Breaking Down the Complexity, One Layer at a Time
When people think about 3D Compositing, the first adjective that comes to mind is… complicated. Very complicated. As the thought of having to do 3D compositing brings concerns of having to combine computer-generated assets, with live video footage, complex lighting designs, synchronized real-time animation, and accurate camera adjustments.
To the everyday video editor or special effects artist, all this can seem a bit daunting, when in reality it is all but the opposite thanks to a streamlined suite of amazing software tools.
So you’ve thought about video game development before, and you’ve done your research. You might already have an idea of the game making platform you wish to use such as Unreal, or Unity. But what about all the rest of the stuff you need to create?
There are tons of character libraries online but… your game is original, and you need an original-looking character to represent your game IP. How do you quickly create and customize your own unique 3D characters? Where can you find loopable motion cycles? Is there a place where you can find thousands of customizable 3D props?
Holding a torch in a dark cave.
All these are very important questions that every developer has had to answer. And the amount of tools, workflows and processes is so overwhelming that it often feels like we are left holding a torch in a dark cave. Hoping to stumble upon a beacon of light that can solve this asset problem…. alas, but there is a solution!
What’s the best go-to tool for easy 3D character creation?
3D expert Rob Redman points out that character creation is often a whopping project as it involves modeling a character from scratch, fixing textures, skins, generating and adjusting map channels, not to mention the meticulous task of rigging full body characters which can all be daunting and exhausting.
But… Rob has found an alternative and option for creating the fastest 3D characters that require no modelling nor rigging. A tool that can be quickly learned by a beginner, while being powerful enough for any 3D expert. This option comes in the form of the iClone Character Creator tool. Which by the way, is 100% free.
3D compositing has always been a challenge for video creators as it has been difficult to find, and master ,3D animation software with enough flexibility and ease of use that would allow artists to focus on their special effects, and not so much on the complicated process of actually working with 3D assets.
But with iClone‘s real-time capabilities, 3D compositing is somewhat easier since users can simply manipulate 3D objects, and animate characters in combination with video billboards, video textures, and video cutouts provided in popVideo formats. If you are wondering what popVideos are, they are basically transparent, cutout videos that are ideal for iClone 3D video compositing. Now, 3D compositing in iClone has been further enhanced with additional iClone content packs like the new Super VFX 200 pack, which is a collection of some of the best video effects from industry veterans – Digital Juice. The popVideos in this pack contain alpha masking information already embedded into their videos, allowing you to quickly click and drag them into your 3D scenes to integrate them into your animated projects.
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.
Turning photos and images into instant talking heads, and talking pets, has been widely popular in animation and film-making since 2000, thanks in part to the first launch of CrazyTalk, the world’s most popular facial animation software.
Every year, we are amazed to see how CrazyTalk is used globally in so many fun and creative ways, ways that awaken our curiosity and inspiration!
To pay tribute to these awesome CrazyTalk artists, we have selected the Top 5 CrazyTalk animations from 2015. Roll the tape!
Top 1.《Behind closed doors》by Jānis Skulme
Official music video for Olga Korsak’s song – “Behind closed doors”. A professionally made music video where they used CrazyTalk 7 to animate paintings and sculptures.
This CrazyTalk animated video perfectly demonstrates how CrazyTalk is not just a fun tool for creating talking heads and talking avatars, but that it also lends itself to professional and corporate applications with very high quality results that save artists, companies and studios lots of time, money and effort.
Since its inception iClone has always been a fan favorite when it comes to creating 3D animated movies, due to its director’s chair perspective on fast and easy storytelling. For this and many other reasons, its no surprise that one can discover many great sci-fi / adventure films made with iClone 3D animation software.
Here we chose the Top 5 Adventure Animations of 2015 to pay tribute to all you adventure artists out there!
Top 1. 《Orphan Chronicles》 by Josh Osborne
When a planned delivery goes wrong, the Orphan and the delivery girl – Eve, discover more than they bargain for, setting the stage for a most entertaining story…
With outstanding cartoon-like characters, a stylized animation style, and fine attention to details this animated movie tops the list as the best iClone Adventure Animation for 2015. Congratulations on an awesome job guys!