Visual Effects vs Animation

24 Sep 2019 3D Animation & VFX

Getting to know the differences between visual effects and animation will help you better understand the level of training and skillset required to get a job in the perspective field. At CG Masters School of 3d Animation & VFX, they want to help you gain the skills and confidence needed to work in the film, TV, or video game industries. That is why they offer a selection of comprehensive visual effects and animation programs.

What are Visual Effects?

Visual effects, also known as VFX, uses different techniques and tools to create certain effects with live action footage, such as digitally adding a background to a scene in a movie. In most cases, visual effects are done during the post-production phase of a film or TV show using animations and compositing software.

Types of Visual Effects

The different types of visual effects include:

Matte Painting

Matte painting is used to create imagery by combining different kinds of images and objects. By editing and merging these items together, a single image with the desired output and effect can be created.

Live Action Effects

Live action effects follow the process in which actors interact with characters or scenery through means of a blue or green screen.

Digital Animation

Advanced animation techniques, such as particle effects, digital sets and backgrounds, compositing, and rotoscopy, involve using software to add or remove elements from a scene as per the film or TV show’s requirements.

What is Animation?

Animation works to create the illusion of motion by rapidly moving images in a sequence. Animations can be recorded and stored in a variety of different equipment and formats, such as motion picture movies, digital media, or flash animations. While the different types of animation can be used for all kinds of media, the types of skills and tools needed to become an animator will depend on the kind of animation you want to focus on.

Types of Animation

The different types of animation include:

Traditional Animation

Traditional animation involves drawing pictures on transparent acetate sheets (cells) and photographing them against a single background. This process is taken frame by frame with each frame being slightly different than the others.

Stop Motion Animation

Stop motion animation uses real world objects that are physically manipulated to create the illusion of movement. Similar to traditional animation, this type of animation also uses frame-by-frame photography; however, this kind of animation is less expensive and time consuming.

Computer Animation

Computer animation is the process of creating animations by using software on a computer. This includes both 2D animations that are created by manipulating images and 2D vector graphics and 3D animations which are 3-dimensional graphics that are rigged to create the illusion of movement.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between visual effects and animation, or if you are interested in their animation and VFX production program, contact CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX at 604-553-2462 or by filling out a contact form on their website.