I couldn’t agree with you more! Animation is what FIRST drew me to Carrara. I wanted to do an animated menu for Disc #10, a Christmas trip to Denver and found Carrara. For that menu I used a snow covered mountain terrain with Polar Bears sliding down the mountain and flying off the screen. That was my very first experience with Carrara and I was hooked and have been happily animating ever since. (My most recent animation was a hula sequence with 2 rows of 5 hula female dancers and one main dancer in the front for the introduction of a disc of a Christmas trip to Hawaii).
My first disc was fairly simple (I used Pro Show Gold for that one). My second disc was a trip to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Wall and the Badlands. I realized that I wanted to have credits for that one with dates, sights, restaurants, etc. I decided I wanted to use the “Star Wars” title effect (scrolling off into the distance) and I discovered BluffTitler, which is an incredible and inexpensive piece of software with a terrific community of users (check it out, I think you will be amazed).
Once I outgrew Pro Show I went to Sony Movie Studio and then to Sony Vegas Pro.
As we travel a lot for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was running out of music (I have never used the same song by the same artist twice except for intros) and so I decided I needed to do my own instrumental versions of Christmas songs. It was at that point that I found Reaper and Native Instruments.