3D and 2D Animation Services Charlotte, Morganton and Lenoir NC

3D Animation Services and Processes

Defining 3D/2D Videos

3D videos refer to a labor-intensive process, using complicated computer-generated environments which simulate real-world imaginary and simulations in three-dimensional space. 2D videos are much less complex, created in a 2D length and width environment. Common types of 2D videos are cartoons, explainer videos and animated texts.


2D Animation: Two-dimensional animations are typically flat and lacks depth perception. Traditional hand-drawn animation, vector-based animation, and motion graphics are examples of 2D animation.
3D Animation: Three-dimensional animation creates more complex scenes within a three-dimensional space, which allows for depth, perspective, and realistic movement. It involves modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, and rendering objects within a 3D software environment.

Visual Style:

2D Animation: Often has a more stylized, artistic look with distinct lines and colors. It can range from simple and cartoonish to highly detailed and ornate.
3D Animation: It’s more realistic or hyper-realistic due to the ability to simulate lighting, textures, and physical properties accurately. Its style aims for a more immersive visual experience, simulating real-world simulations.

Application and Use:

2D Animation: Commonly used in traditional cartoons, advertisements, explainer videos, and motion graphics where a stylized or simpler visual representation is effective.
3D Animation: Widely used in visual effects for films, architectural visualization, product design, and simulations where realism and complex interactions are required. The medical, manufacturing and industrial fields often use 3D videos to showcase the hidden benefits of devices, processes, and products. It requires understanding of 3D space, physics, and often involves simulation of real-world phenomena like gravity and collisions.

In essence, the choice between 2D and 3D animation often depends on the desired visual style, realism, and the specific requirements of the project. Both types of animation have their strengths and are chosen based on the artistic vision, technical capabilities, and intended audience impact.

The Importance of 3D and 2D Animation for Products

The significance of visual content cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to marketing and showcasing products. 3D and 2D animations have emerged as powerful tools that businesses across various industries leverage to enhance product visibility, engagement, and overall appeal. While this technology has been around for decades, it has only recently been applied to marketing products. Animations give an immersive experience for potential customers and play a crucial role in effectively communicating product benefits. 3D product simulations have been proven to increase conversion rates by as much as 20%. Here’s why 3D and 2D animations are indispensable in product marketing:

To optimize affordability, our 3D services are offered across all our office locations: Charlotte, Morganton, and Lenoir, NC. We accept a wide range of CAD program files for your mechanical designs. Our software of choice is Autodesk Maya—the premier 3D animation software trusted by industry leaders like Disney and Pixar. Maya ensures that your projects achieve cinematic quality. Through meticulous attention to lighting, textures, and shading, we transform simulations of intricate components into captivating focal points within the animation.

A new area of animation is called Photogrammetry. Its applications span numerous industries including architecture, engineering, and archaeology. The use of photogrammetry increases efficiency, and innovation, and improves decision-making processes. Environmental images, captured by drones, are used to capture detailed data about the geometry, topography, and structures. Subsequently, the result is ideal for realistic digital renderings and virtual representations of work locations. This allows site supervisors and planners to gauge the process of the project, and make any needed changes more quickly.

3D Industry Benefits

3D and 2D animations have a unique ability to captivate audiences, unlike static images or videos. Similarly, simulations breathe life into products, enabling customers to engage fully and envision how they operate in their environments. With advancements in animation technologies, today’s interactive animations offer unprecedented ways to showcase products. Most importantly, both 2D and 3D animations immerse buyers in the product experience.

Rather than having salespeople struggle through traditional presentations to convey a product’s benefits, 3D animations provide a more convenient and effective alternative. These animations allow for a manual simulation that makes the presentation faster, smoother, and easier to understand. Companies can showcase their products by illustrating hidden benefits through high-quality animations that demonstrate real-time functionality. Captivating these visualizations, audiences are more likely engaged and more motivated to purchase or use the product.

Advertising and Marketing Agencies:

Companies looking to create compelling advertisements, promotional videos, or interactive content to engage their target audience.

Architectural and Real Estate Firms

Professionals requiring realistic 3D visualizations of buildings, interior designs, or urban landscapes to showcase to clients and investors.

Manufacturing and Industrial Design

Businesses that seek to visualize and demonstrate complex machinery, equipment, or industrial processes through animations.

Gaming and Entertainment

Game developers and filmmakers who require lifelike character animations, special effects, and immersive environments to enhance storytelling and user experience.

Education and Training

Institutions and organizations aiming to create interactive educational content, simulations, or training modules to facilitate learning and skills development.

Medical and Healthcare Professionals

3D animations are used for medical training, patient education, surgical simulations, and illustrating complex medical procedures or conditions.

Product Design and Development

Companies designing new products or prototypes benefit from 3D animations to visualize concepts, demonstrate functionality, and gather feedback early in the development process.

Engineering and Construction

Engineers, architects, and construction firms use animations to visualize construction sequences, simulate structural behavior, and plan complex projects.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Development:

Developers creating immersive VR/AR experiences rely on 3D animations to build interactive environments, simulations, and virtual tours.

Retail and E-commerce

Businesses looking to showcase products with interactive 3D models, virtual try-ons, or augmented reality applications to enhance online shopping experiences.

3D Animation files are exported as a series of frame-by-frame images, which includes a highly detailed image used to create animations. Using the 24 frames per second output, 3D files are simply lots of still images, rendered from a rendering engine-like Renderman-and stitched together by the video editor. Unlike traditional 2D animation, which involves a series of keyframes within a non-linear editing software. 3D is exported as hundreds, or thousands of individual frames, grouped together, in secession, to create the illusion of animation.

This method provides exceptional control and precision, enabling the creation of intricate and lifelike animations. Such precision is crucial in various industries, including industrial, medical, and manufacturing. Episode 11 Productions specializes in 3D animation and leverages this technique to produce top-tier content that meets the high standards of extremely competitive markets. By meticulously crafting each 3D scene, we deliver complex visual narratives that captivate and engage audiences.

FUN FACT: The animated movie, "Toy Story", used 117 computers, operating 24 hours per day to render the 114,240 frames of animation. When the film was completely rendered, the project logged 800,000 machine hours and that was before the editing team stitched the frames together.

3D and 2D Animation Graphics


Sometimes the easiest way to show how something works is to show it off in 3D space, without people or hands in the way. This is excellent for machinery and parts.


Videos using characters, animated motion graphics, animated graphs, and charts can be stand-alone or a part of your overall video project.

2D animation

We create several animation styles, hand-drawn, vector-style, typography videos, explainer videos, and custom logo stingers.

3D Animation Videos

Motion Graphics Examples

2D Animation Examples

Customer Testimonials

``This looks fantastic. I've never seen the equipment look so good. This is exactly what we need to help us explain the operation of this machine. We've had a hard time describing exactly what's going on inside the metal and flame detectors, but this tells the entire story and we don't have to say a word``.

Scott Williamson

CAD Operator
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