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The illusion of 3D animation

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Demystify complex 3D into a simple process anyone can do.

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“History is a set of lies agreed upon, said Napoléon. So are movies.”

I often notice that my fellow filmmakers (including myself) seem to forget that movies are technically just elaborated lies. The elaboration of CGI animation is demanding enough by itself, and it has the additional challenge needing to be fast while creating content with a mix of 2D and 3D elements. This tutorial will show the basic required artistic elements to create immersive 3D scenes. The band Muse found me through some of my short film animation and asked me to create an animation for their The Handler music video. This tutorial and accompanied video is an overview and story of how the elements were created and animated to create the illusion.

iClone Muse circus tutorial: https://youtu.be/JamO9zoUX9k

.Muse’s The Handler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF1DQr5dKW8

3D Character Creation made easy with Reallusion’s Character Creator

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Creating a stylized CC character

This tutorial will focus on the creation of a semi-stylized CC avatar using Character Creator and Sculptris. The tutorial is for beginners and intermediate user.

 

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The following Tutorial will focus on the creation of a semi-stylized CC avatar in Character Creator. We will mainly work in CC, but it will be necessary to have the Essential Morphs and Skin package installed. Additionally, we will use the free modeling tool Sculptris (http://pixologic.com/sculptris/) to refine some elements of the mesh. You don’t have to be an expert in modeling with Sculptris as we will only do basic modeling with it. This Tutorial is for beginners and intermediate users and I will try to present each step as detailed as possible. I recommend to watch the accompanied video to get a better understanding of the individual steps and workflow. Even if I share all the CC slider values with you during each step, please keep in mind that the creation process is always a creative trial-and-error and testing of different sliders. Feel free to experiment and let your imagination run wild. Character Creator offers nearly unlimited possibilities to create the avatars you need. Have fun and Happy Creating!

3D Compositing for Everyday Special Effects and Video Editors

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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.

Super fast 3D Character Animation tool makes Unreal Designer’s dream come true!

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!

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The Best Tool for Easy 3D Character Creation

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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.

Mastering Soft-Cloth Physics with iClone & Marvelous Designer

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Learn how to use Marvelous Designer and Character Creator to create stunning dynamic clothing in iClone.

 

We are always on the lookout for fresh ways to integrate 3rd party software with Character Creator and iClone.  Lately, we’ve set our sights on Marvelous Designer, impressed by the power of its physics simulation and intuitive interface.  In this tutorial, 3D expert and trainer – Charles Chen,  will demonstrate the advantage of combining MD’s superior design environment with iClone Character Creator’s powerful clothing system to create an animated flamenco inspired dress.

Morph, Sculpt & Create 3D Characters with Reallusion Character Creator & ZBrush

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Learn to morph, sculpt and create 3D characters using the Reallusion Character Creator with ZBrush…

In this tutorial, we will prepare a base mesh in Reallusion’s Character Creator (CC) using morph sliders to control the output. Then it’s through the iClone pipeline (Character Creator – iClone 6 – 3DXchange 6) to zBrush for sculpting and enhancement of the base mesh we prepped in CC.

Reallusion & Microsoft Intoxicating VR

john1Microsoft, in cooperation with @Mobacap have gathered the best in southern VR during events held in Atlanta and Miami in May and June.  Over 300 attendees experienced VR games and visualizations from start-up and AAA game and video production teams.  The Microsoft Innovation Centers in Atlanta and Miami provide start-up and incubator spaces to help in launching businesses and projects where the environment is highly collaborative and that is what’s on display so well during intoxicating VR.  john2.jpgThe teams and VR experiences are part of a community of creators innovating in VR and that have teamed up with Microsoft to showcase and share VR innovation on a local level with outreach to connect the area’s key business, artist and technical  people during a night VR, drinks and lots of WOWS!

Leveling the Visual Effects Playing field- 3D Compositing for Video Editors

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Reallusion announces the launch of a  3D compositing solution for everyday video editors – the iClone 3D Video Compositing Studio pack.  The bundle features real-time animation for virtual newsrooms, dynamic 3D video montage, 3D layering effects & transparent videos inside Reallusion’s iClone 6. The company has collaborated with leading visual effects provider – Digital Juice®, to offer popular video assets in one complete package at a competitive price.