At this point in time, it can be argued that Blender needs no formal introduction, but for the sake of Linux users who are new to the community, I will introduce it anyway.
Blender is a 3D creation suite with support for the entire 3D pipeline – modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing, and game creation.
As a free and open-source project, its code is contributed by hundreds of professionals, hobbyists, students, VFX experts, animators, professionals, scientists, and studios from all over the world.
It has become such a technological sensation that it is being used for various TV shows, short films, advertisements, and feature films now.
Watch a following video of Cycles is a render engine, was created using Blender 3D creation suite.
Features in Blender
Blender, being an ideal tool for professional 3d rendering, it should come as no surprise if I am not able to exhaustively list its features. I will, however, highlight some of its main features:
- Blender is open-source and free to use by anyone for anything, forever.
- Make use of custom effects like automatic skinning, sound synchronization, B-spline bone interpolation, e.t.c.
- Create 2d designs in Blender’s 3D viewport.
- Full Animation Support with Onion Skinning.
- Layers & Colors for Stroke and Fill.
- Sculpt brush strokes & Parent to 3D objects.
- Support for both automatic and manual tracking.
- Powerful camera reconstruction.
- Edge slide, inset, grid and bridge fill, e.t.c.
- Advanced sculpting tools and brushes.
- Multi-resolution and Dynamic subdivision.
- Real-time viewport preview.
- Support for CPU & GPU rendering, and Full N-Gon.
- Support for VR rendering, PBR shaders & HDR lighting, Planar tracking, and Tripod solvers.
- 3D painting with textured brushes and masking
- Python scripting for custom tools and add-ons.
- Real-time preview of tracked footages and 3D scenes.
- Completely customizable Python-based GUI.
- OpenGL support – draw directly over Blender’s OpenGL viewport and even connect with its Render API.
Blender is so feature-rich that the developers are bold enough to say it has Everything You Need. Take the app for a test run and see if it doesn’t live up to your expectations.
Are you a user of Blender? Or do you have an alternative that gets your work done just as well (or perhaps even better)? Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic with us in the comments section below.
Thanks to SkyCore for suggesting Blender in our article on The 20 Must-Have Ubuntu Apps in 2017.