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iClone Studio

Type of Program: 3D Character animation
Supported Platforms: Windows XP/ME/2000/98SE
Company Name: Reallusion
Version: 1.01
Price: $179.95

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iClone Studio is another winner from the excellent Reallusion software house. If, like me, you have looked at the various 3D animation programs out there and shied away because they are too complicated then you will love this program. Don't get me wrong, this is no beginners only software and beginners and advanced users alike will benefit.

Look at the features

Create 3D characters from any photo - Talking 3D characters with lip-sync - Multiple body styles and clothing - Pro Motion Capture Library - External texture editing for clothing - 3D Scenes, Props, & Accessories - Interactive cameras & light system - Image sequence TGA, BMG, GIF - Full screen DV output for video - Image output up to 3000x3000 pixels - Motion Editor animation editing tool - BVH Motion Conversion tool - 3D Face Shaping tool - Ability to launch CrazyTalk4 for custom 3D animated character.

iClone Studio's tools are designed to advance your 3D character creation, 3D animation, and output options - all are targeted to animators who are ready to build fully equipped 3D character animation for use in video, web, games, training, and 3D screensavers. You'll get libraries of selectable content featuring even more body styles, preset motion, clothing, hairstyles, accessories, props, 2D & 3D scenery, music, character animation & export options. You can also make 3D objects from 2D photos.

I found it easy to use and created basic 3D characters with motion with ease and along with the excellent tutorials, FAQs and forums available you can advance at your own pace. The list of features is huge and can be found here

If you are into or want to get into 3D animation then give the trial download a spin you'll want to buy it in a very short while.

System Requirements

Hardware

Pentium III 600 MHz (Pentium4 1GHz or higher recommended)
256 MB RAM
500 MB hard disk
Display Resolution: High Color (24-bit) or True Color (32-bit)
Support for DirectX 8.1 Graphics Card
Video Memory: 32 MB
Sound card / Keyboard / Mouse / Speaker

Operating System

Windows XP/ME/2000/98SE

3D Accelerator

iClone requires a 3D accelerator (3D graphics card/integrated chipset) and DirectX 8.1 (or above) to be capable of completing the 3D rendering.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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