3D Theory

These pages aim to give information about the techniques used to display and animate 3D models. It uses the results from the physics and maths sections. The results from this section are used in the program.

3d modelling

This section gives information about ways to represent solid objects:

Animation

This section shows how to animate the model:

Games
Human Animation This section is about modelling humans, animals, game creatures etc.
Rendering This section explains how to display a 3D model on a 2D screen. It covers methods such as OpenGL
Commercial Software This discusses commercial software to build and animate 3D worlds
File Formats This section talks about how to store the 3D models and animations

 


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Book Shop - Further reading.

Where I can, I have put links to Amazon for books that are relevant to the subject, click on the appropriate country flag to get more details of the book or to buy it from them.

cover This book introduces 3D concepts, VRML, Java3D, MPEG4/BIFS, and X3D. It is a very good introduction to the theory, The writers have an in depth knowledge due to their involvement in the standards making. This is a good book to help you choose which 3D open standards to use and to give you a good insight into these standards. It is probably not for those who want a basic introduction to 3D or for these who want a step-by-step programming in 3D book.

cover Permutation City. A science fiction book which suggests how virtual reality might evolve.

Commercial Software Shop

Where I can, I have put links to Amazon for commercial software, not directly related to this site, but related to the subject being discussed, click on the appropriate country flag to get more details of the software or to buy it from them.

cover EOVIA Carrara Studio 2 (Windows) - This is a commercial 3D modelling tool with some Physics simulation. I think it is aimed at games and animations, not for accurate physics simulation. Eovia (http://www.eovia.com).

See carrara site for information about version 3 launch in Sept 2003.

cover Carrara 3D Basics - A simpler low cost version

 

Other 3D software

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