iClone 2.5 Features and Tutorials

Reallusion announces the release of iClone 2.5 including features for direct picking and object movement inside the 3D preview window, Camera enhancements and Character linkage with Objects for easy character interactivity. iClone 2.5 is a free upgrade now available to all Reallusion forum subscribers and set to release to everyone on 10/22/07. Feature details and video tutorials below…

video courtesy http://www.iClonetutorials.com
New features in iClone 2.5
1. Direct Picking and Manipulating Selected Objects

    ‧Double click to select and edit characters, accessories and props from inside the 3D preview window.
    ‧Objects selected in the 3D window will automatically be highlighted and corresponding Modify panels will be opened.
    ‧Direct move and rotate any picked objects using hotkeys – move: alt + arrow keys, rotate: ctrl + left/right, up and down: ctrl + up/down.

2. Add Linkage between Objects and Characters

    ‧Characters can be seated in moving cars, mounted to ride a horse, bike or any vehicle.
    ‧Characters linked to moving objects will animate while following the motion of the object which they are linked to.
    ‧Characters or props can be linked to other characters, accessories or props so the position, scale and rotation data applies to both parent and child objects.

3. Realistic Horse Props & Motions

    ‧One highly detailed horse featuring 2 sample LiveProp animations and saddle.
    ‧Project includes the “Link-to” Linkage feature showing the link relationship between characters and props.
    ‧For complete Horse pack content with 3 types of horses, 13 walks, canters, and running horse motions, full saddle sets and riders’ motion pack, checkout the complete Horse & Tack Theme Pack.

4. Large Scene Camera & Camera Snap hot-keys

    ‧Press the “E” key to quickly auto level the camera back to the upright position if the camera gets tilted.
    ‧Press the “F” key to zoom the camera view to the front of the selected object.
    ‧Press the “Home” key to view the selected object from top right position.
    ‧Rotate and orbit camera to the “F” or “Home” keys focused objects.
    ‧Camera templates for medium, large and extremely large scale scenes. Film large cityscapes, terrains, architecture and more.
    ‧Large camera templates remove the error of sky clipping issues.

5. Enhance character motions with BSM
(Bone System Modification)

    ‧Use a BSM file to fix motion distortion problems caused by applying motion data from a different bone scale base (G1 Characters applied with G2 character motions, or different scaled character using standard motion data)
    ‧Advanced motion tuning access with customization of Bone System Modification script (txt) files to create personalized character settings.

iClone 2.5 includes one Thoroughbred Horse as a Bonus Prop showcasing the ‘Link-to’ feature. An all New Horse Collection Pack debuts in the Content Store 10/22.
The horse contains two motions for your entertainment.
If you need a complete solution for horse animation,
please also check out the “Horse & Tack Theme Pack”.

Related Tutorials

Prop “link to” Prop – Ferris Wheels
Character “link to” Character – Puppet
Character “link to” Prop – Car
Character “link to” Prop – Horse

Euro Machinima Festival – Machinima Tools Panel

The first European Machinima Festival opened with a mass of Machinima film submissions showcasing the growth of the craft and films produced since the 2006 AMAS Machinima Festival in New York.
Official Machinima Festival Trailer (Made in iClone)

Among those films screened and nominated for awards, Reallusion products are showcased in 4 productions featured during the weekend long event in Leicester, England. Machimakers who chose CrazyTalk as the facial animation engine to power their productions included: BEAST – The Binary Picture Show, ONLY – Zarathustra Studios, The Grid Review – Electric Sheep Company and the offical trailer for the European Machinima Festival was created with iClone Studio.
The Festival events include film screenings, discussion panels and the coveted awards for outstanding achievement in Machinima filmmaking. I was invited to present Reallusion’s CrazyTalk and iClone in the Machinima Tools panel discussion accompanied by Hugh Hancock of Strange Company, Friedrich Kirschner of MovieSandbox and Matt Kelland of Moviestorm. Since the festival was being held in Leicester and I was unable to make the jaunt, I connected via webcam over the Operator11.com broadcasting site to address the 250 attendees and take part in the event. Discussion of dedicated Machinima software, tools interoperability, the role of game engines and the future of Machinima were among the topics addressed by the panel. A complete video of my live cam presenatation can be seen below. Good luck to all nominees and congratulations to AMAS on another successful Machinima milestone.
Operator11 webcam broadcast – (avatar fps did not record well)
iClone Machinima Filmmaking Demo:

Machinima film, BEAST, showcases Reallusion CrazyTalk

Machinima, the emerging media movement where minimal studios produce maximum entertainment registered another milestone this week with the release of, ‘BEAST,’ by the Binary Picture Show.
BEAST opens as a kidnapped man wakes up bound in a mysterious room, knowing nothing of his captor, or indeed why he is there, setting the stage for a killer cinematic thrill.
Most Machinima films rely on in-game effects, fighting and heavy action missing the connection of true character emotion to the audience. BEAST not only connects to the audience, it grips, twists and shakes. Congratulations to the Binary Picture Show on a truly landmark film. Reallusion is honored to have such an accomplished example of CrazyTalk within BEAST.
“Crazytalk gave me the ability to do some great facial animation that would have been very difficult and time consuming in many other tools.” – Leo Lucien-Bay, BEAST creator.
The release of BEAST took place on Sunday Sept 16th: View High-Res version here

Reallusion iClone & DAZ Studio Partner

Reallusion and DAZ 3D Partner to Bring Real-Time Filmmaking, 3D Content to the Masses
Aspiring Filmmakers Will Now “Go Real-Time” with “Movies, Models and Motion”

“DAZ Studio and Reallusion’s iClone is a powerful combination that connects our customers and DAZ 3D’s content library to a new era of real-time movie making powered by Reallusion’s iClone,” said Dan Farr, CEO, DAZ 3D.
“With iClone, users gain access to a robust application with community of more than 400K strong and a tool whose feature set of pre-loaded props and 3D scenes recently received a coveted 5-star review from C|NET.”

View the iClone 3DXchange and DAZ Studio Tutorial: 5 min

Thanks to this partnership, iClone users will be able to import content created in DAZ Studio™ or purchased from DAZ 3D’s deep library of professional content into iClone™, Reallusion’s popular and award-winning real-time filmmaking engine, using Reallusion’s recently released 3DXchange™ object conversion tool. The result will be a truly open filmmaking platform that will empower aspiring filmmakers of all stripes to, “Go Real-Time” with “Movies, Models and Motion.”
Read the full press release…

iClone Evil Force Movie Preview

Fantasy content pack launches with more characters, scenes, props and special effects for iClone filmmakers.

Evil Force Pack Available from Reallusion.com
Pack Includes:
• iClone G1 Character x 4 (Dark Knight, Dark Wizard, Tribe, Tribe with Bear Cloth)
• Weapon Accessory x 19
• Dark Knight Helmet Accessory x 1
• Fighting Motion x 113
• Fantasy 3D Scene x 2
• Fantasy 3D Scene Prop x 7

iClone 2.1 releases VISTA compatibility

iClone for Vista Reallusion releases a free patch for iClone users updating the software to version 2.1. Windows Vista compatibility headlines the update to Reallusion’s popular real-time filmmaking and Machinima software allowing users to take advantage of the GPU processing power delivered by Windows Vista. Other enhancements and bug fixes round out the update. Get the iClone 2.1 patch free here: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/ic_upgrade.asp

iClone adds 200 Fashion & Furniture assets for Filmmakers

iClone expands the real-time filmmakers’ content library with 200 new props, accessories and hairstyles included in two recently introduced content packs available from Reallusion. Click below to see full previews of each new model and visit the Reallusion content store for purchase and additional informaton. http://www.reallusion.com/ContentStore/iClone_main.aspx?MenuItem=ic

iClone and Google SketchUp Pro – 3D models for real-time filmmaking

Google SketchUp Pro combined with 3DXchange quickly produces quality 3D scenes for real-time iClone movie production. Using the simplified modeling tools inside Google SketchUp, users can create and transfrom custom models or content from the popular 3D warehouse into props, accessories or 3D scenes for iClone. Google Earth spotlights models created by SketchUp users and now entire city streets, skyscrapers, landmarks and more can be saved as 3DS and imported into iClone via Google SketchUp pro and the iClone 3DXchange massive model generator.
Google SketchUp Pro + 3DXchange + iClone