Last updated on: Oct 16, 2019

3D Animation Software Quadrant

Comparing 37 vendors in 3D Animation Software across 145 criteria.

Find the best 3D Animation Software solution for your business, using ratings and reviews from buyers, analysts, vendors and industry experts

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing 3D Animation Software tools.
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Software Features
      • 3dModelling
      • Sculpting
      • 3d animation
      • Simulation
      • 3d Rendering
      • Motion Graphics
      • Dynamics and Effects
      • Pipeline Integration
      • Digital Painting
      • Texturing
      • Shading
      • Rigging
      • Other Software features offered
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
    • Software/Solutions offered
    • Software
      • 3D Animation
      • 3D Rendering
      • 3D Modeling
      • Other Softwares
    • Services offered
      • Integration & Deployment
      • Education & Training
      • Support & Maintenance
      • Consulting Services
      • Others, please specify- 3D Animation software Services
  • Delivery
    • Mode of Delivery
      • Subscription / Licensing
      • Per User / Device Basis
    • End-Users
      • Animator
      • Compositor
      • Modeler
      • VFX Artists
      • Game Designer
      • Special Effects Animator
      • Lighting Technical Director
      • Digital Painter
    • Deployment Mode
      • On-Premise
    • Delivery of Software and Services
      • Directly
      • Through Partners / Third-Party Vendors
  • System Requirement
    • Number of Supported Platforms/OS
      • Windows
      • Mac OS X
      • Linux
      • Others(AmigaOS, AROS, MorpOS, FreeBSD, Android)
  • Support and Services
    • Level of Support
    • Customer Redressal Mechanism/Program
    • Pre-Sales Support
      • Proof of Concept
      • Product Demos
    • Medium of Delivery of Support Services
      • Remote Support

TOP VENDORS

  • 1

    Autodesk Maya is a professional software for 3D modeling, animation and rendering in one comprehensive and very influential package. Autodesk Maya offers a large number of objects and effects to work on projects. Autodesk Maya is based on an open architecture where all work can be scripted or programmed using a complete API (Application Programming Interface) or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This combination of openness combined with industry standard 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools is more than enough for professional film, television, game development, and design projects. Although beginners will be completely lost at the beginning, the Autodesk Maya interface is well prepared for such a huge application and different elements such as dynamics, animation or polygons are directly accessible via tabs. Within these are advanced editing features in fields like rendering, animation and relationships. Finally, the Timeline is at the bottom of the interface and allows to animate and control the evolution of modeling project. 

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1982
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 5,001 to 10,000
  • 2

    LightWave 3D is a 3D computer graphics software developed by NewTek. It has been used in film, television, motion graphics, digital matte painting, visual effects, video games development, product design, architectural visualizations, virtual production, music videos, pre-visualizations, and advertising. NewTek LightWave 3D software is reasonably priced, comprehensive, simple to learn and well recognized as one of the leading 3D systems in the market for producing attractive photo-real renders as well as incredible anime. This comprehensive out-of-the-box 3D animation solution offers real-time collaborative 3D interactivity through a bridge to Unreal Engine.

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    • Enterprise
    • San Antonio, Texas, United States
    • Founded: 1985
    • 51 to 100
  • 3

    Cinema 4D’s is an inbuilt software which provides interactive interface and easy to understand operation. It makes it easy for beginners to take control of the tool. The software offers number of tutorials and highly-skilled community which plays a significant role in bringing beginners to a professional level of use. Cinema 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. It enables the creation of advanced 3D graphics ensuring the creation of jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily. Cinema 4D Broadcast has everything needed to create dynamic broadcast graphics quickly and easily. It helps visualize a mobile phone, a building, a car or anything else, and Cinema 4D Visualize provides everything needed to produce fantastic images and animations quickly, easily, and to any level of realism. Renowned for ease of use, speed and professional results, Cinema 4D Prime is an ideal choice for all graphic designers requiring the addition of 3D to their toolset.

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    • Startup
    • Friedrichsdorf, Germany
    • Founded: 1986
    • 1 to 50
  • 4

    Esri ArcGIS Pro is an influential, single desktop GIS application. ArcGIS Pro supports data visualization, advanced analysis and authoritative data maintenance in both 2D and 3D. ArcGIS Pro is firmly joined with the ArcGIS platform that supports data sharing across ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise through Web GIS.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, US
    • Founded: 1969
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 1,001 to 5,000
  • 5

    Corel MotionStudio 3D is a comprehensive 3D title, animation, and motion graphics package that makes it easy to create exciting 3D visual effects for use in their video productions. 3D offers an easy-to-use interface, tons of preset text and graphic object effects, and seamless interoperability. It is easy to add moving titles and motion graphics to video endeavors, so it can effectively mimic the production styles. It can build advanced 3D scenes faster than ever before.

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    • Enterprise
    • Ottawa, Canada
    • Founded: 1985
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 6

    NVIDIA IRAY is a user friendly technology that generates photorealistic imagery by that simulates the physical behaviour of light and materials. NVIDIA Iray has highly analytical approach, combined with its scalability, delivers outstanding performance on NVIDIA GPUs for constant feedback and rapid results. This slash the time needed to perfect scenes and delivers images matching photographs. NVIDIA Iray is primarily for product, building and lighting designers, and digital photographers who work with 3D content, requiring predictable photorealistic imagery.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1993
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 7

    SketchUp is identical with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software. It starts by drawing lines and shapes and push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. It can also stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything. It is a 3D modeling computer software that offers broad range of design applications.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1978
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 5,001 to 10,000
  • 8

    Form•Z pro is a 3D design application containing a variety of modeling personalities and tools with an easy to use interface to express and communicate imagination. It is based on advanced 3D solid and surface modeling methods that maintain accurate representations as progress from design to visualization, layout, animation and fabrication.

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    • Enterprise
    • Columbus, Ohio, US
    • Founded: 1990
    • 101 to 500
  • 9

    Adobe Systems provides a range of 3D animation products and services for creative professionals and application developers to develop and manage creative content across several operating systems and media. Adobe acquired Mixamo, a leader in creating high-quality 3D characters. This acquisition helped Adobe produce greater output options (in both still and motion) as well as gain flexibility in making changes with respect to lighting, materials, environment, and perspective.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1982
    • $5BN to $10BN
    • 20,001 to 25,000
  • 10

    Blender supports various features of 3D pipeline such as simulation, rigging, modeling, compositing and motion tracking, simulation, rendering, along with video editing and game creation. Advanced users can use Blender’s API for Python scripting to modify the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is suitable for individuals and small studios who benefit from its integrated pipeline and open development process.

    Blender is cross-platform it can be used on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers without any problem. Its user interface has OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. The list of supported platforms indicates those regularly tested by the development team to confirm specific compatibility.

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    • Startup
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Founded: 1998
    • 1 to 50
  • 11

    Smith Micro has a comprehensive portfolio of 2D/3D graphics and visual messaging products for creating and sharing rich content. It leverages the power of interactive 3D figure design in order to portray human diversity, form, and expression.  Poser Pro 11 by Smith Micro is a proven solution for creating animation and art with 3D characters. It renders photorealistic images and videos for print, web, and film projects. Through Poser Pro 11, users can easily design and animate 3D human figures. Creation can range from cartoon images to photorealistic content.

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    • Startup
    • Aliso Viejo, California, United States
    • Founded: 1982
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 101 to 500
  • 12

    Reallusion Inc. is a provider of 2D and 3D animation software as well as a developer of content. It specializes in the creation of virtual production, real-time cinematic animation, and motion capture solutions that expand the capabilities of professional 3D animation technologies. Reallusion provides clients with facial and body mocap, pro character animation, and voice lipsync solutions with applications in real-time filmmaking and previsualization & production. Reallusion's solutions help several prominent educators, trainers, filmmakers, and game developers in their daily work

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    • Enterprise
    • California, United States of America
    • Founded: 2000
    • 101 to 500
  • 13

    OTOY Inc. is a cloud graphics company, which provides innovative technologies for content creation. OTOY’s Academy Award®-winning technology is used by major visual effects studios, animators, artists, designers, architects, and engineers, providing extraordinary creative freedom, new levels of practicality, and new economics in content creation and delivery powered by the cloud.

    OctaneRender® is a fast, unbiased, spectrally correct GPU render engine, delivering quality and speed unrivaled by any production renderer on the market.

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    • Startup
    • Los Angeles, California, US
    • Founded: 2008
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100

TOP REVIEWS

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Internal Analyst,MnM
Internal Analyst, MnM
#12 in 3D Animation Software 10 Reviews

“More 3D tools"

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Adobe creates product mockups, brand visualisations, packaging designs and more with 3D tools
Internal Analyst,MnM
Internal Analyst, MnM
#12 in 3D Animation Software 10 Reviews

“Enables photorealistic renderings"

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Adobe systems offers its products and services under three core segments: digital media, digital marketing, and print & publishing, whereas Autodesk software includes 3DS Max, MAYA, Revit, Autodesk rendering, and VRED and AutoDeSys allows you to create photorealistic renderings based on the LightWorks rendering engine.
Internal Analyst,MnM
Internal Analyst, MnM
#12 in 3D Animation Software 10 Reviews

“Brand visualization"

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Adobe offers Adobe Dimension and helps create product mockups, brand visualisations, packaging designs and more with 3D animation software tool.
Internal Analyst,MnM
Internal Analyst, MnM
#7 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Consistent results"

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NIVIDIA refines its image until completion, providing consistent results from interactive editing to final frame
Internal Analyst,MnM
Internal Analyst, MnM
#6 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“ User-friendly"

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Corel is consistently offering business efficiency, graphics, and operating systems solutions and is committed for delivering competitive technology with user friendly products.