Chapter 8

Hardware and Software Tools of the Trade

The hardware and software choices of a 3D animator can be difficult to understand because of the large number of options given to a user. These options provide the user many ways to work and to learn. Power, speed, and storage are advancing to a point that techniques thought impossible a few years ago can now be competed on a normal, everyday desktop computer. So how does a person wanting to get into 3D animation know what tools and techniques to use? It comes from constantly learning. Schools and online learning opportunities are popping up every day. But first, there are a few basics you can learn to get started and to help you dig through all the information out there.

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