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iClone

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating
User Rating 2 Star Rating (1 Review)

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The Bottom Line

iClone reminds me a great deal of Bryce's Poser, but advanced to the next level. Like any program, it takes some practice to use all of its functions to their fullest extent, but the learning curve is fairly gentle and even the newest beginning animator can dive right in and have fun tweaking the preset models to create and animate your own "digital you" using the tools in the library and your own digital photos.

Pros

  • Easy for novices with little to no animation experience.
  • Simple-to-modify preset models.
  • Categories of ready-made animations.
  • Intuitive editing and importing.
  • Great options for advanced animators.

Cons

  • Preset walk cycles are a tad unnatural/stiff.
  • A little harsh on resources on mid-to-low-end PCs.
  • Facial profiles can be hard to tweak.
  • Moving beyond presets can be hard for novices.

Description

  • iClone is a tool for creating customizable talking character animations.
  • Rich with 3D environments and soundtracks, and an enormous library of preset animations.
  • Use cameras and lights to add perspective and ambience to your scene.

Guide Review - iClone

Prompted by iClone's tagline "Animate your digital identity", of course the first thing that I did was attempt to create a 3D Adrien. What surprised me was that a mere half-hour later, "I" was moving about on the screen, and dancing about in ways that I sincerely doubt I could accomplish in real life.

The program is easy to navigate, taking you through building your characters in stages from features to bodies to accessories, before you even start animating. Each task that you set to undertake--such as importing a digital photo to put a new face on a character--walks you through it in easy steps that make creating and editing simple.

It's a great program for hobbyists and beginner-level point-and-click 3D animators, perfect for making this "arcane art" accessible to the everyday animator. It's even a fun toy for intermediate animators, who are willing to learn the more advanced editing techniques required to go beyond point-and-click customization.

Maya or 3D Studio Max, however, it is not; this is a tool for mid-level animation, but not for cinematic or gaming animation and effects. As a character animation program, it lives up to its promises, allowing you to customize avatars much in the way one customizes paper dolls--a little snip here and there, add a piece, take another piece away, adjust this bit here. There are limits to what it can do, and limits to how far you can customize--but for what it offers, it finds its own unique niche and fills it excellently

User Reviews

 2 out of 5
Nice app but limited learning material, Member av1pro

I ran across iClone about 5 months ago. It sounded like a great app specially being able to take your own picture and turn it into a 3D character. I looked at at the tutorials (I use the word loosely) online and decided to give it a try. It is fairly easy to learn by playing around at first but if you want to learn some of the advanced features you will have a hard time finding good tutorials. The tutorials the company offers are scattered across the web. Many of them are much older and outdated. I wouldn't actually call them tutorials. They are more like a demo showing you what you ""can"" do with the software but do not take the time to show you how to get there. It would also be nice if they had tutorials that would help you create something by the time you are done. To me that is the true meaning of a tutorial, not just saying you can do this and that.

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