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DIY Star Wars Fan Film Guide to MoCap with iClone 6

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Award-winning animator Damien Valentine uses Reallusion’s iClone6, Perception Neuron and Axis Neuron to create motion captured “Star Wars” animation…

Perception Neuron from Noitom is a great piece of hardware that finally makes motion capture affordable for home users and small studios. They’ve recently joined forces with Reallusion to bring mocap to iClone, and I’ve been putting it to good use in my upcoming project, Star Wars: Imperials.

This guide will show you how to use it and get the best possible results for your videos. We’ll be covering how to put the suit on, configuring the Axis Neuron software, and how to clean up the animations within iClone. There will be some useful tips that can further enhance your mocap performance as well.

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The Making of the Young Baroness

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Reallusion’s 3D Character Contest prize for Best Use of Character Creator was won by Philip Siemens – check out the making of his Young Baroness

Greetings! This is run-down of the process that I went through in the creation of The Young Baroness, a model that I made for the Reallusion 3D Character Contest 2016, which ended up winning the prize for best use of Character Creator.

The contest requirements were simple: enter with any fully-rigged, animatable, humanoid character. We were given three months to bring a character to completion while making use of two of Reallusion’s products: Character Creator and iClone. I had a plan for a portfolio piece that I had wanted to do for a while and having a contest deadline was a great way to motivate myself to put in the time required to actually do it.

I decided to base my character on a Medieval noblewoman, so I drew some sketches and put together a mood board of concepts and materials that I liked.

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New CrazyTalk Animator 3 Automates 2D Character Creation & Cartoon Animation

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CrazyTalk Animator 3 (CTA3) demystifies animation for anyone with new character design, scene building, and character motion tools to create studio-level 2D animation results on PC and Mac.  Open the door to 2D animation for beginners and quicken the process for pros with innovative character templates, valuable motion libraries, a powerful 2D bone rig editor, face puppeteering, and audio lip-syncing tools to give users unparalleled control when animating 2D talking characters for videos, web, games, apps, and presentations.

VIDEO: CrazyTalk Animator 3 – The One-for-All 2D Animation Software 

 

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– WINNERS – 2016 3D Character Design Contest

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After two months of intensive work and sharing, Reallusion and Polycount announce that the iClone 2016 3D Character Design Contest has finally come to an end with dozens of incredible character entries that have helped rewrite the 3D character design rules.

3D character design has proven to be one of the most challenging tasks for 3D artists, as creating fully animatable 3D characters often requires a multidisciplinary team. To address this Reallusion provided contestants with the iClone Character Creator tool, one of the most versatile 3D character solutions that has changed the character design workflow through a creation system that includes fast avatar slider morphing, free-to-dress capabilities, fully rigged face and body animation, along with multiple accessory usage for unlimited possibilities in one free, easy to use application.

Through great efforts Reallusion is honored to have joined forces with some of the best partners in the industry, allowing us to put forward amazing 3D design synergies to all would-be participants through generous prizes offered by an all-star list of contest sponsors. So let’s give a round of applause to all the winners and contestants, of the iClone 2016 3D Character Design Contest!

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Last Call for the 2016 iClone 3D Character Design Contest

A Brand New Way for Character Creation

Hosted by real-time animation industry pioneer – Reallusion, the 2016 3D Character Design Contest encourages 3D artists from  the world to discover and exploit one of the most versatile 3D character creation solutions that the industry has ever seen. Best of all is that Reallusion is currently giving away this character creation system to all would-be participants for the reminder of the event. At the moment, the contest is in its last call as there are only a couple of weeks to win over $10,000 in prizes.

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VR-ready 360 video and VR content creation

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New iClone 6.5 Adds Real-time 3D Animation for VR Experiences

 

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New VR-ready content creation comes to iClone 6.5 with 360 video for 3D animation.  Go beyond standard video rendering and transform any camera inside iClone 3D scenes into a full 360 camera.  iClone 6.5 static or animated cameras have 360 Panoramic mode enabling video renders that upload and share online via YouTube or Facebook.  VR headset owners from HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, Gear VR, Oculus Rift and more can create VR-ready content for 360 Video using iClone and their head-mounted display of choice to create and view content quickly and with no coding required.  The iClone 6.5 VR-ready features include the ability to import custom 3D content or use one of the thousands of available 3D content packs from the Reallusion content store.  iClone 6.5 is a complete real-time environment to create and animate 3D characters, props, cameras, visual effects and now fully immersive 360 videos.

 

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User-Generated VR Content and Experiences

iClone VR-Ready 3D Characters and Animation for Unity and Unreal VR

The iClone 6.5 animation pipeline, 3DXchange 6.5 and Character Creator 1.5 all combine for a trio of tools for VR content creators.  Quick character creation and animation with iClone will provide fast content creation for the people or characters needed to inhabit VR environments as main characters with lip sync and animation or simply as extras to fill the 3D scene with an ambient crowd.  The iClone content is VR-ready for game engines like Unity and Unreal.  Create characters in iClone Character Creator to morph a custom character for a game or movie and animate the characters in iClone to add voice, mocap or animation.  The iClone pipeline delivers an FBX file with character and animation ready for use in a 3D VR game or simulation.

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The VR-Ready 360 video is available now and is included with iClone 6.5 PRO.

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Sculpting stylized Characters & Clothing for Character Creator

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Professional 3D Artist Julian Santiago shows how to create a stylized character using Reallusion’s Character Creator and iClone

 

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With the release of Character Creator 1.5, artists will now have the ability to create custom clothing for their characters that will automatically conform to any custom-made character inside Character Creator.  Characters with custom clothes can then be brought into iClone to be posed or animated. This tutorial will show you the process of creating a stylized character with custom clothing. We will be using Reallusion’s Character Creator, 3DXchange Pro, and iClone as well as some external 3D programs to model, texture, and bind our character and clothes. In this case, we will be using Blender, ZBrush, and Substance painter, though most 3D applications will work. All that is required is that the main 3D program can rig export to FBX.

Watch Julian’s step by step tutorial videos-

Step 1 – Female Pirate Tutorial – Designing a Base Mesh for Character Creator

Step 2 – Female Pirate Tutorial – Customizing a #3D Body in ZBrush & Blender

Step 3 – Female Pirate Tutorial – Modeling 3D Clothes in ZBrush & Blender

Step 4 – Female Pirate Tutorial – Texturing the Clothes in Substance Painter

Step 5 – Female Pirate Tutorial – Binding the Clothes in Blender

Step 6 – Female Pirate Tutorial – Finalizing in Character Creator, 3DXchange & iClone