Animation, highly familiar to the film world, has made its grand entry into the marketing realm. It is a simulation of movement created by a series of pictures and is primarily used for storytelling. Marketers around the globe have reshaped them into a powerful tool to attract and lock their audiences’ attention. As a result, 3D product animations have made their way into the top digital marketing strategies in 2021.
Animations are easy to add to websites, blogs, digital signage, and social media platforms. Marketers can also include them in emails to send to prospective buyers to capture their attention.
Consumers are more likely to retain visual content like animations over plain texts — making animations a tremendous digital asset for brands.
Unlike traditional adverts, 3D animations are easier to update. Not only can marketers keep the content fresh, but they can remove any obsolete parts.
Other video content needs a lighting crew, expensive equipment, and more. On the other hand, animation allows creators to quickly design and alter these aspects on the computer, thereby lowering the total production costs.
Brands can also save time through motion graphics as they are easier to develop. With special effects, brands can create more engaging videos in no time.
Many equate animations with fun. This fun element is one more way to create a connection between the customers and the brand.
Every brand weaves a product around its core philosophies. Sometimes, it is not easy to convey these ideas and values in text to prospective buyers. But with digital animation, brands can now identify and communicate their philosophies seamlessly and with ease. In addition, brands can choose their product’s unique features to highlight in the video.
After becoming acquainted with the philosophy, designers brainstorm and craft the concept for the Virtual Space that resonates with the brand’s image. Then, they storyboard the full animation into panels. A clear picture of the final video then forms at this stage. This step helps designers know if the envisioned concept is in line and approved by the brand.
With the concept map in hand, designers start creating the Virtual Space. First, create a basic 3D model of the product. Choose a suitable and tailor-made background that puts more spotlight on the product. Second, try out different amounts of lighting and shadows to make the space as realistic as you want it.
Third, add textures to make everything look like a setting in real life. Additionally, try different colors to know which looks the best. Lastly, the animator rigs the product models to move in different directions.
Designers create preview animations to know the speed of different elements. This step allows designers to look out for any missed timing or add new gripping transitions. Overall, previews serve to examine the smooth movement of all elements in the animations.
After checking the motion, the next step is to create style frame images. The animation is a series of these images that move at a certain speed. This causes an illusion of the movement of objects in the video. This helps the creator know whether all the styles, lighting, and texturing fit as perfectly as expected.
Step 6: Using Render Farms
Render farms are used to build the complete 3D rendered animations. They are a cluster of computers that produce high-quality generated visual content. All elements are brought together to create the final video. Usually, most companies build their own in-house, while some outsource the service.
Before going live on websites and social media platforms, the creator replicates the preview animations with the required visual effects and transitions. The final animation is ready to be delivered in the required formats.
Brand Animations: The Next Successor in Video Marketing
Technology continues to ease every brand’s efforts in marketing and advertising. One such powerful tool it presents is Animation. The appealing visuals flow seamlessly as the brand narrates its story to the audience. It has become the most efficient way to grasp the fleeting attention of customers in the digital era. From conveying complex ideas to building a rapport to attract buyers, animations hold the key to success.
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