reply to post by Ironclad
The Haiti videos were excellently done probably using one of the
top 3D rendering programs which have been available in one form another
since the mid-1990's.
Softimage (1990) Used by Lucasfilm for the Abyss, Jurassic Park, etc.
The Mental Ray renderer is SUPERB and I remember spending over
$50,000 on just the software for running on SGI Onyx Graphics
supercomputers to super-realistic 3D movement and looks.
I bought a BETTER and FASTER version of Softimage XSI on
a 16 core Windows XP Opteron system for less than $25,000 for both
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
Alias/Wavefront/Maya - These are more modelling programs
rather than 3D animation - used extensively to create realistic 3D object
that can be imported into Maya or Lightwave 3D
Newtek Lightwave 3D - I've been using this program since 1991
when it was still an Amiga Computer software program.
Babylon-5, Battlestar Galactica and a few other TV shows
love this product
Autodesk Animator, Autocad, Inventore and derivatives - These
are mostly 3D architectural and rendering programs used for
terrain modelling and making of cityscapes.
The best thing to do in order to make truly realistic CGI animation
is use more than one 3D program using each's individual strengths
and then import the models and renderings into
Mental Ray for final 3D ray-traced rendering.
Regarding the Aviano video, I have NOT seen on Youtube,
any text regarding who the author or the camera-operator is,
nor have I seen any text on who the Animator is.
Any links to such text or explanations would be helpful.
It is TRUE that the Aviano video could STILL BE a CGI animation,
but again I haven't seen any conclusive proof that it IS an animation.
So i'll keep my mind open on this one as to being either edited
footage of a real craft or a 3D animation of a REAL UAV aircraft.