3D Animation is the process of animating objects that appear in a three dimensional space. The 3D animation technology and services aid the animator, modeler, graphics designer, visual effects engineer, and renderer. The process of 3D animation software consists of three important stages such as modeling, motion graphics, and rendering, after which the process of adding visual effects (VFX) is completed. These animations are then used in various industries such as media, movies, games, construction, architecture, and healthcare and life sciences.

Growing adoption of visual effects technology in movies and increasing demand for 3D mobile applications and games to drive the global 3D animation software market to USD 21.05 billion by 2022. The 3D animation technology is growing at a significant pace and is instrumental in delivering detailed visual effect and highly graphical data for various industry verticals. The effectiveness and strength of 3D animation lies in the fact that it is a widely useful technology which can be used to produce realistic, fantastic, pragmatic, and innovative imagery.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

The 3D animation software Vendor DIVE provides information about the major players that offer 3D animation products, and outlines the findings and analysis on how well each market vendor performs within our criteria. The vendor evaluations are based on two broad categories — Product Offering and Business Strategy. Each category carries various criteria, based on which the vendors will be evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under product offering include breadth of offering, delivery (based on industries that the vendors cater to, deployment models, and subscriptions) and support (based on pre- and post-sales support services). The evaluation criteria considered under business strategy include reach (on the basis of geographic presence), industry coverage (on the basis of end-users that the vendors cater to) and inorganic growth (on the basis of partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions).

VISIONARY LEADERS

Autodesk, NewTek, and Maxon are leading players in the 3D animation software market, and are recognized as Visionary Leaders. They have a strong portfolio of 3D animation services, solutions, and associated services. These vendors have been marking their presence in the 3D animation market by offering highly customized and easily deployable software for their commercial clients, coupled with their robust business strategy to achieve continued growth in the market.

INNOVATORS

The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd., SideFx Software, Hash Inc., Pixologic Inc., 3D Coat, and AutoDesSys are recognized as Innovators in the 3D animation software market. They have an innovative portfolio of 3D animation services and strong potential to build strong business strategies for their business growth to be at par with the Vanguards. These vendors have been providing 3D animation offerings as per their customer demands. Innovators have been forefront in deploying their solutions for niche and custom requests by their clients requiring processing of high performance workloads.

DYNAMIC Differentiators

Trimble Navigation Ltd., ESRI, Adobe Systems, Corel Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation, and Blender are recognized as Dynamic players in the 3D animation market. They have an innovative portfolio of 3D animation solutions and services and have an extensive network of channel partners and resellers to increase the deployment of their services across various vertical markets. Over the years, the Dynamic vendors have been consistently generating positive revenue growth in the 3D animation software market and their market position is enhanced by organic and inorganic strategies undertaken by them over the period.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Cheetah 3D, Reallusion, Magix, Digimania, Electric Image, Corastar, Otoy, Smith Micro Software, pmG Worldwide, and Toon Boom Animation are recognized as Emerging players in the 3D animation software market. The emerging players are specialized in offering highly niche and tailor-made solutions and services to their clients. A majority of the emerging vendors have been undertaking multiple acquisitions and boosting their sales capabilities in various regions to offer their integrated services to a wide range of clients.

TOP VENDORS
In 3D Animation Software

  1. AUTODESK Maya
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    3.3
  2. NEWTEK LightWave 3D
    2 Reviews
    3.3
  3. SIDE EFFECTS SOFTWARE Houdini Engine
    2 Reviews
    3.2

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  • Strong brand name in graphical processing units(GPU)

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  • Corel's rapid-fire product development and marketing effort

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  • A visual effects software development company

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  • Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability.

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Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#16 in 3D Animation Software

“You don’t have to be an animator to make animations!"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
No more one has to be dependent on for animations. Own a computer and you can make animations on your own. Cost-effective and surely a time saver. Highly recommended!
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#6 in 3D Animation Software

“Easy to use, but can be tricky."

(*)(*)(*)(*)( )4
All I had to do was watch a couple of tutorial videos to understand how to use this software. Sometimes, the use of layers can be confusing. Also, sometimes scaling and positioning objects can be challenging, but that could just be me.
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#13 in 3D Animation Software

“Powerful extension to PS"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
Don’t worry if you are new to the field of 3D designing. As long as you have experience using other Adobe products like Photoshop or Illustrator, you can learn to work on this as well. It lets you import your own textures and materials as well.
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#2 in 3D Animation Software

“Easy to use and flexible"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
Let me start by saying that though LW is not compatible with other 3D rendering software, that seems to be the only drawback for it. Because its own rendering is not very strong. And you have to convert files. Everything else works like a charm for me. It is simple to understand and use, especially for a beginner to 3D modelling. This is because, since you can work on different functions in different windows, you can get a better and clearer idea of your work.
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#3 in 3D Animation Software

“Great to use, if you’re willing to learn"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
I used to have a tough time with transferring procedural assets to Maya. Houdini helped me with this. It is an extremely easy program to use and also easy to learn and is perfect for simulations. The only problem that you may face is that its modelling tools are not as efficient as those of others. But this is something that you can work around by switching between programs.
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#9 in 3D Animation Software

“Motionstudio - great to use for small projects"

(*)(*)(*)(*)( )4
This product can be recommended to anyone who is a beginner in the field of video editing and in animation. I did face some technical difficulties during installation, but those were sorted with a manual override. It also allows exporting to other formats, which is an added bonus.
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#11 in 3D Animation Software

“Intuitive and Powerful"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
The good: • Very impressive • Easy to use • Easy to learn • Fast to work with • Can be used by beginners • Has a large number of toolbars The bad: Could have had more architectural tools
Vice President,Company Name Classified
Vice President, Company Name Classified
#22 in 3D Animation Software

“Overall a good animation software"

(*)(*)(*)(*)( )4
Simple interface and easy to use remains the major strengths of this software. Camera is attractive and capable of import and export of objects. Limited to only mac users and is a bit expensive. Useful for animators, not beginners.
General Manager,Company Name Classified
General Manager, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software

“Cinema 4D is highly recommended for motion graphics"

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It is an updated software capable of solving problems related to animation. Logo creation and animation become easier and faster with Cinema 4D. The UV unwrapping component of the software seems like a hurdle though!
General Manager,Company Name Classified
General Manager, Company Name Classified
#7 in 3D Animation Software

“Customize it to enjoy it to the fullest."

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Its versatility in terms of styles that you can create is amazing, for instance, I can work on something incredibly formal as well as something for a much younger audience. Zbrush lets me do all of it. I would recommend other simpler software for someone who is just beginning in the field of 3D animation, but otherwise, it is great since you can find tutorials to learn from.
General Manager,Company Name Classified
General Manager, Company Name Classified
#13 in 3D Animation Software

“Helps improve visualization tremendously"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
Heavy vector files tend to make the program crash. This could be because a lot of features are still in the development phase. Another disadvantage is that it is only available on iOS devices. To use on Android, you need to upload it to your cloud and then use it. Apart from these, it is filled with features. It has multiple artboards, and since you can use shared assets, compiling common elements is easy and synced across. It is extremely easy to use and also works super fast.
General Manager,Company Name Classified
General Manager, Company Name Classified
#14 in 3D Animation Software

“A Collaborative Software"

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Being a free software fetches a lot of users. This software has broad modeling capacity and an elaborative interface. It is capable to carry out complex animation work, with an excellent outcome. Technical expertise is a must in users without which it could get into the nerves of the people.
General Manager,Company Name Classified
General Manager, Company Name Classified
#6 in 3D Animation Software

“Beautiful and easy to work with"

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The reason I love this software is that it is uncluttered, despite being loaded with features. It has a wonderful camera and a variety of brushes. Even the materials offered are of superb quality and also allows me to create them on my own.
Business Analyst,Company Name Classified
Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
#11 in 3D Animation Software

“Ease of use and recognition – important benefits"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
The various types of tools and colors that this program offers are the best for me. Plus, since it easy to handle, it saves a lot of time that otherwise would be spent on trying to learn and understand it. Also, it is compatible with autocad, which improves its credibility and functionality to a great extent. It does, however, require a strong system to work on, so keep that in mind.
Business Analyst,Company Name Classified
Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
#12 in 3D Animation Software

“Consistent and always delivers"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
The updates it receives are both great as well as a pain. The interface has remained consistently easy to use, but the planar tracker, on change, dramatically transformed in terms of layout and features, making it not so easy to use.
Business Analyst,Company Name Classified
Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
#23 in 3D Animation Software

“Easy to use software"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
Limited or no coding skillsets? Yes! This is the right platform for you. Easy to use and proper guidance fetches users. The PMG staff is commendable for their quick responses. Customization of views by users make the performance of the Web Work List undesirable.
Business Analyst,Company Name Classified
Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
#8 in 3D Animation Software

“More people need to know about this product!"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
I’m quite surprised that this product is not as popular as I thought, given the amount of control and freedom it gives the user in terms of surface modelling, texture, lighting effects, and various other editing tools. It is a great product for all, from a beginner to an advanced level designer!
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
#20 in 3D Animation Software

“A bit difficult to use, but justify the price"

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This software is capable to manipulate shapes providing a realistic view. Cost-effective and time saving are its benefits. Understanding how the layers are organized remains challenging.
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
#21 in 3D Animation Software

“Value for money"

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)5
This program is a time saver and has fantastic capabilities with full 3D controls, preloaded settings, and suggested warps. An old fashioned interface does not affect results though!
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
#9 in 3D Animation Software

“Seems to have high potential, but the price could lead to higher expectations"

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This is basically a rehashed version of the Ulead Cool 3D program. Though the previews look much better, the rendering is still not strong enough. It does have better aesthetics, but that is probably the only saving grace.