Big bundle of 500 freebies for CrazyTalk Animator 2

To celebrate the new release of CrazyTalk Animator 2, and to help boost the meagre amount of content availble for it, here’s a mega .zip with my old OddJob freebies inside. Containing:

* The 340 odd professional backgrounds / backdrops / backplates I extracted from the OddJob Jack assets.

* All 160 or so professional props and animated props I extracted, and converted to CrazyTalk Animator, from the OddJob Jack assets.

Download (88Mb)

All Odd Job Jack assets and files are licensed as: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic. If you use, or distribute, these please credit: Smiley Guy Studios and the artists of Odd Job Jack.

Usage: Extract the .zip files, copy all folders, and then paste to… C:\Users\Public\Documents\Reallusion\Custom\CrazyTalk Animator 2 Custom\

The Share Send download link will last as long as it lasts. Given the amount of foul-mouthed abuse that poured into this blog’s comments, once a few Share Send links for my iClone and CTA freebies became broken through disuse, I’m not inclined to spend time on re-uploading freebies. I’m just making this one exception, in order to help along the fortunes of the excellent CrazyTalk Animator 2 — and perhaps help push it along to a version 3.

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Element 3D

There’s a new real-time plugin for Adobe After Effects (Adobe’s motion graphics and FX flagship software) that uses OpenGL and OBJs. The 3D World magazine review of version 1.0 found Element 3D workable but a bit rough around the edges, and it seems you have to retexture your all objects by hand once they are imported (ugh!). But Element 3D 1.5 now has a…

“Real-Time Glow engine that allows you to add glow directly to illuminated materials or even image highlights. It’s extremely fast and offers even more realistic results than just using the standard Glow Plug-in.”

Real-time OpenGL shadows are also promised for a future release…

“Creating OpenGL shadows is not a trivial thing but we are experimenting with several innovative & hybrid solutions.”

3DXchange 5.4

Reallusion has announced the nearly-ready 3DXchange 5.4, which will include rigging for facial animation with lip-sync — and also support for animatable DAZ face morphs(!). Sounds fab, and although it’s still “in the testing phase” it should be available in the first quarter of 2013…

“With this new release, not only will we support facial bone animation from any head rig, but we will also support morph-based facial animations made in DAZ, ZBrush and other 3D sculpting tools. In addition, you will be able to create sophisticated morph + bone rig animations with great results.”

It’s my understanding that this was always going to be a free upgrade for existing 3DXchange 5 users?

Also, accompanying the announcement are previews of some fabulous looking new characters, from what seems to be a forthcoming “Big Game Hunter” set…

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