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Chapter 6. 3-D Animation

Chapter 6. 3-D Animation

3-D animation has revolutionized the art of animation in dramatic and subtle ways. Before the advent of computerized 3-D animation, the only way to create an animated 3-D world was to draw it in perspective, by hand, or to build three-dimensional articulated clay models that you could animate by moving them into position and photographing the results. Making 3-D animation in either fashion is difficult and time-consuming.

3-D graphics software allows animators to build their 3-D worlds and to manipulate objects within those worlds like electronic puppeteers with infinitely controllable marionettes. 3-D is fast and efficient compared with traditional methods, and it can provide amazing photorealism and visual subtleties that are difficult to create in a single image, much less in thousands.


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