Reallusion Launches Cartoon Animator 4 and Facial Mocap Plug-in

The complete 2D character design & animation system accessible for anyone

Reallusion launches Cartoon Animator 4 (formerly CrazyTalk Animator) , the complete professional 2D character system, and it’s new Facial Mocap Plug-in (Motion LIVE 2D) which allows users to animate characters with their own facial expression in real-time. In the last decade, Cartoon Animator has been widely used by million subscriber YouTube channels to online businesses, graphic designers, to marketers and award-winning directors.

“Cartoon Animator 4 is one of the most accessible 2D character design and animation tools in the current market for both entry and professional users.” said John C. Martin, VP of Product Marketing, Reallusion. “ CTA 4 is a complete 2D character system with tools to design and animate in a new way with a unique motion UI and the industry-breakthrough 2D, 360 degree head creator. Indie, pros and first time animators can apply speed to creativity with a new approach to 2D animation.”

Cartoon Animator 4 Demo Video –

Reallusion Unveils Game Tools for Unity

New Character Design Platform enhances Emmy-winning, Unity Games, Film and TV

Reallusion today unveils Game Tools for Unity, a new plug-in connecting developers to limitless Unity character creation and automatic setup. With this launch, developers can design and deploy AAA-quality characters on an indie budget with tools for character creation, animation, face/body motion capture, and a massive motion library ideal for film production as well game development.

“We strive to be a total character solution,” said John C. Martin, VP of Product Marketing, Reallusion. “Game Tools for Unity allows you to optimize game characters with polygon reduction, LOD, UV and material merging for max efficiency. You can also import ready-to-play characters into game engines with Reallusion’s Character Creator automated support for shader assignment, game controller and facial performances. Whether you are doing game development or film production, Game Tools is your go-to solution for characters that create new storytelling possibilities.”

A platform for games and real-time virtual production, Unity was recently awarded the Technical & Engineering Emmy for Disney’s BayMax Dreams featuring real-time character animation. As more filmmakers and creators utilize real-time technology to visualize their stories, they now have Reallusion’s dedicated real-time character solution to generate optimal characters and motions for use in Unity games or cinematic real-time productions. Game, App, AR, and VR content developers can deploy 100% royalty free characters with rapid creation and big cost savings.

Reallusion Game Tools for Unity

Reallusion Unveils New Digital Human Solution for Unreal Engine Games & Virtual Production

Reallusion has announced Unreal integration for Reallusion Game Tools, a plug-in for Unreal Engine for digital human design. With this free tool, Unreal developers and producers have a solution for creating, customizing, animating, optimizing and importing characters from Character Creator 3, iClone 7 and Motion LIVE, establishing a seamless ecosystem for character creation and animation for the Unreal engine.

“This is an exciting milestone for us,” said John Martin, VP, Product Marketing, Reallusion. “Reallusion Game Tools is a total and fully integrated solution. Thanks to Unreal’s support, UE4 developers can seamlessly use the dedicated Unreal game character creation tools in Character Creator, animate with iClone, and even connect the iPhone X and mocap gear to Unreal via iClone Motion Live and the Unreal Live Link. The result is a real-time character creation and animation workflow directly to Unreal. Developers can also import game characters with automated shader assignment and animation setup directly for Unreal so that characters import ready to play, act and animate.”

Digital Human Character Tools for Unreal Engine-

Critically Acclaimed Skyrim Modder Makes Ambitious Game with iClone Character Creator and Unreal Engine 4

NICK PEARCE – MANAGING DIRECTOR / FOUNDER

Nick Pearce

Nick is an award-winning writer and game developer whose career began with a passion project mod – The Forgotten City, after reaching notoriety with his first Skyrim mod that reached 2 million downloads. Before developing games, Nick worked as a legal and strategy advisor to a multi-billion dollar tech company. ​

Eventually Nick set into making The Forgotten City, by using Character Creator 3, iClone 7 and Unreal Engine, allowing him to win an Australian National’s Writer Guild Award, a 2018 Unreal UnderDog Award, and an Unreal Dev Grant among others.

“I was told it was going to cost a fortune. – That it was going to be about a $500,000 to record the high-quality facial motion capture animations for about 2,000 lines of dialogue. Fortunately, I discovered Character Creator 3 and iClone 7, and was able to create our own facial motion capture animations for about 1% of the cost of traditional facial motion capture.”

– Nick Pearce / Modern Storyteller Studio Founder

Thank you all for visiting us at GDC 2019!

GDC 2019 is a wrap, but our efforts continue at Reallusion!

Thanks for joining us at GDC 2019, whether we saw you at the show or you followed our news during the event. We especially enjoyed meeting so many developers and seeing our friends and partners through what was a great week for games in San Francisco.

80 Level: The Modern Previsualization Solution for Film

Thanks to 80 Level’s Editor in ChiefKirill Tokarev for interviewing Reallusion’s Product Marketing VP – John Martin, and talking about iClone and Character Creator 3 tools that were used in the movie REPLICAS.


“Replicas is a new milestone for us and for anyone who has been watching the trend of game tools being adapted by filmmakers. 


iClone operates at almost zero latency, [allowing] directors, cinematographers and VFX folks to try out numerous lighting and staging options without slowing down production or driving up the cost. The secret is a real-time engine, combined with an easy-to-use facial morphing and lip-syncing solution that interfaces with most motion capture systems.”


— John Martin / VFX Artist (Replicas) & VP of Product Marketing at Reallusion


Cartoon Brew: Make a 2.5D Head Impossibly Easy: A Review of Cartoon Animator 4

In April, Reallusion will release Cartoon Animator 4, the next iteration of their easy to learn, professional, 2d animation studio software, CrazyTalk Animator.

Cartoon Animator (formerly CrazyTalk Animator) is known for its quick results combined with pro features for the easiest approach and workflow since 2008. Cartoon Animator 4 will release next month with Smart IK, 3D Head Creator, and live performance capture (webcam facial mocap), to significantly elevate 2d animation production in the industry.

To learn more about the useful features packed into the latest version of the software, we invited animator Garry Pye to talk about his experience beta-testing the new software. Here’s Garry to tell you more about Cartoon Animator 4…

Cartoon Animator Review by Garry Pye

My name is Garry Pye and I have been involved with CrazyTalk Animator as both an animator and a content developer since version one of the software. What drew me to CrazyTalk Animator was the ease with which I was able to start animating almost immediately, yet it offered me a professional level of tools that would grow with me as my skills improved.

Here is a work-in-progress video of some of the features that will be available in Cartoon Animator 4:

Reallusion Unveils Disruptive 3D Game Character Creation and Animation Pipeline for GDC 2019, Booth #P1754

Design & Deploy Realtime RTX, Game-ready 3D Characters

Reallusion debuts new 3D character and animation pipeline at GDC 2019 for games, cinematics and realtime experiences. Game visuals featuring RTX graphics and next-gen shaders now enable developers to make the most stunningly visual games ever.  Reallusion’s Character Creator and iClone match the visual leap with a new real-time 3D game character solution for Unity, Unreal and the world of games, AR and VR.  Design and deploy AAA-quality characters on an indie budget including tools for character creation, animation, motion capture for face and body, or a massive library of motions and moves to send to game engines. Optimize game characters with polygon reduction, LOD, UV and material merging for efficient game design.  Import ready-to-play characters into game engines with Reallusion’s automated support for shader assignment, player animations and facial performances.

See Reallusion’s Game Tools: Character Creator, iClone and Motion Live at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, March 20-22 booth #P1754. From character creation to animation, Reallusion will showcase and demo  Character Creator (CC) with automatic digital human shader assignments and characterization for Unreal UE4 and Unity mecanim character standard. Get a first look at the new Unreal LiveLink for iClone connecting iClone’s powerful real-time character animation pipeline to Unreal’s RTX raytrace render.