My Totally Biased List of the Top Ten 3D Animation Films To Date

Who doesn’t love a fun movie night? I don’t know about you, but swinging over to the theatre with friends for a movie night is my favorite things to do.

And if you’re someone like me who loves the quirky animated genre, then you’ll totally understand that nothing else fits the word ‘entertainment’ like 3D animated films. So here is my completely biased list of top ten 3D animation films through 2019. These movies are a must watch and trust me you’ll thank me later. (Pssst…fair warning, a lot of Disney films about to be dropped.)

 

1.The Lion King

This is the first animated movie I ever watched and has remained my all time favorite, even after all these years. Its 3D version was released in the year 2011 and it was everything I hoped it would be. The original movie has everything from family drama to emotions and funny scenes, so the 3D version just made all of this come to life. The movie has a great story line, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rafiki, the baboon is my favorite character. The job of vocal cast James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jeremy Irons is also much appreciated. I would say it is the best-animated movie I ever watched.

 

  1. Frozen

In general, this is just a great execution of digital animation, but like many people, it was the story and plot that hooked me. This amazing story revolves around a ‘snow queen’ Princess Elsa who keeps the power to create snow. She has got that amazing power through which everything she comes in contact with turns into ice. The story is full of excitement and a bit of sadness when a deadly mishap makes her feel that she is born with this curse. She was heartbroken and ashamed. The story has lots of ups and downs. If you want to dive into the world of excitement and mystery, do watch this movie. And, of course, you can’t really go wrong when Kristen Bell and Josh Gad are doing voiceover.

 

3.Wreck-It-Ralph

This was a total surprise. When it first came out, I think a lot of movie goers were wondering what the heck to expect out of this unconventional Disney movie – it definitely wasn’t the stuff princesses are made of. But this American 3D computer-animated film turned out to be the perfect blend of comedy, animation, family, and adventure. Ralph being overshadowed by the good guy star – Fix-It Felix was tired of his villain role. So, he decided not to be a bad guy anymore. The movie is funny, sassy and sweet. It is a perfect treat for kids and parents. With a blend of retro eyes for adults and an approachable, thrilling storyline for kids, this film casts a beguiling and a wide net. 
The animation is so easy to fall in love with, probably because it incorporates so many old school video game references from the ‘80s that a lot us viewers weren’t even alive to see when they first came out. If you’re a gamer, this is a must watch.

 

  1. Big Hero 6

Released in 2014, Big Hero is one of the more popular 3D animated superhero films produced by Walt Disney Animations. What I find very fascinating about it, it is quite educational, therefore, along with children, an adult can also enjoy it. Characterization is so deep that when I watched it for the first time, I felt like I was one of the characters in this tragic, but inspiring story. Great story, amazing effects make it a great masterpiece from Disney.

 

5.The Book of Life

If you are fond of adventure comedy, don’t mis out on this wonderful 3D animated movie, produced by Reel FX Creative Studios. The movie is a beautiful epic folkloric tale of family and tradition. I would say it is a great movie that will make you think, laugh and cry.

 

  1. Sing

Directed and written by Garth Jennings, Sing is another favorite of mine and most little kids. It’s hard not to love because it’s got a bunch of really relatable personal story lines (albeit represented through animals) and the soundtrack is an awesome mix of new and old. Its Blu-ray 3D version was released on March 21, 2017. The story of ambitious Koala Buster who needs a hit show to save his elegant theater from foreclosure teaches you numerous life lessons. It appears to be the first animation movie on the talent-show format.

 

7.Moana

It’s hard not to like a film with Dwayne Johnson in it; it always brings a little humor into the story. Great characters and memorable music makes it one of the best 3D animated movies of the decade. It is the story of Polynesian island chief’s daughter who goes on a search to save her people. The movie offers a positive message of empowerment and self-discovery. The animation effects with the water are probably my favorite in this movie. It’s pure genius how the animators are able to give life to this fluid object.

 

8.The Grinch

The Grinch is a wonderful 3D animation movie that is based on Dr. Seuss’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The movie was the perfect holiday fun for kids of all ages. Its animation is amazing and can make anyone fan of illumination flicks.

 

  1. Finding Nemo

Originally released in 2003, it was converted in 3D in 2012. If you love watching underwater adventure, this movie is surely going to hold your attention. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo gives you flavor of adventure, comedy, and family drama all together. It is the tale of two fish – a father and his son – who got separated in the Great Barrier reef.

 

  1. Trolls

When you’ve got Justin Timberlake in charge of soundtrack selection and creating original scores for a movie, you know the music alone will be worth the watch. Really, the music and singing performances almost overshadow the animation…almost. The level of creativity in this animated movie has no limit – lots of bold color and inventive shapes. But what was really fascinating to me was the unconventional ‘materials’ used to create the characters and scenery. From glitter to felt, there was definitely a unique use of texturing happening in the animation that made it stand out from other animated films. Plus, it’s just a fun movie with a great cast.

These are my picks for top ten 3D animated movies to date. I’m sure there are others I left off that are worthy of mention, but these are my personal favorites. These movies have definitely pushed boundaries — they crack us up, scare us, move us and remind us every time how moving and fun it is to watch animated films – even more so when they are popping off the screen as they do in 3 dimensions.

So which one are you watching tonight?

How Wedding Films Are Making Videography Better, Not Worse

As a tech-savvy child, I was always fascinated by animations, graphics, photography and videography. Attending a few weddings as a child, I was fascinated by the skill and focus of the videographers on hire. But as I grew up, I was surprised to learn that wedding videographers don’t seem to earn as much as true cinematographers in the filmmaking field.

Luckily for them, I think the industry’s tune is changing a bit. Maybe because the wedding video approach has changed too?

Today’s cinematographic videographers are making exciting wedding films rather than just recording bland wedding videos. They are using the latest, most advanced audio and video equipment to capture Hollywood quality videos with crisp audio.

With the advent of the tapeless, digital format, the young and upcoming videographers are pushing boundaries in all corners of the industry. Some of the popular forms, wedding couples are hiring videographer are Cinematic, Short Form, Documentary, and Storytelling that involves high-quality audios and videos.

 

Cinematic

This type of wedding videography style copies the filters, angles and transitions of movies. I love using this style combined with storytelling or short form. It is such a beautiful way to capture every emotion of a wedding day. Popular hallmarks of cinematic wedding videos are aerial shots, moving voice overs, using slow motion etc.

 

Short Form

This is another type of wedding videography styles, combined with one of the other four. This style has a short highlight video which is 3-5 minutes long. There are many videography companies that offer highlight video along with raw footage or full feature video of the wedding. This style focuses on three major segments- getting the ready, ceremony and the reception. It is easy to share with friends and acquaintances who are not able to attend your wedding. However, not all videographers work on this for form, so may sure to ask before you hire one.

 

Storytelling

This is another popular wedding videography style in trend. This style relies on voice-over audio in order to narrate the couple story and the wedding day. However, some videographers use music, text or maybe a combination of these to create a wedding video focused on their love story. When combined with cinematic wedding videography style, storytelling will engage everyone who watches it.

 

Documentary

These styles of wedding videography may not as polished as cinematic videos. Videographers who are work in the wedding documentary prefer unplanned and raw moments of the wedding. When combined with storytelling, it can create a unique effect and make your documentary even more memorable.

When it comes to filming a wedding, videographers are bringing more creativity and thoughtfulness into their approach, which raises their value in the entire industry. Shooting an important, emotional and once-in-a-lifetime event can be the most stressful and difficult things to do, yet many filmmakers are tackling it with style, grace and ingenuity while raising the bar for this industry as a whole.

 

7 Books Every Digital Animator Should Read

Animation is something that has alway intrigued me ever since my childhood and this desire escalated after watching movies like ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Snoopy’, and ‘Charlie Brown’. I really admire the art of animation these movies offered. What I noticed about them, is that they simply used timeless animation design and principles. Perhaps, this is the reason why these movies got so much appreciation from kids as well as adults.

I think everyone who wants to grow as a creative animator must know about the designs and principles of animation. There are some decade old books that talk about them. Even after a long time, these books are relevant and will remain standard for many years to come. Below are my personal favorites that helped me shape my career. I recommend them to all digital animators who want to enhance their creativity.

 

  1. The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

 

This amazing book by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston speaks about the development of techniques by Disney. After the projects like ‘Nine Old Men’ and ‘12 principles’, the Disney studio has established itself as a pivotal figure in the animation industry.

In this book, you can notice the author’s great wealth of knowledge and experience in the animation field. What makes this book worth buying for animators is, it includes the principles of traditional animations along with a detailed history of the craft.

 

I personally think, ‘The Illusion of Life’ should be on every shelf.

 

  1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

This book is an absolute must for anyone looking to build a career as a graphic animator. Written by Steven Pressfield, the book has inspired countless people across the globe. The book does not teach any particular skill, rather the author makes readers familiar with his struggles with writing. This non-fiction book is a must-read for animators who need the motivation to pursue their endeavors. It highlights the forms of resistance faced by artists and entrepreneurs trying to break through creative barriers.

 

  1. How to Make Animated Films by Tony White

This English animation veteran has worked with Richard Williams (a Canadian-British animator) on various cartoons, films, and commercials.

White is also one of the highly acknowledged teachers in the animation world who has taught thousands of animators across the globe. This book is an in-depth guide to the whole animation process. So, go get this book today if you want to build your career in animation.

 

  1. The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams

The Animator’s Survival Kit is one of the well-known books. If you have a little interest to work in the animation field, possibly you might have heard of this book. The book covers almost everything you should know about animation, ranging from the basics of spacing, timing, overlapping action, animal animation to stagger dialogue.

Williams is renowned for his artistic approach which he developed at London Studio. He is better known for directing the animation on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. If you are looking for a detailed explanation of the fundamental principles of the animation, this book should be in your to-read list.

 

  1. Animation: From Script to Screen by Shamus Culhane

This award-winning animator worked with almost all the top animation studios. Culhane was one of the artists who got success in bringing the wealth of knowledge from the Golden Age of animation to his work.

This book will always have a special place in my heart as it means so much to me. It was the first book that I read on animation. And even after reading a number of books on animation, I still find it the best book to gain knowledge of animation production.

 

  1. Timing for Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas

This is an excellent book, especially for beginners. It introduces the concept of animation and how to use it properly in animation. It has various drawn examples ranging from weightlifters and dancers to bouncing ball. People looking for a complete guide on animation timing and spacing, should get themselves a copy of this book.

 

  1. Humans and Animals in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge

This list book is incomplete without mentioning this book. Muybridge is the person behind the invention of “Moving picture”. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that without Eadweard, we might not even have films. Before his invention, artists used to present horse running with one leg on the ground.

Muybridge had a different idea in his mind, he used a series of cameras to shoot horse running that made capturing the complete running of the horse possible. If you need a good reference for humans and animals in motion, this is still one of the best books available.

 

Building a Career in Animation?

Getting into an animation job or artistic career can be tough but it is a rewarding choice. If you are trying your luck getting into this job, I recommend reading these resources. These books are surely going to help you along in your creative journey to animation.

 

 

Is Graphic Art Better Than The Real Thing?

Spending most of my time among professional designers, I’ve learned that comparing design and art is an assured way to bring up heated arguments and bold statements like:

“Art is meant to give rise to emotions and thought, but it doesn’t solve problems.”

“Design is not an art. Design needs to function.”

The subject that separates physical art and graphic design are extremely complicated to me, and it is something that has been debated for a very long time. Both artists and designers create visuals having a shared knowledge base, but their purpose of doing so is completely different.

Some designers consider themselves artists, but only a few physical artists consider themselves designers. In this post, I’ll try to highlight and compare some defining characteristics of each craft. So, let’s think this post as the beginning of a conversation and be open-minded about it.

The Beginning…

According to me, the clear difference between art and design lies in the first spark of creativity. They both come from separate backgrounds. Art is a demonstration of an entirely new idea, it’s the practice of breathing life into something personal to create an emotional connection between the artist and his audience.

Whereas, design originates from the desire to convey a pre-existing message in the form of a logo, call to action or a strapline.

Art Inspires, Design Motivates

Looking at graphic design or a piece of artwork, what I see is – the intent. An artist usually instills a feeling through his art and allows viewers to relate to it and get inspired by it. Today, the most renowned artwork is considered to be the one that establishes a strong emotional bond between an artist and a viewer.

On the other hand, a designer motivates his audience through an idea, image, a message or action. A designer doesn’t invent things, he tries to communicate something that already exists by keeping its purpose in mind. This purpose motivates people to take action like purchase an item, learn specific information, use a service or visit a location. The most successful designs that I’ve come across delivers a strong message and at the same time drives people to conduct a task.

Art is Interpreted, Design is Understood

So far we’ve learned that both physical art and graphic design are perceived differently by their audience. An artist’s emotion or a viewpoint doesn’t necessarily have a single meaning. An artwork builds a connection with viewers in various ways as it is interpreted differently. We can take an example of Da Vinci’s famous artwork Mona Lisa, over the years there have been various opinions formed about it — some see a grimace in the painting, some see a smile and some see neither. None of the opinions are wrong, it’s just that people have interpreted it in different ways.

A designer, on the other hand, wants his message to be clearly understood by the audience. If graphic design is interpreted in some other way to what the designer actually intended, then it has failed to deliver the message.

Art is a Talent, Design is a Skill

An artist is said to have a natural ability. From a very young age, an artist learns to sculpt, draw, paint and then develop these abilities. There is no doubt that a good artist has the skill, but an artistic skill without talent is just worthless.

On the contrary, a graphic designer builds his skills to create a design. To be a great designer, you don’t have to be an artist. The only thing you need to do is achieve the objective of a design. Some famous designers like Peter Saville and Saul Bass focus on their own personal styles. But for many designers, versatility matters the most.

Conclusion

The difference between physical and digital art can be clear or sometimes unclear, it entirely depends on the way you look at it. But at their most fundamental level, both forms of art have value and can be as forward thinking as an artist’s expanded imagination. In the end, what matters is the person behind the brush or a mouse who determines whether the art is significant or not.

These Are Some of The Most Fascinating Displays of Video Art

Although artists have created moving images since the early 20th century, the concept of ‘Video Art’ is from the 1960s. Video art is frequently viewed as impenetrable abstract and beyond the grasp of ordinary art-lovers. But if you have wanted a way into this strange and fanciful world, here are some of the most fascinating displays of the video art concept.

 

  1. Chicago Millennium Park Fountains

Featured in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Crown Fountain is one of the interactive works of public art and video sculpture. Located in the Loop, this artwork was designed by artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck + Sexton Architects. This 50-foot video towers over smiling or staring tourists as they take pictures while children shriek standing under the water flowing from its pursed lips. This is one of its own kind of art that is worth visit – among many other reasons to see Chicago.

2. Christmas Video Window Projections

This is another fascinating display of video art, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit no matter what your local climate. This stunning LED projector casts amazingly clear videos onto windows that will amaze anyone. Pre-loaded with Christmas videos, you can display them vertically or horizontally to fit any door or window size. You can choose from different kinds of Christmas video and bring the spirit of Christmas to your home. Don’t be surprised if neighbors and passerby stop and linger in front of your house though…comes with the territory.

3. 3D Robotic Billboard in Time Square in New York City

Coca-Cola, the famous beverage brand, came up with the world’s first 3D Robotic billboard in Times Square. This 68-foot by 42-foot billboard consists of 1,760 moving LED screens. Each screen has a different advertisement on display that draws the attention of people who pass by the intersection. It’s so inventive, Guinness World Records awarded Coca-Cola two new records. One is for the first 3D robotic billboard, the other for the largest 3D robotic billboard.

4. 3D Mapping Projection at Dubai Mall

When Coca-Cola company Fanta launched a new campaign in Dubai, the world’s best and biggest Dubai mall wall transformed with a 3D Fanta projection which was deemed the ‘Fanta Chase.’ The main characters run from the kids chasing them for the last drop of Fanta drink.

5. Giant Billboard In London Knows A Lot About The Way People Drive And Feel

This giant and flashy billboard in the Piccadilly Circus of London is installed to target both pedestrians, drivers, and individual passersby. The digital LED billboard screen is 2,600 sq. feet in size and shows 6 ads, featuring 11 million pixels. The billboard has built-in cameras and serves pre-programmed ads for the person driving a vehicle. This billboard also determines the age group, gender, and emotions of pedestrians. According to the company, The Verge, it won’t collect any personal details of passersby.

As you can see, there is video art everywhere. No matter where in the world you call home, there’s sure to be a display of video art concept within traveling distance that’s a must-see if you love this art form.

3 Free Video Editing Tools Every Broke Filmmaker Needs To Know About

These days, it’s not enough to be great behind the camera – you’ve got to know how to work your way around post-production too.

But what if you don’t (yet) have the budget for the fanciest editing apps out there?

Well, that was me when I got started too. Most of the editing software I wanted to use was a bit out of reach. So I had to get by with no-cost options. If you find yourself in the same situation, here are 3 tools that will get you by until your funds increase:

1. Filmora

Filmora is one of the best free video editing software tools that enable users to download the edited video with the watermark. Available for Mac, Windows and Android devices, this tool also supports amazing features like noise removing, 4K editing, camera shake effects and a lot more. If you want to remove the watermark, then you can buy a lifetime license for just $59.99.

2. VSDC Free Video Editor

This window-based free software tool can’t be used on Mac or Android. It offers a free download with no watermark, no advertisement and no trial period. However, if you want more advanced and improved features, you can pay $19.99 for its pro version. If you are looking for features like audio and visual effects editing, different filters, and classical blur features, then VSDC Free Video Editor has got you covered.

3. iMovie

This is another free editing tool that offers amazing features like spilled screen picture-in-picture effects, built-in music features and voiceovers. Even if you are seeking software that offers video filters to beautify videos, then this is the right software for you. Available for macOS and iOS, the iMovie editing tool is completely free.

Don’t Let Budget Keep You From Being an Editing Pro

The internet is flooded with many amazing editing tools; some free, some paid. But the three tools mentioned here.

8 Surprising Industries That Use 3D Rendering to Deliver Products & Services

In a time where we wake up daily to meet with innovation, quite a lot of industries are erupting too. 3D rendering is not new per se. However, it is not precisely known to most people. This is a fast-rising industry you should check on; and just maybe before you renovate your vintage home or add new furniture to your new home, you should look out for companies that providing rendering services to see how your home will look like when you upgrade the interior. In no distance time, this technology will be one of the most sort-after techs.

3D Rendering: What is It?

This is not just a new expression of fine art as some people may see it; much more than a new way to fine art or 3D modeling, this technology is the mechanism powering many industries, allowing people to squint inner workings of systems of both natural and human-made works.

In this article, you’ll get to know about 3D rendering and how companies are utilizing the tech as part of their client service process. So, you’ve got popcorn? Toss it numerically into your mouth as you relax and read through his exciting article.

Which Industry Uses 3D Rendering?

Everyone knows that the real estate market is highly competitive; therefore, firms look to use this future technology to gain the maximum attention of their clients. This they do by presenting properties visually using specific tools so that the client can have a glimpse of the final product at the initial stage.

3D rendering is also an architect’s best friend; the technology is for architectures in general. With 3D rendering software, architectural company’s display how a home/project will look like after being furnished. That is, architects and designers, rely on 3D rendering tools to display their ability as professional creators to their clients. With this technology, architects show their capabilities and not just keep telling stories.

3D Rendering Tools/Software

In this recent times, hardly can any technology service will be rendered without the specific tools or software.For rendering, specifically, there are tons of tools available to use. However, below are the best tools used by top companies that provide the service.

• 3Delight
• Arion
• Arnold
• Aqsis
• Clarisse
• Corona
• Escape
• FelixRender
• Lumion

8 Surprising Industries That Use 3D Rendering to Deliver Products & Services

From a layman view, this technology is solely for companies/firms under home remodeling industries or simply something that has to deal with architects alone. Well, you may surprise to know that this technology is applicable in the entertainment industry, publishing industry, gaming industry, and even Geology and Science industry.

However, asides the architectural or home remodeling firms, other companies do not value the use of rendering as it does not affect their clients/customers base. But, in no distance time, this technology will be applicable in almost all sectors/industries due to the rapid innovations going on. Below are the surprising industries using this technology and it serves perfect for the purpose meant.

1. Gaming

Virtual reality is becoming mainstream, and it is related to 3D rendering tech. Gone are the days when games appear common, now, games are more realistic. Imagine yourself fighting with an alien using a VR gadget, and it seems like everything is happening in real life? That’s pure rendering.

Gaming companies or corporations tend to make every game action look so real; whether it is destroying aliens, shooting the gangsters on the streets or driving virtual automobiles at a very high speed (such that is higher than that of a “Real” automobile), all these were made with the 3D technology.

Not everyone will be surprised to see the gaming industry short-listed among the industries that use 3D rendering tech; nevertheless, most people don’t know the tech behind the games they play and Virtual Reality (VR). With 3D technology included in game development, all scenes and actions look real even without putting on a VR gadget.

2. Advertising and Marketing

Currently, some digital marketers and advertisers tend to use rendering to run campaigns to gain their audience approval and trust. Due to high competition, advertisers are rapidly switching to 3D animations, modeling, and even rendering to communicate their information clearly to their audiences and make their product or service shine out from the clique.

3D technology is beneficial for advertisers especially in this recent time when everyone needs a service provider to prove beyond doubt that he/she is better of another. With 3D rendering tools, advertisers can make a mere (common) product or service appear captivating by animating them. Also, since 3D is customizable, it allows marketers to tweak their services by remodeling them.

Nevertheless, in most cases, advertisers/marketers hire 3D modeling artists to help them out in depicting their products in an ideal state. So, companies can now render new cars, product packaging or even prototypes at dire savings.

3. Architectural Industries

Every professional architect uses 3D rendering tools to display their capabilities to their clients and to gain their approval upon a project/contract. Architectural firms that utilize this tech are quite so many(if not all).

Generally, everyone knows that construction projects attract high expenses and it is a reiterative process. Therefore, Architects tend to use 3D technology as a medium resourceful medium to showcase what you’ll get for your budget. For many eras now, renderers make real the plans and blueprints in a drawing; the translate/interpret building or structure plans/drawing more realistically; showing you the first “picture” of what drawing will be like when worked “brought out” or built.

Also, with the several innovations, we have experienced so far as regards rendering technologies, architects can now add motion, depth, and other features so that the client can see in a clear view all angles of a given structure, including the interior design/view.

It appears as if this technology is mainly for the architect industry. Nevertheless, the home remodeling industry utilizes this tech too.

4. Home Remodeling Industry

When you want to change your whole home furniture, look or design, it is apparent that you’ll head straight to a home remodeling company and place your demand. Currently, almost all remodeling companies make use of this technology because it is one of the most effective means to get a client’s approval.

With the help of some unique “high-tech” 3D rendering tools/software, many remodeling companies show their clients how their home will look after renovation. In America, most people who wish to renovate their homes watch HGTV shows as the satellite TV provider primarily broadcasts reality programming related to home improvement/remodeling and real estate. If you do follow the HGTV shows, certainly, at a point, you’d want to ask, “Which tools these guys use”? Well, there is a lot of professionals architect/designer there, and the make use of highly-expensive (premium) tools for Fixer Upper and Property Brothers shows.

Also, companies like specialists, go3dviz, and many other alike utilize this technology to showcase how a renovation will look like when it’s done.

5. The Movie Industry

Yeah, also, the guys in the movie industry make use of rendering technology and like you’d guess, they use expensive tools to render. It is not new to us that the movie and media industry make use of 3D modeling. Even, the use it heavily. For every 3D model design, rendering is sure to come in place.

In the movie industry, rendering is used to show most anime movie trailers before the main launch of the movie. With the various advancements in technology, sometimes it is quite difficult to differentiate between rendered videos and real-life scene movies.

Just in almost the same way advertisers make use of 3d rendering to capture their audience interest, the guys in movie industries use rendering to capture more audience too.

6. Manufacturing And Product Design Industry

When a company produces new stuff, they tend to make the stuff to show their customers clearly view/insight to the new product. Good examples of manufacturing companies that utilize 3D rendering are automobile OEMs; once an automobile manufacturer launches a new engine, parts, or product whatsoever, they render the new product with 3D software for their customers to have clear insights about the new be a site.

7. Science Related Industries

Furthermore, scientists now release the results of their findings utilizing rendering technology. 3D modeling technology has now become a resourceful medium scientists use to clarify spectators about their discoveries. Also, other science-related companies make use of this technology.

8. Education

Surprised? Well, education has advanced a lot, especially in most developed cities. Now, students are being clarified about specific topics utilizing 3D technologies. It is evident that students who study about architecture or other related discipline learn and work with rendering software right in their classrooms.

Conclusion

3D rendering is a next-generation tech trend that will soon spread across all industries/sectors. Asides these industries, some individual also utilize various rendering technologies to gain the client’s approval for freelance projects.

Freelancers on Upwork and Fiverr provide clients with realistic video clips for specific services to get the client to order for their service(s).

Which Is the Best Brand of Small HD Video Camera?

There are quite a bunch of small HD video cameras you can bank on, such from top brands in the industry. The best video cameras to use now are not categorically the big cameras; compact/small HD cameras are even more approachable than the big/large ones. With digital photography evolution giving us a spanking addiction to take photos/pictures all the time, cameras have somewhat become more of a necessity than a luxury to most people.

For you to make a more informed decision, it would help you first to get to know the most prominent camera brands currently on the market and what they are best known for.

When trying to get/buy the best compact HD video camera, the camera brand has a vital part to play. In the light of that, some may ask, which is the Best Brand of Small HD Video Camera? Well, we will treat that in this article. The majority of the top camera brands have many similar models of cameras. Hence the question comes up again, “What is the best camera brand for me?”

Below are short straight-to-the-point reviews about the best small HD video camera brands you could trust to manufacture your next camera. We already see brands like Canon, Panasonic, GoPro, and others alike leading in the market but which among them is the best?

Why Choose a Small HD Video Camera?

When you’ve got a compatible gadget, you’ll be able to go with it anywhere freely. The device will seamlessly fit into any space while you’re on the go. For an addict-photographer or just a photo lover, this type of camera will be of great value to you.

There is no other best way to save memories if not through pictures and small video cameras are the best gadgets for such. Nevertheless, there are things to check out for before getting a compatible camera, one of which includes the brand/manufacturer. Read on to see our top picks for the best small HD video camera (brands).

Best small HD video camera brand

1. Sony – Best Camera Brand

Everyone knows about Sony. Even if you’ve never used a compact camera before, apparently, you must have come across or owned a Sony product. This brand has specifically dominated the market with their unmatchable-specs small video cameras. In a moment when everyone tends to take pictures and record moments using their mobile smartphones, Sony had come up with great compatible cameras tagged with affordable prices.

Even so, before this time, the giant OEM have so many good products which were the favorite of many prime photographers. The truth is that Sony cameras are designed to suit all purposes. So far, the brand has come up with lots of small video camera models of which HDRCX405 Handycam and Sony HDR-CX440 Handycam are among the top-selling models in the market of recent.

Sony cameras are usually equipped with distinctive specs and are versatile. The image stabilization and autofocus system on Sony cameras are relatively second to now in the industry. Even now and in future, Sony as a brand will never miss out in any list for the best camera brands.

Pros:

• Builds small cameras with cutting-edge technologies inside the hood
• Sony cameras are usually cheaper than their alternatives
• The brand is the forerunner of full-frame mirrorless cameras
• Competitive portable HD cameras
• Unbeatable prices
• All Sony cameras look premium, and they are reliable for long time use

Cons

• While a higher percentage of Sony cameras meet up the buyer’s expectation, some do not meet up
• Some models feature boring designs.

 

2. Panasonic

This is yet another excellent camera brand. Panasonic small HD cameras are among the best-in-class you can get at this moment. Being packed with extraordinary features and technologies, coupled with sleek designs, a Panasonic compact camera will not only deliver what you want, but the attractive build will draw more attention and impressions.

For some time now, it has been Sony, Panasonic, and Canon HD cameras which have been the top selling brands in the market. Panasonic integrates patent technologies into its products in general; it does not rely on any other OEM.

Cameras like the Panasonic HC-V770 HD Camcorder have been rated as the best small HD video camera by quite a lot of photographers, Vloggers, and people alike. However, we can judge the competency of a brand with just one good product. Hence, the 2nd position is still the best place for the brand on our list.

While there are lots of other useful products (cameras) from this brand, the HC-V770 video camera model is the best so far; being packed with the right balance of features, hardware, design, value, and convenience. Nevertheless, Panasonic cameras are not so cheap as that of Sony, but they offer immense value for the amount spent to get them.

Pros:

• Most Panasonic cameras come with a reverse camera and an automatic lens cover
• Manufacturers cameras with patent components
• Great design and aesthetics
• Excellent resolutions

Cons:

• Panasonic cameras can be costly
• Most Panasonic cameras are not compatible/portable

3. Canon

Hardly will there be a list connecting to top camera brands and Canon will not be listed. This brand is arguably one of the top cameras with lots of mega products out there in the market making great waves. It is usually difficult to choose between Canon and Sony cameras when you go to get a new HD video camera. Canon, however, manufactures compact cameras with astonishing lens and resolutions.

Anyone who has ever dealt with cameras knows about this brand, in fact, it will be hard to see a photographer who has not used a Canon camera before. One good thing about this brand is that it manufactures camera to suit everyone’s need; ranging from beginner photographers to top-professionals.

Slightly like Sony, Canon comes out with affordable cameras which are quite user-friendly and packed with patent components. The brand has been on this (manufacturing cameras) since 1984, it is a Japanese company. So far, we have seen a lot of breakthrough Canon cameras which offer great luxury.

Also, this brand is not limited to manufacturing cameras alone, they are quite vast in the sense that you’ll find Canon printers, scanners, etc. However, almost all brand listed out here manufactures other things rather than just small HD video cameras.

Pros:

• When quality is what you thirst for, Canon can quench that thirst, in other words, the brand manufactures great cameras
• It has been around for years and has never disappointed its customers
• A diverse collection of cameras
• Premium high-end lenses on most of its series
• Images shot on Canon cameras are usually stunning
• Some models are relatively cheap

Cons:

• Some Canon end-users do complain that their cameras are not user-friendly and compatible. However, this is a rare report being that it was just about 5% of Canon users made the complaint
• The designs are not often attractive

4. Nikon

This is another great brand to mention when talking about the big guys that manufacture HD cameras. Almost all professional camera users recommend Nikon as one of the best brands. It is also a Japanese company which has been around for ages manufacturing top-notch compact video cameras with the best resolution capacity. One thing that always pushes the minds of professional to Nikon is when they hear about ergonomic cameras.

If you’re going to buy a Nikon camera just known that “the higher the price the higher the specs and body build”.With that said, it means that, depending on your budget, the aftermath of owning a Nikon camera will differ from model to model and based on the amount you bought them; this is likely the same with most brands anyway.

Pros

• Nikon is arguably one of the best-selling brands in the market
• You find more affordable video cameras from Nikon
• Produces some of the sharpest digital images
• Nikon cameras are terrific in low-light areas
• Portable video cameras, really compatible

Cons

• It is not the best small HD video camera brand
• Most hit Nikon cameras are still/digital cameras and not HD video cameras

5. GoPro

This list cannot be completed when GoPro has not been included. This brand is known for ruggedity; it manufactures the sturdiest video cameras you will find in the market. GoPro video cameras are the best action cameras anyone can use for filming intrigue actions; it comes with marvelous specifications and features to deliver exactly what you wished for from a compact HD video camera.

One of the reasons why people switched to this gadget is because it is coming from a US-based company. It has not been around for many years like the others but currently among the BIG GUYS.

 

Pros:

• Best-in-class rugged designs
• Optimal reliability
• Best 4k resolution cameras
• Highly portable action/film cameras

Cons:

• Not everybody will love the rugged design
• GoPro cameras can be costly

Why is Sony the best small HD camera brand?

The brand – Sony, manufactures all around best-in-class video cameras and makes them available to everyone at unbeatable prices. Sony has ultra-portable video cameras unlike the other brands; you can easily pocket a Sony HD Video Camera and travel all the way.

Also, Sony cameras are equipped with high resolutions, alongside, other cutting-edge technologies are hidden beneath the hood.

In a short sentence; Sony HD video cameras are cheap, yet, they pack the same features available on their expensive counterparts.

5 Technical & Industrial Skills You Should Never Attempt to Do Yourself

Honestly, there are some technical skills you should never attempt to do all by yourself. This is because they are quite dangerous or cannot be properly accomplished/executed by just one individual. Some people love to try on some limited skills to prove their professionalism, while it works out in most cases, on the other hand, it could lead to impulsive or negative outcomes. Like the wise saying goes – “to before warn is to before harm”.

These industrial skills you shouldn’t try apples to all form of industries, companies, and even entrepreneurs. Yeah, there are some approaches you’ll make as an entrepreneur and the outcome may be very bad, really bad. Imagine trying to fix a “common” electrical issue in your home and then you end up damaging the whole power control box? Now, that’s more costs you just incurred upon yourself instead of the teensy-weensy fee you would have given an electrician to fix the “common” issue.

Well, I will be discussing some technical and industrial skills you should not try by yourself even though they appear ordinary or very simple (easy). One of the “not funny” outcomes of trying out these skills is that you may later pay more to fix the damage(s) caused by you. Even so, in some cases, the outcome is very stern that the affected machine, gadget, tool, system, or whatever will need a total replacement because it can’t be repaired anymore.

So, why try out things that will cost you more expense when you’re done trying? There are impossible companies, agencies, and even private/individual specialists that could help you with any technical or industrial issue. Even so, because of the high competition in the various businesses sectors and industries, you’ll get professionals to deal with your technical challenge at cheaper rates. When engaging a specialist, you get exactly what you want and in a courteous manner.

5 Technical Skills and Industrial Skills You Should Never Attempt to Do Yourself

Below are some technical skills people see as ordinary (standard) which are not advisable to practice if you’re not knowledgeable about them. Well, they don’t appear to be too technical anyway, but, if not done correctly due to inexperience, the outcome is usually outrageous, appalling, or severe damage.

1. Fixing The Home Power System or “Minor” Electrical Issues

That indecisive moment when your home is out of power supply, and so, the other neighbors are enjoying power supply. You tend to go to and check out what exactly caused the power outage in our home, this is the most common technical issue people attempt to fix by themselves most often. Well, it works out fine in most cases, however, in major cases, it turns out to be a big issue.

Yeah, it is really frustrating waiting for the electrician to fix up the power issue and it appears he’s taking so much time. Nevertheless, it is advisable to wait for the electrician to come; this is so that he’d troubleshoot and discover the specific cause of the power outage and the exact spot that needs to be worked on. It is not always the point an ordinary person sees as the cause of the outage is actually the cause.

You can call on the power supply agency/company to send in a professional to get things working as supposed instead of trying it out yourself. There have been cases of people getting themselves electrocuted, even severely injured because they try to fix some power/electrical issues by themselves. Even so, there have been some reported cases of death due to this action. Guess you wouldn’t want to lose your good health, stature, or even your life due to some “minor” electrical/power issues.

However, asides the power supply agency, other erudite professionals are well able to handle all electrical/power issues. No matter how common it may seem, always endeavor to engage the services of a professional as regards to your home or office power/electrical issues.

2. Bathtub Refinishing And Resurfacing

Uummmm, yeah, it is obvious that nothing lasts forever. It is almost impossible to find a gadget, tool, furniture, accessories, etc. that would last forever irrespective of how they are being maintained or where they are kept/ being used.

Bathtub refinishing or reglazing is something homeowners, hotels, and the likes do once in a while (not so often at least). Don’t be confused pally, whether you call it bathtub refinishing or bathtub resurfacing, you’re still referring to one thing. This refers to the repainting or re-beautifying a bathing tub due to some certain issues such as worn out surface coating. Also, just as you would guess from the name, bathtub refinishing is the process of reinstating the surface of an old bathtub in order to bring back its initial/original beauty. However, bathtub refinishing is a generic term.

While this may appear as a simple act, there are quite a lot of dangers attached to this process. Ever noticed that bathtub refinishes put on an overall dress and equally cover their hands and face (especially the nose)? This is because of the hazardous chemicals which go out during the process of refinishing a bathtub. First of all, the old coating of the target bathtub has to be scraped away, then, the new finish is being applied which will turn the erstwhile “ugly looking” bathtub to a new one likely. After refinishing a bathtub, no one would believe it is not a new one. Nevertheless, when an inexperienced person does this, the outcome is not typically attractive. Also, if you attempt to refinish a bathtub when you’re not a professional, you may be several tortured by the harmful chemicals used for this act.

Now, as this project requires specialized knowledge on how to avoid damaging the inner layers of a bathtub and also requires extensive experience in handling potentially harmful chemicals, it should really be done by a professional.

3. Don’t Skip The Manuals

A bunch of people working in various companies under different industries does not succumb to go through the manuals of some heavy machines before trying to operate them. Well, I guess that over 80% (on a rough estimate) of workers do not go through the manuals attached to a machine, tool, or product before operating on them. Yes, you may have used a similar machine or tool like this new one, however, since it is not from the same company or not the same model as the previous, there might be some few things you need to know before handling the new stuff.
Because some people do not regard the manuals attached to the machines and tools they work with, there have been many reported cases of severe industrial incidents as a result of ill-handling of heavy tools or machines in a firm.

4. Don’t Do It Alone

It looks like you can actually achieve a perfect result even when no one else helps out? No! Don’t do it alone. In some firms or industries, there are tasks which are not meant for just one person to handle irrespective of how simple it may look. It varies depending on the industry or company. For example, in construction sites, of course, everyone needs to be careful and vigilant; otherwise, you earn yourself some few or several days of pains lying on a hospital bed.

Since teamwork is the key to achieving the best results, why do it alone? Let’s guess, it’s because of the pay. Okay, consider earning the pay and still it all, even more, to treat yourself due to overstress or a sustained injury. For every industrial task that requires more than one person, do not tend to do it alone, the outcome is not always commendable.

5. Flying A Drone When You’ve Got No Training or Experience

So you love to fly drones and practice strikes? Thanks to the various governments of various countries who have placed strict rules for flying drones. Yeah, everyone’s knows there are many uses of drones including using them to get excellent image shots while touring a city or a new environment.

However, there are some dangers in flying drones. It has been proven that drones can cause high damage to airplanes when they collide. Therefore, in most developed cities and countries, before you could fly a drone, you must be a registered member of a crafted drone flyers organization.

It is very bad to hand over a drone (even a small one) to an inexperienced person to fly; only trained/professional pilots are legally allowed to fly drones in America. When you do not know how to handle drones, and then you pick a unit up to fly you’ll injure a lot of people. A lot of drones have reportedly crashed near America’s white house. Hence, the FAA has set up rigid to regulate how pilots fly drones in the USA.

Conclusion

These are few industrial and technical skills you should never attempt to do as it will lead to various mishaps.

Top Websites That Do 3D Animation Right

3D Animation Website Design

3D animation design is becoming a trend among webmasters; we now see modern websites incorporating 3D animations into their website design in order to make their audience/visitors engage more on the platform when they visit. While some people think or believe that adding animations to their current website design will slow down the loading time, you’ll be shocked to know that it doesn’t affect your site speed. However, there are bulky 3D effects capable of reducing your website load time, but, there are also some that are extremely light and load faster.

Here are some examples of websites that do animations right and the animations do not misinterpret the goal of the website.

Note: Now, there are tons of 3D animation themes available for CMS users (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal). So, you can easily design your blog, company/business website using compatible, light animation themes.Backend developers can also incorporate animations into a website design; however, this requires an experienced/vast developer.

Benefits of 3D animation design on websites

  • It helps to grab more of people’s attention
  • Adds more beauty to a website
  • It can improve users experience on a website
  • Websites with 3D animations design stand out among others
  • Visually interprets the purpose/goal of a website

10Examples of Websites That Do 3D Animation Right

1. 3magine

Website URL: https://www.3magine.com

Industry: Web Design and Development

Once you visit the website, you get greeted with stunning animation effects. Actually, the website is for a Toronto-basedweb design & development agency. So, they guys working at this studio are trying to impress and prove its worth to the people visiting theirofficial website.

3magine works with various businesses, brands, and even startups to transform a client’s idea(s) into beautiful creations. Even with the 3D animation design, this website loads at a very fast speed; even faster than some websites without 3D effects.

The 3D effect(s) on the pages of the website tallies solemnly with the information which the webmaster wants to pass across to a visitor/client. Also, this website is very easy to navigate, plus, it is equally intuitive.

2. RESN

Website URL: https://resn.co.nz

Industry: Digital Agency

At first, you may not seem to understand this website when you visit the homepage. However, the whole pages of this site are designed with outstanding animation effects. You will be greeted with a teardropanimation which you’re expected to click and hold on to. If you click and hold on to the teardrop, then, you’ll be greeted with so many other interesting visuals.

RESN is a platform that posts updates as regards to various projects. You’ll hear a soft soundtrack play on the background while the animations display. Upon all the effects and animations integrated into this website’s design, the loading speed is not affected.

The work of the team at RESN is to help people develop/design mind-blowing solutions/websites, 2D & 3D animated websites, and other creative services as regards to its industry. Over the years, RESN has won several awards due to its unmatched animated website design. get on to the website and feed your eye with some BLACK MAGIC effects.

3. Takumi Hasegawa

Website URL: https://tkmh.me

Industry: Web Design and Development

The homepage of this website loads surprisingly faster than many websites on the internet. However, it is designed with 3D animation effects which tell a quick, short story about the purpose of the website. TKMH is a personal website owned by Takumi Hasegawa who is a seasoned web developer and also a technical director. It is very easy to navigate on this website, yet, every page has a unique animation style featured as its background.

For people looking out for a professional developer to handle 3D website designs for them, visiting this website will give you some level of confidence that the designer can do a good job for you.

4. Clickable.Design

Website URL:http://clickable.design

Industry: Web Design and Development

Here is another interesting website that is using 3D animation effects. You will be entertained with the captivating animation situated right on the homepage. Also, this website is quite intuitive and very easy to navigate. It is a Russian-owned website, therefore, the website loads on the Russian version on default. There are options to select “English” or “Arabic” version of the website if you do not understand Russian.

Clickable.design is using 3D animations to impress their visitors the more and also portray the goal of the website. Clickable’s animation visualizes exactly how you can incorporate a full animated scene on a webpage while still managing your coherent design. The platform is all about website design and development; it boasts to have a reliable team of experts.

5. Ashley House

Website URL: https://www.ashleyhouse.co.uk

Industry: Printing services

Once you visit the website, you will be greeted with a quite interesting animation telling you to for some seconds while the website contents load completely. The animation showed to you will tell you what the site is all about. Also, when the site fully loads in a matter of seconds, Ashley House has an animated header.

When discussing websites with the right 3D animation, this is one to reckon on. The animation you’ll meet on this website narrates the company’s history & mission. It looks like a clip coming straight out of a children’s television anime film. So far, we have listed only I.T websites that do animations right, but, this is not an I.T related site, it is a printing service renderer.

6. Proud and Punch

Website URL: http://www.proudandpunch.com.au

Industry: Food and Nutrition

The guys at proud and punch try to impress their visitors the more using some interesting animations. Your cursor turns to an arrow once you visit the website and the animation designs are made totally with navigation on the site. As a website for food, meal, snacks, and other things alike, proud and punch loads its pages very fast.

Every page on this site is designed with an animation that tallies with the information on that specific page. The animations on Proud and Punch do not affect the site loading speed as it loads very fast, even faster than many other websites on the internet.

7. Audiograph

Website URL: https://www.audiograph.xyz

Industry: Music

This may not be your type of website and it is not really a website for everyone to visit. Actually, the platform uses a full musical wave animation to display a visual exploration of Pilotpriest’s 2016 Album Trans. You’ll be in awe looking at theaudio-visual animations as they constantly change to different gorgeous colorsaccompanying each track.

If you’re going to add animation elements to your new project, this is a website to check out. The web design is very simple even with the animation. So, the site loads very fast.Audiograph isn’t a typical website which is trying to use animation to tell a story about their platform.

8. MMW – Make Me Wow

Website URL:http://makemewow.ru

Industry: Web design and development

You will actually feel like “wow” viewing this website. Once the website loads, you’ll be greeted with a beating eye. Also, the frequency of the heartbeat is shown in real-time with the website’s color changing according to the heartbeat frequency, reflectingthe mood of the Art Director behind Make Me Wow animation.

Make Me Wow Studio acts as a perfect example of how to animate with meaning. The animations on this platform portraythe real-timestate of the director’s mood. You’ll want to spend more time on this website due to the constant animation changes.

As a development agency, the animation shown on this website does not tell exactly what the company is all about. However, it proves to the website visitors that the guys at the “Back-End” could integrate real-time animation effects to website designs.

9. Cookie Studio

Website URL:http://cookiestudio.tv

Industry: Multi-niche

The bright colors that welcome you when you visit the homepage are just not enough, just skip the intro and get in touch with some cute animations. However, you’ll have to move your mouse cursor to each module to play the animation. Until your mouse is placed on a module, no animations will show. Also, the animations incorporated into each module are made to tally with their essence.

If you’re planning towards creating a website with animation effect, such a site like Cookie Studios can give you some inspiration. Portioning animations in small or large modules as seen on Cookie Studio will be a nice way to keep your website design unique.

10. Future-living

Website URL:http://future-living.tv/en/home

Industry:

Last on our list is Future-living. The website features quite an interesting animation on its homepage. When you click on the open spaces the website animates.

Conclusion

These are the few websites that do animation right. You can check out the various animation styles integrated on these websites and think about how to make your own. Also, adding 3D animation effects to your current website design will not affect your site loading speed. Even so, a narrative animation will increase engagement on a website.

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