iClone 4 Standard: The Master of 3D Film Making

Company: DinoDirect China Limited
Published: 11 December, 2010
Early this month, Globalshareware promoted Reallusion's latest film-making software on its platform: iClone 4 Standard. This program appeals to users at both ends of the spectrum of 3D animation. Its strong tools and real-time film-making function make it very accessible to new users. The versatility and the ability to fine tune will enable experienced users to do much more than before.

The interface of iClone 4 Standard is intuitive and all processes are clearly broken down. The two-side bars on either side of the screen let you easily control every step. This makes an easy learning curve as the organization of the buttons is clear and logical. Clicking on the item you are working on will bring you to the appropriate part of the interface. In all, it allows for a flowing and smooth workflow.

The hardware optimization of iClone 4 Standard means that it runs well with lower level machines. This is even more impressive because of another nice feature it has -- Real-time filming. What you see on the screen is how the final cut will be. So, there is no need to complete one scene to see what it will be like. Animation is done by your controlling of the character. Hotkeys have characters do specific actions like panting or sighing as they walk or run around.

You can import content and animation from many other programs. There isn't much modeling that needs to be done, which means that you can concentrate on other factors like movement, placement and lighting.

You have two different ways of buying content with iClone 4 standard: Backstage and Content Store. You can download and use the content to see if it's really what you want and that there is no problem with it. When you are sure that it's right, you pay for it and the watermark on screen will be removed. Content store offers more complete packages. Groups of characters with a shared theme can also be achieved there. Price for each character is about $10.00. Loads of different accessories are available. With an upgrade, you can access libraries like Google 3D Warehouse.

Making your own characters is easy, and again, the interface and organization makes it a pleasure. The list of what you can do is too long to go into here, but you have total control over the movements and appearances of your avatars. Spring and flex dynamics are supported. Present content can be modified in a variety of different ways until you get the desired result.

iClone 4 Standard manages to deliver to both ends of the scale. The new user will find that the powerful and easy-to-use tools will make 3D animations easier to do than they imagined. The experienced user would find it very useful as a drafting tool.