In my previous article I featured a 3D animation software called Vidpresenters 3D which serves as a very useful 3D animation software for those that are simply looking for a plug and play solution. However, iClone 7 real time 3D animation software takes 3D animation to a whole new level of customisation, helping you easily produce professional animations for films, previz, animation, video games, content development, education and art.
Armed with the latest real time technologies, iClone 7 simplifies the world of 3D animation in a user-friendly production environment that blends character animation, scene design and cinematic storytelling, quickly turning your imagination into reality.
iClone 7 is a very comprehensive real time 3D animation software solution and for this reason we will only concentrate on the key features of iClone 7 in this particular article. Should you wish to explore iClone7 in much more detail, I will leave a link to the software developer, Reallusion’s website, at the bottom of this article.
Animate any character instantly with intuitive tools for face and body animation.
Create facial animations with audio lip-sync and puppet emotive expressions via motion key editing.
Create stylised realistic animation ready humanoid 3D characters in a short space of time.
Dynamic prop animations use industry leading PhysX for natural rigid body dynamics and soft cloth simulation. Blend shapes and morphs expand options for animating both characters and props while the curve editor allows you to finetune motions for dynamic and exaggerated motions.
3D Scene And 3D Prop
Natural outdoor surroundings or interiors can be created through the combination of props and elements of terrain, sky, water, grass and trees.
A comprehensive drag and drop lighting system featuring intuitive modification controls, shadows and presets entitles you to light any interior or exterior scene.
Real Camera System
iClone accurately simulates real-world cinematography due to its fully customizable camera system that matches the industry standard. This entitles you to shoot with real cameras and lenses for example the Arri Alexa XT, Arriflex 416 Plus, Canon EOS 5D Mark III etc. Compatibility is key with flawless import and export of camera data between 3D and video tracking tools.
Superb Real-Time Visuals
Intensify scene quality with PBR, VXGI and IBL technology that helps you turn a normal 3D scene into a photo-realistic world.
No need to code or node. Assign and manage materials via simplified modify interface in order to control textures, UV and multi-channel material settings.
3D Content Playground
iClone provides you with a variety of free embedded content to help you quickly experience the excitement of character creation. Reallusion provides the largest online resource collection for real-time 3D assets, fulfilling your needs for characters, motions, props and textures.
3D Video Compositing
Video and 3D scenes with real time playback and effects can be combined to incorporate videos as backgrounds or textures or instantly turn a video into a plane or billboard by dragging and dropping it directly into the viewport. Animated scenes in projects can also be exported as videos for compositing in an external video editor and effect engines.
Import and Export
All types of 3D assets can be imported and exported, which includes static objects, animated props, skin-bone rigged characters and motion files.
iClone offers a variety of plug-ins that expands your creative toolbox and caters for your motion capture and VFX requirements.
Extending iClone with Python API
iClone 7 is evolving into an open program with robust extension capabilities. Custom devices can be added to iClone through Python scripting, which allows creative users to easily augment animation features.
If you want to become serious about 3D animation and you want full control over the intrinsicate details and customisation possibilities of 3D animation, then look no further than iClone 7 by Reallusion. However, if you are simply looking for a 3D animation plug and play solution then perhaps Vidpresenters 3D will be the solution of choice.