How the Entertainment Industry Uses (CAD) Computer-Aided Design

How the Entertainment Industry Uses (CAD) Computer-Aided Design

Published by - Admin On November 26, 2013

CAD (computer-aided design) is at work in almost every industry in the world, but one of the areas where it’s seeing the most use is entertainment. Depending on the company’s niche within the wider industry, CAD can serve an immense number of vital purposes. CAD software offers the ability to produce higher quality finished products, unique effects and provide a more immersive experience, whether it’s being used in game development, film, television or some other niche.

Film and Television

In the realm of film and television production, CAD software is used for an incredible range of things, from storyboarding to animation, simulation and more. Storyboarding and character design are two areas where CAD software excels – allowing creators to “create production-quality meshes with animation-ready topology from scanned, imported or sculpted data” according to Autodesk. CAD software also allows plays a role in matte paintings, motion capture cleanup, shading and texturing, rendering, editing and more.

Game Design and Development

The game industry has grown immensely in the last few years as console and computer technology has improved. Today’s games are more realistic, more immersive and, consequently, more popular than ever before. CAD software is used in high and low resolution modeling, as well as in animation, motion capture, lighting and 3D data transfer. Shading and texturing via painting tools and material editors within the software suites also help build games for today’s discerning players.

Video Production

Most consumers think of professional video production as little more than recording and editing, but there’s much more to it than this. CAD software helps in several important ways, including preproduction and editing. Adding special effects is possible with software, as is the development and inclusion of motion graphics. Color enhancement and enrichment are also important features of good CAD software.

A Look at Some of the Most Popular CAD Options

When it comes to CAD software, few would argue that Autodesk is one of the most popular companies. The company offers a wide range of different solutions for different needs in the entertainment industry, including FBX, Mudbox, Maya, SketchBook Designer, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder and Smoke. Of course, while each of these is a comprehensive, powerful tool, training and experience are necessary to make use of these tools.

For Entertainment Companies, Professional Partnerships Matter

The role of CAD software in the entertainment industry is indisputable, but that doesn’t mean that all companies are able to leverage this software to their advantage. The key is to partner with a reputable CAD designer capable of offering the solutions needed. As with every other industry, a wide range of CAD companies exists but they’re not all created equal. It’s imperative that entertainment companies work with a reputable, high-quality service provider capable of meeting their needs affordably, quickly and professionally.

When choosing such a partner, it’s important that prospective clients see a dedication to confidentiality on projects, as well as a state of the art infrastructure. The CAD company should also be well versed in the use of leading CAD software programs that offer the best results.

– The CAD Chief

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