Global 3D Animation Software Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Sep 2016
  • Pages: 58
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This market research report on 3D animation software market identifies players like Adobe, Autodesk, Corel, Electric Image Animation System, Maxon, and Side Effects Software to be the key vendors in the market. This research report also presents a detailed segmentation of the market by industry (media and entertainment, AEC, automotive, and others) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global 3D animation software market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global 3D animation software market to grow at a CAGR of more than 12% between 2016 and 2020. The growing interest of people towards animated movies such as Cars, Toy Story, and The Incredibles, is one of the primary drivers for the growth of the 3D animation software market. 3D animation provides better graphics, clarity, and faster rendering of frames than 2D and traditional animation, which has led to its high demand from production houses, game developers, contractors, and automotive designers. Besides movies, video games have become one of the crucial end-users of animated videos. The 3D animation technology gives games a real-life experience, engaging users in the gameplay. Several game developers are trying to create close to real-life animations and graphical effects with the help of 3D animation software, which in turn, will significantly boost the growth prospects for the market in the coming years.

One of the latest trends gaining momentum in the market is the outsourcing of 3D modeling. The licensing of the 3D animation software is quite expensive, requires expertise and training of staffs, and involves the purchase of CAD systems and software. This has promoted several automotive and architectural companies to outsource 3D modeling of buildings and car designs. Outsourcing helps the structural engineers and automotive designers to improve their productivity and reduce expenses as different people engage in designing and modeling simultaneously. It also speeds up the overall process as the software expert team is more efficient in creating 3D models than amateur designers.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global 3D animation software market is extremely consolidated with more than half of the market occupied by the major vendors like Adobe, Autodesk, Coral, Electric Image, and Side Effects Software. Brand loyalty is one of the key reasons for the market’s consolidated nature as industry players prefer to go with the software that they have already used and keep updating them time to time as the license of such software are very expensive.

Leading vendors in the market are -

  • Adobe
  • Autodesk
  • Corel
  • Electric Image Animation System
  • Maxon
  • Side Effects Software

Other prominent vendors in the 3D animation software market include Corastar, Corus Entertainment, Magix, NewTek, and Smith Micro Software.        

Segmentation by industry and analysis of the 3D animation software market

  • Media and entertainment
  • AEC
  • Automotive

According to the 3D animation software market segment forecasts, media and entertainment industry is the largest revenue contributor to the 3D animation software market and occupied around 60% of the overall market revenue in 2015. With the introduction of social media and video sharing platforms like YouTube, many stand-alone short movie makers are trying their hands on animated short films. Gaming is one of the major industries that extensively uses 3D animations to create engrossing and high-quality visual effects. Moreover, the surging popularity of animated movies across the globe will be one of the key factors spurring the demand for 3D animation software in the coming years. Thsi will have a positive impact on the 3D animation software market size and share.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the 3D animation software market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In 2015, APAC dominated the market and accounted for around 33% of the total market shares. The region is recording a YoY increase in its market share, due to the growing use of 3D animation in TV and gaming industries. Factors such as flexible regulatory systems and the availability of economic workforce in the region have encouraged several American and European countries to outsource their animation projects to APAC. Moreover, the high popularity of channels such as Cartoon Network, Pogo, and Nickelodeon has propelled the demand for 3D animated content, which is further opening up growth opportunities for the Indian animation studios. This will positively influence the  3D animation software market growth.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the 3D animation software market size and growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global 3D animation software market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global 3D animation software market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global 3D animation software market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global 3D animation software market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global 3D animation software market?


Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview
  • End-users
  • Segmentation by geography
  • Base year
  • Vendor segmentation
  • Summation errors
  • Product offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation  by industry

  • Global 3D animation software market
  • Global 3D animation software market by media and entertainment industry
  • Global 3D animation software market by AEC industry
  • Global 3D animation software market by automotive industry

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Global 3D animation software market by geography
  • 3D animation software market in APAC
  • 3D animation software market in Americas
  • 3D animation software market in EMEA

PART 08: Key leading countries

PART 09: Buying criteria

PART 10: Market drivers

  • Increased use of 3D animation in movies
  • Increasing demand for e-sports
  • Increased use of 3D animation in TV commercials

PART 11: Impact of drivers

PART 12: Market challenges

  • Piracy of software license and animated films
  • Availability of open-source 3D animation software
  • Lack of expertise in 3D animation

PART 13: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 14: Market trends

  • Increasing outsourcing for 3D modeling
  • Growth in VR animation
  • Declining 2D animation market
  • Rise of co-productions with Asian countries
  • Emergence of 3D printers

PART 15: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key vendors
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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