Animation has become the norm in video production. We see it in commercials, films, video games, and on social media every day, but there is one big distinction when it comes to animation: 2D animation production versus 3D animation production.
First, let’s clarify. 2D animation is a flat, basic form of animation and is traditionally considered cartoon-ish. You can find 2D animation is shows like The Simpsons and classic Disney films like Aladdin. It is the more basic form and consequently the cheaper one. 3D animation, which was developed much later, has a much more realistic, textured look to it. 3D animation can be found in films like Moana and video games like Fortnite.
When seeking an animation service from a production company, you should know what kind of animation you are looking for, since the two categories differ in quality, cost, and production time. This decision is often made based on the type of video you’re looking to produce, your budget, and your target audience. To help narrow down your decision, we delved deep into the pros and cons of 2D and 3D animation production.
Benefits of 2D Animation:
Since 2D animation is an older medium, it is produced in a simpler format, and is typically easier to learn than the newer, more intricate 3D animation. This older technology comes at a lower cost and is easier to navigate with little training. This is a great option for simple explainer videos and corporate videos hoping to achieve a more polished look.
Disadvantages of 2D Animation:
As you may expect, 2D is older less interesting, and less sought out than 3D animation. It is the less desirable of the two technologies and, despite the quick learning time, can take more time to produce in entirety than 3D since the program 2D is built on is less advanced. Lastly, 2D animation templates cannot be reused like those of 3D can, requiring extra time to form the basics of each new project.
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Benefits of 3D Animation:
3D animation production can be used for just about any video. For companies trying to market a product or service, 3D animation can show off your product in a much more detailed manner than a simple 2D image. Additionally, the quality and status of 3D animation is simply better than that of 2D animation. Its ability to portray natural movement, realistic qualities, and overall sense of newness in the film world makes 3D animation successful and ideal. We highly recommend finding out the best way to utilize 3D animation production in your next video, whether you’re in the fashion, medical, pharmaceutical, financial, or even non-profit industry.
Disadvantages of 3D Animation:
With all of these advantages of 3D animation production, there is one obvious disadvantage: cost. Any service that is in demand will come with a larger price tag than a less desirable alternative. Additionally, since 3D is created on a computer program, there is a limit to its possibilities, somewhat limiting the imagination of your animator.
So now that you know the pros and cons of both animation services, what kind of animation would be best for your video? Take the next step in seeing your vision come to life and visit our animation services page to see what we offer and examples of each in our past productions. Contact True Film Production today to get started on your next production.
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