3D Animation: The Spell Behind The Magic!

3D Animation: The Spell Behind The Magic!

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Updated on Jan 2, 2023 11:54 IST

The process of creating animated images through computer graphics is known as Computer Animation or CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) animation. Computer Animation comprises only moving images whereas CGI contains both static scenes & dynamic images.


Based on the objectives, the modern computer world animations are 2D & 3D computer graphics. 2D graphics are used when low bandwidth is available and quicker real-time renderings are required. When broad bandwidth is available and the best quality animation is required like motion pictures, then 3D computer graphics are created.

How Does 3D Animation Work?

3D animation is implemented with computer programs to create a 3D representation of 2D graphics which results in a 3D framework presentation of a 2D image. The procedure for creating a 3D animation consists of series of steps. Primarily, the required shape is laid down which is known as 3D modeling. The second step is to create the surroundings and other objects to be utilized in a scene. Ultimately in the last step, the 3D effect is implemented to come up with the final finished image of the object. 3D animation is accomplished on computer screens and 3D objects are outlined on an imagery skeleton. This is unlike 2D animations, where figures & various transparent layers are utilized and the virtual skeleton is an option in this case.

Common Terminologies Used With 3D Animation

There are a number of methods, techniques, and equipment to implement the animation. Some of the fundamental terminology used are:

Avars: These are the animation variables by which the position of every single segment of the skeletal model.

Key Framing: In this process, Avars are placed strategically in time and the computer interpolates between these Avars. The process makes the animator control and it has its fundamentals derived from hand-drawn traditional animation.

Motion Capture: This technique utilizes live-action footage. It drives a computer animation by applying the real motions of a performer to an animated character.

Render Farm: This is a huge network of graphics workstation computers connected to create a giant computer for rendering.

Facial Animation: This is the most challenging and most popular element of computer-generated imagery. It is complex to a greater level and the number of animation variables is high in models. With this technique, the benchmark of animation has risen up to a higher level as it utilizes micro-expressions.

Realism: With this, every frame in animation can be made appear photorealistic. A scene can be created looking identical to a photograph and even characters & their animation can be made believable & lifelike.

Key Advantages of Utilizing 3D Animation

Get Angles that Even Photographs Can’t

3D animation is capable of high zooming capabilities. For instance, a panoramic view of earth from space can be swiftly zoomed in to a specific house or person on earth in just a matter of seconds. This technique is very popular in Hollywood movies.

Build the Future

This has the power to render architecture and buildings that are not even constructed as yet. This option can assist architects, construction businesses to have an insight into their future projects and to attract clients by showing them the same.

The Touch of Sophistication

Organizations incorporating 3D in their presentations, websites, and other marketing content, seem more sophisticated and technically advanced to consumers. And this increases the prospects of getting new clients on board.

Giants of the Field

Some of the most successfully running organizations are in the 3D animation domain. Few giant names in the field include Pixar that gave successful ventures like Toy Story, Monster Inc., and Finding Nemo. Walt Disney Animation Studios is a globally renowned organization in the animation industry and has contributed tremendously with successful projects like Dinosaur, Tangled, Chicken Little, and Frozen. Sony Pictures Animation is also a key player with achievements like Open Season, The Smurfs, and Hotel Transylvania. Some other significant players in the field are DreamWorks Animation, Illumination Entertainment, Real FX Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios.


There are endless opportunities that 3D animation offers encompassing 3D commercials, architectural visualization, movies content and illustrations. All these can be created and made to appear as real ones. 3D is significantly versatile and useful in creating building architecture, real estate, decorations, and interior construction.

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