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Important Difference between VFX and Animation

While so much has been talked about visual effects (VFX) and animation in today's entertainment world, how much do you know about each concept? Both visual effects and animation are similar in their artistic effects in the sense both tend to give life to a static visual. But both tend to share some differences at the same time. Let's check them out:


Visual effects (VFX) is the process of combining existing image with computer-generated imagery to create a sense of realism. The process creates and manipulates such imagery and combines it with live shots. Common uses of visual effects include the creation of fire and explosion in action movies, logo removal, sky replacement and creating other environmental effects.

On the other hand, an animation is a process in which static images are used to create an illusion of motion by moving those images in a particular sequence. A static image can be animated using image creation software and 3D modeling. Television cartoons and animated movies like Hotel Madagascar, Lion King, and so many others are excellent examples of today's animation.


VFX can be divided into three categories, namely Matte Painting, live-action effects, and digital animation. VFX is one of the most crucial aspects of film-making and it comes into play during the post-production stage. But it is choreographed much ahead during the planning stage.

On the other hand, animation can be traditional, stop-motion or computer animation. Each category follows different ways of creating, manipulating and animating static images into realistic scenes. But just like VFX, animation has also become an integral part of today's entertainment media.