Reallusion Launches Cartoon Animator 4, Facial Mocap Plug-in

Reallusion has launched Cartoon Animator 4 (formerly CrazyTalk Animator), the complete professional 2D character system, and it’s new Facial Mocap Plug-in (Motion LIVE 2D), which allows users to animate characters with their own facial expression in real time. In the last decade, Cartoon Animator has been widely used by million-subscriber YouTube channels to online businesses, graphic designers, marketers and award-winning directors.

“Cartoon Animator 4 is one of the most accessible 2D character design and animation tools in the current market for both entry and professional users.” said John C. Martin, VP of Product Marketing, Reallusion. “CTA 4 is a complete 2D character system with tools to design and animate in a new way with a unique motion UI and the industry-breakthrough 2D, 360 degree head creator. Indie, pros and first time animators can apply speed to creativity with a new approach to 2D animation.”

Cartoon Animator 4 is a total 2D animation toolbox that can turn images into animated characters, generate lip-sync animation from audio, accomplish 3D parallax scenes, produce 2D visual effects, access content resources, and wield a comprehensive Photoshop pipeline to rapidly customize and create characters.

With Cartoon Animator’s Facial Mocap Plug-in, anyone can animate character with their facial performances via webcams or an iPhone TrueDepth camera to track expressions with head and eyes movements, and natural body animations driven by head position. This solution is designed for virtual production, performance capture, live TV shows and streaming web broadcasting. Key features include:

  • Real-time Face Tracking via Webcam and/or iPhone Users can utilize any webcam or iPhone X to capture real-time face tracking via Facial Mocap Plug-in, the facial expressions will instantly project onto virtual characters in Cartoon Animator.
  • Head Driven Body Movement During facial mocap, users can also add upper body motions by capturing head movements, blending values, and adjusting arm or forearm rotation that can be directly blended during live performances.
  • Real-time Lip Sync and Audio Recording The Timeline editor can edit motion clips, alter speeds, blend and refine captured phoneme expressions. Turn on the PC microphone for simultaneous audio recording for complete control over talking lip shapes.

The 360 Head Creator streamlines the workflow for head creation and expression setup, while directly applying it to the animation core through face key editing, puppeteering and the timeline system. It transforms static 2D art into 3D-styled characters with up to 360 degrees of motion for deeply rich performances. Artists can also use the Photoshop round trip in/out integration for editing multi-angle characters.

The Smart IK (Inverse Kinematic) Animation’s simple and functional design sets Cartoon Animator apart from other 2D applications, as the intuitive IK/FK system auto-switches for a fluid, and logical workflow. Smart Motion Retargeting correctly applies any motion files to different body shapes, while automatically aligning new characters to the original motion pose.

Cartoon Animator 4 is available for $ 199 (Pipeline edition) or $ 99 (PRO edition). PC/Mac webcam facial tracker is a separate module along with Motion LIVE 2D plug-in ($ 199). More information at www.reallusion.com/cartoon-animator.


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Reallusion Releases Free Platform Cloud Animator

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Reallusion, the leading animation software company internationally recognized for its iClone and CrazyTalk Animator titles, now officially releases a fully online animation platform – Cloud Animator. Cloud Animator dynamically engages with web audiences using an interactive flow of information, motion graphics and animation delivered in a universal HTML5 experience that deploys user’s media on any device. This new animation platform takes a different approach to authoring and sharing from other cloud-based animation services, which are derived from Flash and use HTML5 and with feature video output.

“We envision generating online media marketing differently. With Cloud Animator, we have built a service which gives the best interactive experience for business, education and social media users. They can easily turn their ideas into interactive media, anywhere, in any device,” stated Charles Chen, Reallusion CEO.

Animation and Video blog owner David Arandle commented, “A short, shareable video presentation like this, is a great way to promote a product or service with direct links within the video to more information or the product’s online store page. As you would expect Cloud Animator can import video clips, gif animations, various image formats, audio and more to help you create a unique video presentation about almost anything.”

Cloud Animator features include:

1. Cross device – Focus on Instant Interaction

While navigating from one page to another, designers can link projects to another, or link to their own website via URL. Viewer contact is the key with Cloud Animator and features that allow viewers to directly call a phone number or ask questions via email or instant message templates.

2. Total Ownership – Businesses, Schools, Brands; Close Network, Self-Hosting, Offline Viewing (Digital Signage)

Business users can keep their assets from being held hostage on other vendors’ servers and fully access all projects anytime within Cloud Animator. Branding, privacy, and ownership is always a concern, and the files and projects generated with Cloud Animator are owned by the creator and fully customizable to incorporate any brand identity. By replacing the boring PowerPoint, you can remove the complexity of animation, and effectively aggregate all different media into a one-stop production service.

  • Design templates: use our professional layouts for business applications
  • Create Custom Media: directly drag to upload for in-place editing
  • Collaboration: share and control your projects among different team members

3. Download for Offline Viewing or Self-Hosting

Cloud Animator really serves users by allowing creators to download and host those interactive projects in their own service, or environment without WIFI.

  • Download Project: playback project without an internet connection
  • Offline Use: use script-defined autoplay sequences, and loop options on YouTube videos or your own MPEG4 videos with custom logos
  • Self Host: fully own your project with self-contained player and resource download, independent to any web component

Plans range from the Free version (500MB max storage) to Advanced ($ 5.75 monthly, 5GB max storage) and Business ($ 16.58 monthly, 50GB max storage). Full pricing and plan options available here.

www.reallusion.com/cloudanimator

[Source: Reallusion]

Cloud Animator

Cloud Animator

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Reallusion Announces 2016 3D Character Design Contest

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Calling all 3D artists, game developers and animators: Reallusion and Polycount are seeking entries for the 2016 Game Character Design Contest! Participants can enter any animatable, humanoid character to compete against some of the brightest artists in the 3D animation community for a chance at prizes including a share of $ 4,000 cash, 3D hardware, software and content goodies.

Artists can create their own 3D characters for entry, which can be fully rigged and animated, humanoid/bipedal characters. Participants must submit a 30 second video that shows the personality and detail of the character. Submissions are now open and will close on October 16, 2016. Complete competition information and rules can be found on the contest web page.

The contest in part is designed to introduce artists to and promote Reallusion’s iClone Animation Pipeline (the company is providing a free 45 day trial of the Pro version for all entrants, downloadable here). iClone saves users tons of time and effort by providing pre-rigged, universal morph-ready quad avatar designs that allow users to turn 3D sculptures into animatable 3D characters, equipped for thousands of motion assets, facial lip-syncs, look changes, body shape morphs, multi-layered outfits and dynamic textures — all easily retargeted and exportable to external 3D tools

Sponsors include: Renderosity.com, CGTrader.com, 3D.sk, Humster3D, Sketchfab, and media partners Polycount.com, ArtStation.com and 3DTotal.com.

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iClone

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Reallusion Releases New CrazyTalk 7 App


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Silicon Valley-based cinematic tools producer Reallusion has released a new media app designed to help users create animated talking characters from digital photos. CrazyTalk 7 allows animators to bring any face to life with its simple face-fitting guide, and use their own voices to puppet the actor’s performance in real-time. The release offers advanced auto animation and key editing functions that enable users to generate more natural, elaborate and life-like animations.

“In the past 10 years, we have devoted efforts to providing the most user-friendly and time-saving animation software available, with an affordable price for users ranging from beginners to pro level,” says Charles Chen, Realllusion’s CEO. “CrazyTalk7 has been carefully refined by automating animation principles that aim to boost production for media professionals and working artists, while at the same time reducing the learning curve for beginners, students and educators.”

Users can choose from various performance styles to set a unique personality to a character’s base movement. Then select a Talk mode to make the character speak audio with lip-syncs, and add emotions with the Auto Motion templates that are driven by the same audio track. They can also choose a Listen mode that turns your character into an attentive listener, or a headphone-jamming music lover that responds to the beat, complete with head, eyes and facial expressions.

CrazyTalk7 is available for Windows PC and Mac, in Standard version at $ 29.99 and inc and PRO version at $ 149.95.

For more info, visit www.reallusion.com.

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CrazyTalk 7

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