Software : Blender : Blender


(as of 11/2/2015)
LicenseOpen Source

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Versatile program that allows you to create 3D models, animations, games, video, and more.
  • Support for popular graphics formats such as JPEG, MPEG, and AVI.
  • Highly extensible through add-ons that you can turn on and off

Blender is an open source program used to create a variety of 3D-related productions. It can produce 3D printed models, interactive applications, visual effects, animated films, video games and more.

The 3D computer graphics software enables you to create a variety of visual productions. The program natively supports popular image, audio, and video formats. Some formats include JPEG, PNG, AVI, Quicktime, MPEG, and Autodesk (.DXF). The application features a photorealistic rendering engine that offers GPU and CPU rendering, HDR lighting support, and a permissive license to link with external software. It provides a large array of animation tools that allow you to bring your creations to life. You can sculpt models, give them textures, create poseable characters from the models, and then animate them.

You can develop 3D games within the application, with the ability to port your models to third-party game engines. Blender also allows you to perform basic video edits, create realistic simulations and apply camera effects. in addition to all of its native capabilities, Blender is highly extensible, which allows you to tailor the application to your needs.

Blender is a versatile program that can be used to create 3D video games, visual effects, 3D models, animated films, and more. It supports many of the popular graphics formats and gives you the ability to add features to the program through add-ons. Although, Blender won’t offer you the same performance as high end 3D modeling and animation programs, it is a solid alternative.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.BLEND – Blender 3D Data File

Other file extensions used by Blender 2

Supported File Types
.ACAC3D 3D Definition File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BLEND1Blender Document Backup File
.BPHYSBlender Cache File
.BVHBiovision Hierarchy Animation File
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MP4MPEG-4 Video File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PLYPolygon Model File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.U3DUniversal 3D File
Additional Related File Formats
.3DS3D Studio Scene
.BLEND2Blender Document Backup 2 File
.BZWBZFlag World File
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.FLTOpenFlight Scene Description File
.GLAGhoul 2 Animation File
.GLMGhoul 2 Model File
.KMLKeyhole Markup Language File
.KMZGoogle Earth Placemark File
.LWOLightWave 3D Object File
.MD5ANIMid Tech 4 Model Animation File
.MD5CAMERAid Tech 4 Model Camera File
.MD5MESHid Tech 4 3D Mesh File
.VMDVocaloid Motion Data File

Updated: November 2, 2015