Chad Schoonover, animator – Digital Domain, House of Moves & The Third Floor – Unreal Game Character Tutorial

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“Creating game characters and animation is a snap for Unreal.  There’s lots of tools out there for animation, but iClone 7 just does it a bit faster and the characters look great inside the real-time PBR viewport while I’m animating.”

Learn how to create and animate game characters for the Unreal engine UE4 with iClone.

PDFChad Schoonover’s 10 video tutorial series will show the process to create and animate Character Creator characters for iClone, motion editing in Motion Builder and iClone compared and preparing characters for export to Unreal.

The entire process workflow is documented by Chad, just as he has documented the process for animation studio teams he has lead.  Chad uses screenshots to detail the path to Unreal from iClone. Download PDF here. Reallusion_CC2iC2UE4

Playlist of 10 videos including an introduction.

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Meats Meier – 3D Artist & Animator – TOOL band, STARZ Black Sails on iClone

“iClone and Character Creator have become an essential part of my art creation and animation process.”

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“The excellent tools allow me to automate many repetitive tasks so I can focus on pure creativity, and not technical details. From pre-vis to character concept art, the Reallusion packages are a studio in a box for my independent workflow, yet also work perfectly in a team based Maya and Zbrush pipeline.  I’m sold.”

 

 

Jeff Jasper, Oscar & BAFTA winning FX Supervisor on iClone 7

“…a tour de force that is unmatched in the industry.

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“iClone 7 represents a huge leap in features that take iClone to a whole new level for professional production workflows. Studios have long dreamed of an animation platform with integrated performance capture, procedural animation and pipeline scripting in a package that also delivers stunning visual quality in real-time. Add in flexible integration with 3rd party software and game engines and you have a tour de force that is unmatched the in industry. Delivering on features like real-time GI with reflections, full PBR workflow and viewport rendering, HBAO+ and Shadow Mattes all bring the level of realism to the render to unprecedented levels. (continued…)

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“The Pro Facial Animation system is a huge win for me as a Faceware user. It is by far the best integration of Faceware I have seen in any package. Combined with the new face keying you have a powerful combination to deliver truly professional results.  The Morph system is incredible and really frees the artist to do some truly impressive animation that was just not possible before.  Camera workflow and python scripting now mean iClone can seat nicely into existing studio pipelines easily.  Last but not least, curves. The curve editor means the artist now has the choice for real-time, procedural, or true hand key frames animation or combos of all three with absolutely no limitations.” – Jeff Jasper

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“The fact that Reallusion have pulled all this off in a single release is truly amazing and I am super excited for the future of iClone.”

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5 Tips to Quickly make Photoshop Character Animations

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Bring your characters to life with ease with CrazyTalk Animator 3.1.

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Photoshop designers have all the tools to create amazing characters, but when you want to get those characters moving, the process of going from design to animation can be a little daunting. This is where Reallusion’s 2D animation software CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 (CTA) excels. With specialized Photoshop templates designed to make humans, creatures, talking heads and much more, you can quickly animate PSD characters, saving valuable set-up time. Here are five top tips for getting the most out of this powerful software.

Top 5 Reasons to use iClone and Hitfilm

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Discover how iClone and HitFilm combine to create 3D animation, 3D models, and video editing capabilities…

iClone and HitFilm combine with outstanding results for incorporating 3D animation, 3D models, and video editing.  Here are the top 5 reasons I’ve found to use iClone and HItFilm together as a power-duo for 3D and video VFX.

iClone is a powerful 3D animation software, that stands out by being affordable, very intuitive and user-friendly. It has a surprisingly short learning curve, and it really boosts the performance of any animation process, allowing us to achieve spectacular results without the need of expensive and complicated resources.

Top 3D Filmmaking Reasons for using iClone & HitFilm

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If you have ever created a 3D animated film, or any film for that matter then you know how labor intensive it can be. The planning, the scripting, the editing, the everything! There is so much to take into consideration that we often ask ourselves —

  • What is the fastest way to start?
  • Can a single person do it all?  
  • What tools do I even use?

… just the thought alone is enough to put anyone off from such a production.

The Good News is —  YES, there is a fast way. Yes, you can do it all on your own. And yes, there are tools for all of this.

How can Adobe users Easily Animate with Thousands of FREE Mixamo Motions and 3D Characters

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If you are a Photoshop artist, a Dreamweaver designer, or an Adobe user with a Creative Cloud membership then we have some awesome news for you as now you can animate 3D characters with thousands of high-quality Mixamo animations for FREE!

…well sort of free because you still need a $9.99 membership. But it really is an all-you-can-eat at the Adobe animation buffet!

iClone – Top 5 Best Uses of iClone in 2015

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For the past 15 years, iClone has been widely used in the world for everything from television programs, 3D film-making, video game development, pre-viz production, special effects, and just about anything.

In 2015, we were happy to see iClone being used in movie trailers, and in independent short films as iClone is a great tool for animators to express their creativity with. The use in the Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV show, and Toei Animation Studios previz show exactly just how far iClone has come, and matured, into a professional animation tool.

Here are our picks for the Top 5 Best uses of iClone in 2015!

Top 1.《The Walk Home》by Steve Cutts

This short film created a great atmosphere about the dark side of a city. Through a boy’s troubled journey across a hostile urban area, he experiences violence, flight, fire, guns, bullets, and in the end… death.

When the boy eventually encounters his own death, he sees all the dead spirits that he faced. It’s like he went through the dark side of humanity, and then suddenly a transformation happened – the evil inside broke through, and the human inside awoke. We chose this film as the best use of iClone in 2015, not just because it’s really well-made, but because of its  deep meaning.

Animator and illustrator Steve Cutts did an excellent job at setting the scene, character animation, story-telling and visual effects.  He created this film in After Effects and Photoshop, with additional 3D elements created in Cinema 4D and iClone.