Animation is about creating movement through simulation by generating a chain of drawings/pictures. Animation is typically called optical illusion as we are still able to see images/drawings moving. Due to the way the human eye works, we can only process so many images per second, therefore increasing the number of still images to 24 pictures per second – the images appear to be moving in a fluid motion and as such we view this as a moving picture – i.e. video. Motion picture or a video program is considered to be the most common way of presenting such an animation. There are however different forms of presenting animations and as such we will discuss the differences between 3D and 2D animations.

What is 3D Animation?

Is the process of generating many 3 dimensional moving images within a digital environment? Through careful manipulation of models and objects a three dimensional image can be created using software for exporting pictures sequences which gives them the illusion of movement or as we call it animation. This process of generating a 3 D image can be categorized into four main areas:

  • Modelling
  • Layout
  • Animation
  • Rendering

In the phase of modelling this is the procedure by which the 3 D objects are to be created within the scene. Layout describes the process that is to be followed for the animation and positions of the objects within the scene. Next is rendering which can be described as the output or end result of the completed computer graphics. This production process encompasses all the above steps to successfully create a 3 D animation. There are many different software programs out there which can be used in the creation of 3 D animation and these range from affordable low end versions all the way to the professional range.

Appearance of Depth: The Differences

This is probably the key difference that most of us notice and that is the depth. The biggest difference that we see is that depth gives 3D images the third dimension. 2D animations are just that, all the motion happens on the x and y axes. With 3D, this involves the third axis, z. 2D animation as it is known typically is just loads of images that are hand drawn but with subtle changes from image to image. These images displayed one after the other quickly, gives the illusion of a moving image but in two dimensions, x and y. With 3D animation Lebanon this involves that third axis and now different placement and poses can be created. You can also view from many different angles, which is generated through computer software.

Techniques Used To Create Animation

There are several difference techniques used to create 2D and 3D animations. Techniques involved in 2D production include Anime, twining, rotoscopy, onion skimming and morphing. 3D animation includes techniques such as arena building, appearance sketching, appearance modelling, camera setup, abating, texturing, bond, alteration and rendering.

Time To Create 2D and 3D Animations

This entirely depends on the assignment. There are some that can be created quickly, however, there are others that can take weeks. Time will depend on a number of factor, typically what requests the client is making. Obviously, creating a 3D animation will take longer than that of 2D

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