3D Animation Studio, the first thought leads to – Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and many more. These are a few great studios which has brought life to great characters like- 'Woody' (the pull string cowboy), 'Shrek' (the Ogre), or even witnessing the masterpiece Sci-Fi movie 'Avatar'. 3D graphics has become a part of one's life and it has been playing a vital role in building a commercial hype. It's not just movies or commercials where 3D animation has made big, it has become a part of website enhancement, games, and even ad campaigns. The animation studios have developed an aura of virtual -reality, and have progressed as a major career prospect for the new generation. Various classifications of the three-dimensional animation include-
• Stop Motion
• Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)
• Motion Capture Animation
The computer graphics are generated using various objects, computer-generated puppets, special effects, and backgrounds. Some of the most famous and commonly used 3D animation software includes- Autodesk 3ds Max- one of the famous software used by most studios for building characters designs for games, Autodesk Motion Builder- a motion capture data editor tool is specifically designed for developing character, Autodesk Maya- frequently used in movies, Autodesk Softimage- considered as the best three dimensional animation tool especially with its ICE environment feature, Blender 3D- popular free open source software, NewTek LightWave 3D- a well established and reasonably priced software, Cinema 4D- quite a user approved software, and Messiah Studio- a new 3d computer graphics program, having advanced tools for movies, television, and game development. The process normally starts with character or object modeling. This means the object or the character is designed and developed in a virtual 3-dimensional space with the help of shapes and various tools that designs mesh and provides various textures. Based on the software used to create this graphics various specifications can be decided.
To list out the top 3D Animation Studios from around the globe would be a tough job. Pacific Data Images, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Warner Bros are few top competitors in this sector. The success of these studios can be rated when it is able to create a real life sense. With the help of a third dimension one can experience this. There has been a notable emergence in the computer graphics arena in past decade and the sector is not just providing services to the entertainment industry. The present-day shows a major investment growth has been seen in the animation sector by various companies for education, gaming and other applications.