I know this is a bit off topic from the forum, but I'm interested in getting into 3d animation and such and was wondering if anyone could reccomend a good 3d modelling program and a good 3d animation program that are easy to use/learn. Thanks for your time I really appreciate it!
For creating animated 3D titles for video Uleads Cool3D Studio is an excellent value. It now boasts the ability to load 3DStudio MAX objects and has a ton of canned effects. It also has basic modeling features and an excellent keyframer for coordinating things. $119 USD for the download version and there is a free trial version.
For a full feature 3D package Caligari's trueSpace is an excellent value. You can purchase either the latest or previous versions with TS3 only costing $99 USD and TS4 costing $199 USD. It's interface is easy to learn, modeling is part of the program and it produces good results. It too offers free trial versions.