I guess I should qualify the following testimonial by saying that I was certified Level 1 & 2 in Alias/Wavefront. That was one rev pre-Maya and back when the UI was extremely anti-social.
I also have experience with the actual Maya, plus 3d Studio, Cobalt and a little Solidworks.
But you know, Carrara Pro really does deliver nice 3D animation, modeling and rendering tools for motion graphics. It's affordable, fun to work with and the UI is pretty too.
What's not to love?
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