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What the best 3D animation program for Mac OS X?

Asked by woodlandanimals (82 points ) January 26th, 2008

I messed with lightwave a long time ago and got really confused. These days i’m confident with FCP and Motion3… but i would like to do more 3D animations (with simple vector look, interesting lighting) but not sure where i should start.

Really, I just to work with the most intuitive program with the fastest learning curve.

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sndfreQ's avatar

Industry standards point to Adobe After Effects, and more complex but powerful Autodesk Maya-again professional-strength apps; I’m afraid neither are overly intuitive, but seeing as you have worked with FCS/Motion, AE is the logical next step (with tutorials it’s not so bad).

phoenyx's avatar

I’ve got a friend who really like Blender.

ben's avatar

Blender is free and open source, but generally Maya is considered the best, and is compatible with OS X. 3dsmax is also good, but I don’t think they support Mac.

For my needs (just playing around) Blender is great, but you can play with both and decide for yourself.

PupnTaco's avatar

After Effects isn’t a 3D animation tool. It can fake some 3D, but it’s mostly used for titles, compositing, and limited fx. Like Photoshop on wheels.

sndfreQ's avatar

@pupntaco: good point and analogy-I think I’ll use it in my classes :) I mentioned AE only because woodland mentioned Motion and the two are similar

Bri_L's avatar

I use Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Maya. I have tried to use Blender and that program has a steeper learning curve than any I have ever tried. Not like anything I have tried. That being said. it is free and is better than lightwaves current product out.

I use Maya. It is an investment but over all you get the most bang for your buck. and, if you have ever used a program with x,y,z coordinates (After Effects) and timelines with keyframes (a la FinalCut) you have the concepts you need to start. Also, these tutorials are worth their weight in gold. I as well as my buddy worked with these. They are a GREAT introduction to the product. http://www.digitaltutors.com/digital_tutors/index.php

Blender also has a nice selection of tutorials. But man, I just had trouble. I also fall down a lot and miss my mouth with the spoon so maybe it’s just me.

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