How Does Computer Animation Work?

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Originally, junior animators were then called in to draw the parts of the sequence between these keyframes, thus creating one continuous sequence. Creating these cells, or frames, which fill the gaps between the keyframes is referred to as tweening.

With computer assisted animation, tweening is done by the computer using advanced mathematical algorithms to create a smooth, animated sequence. In computer generated animation, the entire process is done by the computer, from the beginning drawing to the final animation sequence.

What Kind of Software Is Needed to Create 3D Animation?

Today’s computer animators use sophisticated software programs to generate 3D images and graphics. A few of the most popular 3D animation software programs are Maya, 3D Max and Poser. These programs are used by amateur animators and professional artists alike. Unfortunately, the cost of these programs is completely out of reach for the average person. Many of them cost $5000 or more! Thankfully, there are few cheaper options, including free software, available for aspiring animators to learn with.

Source by Emily A. Johnson

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