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Chapter 7. 3-D Tools > Video Animation Systems

Video Animation Systems

Full-blown 3-D video animation systems are aimed at video and multimedia production professionals more than at graphic designers, so many of the tools that these products offer are overkill and may be inappropriate for simple Web animation. On the other hand, if you're producing animation for high-bandwidth Web sites, they offer much more power and control than do the basic tools.

Interestingly, these more powerful tools also offer a lot of functionality that is specifically applicable to the Web, thanks to CD-ROM and game designers who clamored for powerful tools for creating low-bandwidth, high-quality animation. Examples of this functionality are the capability to render QuickTime VR object movies and panoramas (which you can do even without special features for this output) and to generate low-polygon, texture-mapped, and animated models and scenes in VRML format. These programs have no trouble saving animations in AVI or QuickTime format or as numbered images, which can easily be converted to formats such as animated GIF files.


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