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ANIMATION SERVICES

Product Demos

Showcase every detail of a product you’ve imagined with a 3D product video. If all you have are sketches or physical prototypes, Zco can build 3D digital models and create product demo videos. Already have it designed in CAD software? We can put it into a 3D environment, animate its moving parts, light it dramatically, and show it in action.

Product demo videos bring ideas into reality. Whatever you have imagined about your product, our product demos can explain it in ways still photography never can. They are ideal for wooing potential investors, advertising on television, and closing the deal on a shopping page. When the public sees your product in action, they won’t be able to resist it. Give the people what they want!

 
 

Video Animation

The world of animation has infinite possibilities; if you can imagine it, we can create it. The Zco 3D video animation team can design everything: from sleek and polished professional videos to high-energy cartoons.

Building powerful animation requires creativity, artistry, and thought. Our 3D artists create lively videos, with expertise in every facet of their designs. Working with us is like collaborating with visual effects companies and animation companies at the same time!

Whether your goal is to create a fun animated advertisement, or a professional animated explainer video, Zco’s visual team is up to the challenge.

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Architectural Animation

Zco’s custom architectural rendering services faithfully represent the interior and exterior of your building project. Structural elements, decorations, furniture, and even landscaping are made to order, so you’re not stuck with limited, generic shapes.

Our artists can recreate existing structures from photographs, build accurate models from blueprints, and even design from your descriptions. People, animals, and plants can occupy the virtual world if desired. The final product can be a walkthrough video, architectural overview, instructional presentation, or any other format you need.

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Medical Animation

Whether you are teaching patients about new treatments, training medical students, or introducing a new product, a detailed medical video represents your product in a powerful way. For education or for sales, a 3D medical video production has a lasting-impact.

Our 3D artists have worked with medical manufacturing companies, doctors, and other healthcare professionals to create intricately detailed tutorials, overviews, and mobile applications. Our team can render accurate 3D models of your devices, or create animated prototypes of your new ideas. Whatever your need, Zco’s custom designers can work with you to create the perfect 3D video.

 

Characters & Cartoon Animation

Our character design artists put the spark of life into everyone they create. They’re not simply drawing an object, but imbuing a person with a soul. We won’t lie – they often get a little attached. We know you’re already a little bit in love with the characters you’ve imagined, so we bring them to life just how you want.

When we tackle cartoon design, making all the characters and settings fit together is essential. When we build a world and a story, it has to be convincing, no matter the drawing style or absurdity of the plot. With our 3D animation services, every project is a star. It might be a 15-second commercial, but the right shading, texture, and composition can make it feature-worthy.

 
 

ABOUT 3D ANIMATION

There are many uses for 3D animation, from a basic caption to an entertaining cartoon. Something as simple as a logo acquires extra punch when rendered in 3D. A product demo, as part of a presentation, trade show booth, or infomercial, can quickly illustrate the utility of the product. That's where a 3D animation company like Zco comes in.

Any 3D asset produced by Zco can be provided in multiple formats: raw models and textures, rendered images and videos, etc. Zco can also work from scratch or with existing assets from many applications.

There are three major stages in the 3D animation process, or pipeline: Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production.

Pre-Production: Concept, Character, Background Designs, Storyboard and Animatics

Customers come to the Zco animation studio at various points in their own pre-production process. Most bring the Concept, the core idea at the heart of an animation project. Many have at least some rough Character Design and Background Design sketches, perhaps in pencil, ink, or paint, perhaps already in a 2D or 3D digital format. They may have even created a Story Board, an outline in visual form showing the progression of the animation.

The first stage of the animation pipeline is dedicated to refining and finalizing these elements. With the overall visual assets decided upon, the story board can evolve into Animatics, a pre-visualization of the entire concept in motion using simplified 3D models.

Pre Production interior concept art

Production: 3D Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation, Dynamics, and Lighting & Rendering

During 3D modeling, engineers give physical dimensions to objects and characters, ensuring consistency in the appearance and behavior of one model with others. Texturing supplies the visible skin of each creation, transforming it from a monochrome figure into an object or character with colors and shading. Articulating models require a digital skeleton; how one part of a model moves in relation to other parts is just as important as the whole model's interactions with other models. This is called rigging, and provides the basis for realistic motion in the final product.

Animation is that step where the story comes to life. With powerful 3D animation software like Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max, 3D animators give the models the power to move. The animator can also use motion capture technology to the movement of people or objects. By using 3D animation markers, the animated 3D characters can have perfect movements.

Some parts of a scene, like particles, fluids, and cloth, are animated using Dynamics, which simulate laws of physics to create realistic motion. Lighting and Rendering is the final stage in the production pipeline, where the raw animated scene is illuminated and output.

3D Character Development Process

Post-Production: Visual Effects & Compositing, Video Editing, and Sound Editing

Visual Effects and Compositing create the final image by combining layers from various sources: -rendered computer animation, special effects, graphics, live action, and static background plates. Compositing ensures that consistency is maintained by creatively combining all these elements into the final video.

Video Editing completes the transition between scenes, to ensure the continuity in the storyline is maintained. Sound Editing consists of voiceovers, dialogues, and background music, all edited and blended to sync with the characters and background of the animated video.

After the customer has approved the creation, Zco can export the project to a variety of formats to fit the client’s needs.

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WORKING WITH ZCO

No matter what stage your 3D project is in, Zco can help finish it. Experts in storyboarding, design, modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, lighting, rendering, dynamics, compositing and final output.

Zco can even provide 3D assets for all types of projects. Television commercials, YouTube videos, trade show kiosk displays, product demos, and many other projects can benefit from a 3D animated element. As with all our services, the process begins with a non-disclosure agreement, so you can be assured that your intellectual property is always protected. 

What Makes Our Animation Studio Unique

Zco brings both technical mastery and artistic sensibilities to every animation project. Whether it's the polished chrome of a vintage automobile, the intricate workings of your innovative new product, or the rough fur of an alien beast, we put meticulous detail into everything we create for clients.

Our animation studio team boasts expertise in a wide variety of animation software titles, from Blender, Maya. ZBrush, Realflow, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe after effects. Dozens of digital artists come together to create architectural, medical, educational, and promotional materials that are not only beautiful, but accurate and enlightening. Open communication between the client and the Zco's project manager ensures that your needs are met precisely and promptly.

Animation Workflow Chart listing each step in the process
 
3D Animation FAQ

Q.What makes Zco’s 3D animation services different from other animation companies?

A.Zco Corporation has been providing services in 2D and 3D animation to our clients across the globe for over the years. With our professional animation studio and animation specialists, we create all kinds of 2D and 3D animations, high-end visual effects, and video productions. We employ the latest animation technology to make your product ideas come alive. Faster turnaround time, unparalleled quality, and an experienced team makes us unique in the industry.

Q.What is the difference between 2D and 3D animation?

A.The main factor that differentiates between 2d and 3d animation is the appearance of depth. 2D animation is the process of creating characters, figures, storyboards and backgrounds in two dimensional artistic environments. In 2D animation an object appears flatter. On the other hand, 3D animation is all about animating objects in a 3D digital environment to give it a real-life appearance. With 3D animation we can visualize our ideas to any extent, provides more depth and producing a more realistic output than 2D animation.

Q.How Much Does it Cost to Do an Animation Project?

A.Pricing for animated video depends on the desired quality and availability of assets, such as 3D models and environments, as well as the number of elements required in various scenes. Prices range from $170 per finished second of 2D animation to $800 per finished second of high quality 3D Animated video.
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About Zco

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Zco Corporation has served Fortune 500 enterprise companies to small businesses for more than 25 years. Now we have added a new office in downtown Boston to extend our services in animation to more people. Read More