Animation tests with iclone 3

I have been experimenting with iclones 3 and am considering upgrading to a more powerful version. At first I thought it was limiting, and I only tried a few short animation tests which I used in the opening titles or end credits of videos U was working on. I recently came across this animated monlogue—Afterthought by amerajadid—on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEAKloqJxU0) and it opened my eyes to the possibilities the software offers. Amerajadid’s uses iclones to create a very stylized views of reality.

Here are three of my own simple experiments with iclone:

This is  simple animation using a standard character (in this case, a stick figure) performing preset dancing and fighting movements, a music preset, and a camera movement preset.

The first 12 seconds show the exported file. The next 14 seconds show the file was used in an opening title sequence. Titles, an original music soundtrack (just a quick improvisation using a preset on the Korg MicroX), and kung fu sound effects added (from a website – The Way of the Socky – that now sees to have disappeared) were added.

The animation was used as the title sequence for the Battle of Dance video.

This video shows the process I used to add a 3D figure (created and animated in iclone 3) to a live-action video using After Effects.

The process involved:

  • Loading a sample background (a screenshot from the live-action video) into the iclone animation programme
  • Positioning and animating the iclone character so that it would match the live action video,
  • Working on the lighting in iclone, so that the character blended better with the background ,
  • Replacing the sample backgound with a solid colour,
  • Exporting the animation as an avi file,
  • Importing this file into After Effects,
  • Moving the character across the screen (keyframes and position),
  • Keying out the solid colour,
  • Adding a shadow (using a mask),
  • Altering the opacity and and colour tone of the character
  • Using a mask to have a runner (that’s me) running in front of the character

I’m not sure why the screen shots of After Effects was of such poor quality. Maybe I was asking too much of my computer in terms of processing power when I was recording the screenshot.

This animation was used in the Sports Day SFX video.

This shows  a fun and disturbing feature of the iclone animation software—you can take a picture of your face and stick it on a character (or several characters if you are a narcissist).

I tried this out when creating the opening title sequence to a video showing highlights of a talent show.

The music is, of course, the 70s disco classic Le Freak written by Bernard Edwards (RIP) and Nile Rodgers and recorded by Chic. The song was an obvious choice once I saw my head on the three dancers. Freak out!

This animation was used at the beginning of the SU Dance-sing Show video The part at the beginning is the opening of a loop-based composition—Snacks and Watches—that was used as background music of  the Pages of Life documentary.


 

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