PacktLib: iClone 4.31 3D Animation Beginner's Guide

iClone 4.31 3D Animation

Credits

Foreword

About the Author

About the Reviewers

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Preface

Installing and Configuring iClone

Installing the program

Time for action - installing iClone 4 pro

Time for action - installing related iClone content

Time for action - exploring iClone options

Configuring work environment

Exploring real-time render options

Locating Custom Content folder

Installing new content

Using drag-and-drop

Welcome to iClone

Interacting with the iClone community

Time for action - download and installation steps

Exploring the iClone user interface

Summary

Creating Your First Scene

Let the animation begin!

Exploring the 3D workspace

Time for action - creating the outdoors

Time for action - creating virtual foliage

Adding props to the scene

Placing props

Time for action - house building

Manipulating props

Working with iProps (interactive props)

Time for action - placing the iProp

Animated props

Time for action - importing animated props

Creating props from building blocks

Time for action - building a gazebo without hand tools!

Diffusing opacity and other maps.

Time for action - painting the gazebo

Time for action - correcting the texture mapping

Time for action - adding fire effects to the grill

Lighting in 3D animation

Time for action - setting the ambient light

Time for action - working with shadows

Time for action - manipulating the atmosphere

Time for action - lighting up the grill

Summary

Adding and Customizing Characters

Developing unique characters

Time for action - loading characters

Customizing character features

Time for action - loading a face image

Time for action - correct the lighting

Time for action - customizing our character

Time for action - customizing the head of the avatar

Time for action - giving your character a new do!

Time for action - customizing the eyes and mouth

Time for action - can't be cool without shades!

Time for action - shading the glasses

Time for action - attaching the fork prop

Time for action - grabbing a beer

Time for action - altering female avatar clothing

Time for action - altering the male avatar's clothing

Time for action - modifying the avatar's pants

Basics of character dialog

Summary

Animating the Characters

Using motions versus animations

Introducing the timeline

Time for action - the timeline concept … A mini-tutorial

Time for action - adding basic camera movement

Time for action - changing the speed of the animation

Adding motions to characters

Time for action - adjusting the starting frame

Time for action - animating the hands

Customizing animation using the motion editor

Time for action - animating the male character

Time for action - animating the turn

Time for action - closing the grill cover

Time for action - animating the arm movement

Time for action - scaling and moving the grill

Time for action - copying and pasting the key frame

Time for action - closing the grill

Time for action - finishing out the movement

Time for action - animating the female avatar

Time for action - add more time to the animation

Adding more motion to the female avatar

Time for action - creating new motions

Time for action - saving single clips

Time for action - collecting and saving multiple clips

Time for action - using the Absolute Bone method

Time for action - polishing character moves

Time for action - using a path to animate Benny's walk

Time for action - point and click movement

Time for action - using director mode

Animating character dialog

Time for action - using dialog with characters

Summary

Enhancing Animation with Particles

Using special effects (FX) wisely

Exploring iClone particles

Using iClone particles

Time for action - cueing mother nature

Time for action - configuring particle settings

Time for action - coloring mother nature

Attaching iClone particles to props

Time for action - creating the torch handle

Time for action - loading and manipulating the particle

Time for action - adjusting and texturing the torch

Time for action - setting up the smoke and fire particles

Time for action - adding the fire particle

Adjusting iClone particles

Time for action - controlling the fire

Time for action - adding a smoke particle to the smoke stack

Time for action - positioning the smoke stack particle

Using visibility with particles

Time for action - setting the timing for the emitter

Time for action - creating a magical swirling effect

Summary

Working with Cameras

Creating cameras

Time for action - creating our first camera

Renaming your cameras

Time for action - naming the camera

Time for action - creating and renaming another camera

Using character/object cameras (Follow Cam)

Time for action - setting up the Actor Cam

Time for action - converting Follow Cam to a permanent camera

Time for action - setting up the Face Cam

Time for action - viewing the character from above

Time for action - creating new cameras and picking the lens

Time for action - setting up our main camera angle

Time for action - setting up a lens only camera close up

Time for action - creating a depth of field camera

Time for action - creating the Benny cams

Time for action - creating a wide angle camera shot

Time for action - setting up the camera switch

Time for action - Using camera clipping

Summary

Enhancing Scenes with Images and Videos

Using the 2D drag-and-drop menu

Adding details with planes

Time for action - creating an image plane

Billboards

Time for action - working with billboards to add an old barn

Time for action - working with billboards to add a water tower

Image layers

Time for action - driving down the street

Time for action - using multiple image layers

Using 2D with special effects

Time for action - using planes to mimic volume effects

Time for action - adding mountains

Using video to enhance scenes

Time for action - adding video to props

Creating and using popVideo

Time for action - playing with popVideo

Summary

Rendering our Work

Understanding rendering

Exporting single images

Time for action - rendering our first image

Time for action - rendering an action shot

Exporting image sequences

Time for action - exporting our first image sequence

Exporting videos

Time for action - rendering our main project video

3D rendering… got glasses?

Time for action - setting up the scene

Time for action - rendering the scene

Summary

Animating Outer Space

Reviewing the project assets

Laying out and planning the scene

Time for action - setting the resolution

Tweaking the project assets

Time for action - adjusting the existing scene

Time for action - turning outer space into live space

Time for action - lighting the scene

Time for action - importing scene assets

Storyboarding with iClone

Time for action - creating our initial storyboard frame

Time for action - storyboarding the action at mid-scene

Time for action - storyboarding the shuttle escape

Time for action - storyboarding the explosion

Time for action - storyboarding the shuttle leaving

Time for action - setting up the animated shuttle path

Time for action - adding particles

Setting up the shot list

Time for action - deleting an existing camera

Time for action - creating cameras

Setting up the camera switch

Time for action - setting the camera order

Last minute tweaks

Time for action - adjust the movie length

Rendering our scene

Time for action

Summary

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Using Personas, iProps, and Helpers

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

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Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

Animating with iClone Physics

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