Computer animation has taken a great leap from 2D image processing to an ultra-advanced 3D level. It has become possible because of the incredible development of super-fast computer processors and sophisticated specialist level 3D animation programs. Nowadays 3D animations are so life-like that sometimes it becomes really difficult to distinguish between special effect and real life occurrence.
Nowadays there is at least one computer at every home. So, anyone can utilize their computer with their creativity, fantasy and skill to create top-class 3D animations sitting at their home in full comfort and the investment they need is their time and a 3D animation program. There are fairly good number of 3D animations programs available for different skill and budget levels and some of them are even free to use. You need to choose the software program depending on your requirement since there is no such software program which specializes in all fields and there is no need to spend thousands of dollars on sophisticated software unless you are working at a professional level. For a starter, free and cheap 3D animation programs are enough since you won’t be able to handle such sophisticated functions of specialists’ level software at the beginning.
Pros of Using Cheap or Free software:
Easy to Use: Free and cheap 3D animation programs are easy to learn and not contain much sophisticated functions. It’s the best option for a starter.
Require less investment: If you use free or cheap software, you won’t need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to buy specialists level sophisticated software programs. Besides, you won’t need very high configuration computer which will reduce your investment amount as well.
Cons of Using Cheap or Free software:
The main difference between a cheap and a specialist level 3D animation program is the amount of detail you can include in your animation. In free and cheap animation programs you can’t turn your imagination into viewable format in full.
Specialist software gives a designer freedom to control lighting, textures, modeling, physics and other details which a free software program can’t provide.
Free and cheap 3D animation programs don’t include most of the functions and ability which are required to create advanced level animations. Thus you can’t learn those skills if you choose to use the free programs. You’ll have to start anew to achieve those skills after buying specialist software programs.
While it’s not possible to get each and every feature within a single 3D animation program, one program is better than the other and the free ones are useful for starters.