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Old 11-18-2011, 10:22 PM   #16
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I thought about getting 3ds Max or Maya once. I went to the Store page and looked at the price... I died a little inside.

Blender probably will be a better choice, though in my experience, the interface and tools had a sharp learning curve. Documentation was initially quite poor and out of date, however, it's gotten much better since the major 2.5 update.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:29 PM   #17
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You might find Miku Miku Dance to actually be a good thing to use for animating them for short movies and such. It is a program primarily made for making animated characters dance, but you can do all sort of stuff with it and it's free! I'll post some of my favourite MikuMikuDance videos momentarily.

Lemme see what the guy who does Dead Fantasy uses also...
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:01 PM   #18
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OseYWx4mQXE
That's done on MMD, notthe best but okay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRd7gOfIS-0
Also done on MMD(at least I'm pretty sure) and this is AMAZING.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:01 PM   #19
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Lemme see what the guy who does Dead Fantasy uses also...
MontyOum used Poser 7, last time I checked. He also uses Mo-cap for some of his animations, though I'm not sure to what extent.

It appears Poser doesn't do model creation. Another modeling application would still be needed.
Apparently Poser is not exactly the best for animating, though it's still possible and the features are there.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:11 PM   #20
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HA! this MMD animation is GREAT!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsu8vdW6BLg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdFCRFdGqUY
This is good to.

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Old 11-18-2011, 11:22 PM   #21
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dpFqFi8sGU
This one's better!
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:36 PM   #22
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Blender when you are just learning because it's free. When it becomes an obsession and something you are really into get 3DS. Students can get a big discount or you can just get a subscription to it. Hefty price but if it's something you love and most hobby's can be quite a bit more expensive it's definitely worth it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:43 PM   #23
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Blender when you are just learning because it's free. When it becomes an obsession and something you are really into get 3DS. Students can get a big discount or you can just get a subscription to it. Hefty price but if it's something you love and most hobby's can be quite a bit more expensive it's definitely worth it.
Also the 3 year trial is 1 month according to Autodesk.

They told me my 3 year license of 3Dsmax 2010 expired the month after I tried it out, and through their horrible customer support I was finally able to realize that I traveled 3 years into the future to get the 2010 version in 2007.

tl;dr Autodesk has terrible customer support.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:55 PM   #24
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Also the 3 year trial is 1 month according to Autodesk.

They told me my 3 year license of 3Dsmax 2010 expired the month after I tried it out, and through their horrible customer support I was finally able to realize that I traveled 3 years into the future to get the 2010 version in 2007.

tl;dr Autodesk has terrible customer support.
tl;dr. you should learn to read the fine print.

(they specify 3DS is 30 day)
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:00 AM   #25
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tl;dr. you should learn to read the fine print.

(they specify 3DS is 30 day)
Learn to read as well.

If you have an edu account and are a university student you can get a 3-year license. Derp.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:02 AM   #26
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Learn to read as well.

If you have an edu account and are a university student you can get a 3-year license. Derp.
yeah on most of the autocad and inventor products.

once again, they specify that max is 30 day
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:05 AM   #27
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yeah on most of the autocad and inventor products.

once again, they specify that max is 30 day
OK, whatever you say. http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...12&id=14185424

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So you are wrong.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:18 AM   #28
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Blender is open source. Open source means that it is consistently being updated by a dedicated community of artists and programmers that really care about the craft. If you need convincing, just read this article by the Blender Guru himself, Andrew Price.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:26 AM   #29
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I've been learning Blender for the past 2-3 months as a hobby, and I've been looking into the alternatives recently. Many people seem to be of the opinion that since 2.5 when its interface was revamped, Blender lives up to the commercial tools and is even better than them in some aspects. I've been trying to find something that 3DSM does better compared to Blender, but I can't seem to find any advantages to using it or the other packages. Is there anything specific I'm missing out on by sticking to Blender?
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:33 AM   #30
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What I picked up over the year is that whenever they release a patch to 3dmax you gonna have to pay for it.
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