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I want to create a short 3D animation series. I found out about source filmmaker but as time goes on I am starting to look elsewhere.

It will be a simple male character, holding a monologue behind a desk. I would want to save certain gestures for use later — for example, once I get a few different goodbye waves, I might not need to create another and being able to recall or save old gestures would be great. It also would be the same scene (sitting behind a desk).

I started off with using source filmmaker, but as I learn more about it I realize I will be using custom stuff anyway and it might be smarter in the long run to start with something like Blender instead.

As you can tell I'm totally new and realize that it will take months before I am ready, but I figure I'll ask as I want to make sure I'm heading in the right direction.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, Blender is the right program for your purpose :) $\endgroup$ – Adhi Nov 25 '13 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ Don't be intimidated by the interface, many of us have overcome it, and so can you ;-) But the interface will also be getting an overhaul in the "near" future, so it should only get better. $\endgroup$ – Matt Nov 25 '13 at 16:12
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Blender is definitely a good program to use, seeing your purpose. It just needs a bit of patience and practice.

And about saving actions — it can be done using the action editor in the Blender interface, so that you can use it multiple times. Though you should go through some tutorials on how to do this. There are numerous tutorials on YouTube that explain this functionality. Here's a link.

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You can do all of what you want to do with Blender. I believe Blender has the ability to save gestures, and it's animation tools are pretty nice. I know you can save frames, and then go back to them later, so if nothing else you could copy and paste.

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Blender is the perfect program for animation. Check out the various animation movies made with Blender on You Tube. You get great tutorials on You Tube as well and there is a vast community of people using the program always willing to help. Look no further!

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