Discover the iClone Studio Mocap Series

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Provide a fast turnaround on professional motion-captured animations in a real-time environment with Reallusion’s Studio Mocap Series.

by M.D. McCallum 

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M.D. McCallum, is an award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, project director and Webmaster with a freelance career that spans 20 years and includes over 100 individual and team-based awards. Author of the iClone Beginners Guide (PACKT PUBLISHING) and the Warlord720 – YouTube channel.

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Skillful Stealth
The Assassin Moves series features moves that have been motion captured with pro stunt actors

Animation is a competitive field plagued with battling budgets and short deadlines. Throw in the complexity of most animation programs or worse, lose control with the limitations of some programs that try to simplify animation, and the frustration level and cost are amplified.

Reallusion’s iClone is a real-time animation environment that provides ease of use to new users while giving seasoned professionals the tools they need to deliver timely and quality results.

Creating Interactive Vehicles and Animations for iClone 7

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by Adolf Navarro (Antareus Ltd)

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Adolf worked on computer programming and technical 3D modelling until six years ago, when he started writing graphic novels and creating 3D animations.

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iClone stands out as being the most accessible and easy-to-learn 3D animation application — but that doesn’t mean it’s not professionally powerful. On the contrary, it’s filled with clever features that make complex animation hyper easy!

Also, iClone’s latest version has boosted the quality of its renders, including PBR materials, Image Based Lighting with HDR pictures, and Global Illumination, and because of this, it has motivated us to start creating models of vehicles for iClone, that not just look good, but that thanks to the improved render features, help people with their animations.

So I included features like emissive materials or parts that can be manipulated individually. Objects like the doors, the steering wheel, the gear level, and the pedals are all interactive sub-props that can be rotated or reached by the characters of a scene. Helping to create convincing driving animations.

In addition, the 4 Wheel structure provided by Reallusion’s Physics Toolbox, allows one to actually drive the vehicles over the iClone terrains while recording their motions in real-time. It facilitates the animation of the vehicles, as the spinning of the wheel are automatically synchronized with the motion of the car, depending on its speed, while it follows the slopes and irregularities of the terrain.

This is an overview tutorial of the pipeline I followed to create these models and how they can be easily animated in iClone.

iClone and the Making of the Mood Indigo Music Video by Jason J. Brown

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Jason J. Brown is a digital media specialist and 3D artist that produces digital content such as animated graphics for television and video projections for musical theater companies.

He also produces workshops specializing in shooting, editing, and greenscreen. Jason  uses animation, robotics and projections to produce work for musical theatres and nightclubs. He has made many YouTube tutorials outlining his digital techniques– particularly for iClone and HitFilm Ultimate.

Animate an Anime Character with Photoshop and CrazyTalk Animator

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Take an Anime character drawing and create an animation with CrazyTalk Animator 3.

This tutorial was written by Mark Diaz

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Have you ever wondered how you can create a simple animation with cool characters?

Maybe something to use for a video game, app or for a dramatic scene. Well, in this tutorial you will learn how to take an image of a character (it can be the one provided or one of your own), split it into the different body parts, create a rig and animate it easily using CrazyTalk Animator 3.

Create Pro-Level Facial Animation in iClone 7

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Mike Sherwood describes how to get the best out of iClone’s powerful new facial animation tools

This tutorial will take you through the many tools and techniques available for facial animation in iClone 7 – including lipsync, keyframing, puppetry, and mocap – as well as timeline editing. I’ll also describe ways to mix the different techniques to improve workflow, as well as how to fix and refine animation at any point in the timeline.

Working purely in iClone 7 with a pre-built character creator model which has been additionally polished in Photoshop and Sculptris, the tutorial will apply to any iClone/ CC characters or any non-standard human characters which have been brought into iClone and correctly set up for facial expressions via 3DXchange.

‘Out of the box’, iClone 7 provides a uniquely comprehensive toolset for facial animation which can be used at many levels – from rapid ‘blocking in’ of expression keyframes through to subtle face puppetry and motion capture.

Probably the most important thing to understand is that these techniques can be used separately, or together – depending on the results you’re aiming for. You can produce decent animation extremely quickly just by using one of the tools – or you can spend time combining different tools and refining the animation, right down to the nervous twitch of a character’s lip or eyelid.

For more information about iClone and other Reallusion products, visit http://www.reallusion.com

3D Sculpting with Morph Sliders – Cutting your ZBrush time with Character Creator

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If you are proficient at 3D modeling or if you have dabbled in it before, then you might already use advanced sculpting tools like ZBrush, Blender, Mudbox, Sculptris, and others. You might also know how dreary the process can be when dealing with initial base models prior to modeling, texturing, and rigging. And depending on the complexity, this process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

But, we can significantly cut our modeling time down if we cleverly combine our favorite tools with new and powerful applications to take care of the initial work.

Queue the Character Creator reel…