3D World mag straps iClone 3.2 SE to cover

iClone 3.2 SE is available on the free cover disk of the new 3D World magazine (#131, on sale June 2010). 3.2 SE is apparently a fully-working version of iClone 3, but with the following restrictions…

~ final video from each project file is limited to 30 seconds per export.

~ final video from each project is limited to “standard” (non-HD) video resolutions (720 x 576 pixels maximum).

~ the official Reallusion store packs will refuse to install to it.

And, of course, you miss out on all the goodies introduced to iClone with 4.0 – 4.2.

I’m told there’s also now an iClone 4 SE, which can be obtained by purchasing the boxed Magix Movie Edit Pro 16 Plus HD video-editing software.

LoTR Online going free-to-play

This could make it an interesting collaborative tool for fantasy-film makers?

“Friday 4th June – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that Turbine, Inc. will unveil a major update this fall, making The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) free-to-play for everyone. Extending its award-winning story, LOTRO delivers the ultimate adventure featuring a massive world with state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay, and a rich set of features that until now could only be found in premium subscription-based online games.”

Apparently it becomes free in the Fall (Autumn) of 2010. I might even give it a try myself.

Machinimatophers?

Magnum muses today on machinima’s changing place in the media eco-system

“The second question, as machinima moves into the commercial market – and away from game play, is how content might shift toward mainstream ideas – and what might be lost along the way. Perhaps nothing, or perhaps that quest for originality among some machinimatophers – you know, the art and practice that made machinima unique in its method and presentation of ideas. Although I do enjoy a horror story as much as the next morbid person, what value is there to recreating the film, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, as a machinima. I did find it fascinating. And, alas, Jason and Freddie genre films have done quite well in the mainstream. If you haven’t not seen Dave Thomas’s Disturbing Experience (2008), you won’t understand what I mean. It definitely proves machinima has the power to impact our emotions. No laughing about technique in this already horror classic! This film has a plethora of violent content!”

Scary Big Media “moral panic” headlines and outrage-spouting Congressmen on TV chat shows, in… 3… 2… 1…