ModelingAnimators use a modeling tool to create 3D objects that represent the animation's foundation. Then they make a 3D mesh by shaping and refining a simple object called a primitive to the desired figure. Finally, they apply color and texture to the 3D model. The next step is rigging, which involves creating a skeleton for the 3D character's motion.
RiggingThe animator creates an armature at this stage: a three-dimensional skeleton that controls the 3D model via a parent-child link. In this case, the armature is the parent, and the 3D model is the child.
Exporting to a game engine
A digital asset exporter (DAE) exports the data stored in keyframes and vertex weights to the game engine. And whenever the game engine runs an animation, it sends keyframe data to the GPU.
When the GPU accepts the keyframe data, the bone's vertex weight and space deform the 3D model recreating the animation. But rendering only the DAE's keyframes may result in choppy animations. The game engine then smooths out the animation by interpolating the data in each keyframe. In other words, it interpolates the coordinate space of the bones between each keyframe. The game engine generates extra keyframes even if a game artist only created four of them. As a result, instead of sending four keyframes to the GPU, the game engine now sends sixteen.
Films and television3D animation is often used for character animation in television and film to appear more lifelike. This approach improves the emotional bond viewers form with the characters.
Gaming3D animations give video games a more natural feel, enhancing the action for gamers. For example, the 3D effect adds loads of excitement to the game when fighting an enemy or racing through an obstacle course. Virtual reality and augmented reality can incorporate 3D animation to give gamers a sense of immersion.
Marketing3D animation helps companies show off their product features as they would appear in real life. Consumers get a better idea of the product's appearance. We also use 3D animation to make more engaging content. In a world where people's attention spans are shortening, a compelling video ad using 3D can hold their attention.
Design and architecture3D animation also helps architects create realistic renderings of houses and buildings for the contract approval stage. Architects can even step inside and walk through their designs using VR and AR tools. This technique is also useful for interior design, as it allows designers to visualize how a room will look. Implementing 3D animations with 3D printing provides low-cost product prototypes. Creating a low-cost prototype can save businesses money on raw materials, time, and labor.
3D printing and PrototypingSculpteo has a handy roundup of impressive 3D printed prototypes from bridges to eyewear, furniture, and robotic arms. Racecar companies even use prototypes to find ways to speed up the wheel-change process.
Ask for their professional portfolioA portfolio reveals the 3D animation company's dedication to quality. Examine the animator's portfolio for various animation styles to gauge their quality and versatility.
Find out how many projects the company has completed so far
Analyzing how many projects an animation company has completed in the past will give you an idea of how competent or experienced it is. If you have to pick one out of several options, go with the studio that has completed more projects in the shortest period.
Pay attention to the animation styleAre the illustrations eye-catching, current, and unique? Check if the company's website, logo, and color schemes have some sense of coherency. Ask for a Showreel. Showreels prove a design studio's ability to provide 3D animation services. When reviewing a company's showreel, look for the following features:
Consider existing client feedback
When outsourcing to 3D animation services, client feedback can benefit your final decision. You can also look at a company's website for ratings, testimonials, and reviews to see if it's worth partnering with them.
Decide on a budget and compare options
Many studios advertise low-cost 3D animation services, but it's important to determine if they're really cheap and why. Avoid animation studios that offer cheaper rates at the expense of quality. Doing a little more research is always preferable to regretting your decision later.