Hi, I am a student that is currently going to school for 3d animation? Does anybody know any budget-friendly alternatives for the Wacom Cintiq( tablet with the computer screen on it) Main purpose 3d animation....not much of a 2d animator? Thanks
I have an Xp-Pen 13. Works well for me. When I researched Cintiq alternatives myself, Xp-Pen was constantly on the top 5, top 8 and top 10 lists. They make 10,13,15 and 21 inch models.
@Triem23 would this work well with 3ds max or maya?
Couldn't tell you. I haven't done serious 3D modeling in decades. For my uses it's great as a "mirror" of my main screen for 2D art/photo editing, and as a second monitor in Vegas or Hitfilm. Cintiq type displays are, of course, touching a pen directly on a screen. I could see that being useful when using sculpting tools or selecting vertices and doing certain types of deformation editing. Otherwise, I just don't have experience using that type of interface device in those programs.
Hell, I haven't touched 3D Studio MAX since 1999!
Maybe @jsbarrett or @NxVisualstudio would have insight?
The only Wacom tablet I ever owned was their cheap 8" Graphire many many many many moons ago. Even at my last studio job before I left to go solo, we didn't have that kind of gear. One of my animator friends who is also a skilled artist who was able to convince the studio to buy him a Cintiq to work with, but that was definitely the exception, and I'm not even sure how much he used it for animation. Not all animators like to work that way.
Anyway, I haven't had the desire or the funds to even think about Cintiq alternatives, so I'm afraid I can't offer any useful input. Sorry.
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