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Sunday
Dec072014

Reallusion New York Comic-Con Retrospective

Reallusion joined over 100,000 Comic-Con attendees at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City October 8-12th 2014.  Attendees took in demos of CrazyTalk 7, CrazyTalk for Unity and CrazyTalk Animator 2 PRO to get a look at the complete line-up of Reallusion's 2D animation tools.  Animators, illustrators, hobbyists and folks of all types of backgrounds saw how simple it is to create a talking characters from a single image.  Live demos included creating talking Zombies, game characters for Unity and creating your own cartoon with CrazyTalk Animator.

Here's a video to peek inside what's behind doing a tradeshow and the crazy that is Comic-con.

Al Cayne and our friends at SugarCayne.com stopped by for this live demo and interview about CrazyTalk 7 and CrazyTalk Animator 2

Reallusion caught up with a number of Comic-con attendees that shared their video reivew and testimony from the showfloor. 

CrazyTalk 7 is a great tool for creating animations directly from comics or from your own drawings.  Storytellers can bring their creations to life with ease by selecting an image to animate, fitting the photo with our face rig and finally recording or importing audio to bring character animations to life.  

For more information about CrazyTalk visit Reallusion:

http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/default.aspx

Sunday
Nov232014

Reserve iClone6 & Get iClone5.5 Now! 

iClone6 launch is coming soon and there are special savings for members and new purchasers of iClone. Reserve your preorder of iClone6 and you'll get the best price, along with instant access to the current iClone5.5.  

View special pricing with upto 58% savings here:
http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/14-ic6_preorder/index.html  

 

Monday
Sep292014

iClone6 pre-launch Special

What to expect from iClone6

Visual Enhancement

iClone6 supports software rendering with Indigo RT via plug-in architecture, providing an incredibly enhanced fine-quality visual render. Real-time surface smoothing enhances the look of everything without sacrificing system performance.

Usability Perfection

A leap forward in usability with a brand new flexible user interface allows you to detach, move and dock panels to customize your own layout and working style. An optimized Content Manager helps you get easy access to a rich library of content, and build virtual folders to better organize your content.

Content Evolution

Brand new stylish one-piece G6 characters with enhanced topology for natural facial animation and body morphs. Upgraded SpeedTree content gives a more detailed look, seamless LOD, and animated wind control.

  

 

Thursday
Sep182014

horror movie previz with iClone: lights, camera and VFX

" The realtime render software iClone from Reallusion is nowadays an essential part in the world of 3D programs.The advantages of iClone are obvious. The software is easy to learn and thanks to the real-time 3D engine, it is possible to produce movie clips in a short amount of time.  iClone also provides a ton of animation-ready talking characters for direct performances. Any actor performance can be easily created with iClone's intuitive animation tools."

See more about the six-step-tutorial on 3D World

About René Jacob

René works as a freelance film editor for German TV and movie productions and produces machinima-movies with iClone to do all the stories he couldn’t do in real life.

Friday
Sep122014

ICLONE6 WORK IN PROGRESS- EPISODE 4

 

The revolutionary new iClone QT User Interface is now able to adapt to your working behavior and visual preference. You now have the freedom to customize your iClone UI like never before!

The new UI can be customized to help keep things organized in levels according to your own personal preferences in order to quickly find the categories and specific content you’re looking for.

 

The one thing about previous versions of iClone was that in order to assemble certain characters or themed scenes, you would have to go into tons of different folders to pick and choose specific content that was all from the same pack.

The pack view will take a huge weight off your shoulders and allow you to streamline scene creation workflows with props, characters, and accessories that are included in the same content packs, regardless of content type.

Speaking of bases and related materials, you can now right-click on any item in the Content Manager, and immediately find all of it’s related content that is in your library, making the customization process even faster.

The new Content Manager will also provide you easy and quick access to the newest and hottest content in the Marketplace and Content Store, so you can keep updated on the best new content, and access it more conveniently than ever!   

     

The previous workflow for applying materials to props involved right-click and drag into the scene view. Now, you can apply different texture maps directly to the thumbnails, allowing you to skip a couple of steps.

We’ve also included a couple of handy timeline enhancements as well. By holding ALT and left-clicking on the timeline, you can now navigate both up and across your timeline instead of trying to click on small slider bars. Also, if you can’t see the part of your timeline you’d like, you can hold CTRL and scroll your mouse wheel to zoom in and out.

And now for the big reveal… the new GUI design! Here are a few examples of some ideas we’ve been playing around with. Which one do you like? Leave your comments in the comment section below!


 

Tuesday
Sep092014

Top 5 Effective Presentation Tools

In today's world, giving presentation is pretty much a necessity whether you are a startup or an established business. But we all know no one wants to sit through many slides of boring texts – that is the quickest way to fall asleep. They want interesting visuals, captivating stories and, most of all, they want to know YOU. They want to remember your brand and choose it from among many. So it is up to you to make your presentation, marketing video and campaign as distinctive and personalized as possible.

Here are top 5 effective presentation tools that would enable you to do just that.

CrazyTalk Animator 2

CrazyTalk Animator 2 is a trend starter, a dynamic animation tool designed to create professional presentation with an ease. With its unlimited community resources and expandable content library such as Mega Presenter, it is everything you need to get started on creating unique animations.

Mix and match to create custom characters, props and motion in an instant. Why not go the extra mile and brand your avatar by using your own photo. Make it the face of your business, or use it to liven up your presentation. A custom avatar would give you a memorable identity, and it will pluck you right out from your competitors. Quickly copy and paste your avatar, animation and images to Keynote, PowerPoint and other presentation platforms. Get going by adding it to other web and office applications.

There is no limit to CrazyTalk Animator 2 capabilities. With well-defined presentation templates, you can create appealing messages, props and characters that will waken the broad-room and make you unforgettable. Import and export in various media format, whether audio, video, images or Flash. Create animated storyboards, use it for marketing videos, commercials, business strategy or presentation. Make your audience laugh with humorous comics, relax them with visuals, and engage them with powerful storytelling. 

Everything in CrazyTalk Animator 2 is fully customizable and, with its user friendly interface, you can let your imagination go wild. 

Know more about CrazyTalk Animator 2:http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/presentation/default.aspx

GoAnimate

GoAnimate makes animation a breezy experience. You can produce animated presentation on the go (pun intended) with its easy drag and drop feature. It is a cloud-based platform, so all you need is an internet and you are on your way. You are presented with a great selection of pre-made characters, props and backgrounds to modify and use.

Edit your content right there by simply dragging them into slides, and if you are a premium member, download your video into MP4 and publish them on YouTube.

GoAnimate is fun to get started with, and gives you enough tools to make an engaging presentational and marketing video. If you are as brave, go one step further and opt to fully customize your objects, and create a showstopping video. 

Know more about GoAnimate: http://goanimate.com/

PowToon

PowToon focuses on giving animated presentation to business and professionals. It is a cloud based software, and it comes with a variety of features to take your presentation from dull to polished. 

If you are used to PowerPoint interface, then you would be delighted with PowToon. Its interface has an even layout to enable you to navigate your way around without much of a tutorial. It comes with a good amount of animated characters, special effects and helpful templates to get you started on creating your marketing video. These templates come with video previews so that you can see what the finished video looks like before tackling it.

Best of all, PowToon comes with a great selection of royalty-free music to add to your video to spice it up. With one click, you can export it to YouTube, or just simply download it. Create professional videos with PowToon without hiring a professional. 

Know more about PowToon: http://www.powtoon.com/

Prezi

Prezi is that new kid that changes the game. Although not an animation software in which you can create animated characters, it does use animation to give your presentation a kick that sends it to a whole new dimension. With Prezi, it is all about visualization.

Collectively, it is a mind-mapping cloud-based software that takes all of your ideas and messages onto one page and, using its zooming and swooping motions, it can allow you to concentrate on each path. Add text, videos, images and any formatted medium, and then watch as you take your audience on a journey.

Since it is cloud-based, you can sync to all of your devices from your tablet to desktop, and you can present to your audience anywhere. Prezi is a great tool to try out, at least once.

Know more about Prezi: http://prezi.com/

PowerPoint

Yes, we know PowerPoint is an oldie and you are probably scratching your head thinking why it is on the list. But don't doze off just yet, it still has some tricks left in its old bones. The trick is how you use Microsoft PowerPoint and, when you know that, you can utilize its features to create effective presentation.

PowerPoint interface is as easy as peas. You can get started without a fuss. Create quick slides that convey your message, and add transition animations between slides to liven your presentation. PowerPoint comes with built in templates and, if not satisfied, visit its large community of free templates. Enhance your presentation by adding images, diagrams, videos and more, and you know PowerPoint can take it.

PowerPoint is on a try and tested product, that can deliver, depending how you use it.

Know more about PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/

About Ade Sanni

I am a writer and a film director, and I also freelance my services to various companies. My day job consists of administration and assisting in media production. But in my off time, I work on my personal projects to get more exposure of my work. I work mostly on short films, and I enter them to festivals and competitions alike. I am also working on a historical fictional novel, which I have spent three years researching. http://www.adesanni.com/

Friday
Jul252014

Beyond GoAnimate: Comparing CrazyTalk Animator 2

Editor: David Arandle

Introduction

If you're like me and have been using GoAnimate to create low cost explainer videos or other animated cartoons then you'll certainly have discovered many of  GoAnimate's limitations. You may even be looking for an alternative? CrazyTalk Animator 2 by Reallusion is a professional animation studio that, like GoAnimate, requires no drawing skills at all but can give you more flexibility to animate your ideas exactly as you visualise them. It may be the animation solution you've really be looking for.

GoAnimate, a cloud based and easy to learn animation studio, gives you access to an extensive library of predefined and pre-animated content. It's pretty great and highly optimised for the business market. However new users run into the limitations very quickly. Usually by discovering a character can't perform some action they need, often having to find some kind of compromise or work around.

CrazyTalk Animator 2 is a software application, available for PC or MAC, that brings advanced character animation within the  reach of almost anyone. Its relatively easy to learn animation studio includes several ready made,  customisable avatars that can be animated with predefined 2D and 3D motions (or you can create your own motions entirely from scratch). Also included is a selection of backgrounds and props to get you started.

Production time between GoAnimate and CrazyTalk Animator 2 is comparable but largely dictated by the needs of each project. I've found that projects of similar lengths can be completed in CrazyTalk Animator 2 in about the same amount of time if sticking to predefined content and motions.

Unlike GoAnimate, CrazyTalk Animator 2 is a one time purchase. There are no ongoing monthly fees and all purchased content is royalty free - meaning you can use it in both commercial and non-commercial productions.

What You Can Do with CrazyTalkAnimator 2 that You Can't with GoAnimate

One of the most common complaints I've heard from GoAnimate users is not being able to show characters facing away from the camera. CrazyTalk Animator 2's Multi-dimensional Avatars (characters) consist of ten different views working together so the Avatar can be viewed from almost any angle. The program automatically calculates which view of every body part needs to be displayed in order to achieve your pose or animated sequence. You'll never be frustrated by only one or two viewing angles again.

The avatars are not truly three dimensional but the software treats them as if they are. As such you can even import 3D motions created in iClone (Reallusion's 3D movie studio) and use them with your CrazyTalk Animator 2 Avatars (note this is a Pipeline feature only).

CrazyTalk Animator 2 has the ability to create animated characters from photos with it's morphed based heads. Surprisingly easy to create, you can add these heads to any character body for a very unique look to your animation. If you run a business imagine putting yourself right into your animation for a more personal message.

Avatars and props can also be rendered in up to 9 different preset styles in just a few clicks. Choose from line art, neon, pop art and more. You can even control the thickness of your Avatars outlines on individual body parts if you want to emphasise things closer to the camera – or remove the lines altogether.

With a lot of effort, you can simulate perspective in GoAnimate. CrazyTalk Animator 2, by default, creates perspective automatically using a perspective based camera. Move characters and props closer or further away from the camera and their size will be modified accordingly. Pan across a scene and things closer to the camera will move faster than those further away. It's all done automatically – you don't have to think about it all.

The perspective camera includes a number of different lens simulations for added effect or, if you want your entire scene to have a more flat look switch to the orthographic camera.

For business users who rely on Power Point, Keynote or other similar programs, CrazyTalk Animator 2 can be used to create unique character based clip art or custom made animated GIFs to really get your presentations moving. Export single images as transparent PNG files or export animated sequences as GIF animations.

You could also use your PNG Clip art to personalize your products and other illustration based advertising with your CrazyTalk Animator 2 Avatar.

Right now if you take up a trial offer of Crazytalk Animator 2 you can get a whole library of free GIF's for use in your own presentations.  http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/presentation/gifbonus.aspx

Conclusion

CrazyTalk Animator 2 is worth considering if you're finding GoAnimate too limiting. It's relatively easy to learn, includes plenty of content to get you started and its multi-dimensional avatars present almost unlimited possibilities in realising your animated vision.

No monthly fees and royalty free content makes it a great solution for creating business explainer or training videos. If that sounds like something you're interested in then visit Reallusion's business product page to learn more.  http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/presentation/default.aspx

If you see yourself as someone who has a wider, more general interest in animation with a vision for  creating animated web shorts - or even animation for TV - then visit Reallusion's Product page for Animation Professionals.  http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/animator/default.aspx

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About David Arandle

Online I am known as TET or 'The Extraordinary Tourist'. My real name is 'David Arandle'. I'm a self represented artist, video maker and writer of social commentary observations amongst many other things. I'm currently based in Gawler, South Australia.

 

Sunday
Jul132014

Reallusion exhibits at ISTE - Atlanta

Reallusion joined over 15,000 educators and tech leaders from around the world in Atlanta for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) expo. Attendees come to ISTE each year to learn about technological advancements in the classroom and sharing of ideas that promote hands-on technology experiences for students. 

Over 300 teachers and students spent time talking with us during the event and saw demonstrations of CrazyTalk7, CrazyTalk Animator2 and iClone for presentations, e-learning and teaching animation.  Many educators already have multimedia based learning modules and were looking for a way to incorporate animation into their curriculum or were there looking into innovative apps to use on their newly equipped iPads or laptops.

Reallusion's solutions for the classroom are showcased at http://education.reallusion.com where you'll find many case studies and classroom examples. From 2D to 3D animation, Reallusion's software and apps provide educators and students of K-12 and higher education with a classroom kit for introducing animation to students of any age or skill-level.  

Beyond the classroom, Reallusion's software is also at work with serious animation for e-learning and online assessments at Atlanta based, CEB (Corporate Executive Board) a global company that provides Fortune 500 businesses with advanced online assessments through animated business simulations.  The CEB team visited the Reallusion booth for insight into our upcoming features of iClone6 and discussion about their use of iClone on a daily basis to produce animation simulations for T-Mobile, American Express, Swarovski and more. It was great to meet Missy, Brian and see one of our very own trainers, James Martin.

About ISTE

ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective uses of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home to the ISTE Conference and Expo and the widely adopted ISTE Standards (formerly known as the NETS), ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide and is a dedicated education technology advocate. Visitiste.org for more information.

Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, ISTE’s conference and expo brings educators of all types and grade levels together to share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges—all while connecting to a global network of education resources. 

Wednesday
Jul092014

2014 FIFA World Cup Cartoon Series Hits 2 Million Views in One Week with CrazyTalk Animator 2

4-4-2oons wins over the internet by weekly animating this summer’s FIFA World Cup game parodies thanks to the lighting production speed of CrazyTalk Animator 

United Kingdom animation producer, Mark Stobbart is running an animated football-related parodies channel called 4-4-2oons, producing gut-busting World Cup videos every week. With CrazyTalk Animator’s fast production and custom avatar creation, 442oons’ animated football parodies have  been on national news and TV channels in Holland, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Bosnia, Colombia and Sweden.

No Other Software Can Deliver Like CrazyTalk Animator 2

When animating concurrent events, it’s no wonder why many animators shy away from the production nightmares that daily animation entails, with creation logistics that only powerhouse studios can afford -- but not Mark Stobbart who has unlocked the secret of weekly, almost daily, animation thanks to the muscle of CrazyTalk Animator 2. 

Mark originally trained as an actor and voiceover artist in London, having no previous experience in animation. But being a massive fan of animated comedy, and football had motivated him to combine the best of both worlds producing 442oons as a channel that is all about poking fun at the football world.  

“No-one is safe!” – says Mark.  “Ideas, scripting, voicing, singing, editing, most artwork, animating, production and publication are all done by me - as well as promoting the channel!”

Being a one-man-army has its merits as it helps me make my animation dreams come true by leveraging CrazyTalk Animator’s clear advantages like being easy to learn, having customizable characters, fast production and high quality output. CrazyTalk Animator provides a quicker way to get my story and ideas animated and this is the secret that allows me to produce animated videos every day. I also love how easy it is to create customized characters with unique personalities. It helps a lot when I create players that look like real football players in my FIFA animations. During the 2014 World Cup, I have produced around 70 unique characters for 32 teams in total. The latest 2 minute video took only around 8 hours - this was very quick because I could recycle two characters and props that I had already created for earlier videos. It was worth it in the end, and the quality of the final video is so rewarding when I watch it back.” – explains Mark Stobbart. 

WORLD CUP 2014 OPENING CEREMONY by 442oons

More about Mark Stobbart: http://www.reallusion.com/reallusiontv/featuredstory/442oons.aspx 

442oons YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/442oons

Thursday
Jul032014

ICLONE6 WORK IN PROGRESS- EPISODE 3 

In the last video, we took a look at how tessellation allows you to add geometry to any model, and have it render in real-time via the addition of height and vector displacement maps. This time around, we’re going to introduce you to Substance Dynamic Texture, a new feature that will give you unlimited options for surface materials.

Episode3: Substance Dynamic Texture

Texture Swapping

Texture swapping is an example of how you can transition between textures by changing the strengths of various properties. Users will be able to set keyframes to gradually move between various visual representations of the same texture, giving a single texture an unlimited variety of appearances!

Weathering Effect to 3D Blocks

By giving it a dynamic texture surface, it's easy to turn any geometric shape into a natural-looking object with weathering effect such as rust on metal, moss on woods, dirt on rocks, and more.

Dynamic Shape Change

Not only can users blend one texture into another, but these powerful textures can also be combined with displacement maps to create visually stunning changes in shape and appearance.