If you’re into the Rock Band add-on pack for iClone, you may be interested in some of the free animated character models over at the iClone Universe blog. Namely, the suave KO rock band manager. Ookie the Doorman / Bouncer. And the Mad Biker / Roadie. I seem to remember there’s also a young rock chicklet in there too, somewhere.
Meshlab v1.2.2 is free open source software, dedicated to reducing big high-poly 3D models down into something that iClone can manage more easily in real-time.
Reading the MeshLab front page, it looks pretty daunting and techie. It isn’t really.
1. Launch MeshLab. Open your high-poly OBJ file (or other formats — 3DS, DAE, etc).
2. If it asks if you want to “unify verts”, say “Oh, Yes, of course! I knew that.”
3. Go to Filter / Remeshing > Quadric Edge collapse decimation.
4. Specify the “face count” (aka “polygon count”) you want to reduce to. Be sure “preserve normal” is checked when you reduce.
5. Click “Apply. Hey, I know what I’m doing!”
6. Save the reduced model out as an OBJ, or any other format MeshLab supports. 3DS format is probably best for iClone’s 3DXChange.
Congratulations. You are now an official Low-Poly 3D Model God!
For those adept at bringing characters into iClone via green screening, DAZ now has all of its base human figures available for free, plus a few 3D models of safari animals. All DAZ content is royalty-free — so you won’t have to worry when you sign your film-festival legal disclaimer. The DAZ Studio 3 software that poses and renders the models is also free, and has been for some time now.
Cloud City & Dystopia City Blocks.
iClone space opera fans, looking to make impressive royalty-free 2D backgrounds, might like to note the “DAZ Masters Series: Cloud City” and “Dystopia City Blocks” are also free.
A new free film-making magazine called Fallopian, on amateur micro-budget film-makers working with machinima and anymation. Contributions to the first two issues come from academics in Manchester, Leicester, and Germany, among others.
Sixteen examples of excellent iClone lighting, compiled into one handy YouTube channel…
Yeah — I know it says eight on the page… but I’ve since found and added another eight videos.
Welcome to my new WordPress weblog for fans of iClone 4. iClone is a superb tool for storytelling using 3D animation. The first serious magazine review of iClone 4 has just been published by respected British magazine PC Pro.
Update: actually it seems the first review of version 4 was in the British 3D World magazine (issue 124).