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iClone 8 User Tutorial : Applying iClone 8 Motion Blur to Action Animations

Final scene render by Benjamin Sokomba Dazhi
Benjamin Sokomba Dazhi – Professional iClone Animator

Hi, I’m Benjamin Sokomba Dazhi and I welcome you to this iClone 8 (iC8) tutorial where we are going to talk about how to apply iClone 8 Motion Blur to your action animations in order to give them a more energetic and cinematic look.

The new features of iClone 8 Motion Blur effects provide a solution for streaking or blurring objects in motion to simulate speed. This is a must-have effect to help you create more believable animations which can be be adjusted for intensity and blending frames. Motion Blur Effects can be used for moving object or backgrounds, but in this tutorial we will use it on a character.

Let’s get to it.

To star, I’ve got my entire scene set up with Light and a character already in place. I’ve also put a fast paced fight motion in the character. Now the first thing we are going to do here is go to the Visual tab by the left. (Fig 1.0)

Fig 1.0

Under Visual, you’ll see a panel called Motion Blur.

Fig 2.0

Tick the Motion Blur. (Fig 3.0)

Fig 3.0

Now you’ll see that there are different parameters here. (Fig 4.0)

Fig 4.0

We have Intensity which is by default on 50 .

Then we have the Frame Blend. (Fig. 6.0)

Fig. 6.0

The Frame Blend is on zero by default, but you can make the value less or more as shown in Fig 7.0.

Fig 7.0

So now that we have already ticked the Motion Blur, we are going to play it to see how it looks. You can see the Motion Blur is obvious in the scene and you can see the effect in real-time as shown below.

Next, if you want to reduce the Intensity of the Motion Blur, you just go to the parameter slider as shown in Fig 9.0 below and take it lower or higher.

Fig 9.0

Let’s try it on a lower value say 20 and see the effect. You can see it’s there but it’s not too much, so it’s kind of balanced. (Fig 10.0)

Fig 10.0

However if you want it to be more obvious in the scene then you can just increase the value.

Fig. 11.0

Now let’s increase the value to say 70. You can see that 70 is way too much as shown in Fig 12.0 below.

Fig 12.0

Hence, we should reduce the value to 50 which is the default value. In Fig 13.0, this gives a more balanced effect.

Fig 13.0

You can go a little lower with the value as well, say 25.

Fig 14.0

It looks much better now. (Fig 15.0) Based on your preference you may either stick to 25, or you can go back to 50 as the default. Here I’m going to work with 25 in this tutorial.

Fig 15.0

Next, there’s a feature called Frame Blend and the value is either 0 or 1.

Fig 16.0

The Frame Blend has this ghosting effect that you can use if you want to achieve a “dreamy” type of look. It just depends on the type of visuals you’re trying to create. (Fig. 17.0)

Fig. 17.0

Now, you can also drag the slider to the middle, in order to reduce the ghosting effect as shown below. (Fig 18.0)

Fig 18.0

The ghosting effect can come in handy when creating visuals depending on what you’re trying to achieve. So I’m going to leave it at 0 as I prefer just the Botion Blur effect I already created.

Fig 19.0

I played the animation from the Camera View and you can see the Motion Blur in real-time. You can play with the parameters too and work on the effect you hope to achieve.

This is pretty straight forward and it’s something you can create out of the box by working with the different Intensity levels of the Motion Blur.

Finally, there’s also a feature which is the Reset Motion Blur for a switch effect on the camera. This may be used when you want the Motion Blur to always reset when there’s a Camera Wwitch. That is another way to work with Motion Blur. This is shown in Fig 21.0 below.

There’s also a tutorial on the Reallusion page on how to work with Camera Switch.

Fig. 21.0

So, this tutorial shows exactly how I achieve Motion Blur effects with iClone 8 in my scenes.

I hope this gives you an insight and helps you implement Motion Blur the proper way in your projects, to make your scenes and visuals more cinematic and appealing.

Thank you very much!


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