Top 11 3D Animation Software Companies

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The global 3D animation software market is highly consolidated with more than 50 percent of the global market being shared by the six major players.

Technavio analysts have identified those key six players as well as a few others which are helping fuel 3D Animation Software Market growth at a CAGR of 17.89 percent from 2014-2019:

Adobe Systems

No introduction needed, but in short: Adobe Systems was established in 1982 and is headquartered in California, US. The company operates through three segments: digital marketing, digital media, and print and publishing.


Autodesk has two flagship products namely: Maya and 3D Studio MAX, one of the best 3D animation software products available in the market. The company has retained its leadership through M&A with 3D animation companies such as Avid’s Soft Image, Alias, Discreet, and Wavefront.


Corel develops and distributes graphics and productivity and digital media software. The company’s products are classified into the following segments: illustration, design and digital painting, photo editing and digital imaging, video editing, and office suite and utilities.

Electric Image

Electric Image is a technology company specialized in the design and distribution of 3D animation products. The company was initially founded as Electric Image. The company’s flagship products includes Electric Image Animation System, a 3D animation and rendering package.


Maxon offers 3D animation software, 3D motion graphics software, and visual effects software. The company’s product portfolio includes Cinema 4D Prime, Cinema 4D Broadcast, Cinema 4D Studio, Cinema 4D Visualize, BodyPaint 3D, and Cinebench. Cinema 4D Prime renders files directly to popular editing software such as After Effects, Final Cut, Shake, and Combustion. BodyPaint provides real-time 3D painting and is compatible with 3DS Max, Maya, XSI, and LightWave 3D.

Side Effects Software

Side Effects Software is another leading company in the global 3D animation software market. Houdini, a flagship product of the company, is a high-end 3D animation package that includes modelling, animation, particle, lighting, rendering, volumetric, compositing, and plugin development.


NewTek’s LightWave 3D is an industry-leading 3D animation and visual effects software used by artists working in television, feature and short film, architecture and design, games and print. More artists, supervisors, producers, and studios have won Emmy® Awards using LightWave for animation and visual effects than any other animation software.

Smith Micro Software

Using our intelligent policy-on-device platform, along with premium voice, video and content monetization services, we create new opportunities to engage consumers and capitalize on the growth of connected devices.  In addition to wireless and mobility software, Smith Micro develops productivity and graphics products for professional artists and general consumers.

Corastar (Strata)

Strata 3D tools are the choice of professional designers and illustrators all over the world. Clients from Fortune 100 to local accounts rely on work done by creative professionals using Strata 3D tools. These creative professionals rely on Strata tools because of the Adobe-like user interface, work flow and connectivity, because the quality of the results is top of line – and because the Strata tools, combined with Adobe tools, provide a complete solution. Strata 3D tools help creative professionals improve their competitive skills and earning power.

Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment is one of Canada’s most successful integrated media and entertainment companies. Founded by JR Shaw, the company was built from the media assets originally owned by Shaw Communications, and spun off as a separate, publicly-traded company in 1999. Since then, the Company’s asset base has grown substantially through strategic acquisitions and a strong operating discipline.


Since 1993 the name MAGIX has stood for user-friendly multimedia software. Our product range includes seamlessly integrated online mobile and cloud services as well as digital content. We place value on outstanding price-performance ratios in order to offer perfect solutions for the creation, design, presentation and archiving of digital photos, graphics, websites, video and music. That goes for both beginners and professional users.