What are the best Animation & Modelling software programs?

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    #1Autodesk Maya

    Autodesk Maya

    Autodesk Maya is a 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software that provides an integrated, powerful toolset. Use it for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation.


    Windows, Mac

    $190- Varies by plan

    Nancy Gonzales
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This software is amazing and SO easy to use. Will definitely keep using it. "
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    Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.

    Mac, Windows


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    #3Cinema 4D

    Cinema 4D
    Cinema 4D is considered one of the fastest growing and widely used solutions for content creation. This software is a fully integrated 3D modeling, animation, and rendering package. 

    Windows, Mac

    $3510.25- Free trial available

    Paul Henderson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Cool program if you are into animation. Great for both novice and advanced animators, and fun for all! I never took any classes for animation so I am sort of teaching myself, and I really feel like I am making progress."
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    #4 Houdini


    Houdini is a 3D modelling software developed by Side Effects Software. The program is unique for its use of procedural generation technology and node-based based workflow that allow artists greater flexibility.



    $4495- Varies by Plan

    Vivaan Bose
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is .. a tough program to figure out what I think about it. There's some good stuff in here, and I've seen some videos where people who have figured it out are doing some great stuff with it. But it's not an easy program to learn, that's for sure; that's why I was looking up videos. And it's worse because it doesn't seem to want to play well with other programs; importing and exporting stuff to this program is a pain. If I'm going to learn something, why wouldn't I want to learn something more standard and polished? Something with more tutorials? And something that doesn't make me jump through these hoops to share material with my other artist friends since they're using more popular programs and I have to constantly migrate material in and out of my odd program just to work with them on theirs? Neat program, sort of, but it's more of a problem than a solution."
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    #5Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox

    Autodesk Mudbox is a 3D modelling and painting software. It was founded by artists from Weta Digital and is now being developed by Autodesk. Its stable version was released in 2015.


    Windows, Mac

    $80- Varies by Plan

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    Modo is a 3d modelling and animation software developed by Luxology, LLC, now known as Foundry. The software's features include modeling, sculpting, shading, rendering, and more.


    Windows, Mac

    $1799- Varies by Plan

    Teresa Harris
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Modo isn't exactly the best and probably isn't going to be great for beginners. If you can get it on sale, it might be worthwhile but otherwise, try something else out."


Best What are the best Animation & Modelling software programs
1Autodesk MayaSoftware 8 Paid
2BlenderSoftware 6 Free
3Cinema 4DSoftware 4 Paid
4 HoudiniSoftware 3 Paid
5Autodesk MudboxSoftware 2 Paid
6ModoSoftware 1 Paid

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