When your business or advertising needs call for 3D animation services you'll need to communicate and collaborate with an animator. As with other specialties, the 3D animation profession has its own terminology. The more familiar you are with the language of 3D animation, the easier it will be for you to effectively communicate your goals and vision to the animator and to understand the technical references he or she may make when discussing your project.
Aliasing and anti-aliasingYou've probably seen aliasing--it looks like a jagged stair-stepping along the edges of an animated object. This distortion occurs in a digital image when more work is needed to create a smooth transition between highly contrasted edges. Anti-aliasing gets rid of these jagged artifacts. Oversampling, supersampling and filtering are anti-aliasing techniques used to accomplish this.
Subsurface scattering (SSS)Animators use SSS to make skin look soft and real or to make other organic materials appear realistic. SSS conveys the sense that light is penetrating a surface and giving illumination to its inner layers.
KeyframeIn an animation sequence, a frame in which a significant transition occurs is called a keyframe. In creating digital effects, the animator must define a minimum of two keyframes and, if the animation is complex, might even define as many as 100. Keyframes enable transitions such as a gradual color change or an object that slowly appears or disappears.
StoryboardA storyboard is a planning tool that creates a timeline for controlling animations. It provides you with an idea of the animation's projected look, movement and timing. Often made up of still shots, an animation storyboard can include music or dialog to create a sense of the intended final product.
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