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General Category => General Anim8or Forum => Topic started by: DrewL on November 10, 2013, 10:22:32 am

Title: New to 3D Animation
Post by: DrewL on November 10, 2013, 10:22:32 am
Hello everyone, the names Drew. I really want to learn how to created CGI\3D animated cartoons.
For the longest time I have been creating 2D cartoons. I love to draw. But with all the recent animated movies and few shows being done in CGI, I have decided to learn how to create 3D cartoons. I have not improve much yet, but I am still learning. So far I have created three 3D Shorts on my YouTube channel: " Pester the Fly".

I would like to know if there are any type of animal that would be simple and\or easy to create through Anim8or? If so please let me know. I need all the help I can get.
Title: Re: New to 3D Animation
Post by: daniel99 on November 10, 2013, 10:17:37 pm
Hi Drew. Welcome.
I've been using Anim8or for many years, even for professional work at my office.
You can use Anim8or to create just about anyting. I used it to make and animate characters, people, animals, ships, cars, cg environments... just about anyting.
Title: Re: New to 3D Animation
Post by: DrewL on November 11, 2013, 06:25:02 am
thank you for letting me know. I can't wait to create alot of creative projects with Anim8or.
Title: Re: New to 3D Animation
Post by: SevenDeadlySins on November 12, 2013, 06:39:07 am
Hi Drew, I'm also new to 3D modelling and animation. I have found Anim8or to be quite powerful and relatively easy to use.

Here is some things I have learnt:
1. Read the manual, it helps a great deal. Print it out if you can.
2. Anim8or can handle some advanced features using ART or Anim8or Ray Tracer, if you intend to use advanced effects like real reflections and transparency (glass type), you will need to understand how ART works, which basically involves using attributes. You can read about ART here ( But in brief to use ART, you need to set it as the renderer, and for every material that you want to add advanced effects you have to add Attributes. eg Attribute Specular, with string value reflection.
3. Rendering: ie  creating the final output movie or image, can take a lot of time depending on a number of factors like complexity of scene, ART effects etc. For movies it can take hours (sometimes days) to create the final video file , so understand that when first learning creating your animations. This is not just something that happens with Anim8or, the Blender movie Elephants Dream ( took a whopping 125 days to render on a supercomputer!
4. There are different ways to achieve the desired result, lathing, extruding, splines, box modelling, etc.. The trick is to know as many as you can and use the one that will work the quickest/best!
5. You might want to check out Cyberdog's Anim8or page (, its quite useful.
Title: Re: New to 3D Animation
Post by: neirao on November 12, 2013, 04:43:50 pm
Wellcome DrewL!
enjoy the Anim8or! :)
Title: Re: New to 3D Animation
Post by: DrewL on November 12, 2013, 08:21:09 pm
I will. I'm going to try to create a series of 3-5 minute short films.