Do you want to be the next John Lasseter? CNET reviews iClone

Nothing faked in iClone’s animation
iClone 2 Studio Machinima SoftwareSeth Rosenblatt, CNET on May 16 2007
CNET Editors Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars
“Do you want to be the next John Lasseter? Is Hayao Miyazaki your hero? iClone Studio Edition 2.0 updates the feature-heavy, template-based 3D animation studio aimed at the amateur animator. It’s a must-see app if you’re trying to break into the camera side of movies and animation, or if you just want to play around with 3D animation without having to draw everything from scratch.”
Read the full review & Download iClone 2 Studio

iClone CloneCloth dresses Virtual Movie Stars

iClone 2 introduced filmmakers to the ease of custom clothing creation for virtual actors with CloneCloth. Now Reallusion unveils 8 all new CloneCloth templates giving Citizen Directors unlimited clothing design templates to create custom fashions for virtual movie stars.
Catch a sneek peek at the May release of the all new CloneCloth here:
http://www.reallusion.com/contentstore/iclone/pack/clonecloth/clonecloth.htm
How does CloneCloth Work?
http://www.reallusion.com/contentstore/iclone/pack/clonecloth/CloneCloth_help.htm
iClone CloneClone

iClone Citizen Director Paul Louis debuts 1930s era comedy, “Biffle & Shooster”

Reviving Hollywood past with an iClone Machinima twist, Citizen Director Paul Louis releases his latest film inspired by the comedies of Hal Roach. Paul’s short film, “The Case of the Missing Plot,” showcases iClone’s flexible character creation, movement and camera composition. Written by Nick Santa Maria and adapted for the screen by Paul Louis, “The Case of the Missing Plot,” cracks the case and a few laughs in a nostalgic and enjoyable iClone movie.

Paul Louis introduces Biffle & Shooster, “When I was a kid, I grew up watching and loving the old comedy shorts made by Hal Roach. I was a huge fan of the “Our Gang” or “Little Rascals”, as they were later called. And I especially loved Laurel & Hardy. For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make a short film in iClone, but I’ve had somewhat of a writers block. I called a good buddy of mine, Nick Santa Maria, and asked for help. Nick is an extremely talented individual who is also passionate about the same “old school” comedy classics. He immediately sent me a script that he wrote about a fictitious comedy duo from the 1930’s, called “Biffle & Shooster”. I got to work, and well, here it is for your enjoyment.”
Follow Paul Louis’ weekly commentary, free iClone character downloads and films at http://www.myclonesforiclone.blogspot.com/
Purchase Paul Louis’ characters for iClone: http://www.iCloneUniverse.com

Renderosity Reviews iClone 2

iClone, You Clone: iClone Reborn
“Whether you plan to use it as a production tool for your films, interactive media, websites, or previsualization, iClone will surely make your life easy in a lot of ways.” – Sergio Rosa, Renderosity
Last month Reallusion released iClone 2.0, the latest version of their acclaimed real-time animation software. If you’ve been following the program, you surely have realized how much it has grown since it was released a year ago (this is the third version in the one-year timeframe). For those that don’t know it yet, iClone is a real-time 3D animation tool that lets you quickly make your own short movies, music videos, and even teaching videos.

Renderosity - Staff ColumnistIt includes a library of characters, scenes, props, and pretty much everything else you may need, letting you focus on the creative part rather than the technical part (rigging characters, scripting, setting up renders, etc). Just like Poser, iClone runs a marketplace where you can buy animation cycles, characters, scenes, and props that will fit all your needs.

[Continued]… Read more @ Renderosity.com –http://www.renderosity.com/news.php?viewStory=13564

Gnews Avatars Anchor Video Game Headlines from iClone Virtual World

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6499316886899678341&hl=en-GB
Binary Picture Show is proud to announce their new blog, “Gnews”, the new home of Lady Mainframe. The unique Machinima show is back, and better than ever, with frequent releases (rather than one long show every 2 weeks), along with the addition of a new reporter, Dr. Nemisis co-anchoring with Lady Mainframe to ensure that the news can be delivered as fast as possible.
http://www.binarypictureshow.com/gnews
Dr. Nemisis, creator of the virtual news show said, “Thanks to the use of Reallusion’s ‘iClone’ and ‘CrazyTalk’, the Gnews posts stories anchored by our virtual avatars shortly after the news is received, making sure you’re kept up to speed, on time.” Dr. Nemisis went on to say, “Gnews offers fans the latest in computer and video game news, delivered by streaming video and conventional text format. Now catching up on the biggest events in the industry is not only easy, but much more entertaining.”
http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-5883419563426612227&hl=en-GB

iClone 2 at Virtual Worlds 2007

Virtual Worlds 2007Top Halo Filmmaker Chris Burke, Creator of This Spartan Life, Hails Reallusion’s iClone 2.0. Endorsement Comes on the Heels of Eagerly Anticipated Launch of Groundbreaking 3D Moviemaking Sequel at Virtual Worlds 2007, in NYC, March 28-28, 2007
Watch IPTVe interview with Reallusion’s John Martin II
from Virtual Worlds 2007
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NEW YORK, NY, April 05, 2007—On the heels of its enthusiastically received launch at Virtual Worlds 2007 (www.virtualworlds2007.com), in New York, which attracted over 700 attendees from Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Proctor & Gamble, Time-Warner, Verizon and Disney, comes the latest ringing endorsement for Reallusion’s iClone 2.0.
In a statement received at the close of the conference, which also brought such high-profile coverage of the 3D moviemaking and Machinima suite by both the Associated Press and Forbes, Chris Burke, president of Brooklyn, NY-based Machinima and sound design firm Bong + Dern, and creator of Halo 2 talkshow in gamespace This Spartan Life, recently tapped to create exclusive episodes for the “Legendary” edition of Halo 3, hailed iClone 2.0 as “the most powerful and affordable toolset I’ve ever seen. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or a seasoned professional, you truly can’t beat the combination of cost and functionality.”
John C. Martin, Director of Marketing, Reallusion, added, “We are here to empower filmmakers of every stripe. We are excited to receive such a positive endorsement from someone like Chris because we know that with his influence, people who never considered creating Machinima will pick up our product and soon begin sharing their films with the world.”
Burke’s comments are the latest in an outpouring of praise the product has so far received. In addition to his kind words, and those from AP and Forbes, iClone has also been hailed by Variety and Eric Rosner, Director of Animation, TV Land/Nick at Nite, who said that “This is the software I’ve been waiting for.”

The Power of Love – room904studio

The Power of Love – Part 1 of 2


room904studio has released a 2 part short featuring a live-action mix of iClone. The story follows Ken Chan’s tormented night of sleep before a major college exam. Crashing at this desk after an exhausting day, Ken Chan drifts into a world mixed with Final Fantasy ala iClone and finds himself fighting a new breed of academic demons. Director Ro, delivers a great story where in the end Love conqures all. Great work room904studio, we’ll stay tuned for more from your sleepless saga.
The Power of Love – Part 2 of 2

iClone 2 – New features for filmmakers


The virtual world of iClone filmmaking expands with the highly anticipated release of iClone 2. Delivering new features for advanced storytelling, iClone 2 includes G2 character actors, real-time SFX visual effects, LivePlants powered by Speedtree and HD video output. Since the launch of iClone in December of 2005 Reallusion has continued to aggressively develop the world which many Machinima filmmakers have made the location for their virtual studios. Packing a complete next-gen production studio into your PC is no small effort, but guided by strong feedback from the growing mass of citizen directors Reallusion is set to introduce the next phase of user-requested features to iClone 2.
G2 CharactersiClone 2 G2 Characters
Generation 2 (G2) iClone characters have a whole new appearance, performance quality and when fully featured offers 9 all new bodystyle. Enhance character customization and wardrobe creation with CloneCloth making iClone G2 characters the most advanced virtual actor. G2 characters start with an entirely revamped bone structure with increased bones providing more natural motion and posing along with precise skin weight matched to the new bones for enhanced mesh animation.
iClone G2 Bones
Skin texture detail is refined for realism in iClone 2 G2 characters; from fingernails to muscle tone, the new G2 skin updates iClone 2 with ultra realistic skin detail.
iClone G2 Skin
CloneCloth
Wardrobe creation for character costumes is revolutionized with G2 CloneCloth characters providing mesh texturing tools to create limitless character clothing designs. Utilizing the G2 CloneCloth equipped characters users have a second layer mesh to alter with any image editior creating texture maps to shape and decorate clothing.
iClone G2 CloneCloth
Following the G2 CloneCloth texture templates for Upper body, Lower body and shoes custom clothing designs may be fashioned using Opacity maps to cut the cloth revealing skin and creating any assortment of character textures able to be saved to custom character libraries, shared with other users or sold as Texture packs under the newly revised iClone EULA. iClone 2 offers a new tool to export and save any character texture for easy sale or share packaging.
iClone G2 CloneCloth Template
SFX
SFX visual effects adds a complete particle system control panel to iClone 2 for adding real-time special effects to any iClone 2 scene. SFX features particle and fog effect presets that can instantly transform any iClone 2 scene into a dynamic environment with weather effects like rain, snow or sandstorms, magic effects like cloud tunnels, and elements like fire, smoke and water. Scenes with iClone 2 SFX are more immersive allowing projects to fill with unique real-time visuals.
iClone 2 SFX
Customizing SFX is controlled by a new Modify panel section added to iClone 2 giving users total control of particle behavior from start and end frame assignment to gravity and wind effect. Customized textured particles are able to be created with any image, fine-tuned with the Modify panel and saved to the Custom Particle library for further use, share or sale.
iClone 2 SFX
3D LivePlants
Natural scenes are now enhanced with dynamic real-time foliage animation powered by SpeedTree. LivePlants in iClone 2 3D scenes animate with wind effect for hyper-realistic forests, grasslands, canyons, fields and more. LivePlants are procedural trees and plants so the system load is minimal and the real-time performance is blazing in iClone 2.
iClone 2 LivePlants
HD Video output
Keeping with the moving trend of HD production, iClone now supports both HD 720p (1280×720) and HD 1080i (1920×1280) standard with more than 68 frames per second DVD size rendering output (based on NVIDIA 7600).
iClone 2 is set to debut on March 21st with an early beta available online. For more inforamtion about iClone 2 features and release visit Reallusion’s iClone 2 What’s New web site.