I had a great week at work but now just wanted to relax and let some steam
so I decided to write a decent blog post for a long time.
I was inspired by the “The Best Animation Tools That Every Animation Artist Loves” article
because there was a selection of not so well known 2d animation tools like Toon Boom Animate
and TVP Animation. There was a screenshot of “3D Studio Max” but is actually from Lightwave and
not from 3D Studio Max at all. Or just a mistake?
The link for the story:
Even if you do 3d animation it might be useful to make some rough animatics also in 2d to later use
them as a reference for 3d animation. I find it vital skill for every animator to start
with storyboarding. It´s like to draw comics but you don´t necessarily have to ink the characters
but only plan the story with the images and character poses.
Cinema 4D in professional industry only?
Cinema 4D is getting a massive hype in professional scene because it
has been used as a texturing or animating tool in many hollywood blockbuster
movies like Avatar, Spider Man and Hulk.
This means also that in some circles it is now recognised even more as a professional only tool.
However this hype is only marketing speak because Cinema 4D is been also used in many educational
facilities all over the world under Maxon´s CAP programme (Cinema 4D Academy Programme).
So what´s the hype ?
The best 3d animation tool at the moment is
Cinema 4D. Just ask any professional motion graphics designer, artist or hobbyist.
It does not matter what level you are at the moment because it is easy to learn
because it´s well designed interface and workflow. For me it was personally
a best choice after 3D Studio Max because in Max you have annoying user experience,
interface and tools scattered all over the place.
What was best with my 3D Studio experience is that you got models
and tutorials much easier back in early 2000
but already as early as 2003 Cinema 4D XL 7 was already fresh
and easier to use and had better modeling tools than 3D Studio Max.
Now with the latest version R14 you have the sculpting tools a bit like in ZBrush.
You can call it a high end 3d modeling and animation package because that what
Screen and Cinema 4D
In the UK among many professional artists and freelancers who like to use it in their
client projects the BBC television has got it for program intros and motion graphics seen in television.
Cinema 4D has a great connectivity with Adobe sofware and this makes it
easy to work with software like Photoshop and After Effects. I like to
use it with Illustrator as well. There´s good tutorials of how to use Cinema 4D and After Effects together for example how to prepare
files for After Effects in Cinema 4D in youtube.