of 3D animation is to make it appear on screen as if the images are actually moving when in fact, they are simply a series of consecutive images which are shown on a very fast sequence. The same principle is used in 2D or stop animation. The only difference between 2D and 3D animation is that in 2D, images are hand-drawn while the pictures are computer-generated in 3D.

Now, there are there general phases involved in the making of 3D animation:

Modelling : Modelling is the first phase in 3D animation where 3D objects are created within a scene.

Layout & Animation : In the layout and animation phase, the 3D objects are positioned in such a way that it will appear as if movement is actually occurring on screen.

Rendering : Similar to video, rendering in 3D animation is what completes the process, depicting the final output of the process.
Depending on the animation studio that you will get in touch with to have 3D animation created for you, the artists will be using a variety of software for the task. There are pretty affordable 3D software available for those who are still studying the subject. On the other hand, big movie studios like Pixar and Disney use the latest that technology has to offer in order to create the most visually stunning 3D animation.

As compared to 2D, 3D animation is more expensive, time-consuming and tedious. It’s the extra depth perspective of 3D animation which requires artists to do almost double the work done on traditional 2D animation. The best way to compare the two is by looking at a two-dimensional painting and a three-dimensional sculpture. Although paintings allow you to see the whole picture, sculptures allow you to touch and feel what the depth of the actual object is like.
Aside from the three main phases involved in 3D animation, there are individual steps followed by an artist including:

– Conceptualizing and creating the storyboard.
– Making the 3d models.
– Texturing, rigging and animation.
– Lighting and setting up the cameras.
– Rendering.
– Compositing and applying special effects.
– Music, foley and editing.
– The final output.


3D Animation Services from Hub Media

Here at Hub, one of the many services we offer is 3D animation, here is a quick list of some of the 3D animation services we offer:

  • Architectural 3D Visualizations
  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Character Animation
  • 3D Graphics
  • 3D Models
  • 3D Product Visualizations
  • Website 3D Animated Intros