Is SFM a replacement for animating in Maya?

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  08 August 2014
Is SFM a replacement for animating in Maya?

Ive always favored using maya but it seems more and more people are using sfm because of its ease of use.

So why? Is it easier to animate with or something? Just looking on youtube tutorials it seems kind of complicate but it also seems like a WYSIWYG type deal. Same for rendering. What are its advantages over Maya (especially with Arnold). I also think people rig in it, im not sure.

I guess im asking if im already comfortable with rigging, dynamics, animating in Maya but im up for something more efficient with the same results, would i use SFM? Youtube SFM machinima look pretty good but they all seem to have that same look, or feel im not sure but you can always tell if its a source movie or not. If i were to use it, id hope i could make it look different but i probably wouldnt get something as good as arnold. On top of that i hear transferring models from maya to sfm is a pain.

So thoughts, opinions?
 
  08 August 2014
ease of use is basically it. it's for quick cinematics work if you know your way around it. you're limited to whatever is available in it, anything custom built is a bit of a pain to import and you're not allowed to use any of sfm's assets for commercial use, youtube with ads etc.

if you do decide to build everything from scratch and just use sfms rendering engine, you're better off sticking with maya imho.
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  08 August 2014
cool so its not worth using then if im comfortable with Maya?

Originally Posted by ragdoll: ease of use is basically it. it's for quick cinematics work if you know your way around it. you're limited to whatever is available in it, anything custom built is a bit of a pain to import and you're not allowed to use any of sfm's assets for commercial use, youtube with ads etc.

if you do decide to build everything from scratch and just use sfms rendering engine, you're better off sticking with maya imho.
 
  08 August 2014
try it and see for yourself...it's free. you might have a different opinion about it but you just don't know it yet.
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  09 September 2014
Originally Posted by ragdoll: try it and see for yourself...it's free. you might have a different opinion about it but you just don't know it yet.


not really interested in putting in the time to learn a new program if im not sure.. its not that im lazy its just ive been brainstorming through trials left and right for the past few months, not sure if im willing to do it for a non-industry standard program
 
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