Best 3D animation program?
April 13, 2010 5:47 AM Subscribe
What is the best program that I should learn for 3D animation?
posted by Wolfster to computers & internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I’m looking for guidance/recommendations as to how to best learn 3D animation and recommendations for which program I should use.
Background material if relevant:
I am currently a freelance medical writer and write medical journal articles and continuing medical education material for physicians; this work I find interesting and will also continue to do (and if I go back to work full time, I will continue to write medical journal articles in the area of oncology).
I would like to offer an additional skill for my freelance business. Moreover I would love to create not just written documents to teach physicians or researchers, but interactive material and interesting animations (eye popping) that demonstrate how the drugs work on a cellular/molecular level to complement the text. Finally, I may need to work in a workplace full-time again (business has slowed down the last few months – if this continues, in the next 6 months may need to return to a job) and if that happens I would like to work for a med ed/pharma company that also creates interactive material and animations – so it would be nice to walk into a potential work place and say “I have educational training in biology, wrote these papers, and here are demo materials that I produced in animation program _____” I never plan to find work in a movie studio/game studio/or places that people typically take their animation skills, either a freelance or full-time job.
/End of background
I have a bit of down time and plan to take some of my business money and purchase a better computer and a few programs (along with a subscription to something like digitaltutors.com or lynda.com). Money will be tight – I have enough for the next few months and a project that will be me afloat for the next few months – but I do have some $ to invest in the computer and 3d animation program. I will spend whatever time it takes to drag myself through tutorials and then try to create samples/whatever (and at minimum will pay for a subscription to learn material).
I am considering Maya because there were lots of tutorial videos for this on digital. Also when I searched cell animation plus 3d animation I only found one book in amazon, and this book described maya and mel. I also found out blender is free. I am an idiot and have no idea as to the difference between these programs, and maybe another 3d animation program would be a better choice.
Which is the best program? Why? What program is used more in the industry (cell animations/medical animations?) If a small company hires a freelancer, do they care which program they use? If a workplace decided to hire someone because of 3d animation skills (or potential), which program should person know?
Any other great resources that you used to teach yourself a 3d animation program would be helpful, too.