3D Animation Software
There are many 3D Animation Software. They are all similar. So, if you learn one, you will be able to move to another one with little effort. Although, it will take a bit of learning the new program in the beginning.
Blender 3D Animation Software is free to download and you may use Blender 3D Software in personal and commercial projects at no cost.
Autodesk Maya 3d Animation Software is free to try for students. You can get an education license and will be able to download and use the full program for free if you are a student. There are limitations. You are not allowed to use Maya for any commercial purposes unless you own a license. You will not be able to create on the student version and then upgrade to a commercial version. So, make sure that you know the rules before you download. Read the license. This is great if you are a 3D Animation, Gaming Development or visual effects student.
- Download Blender 3D Animation Software Here.
- Education Version Autodesk Maya 3D animation Software Here.
The education version of Autodesk Maya does contain Mental Ray, but in the latest version you have to go to the Autodesk website and download Mental Ray separately. I do not believe that it comes with VRay. That would be a nice addition if Autodesk would arrange free access to VRay as well. So, if you’re reading this Autodesk, a lot of students would love to learn VRay. Big hint.
You can also download 3Ds Max at the Autodesk site. Both Autodesk Maya and 3Ds Max are used in feature film and gaming production. It is my preference to go with learning Maya first, but some people find that 3Ds Max has different benefits from Maya. If you watch feature film breakdowns, most of them are using Maya from my viewing experience.
You can view feature film breakdowns in the upper right corner link of this website or click here for easy access: Feature Film Movie Visual Effects Breakdowns