I would like to know which software application did CERN use to create the LHC data processing animation?

I have some ideas for demo 3D animations and would like to follow the style used by LHC video.

Thank you!

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This can be achieved with almost any 3D suites out there. Your options are 3Ds Studio Max, Cinema 4D, Blender (free and open source), Maya, Lightwave etc. etc. These are all software suites that enable you to model, animate and render videos like this one. Ontop of that they used a 2D animation software like After Effects for scenes like the earth overview animation at second 251. Though the 3D scenes are very likely one single render without much post processing (except for the text overlay).

The style is simple, you have a rather flat shading without much reflections with Ambient Occlusion turned up a notch to get these shadows in the corners.

Going by these particle effects I'm rather convinced that they used Cinema 4D for the 3D animations, though they could have also made those with After Effects and a plugin called Particular from RedGiant Software, a very popular tool for particle animations. Though Cinema 4D is very popular for motion graphic animations like this one, so it's likely they used that.

  • Thanks Professor! I will check out all the tools you mentioned.
    – anilmwr
    May 27, 2014 at 15:14

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