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Reallusion unveils Character Creator 4

Friday, November 5th, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Reallusion has unveiled Character Creator 4, the next major version of its 3D character creation tool.

Below, we’ve provided a brief summary of the new features in the release, which is due to ship next spring.

Support for non-human characters, new facial expressions, prop editing, and new skin colour shader
Character Creator 4 will make it possible to work with a much greater range of characters inside the software, with the option to import and edit both humanoid characters and creatures.

Users can set up secondary motion for creature body parts like tails via a new Spring Dynamics system.

Other changes include an “advanced facial expression set” containing over 140 facial blendshapes, with the option to modify them in external sculpting software like ZBrush.

Support for props is also being expanded, with the option to import any mesh and optimise it for real-time use via Character Creator’s existing InstaLOD technology.

Users will also get a new animation preview and display system, with preset motions intended to test a character’s rig, facial animation and hair and clothing simulation.

Reallusion is also introducing a new Smart Skin Color Shader, separate to the existing Digital Human Shader, for quickly modifying the colour of a character’s skin.

But still no dynamic wrinkles yet
However, one long-awaited feature not currently due in Character Creator 4 is the dynamic facial wrinkle system originally slated for Character Creator 3.3, and later rescheduled for version 3.4.

According to Reallusion’s forum thread, dynamic wrinkles will now be supported “in the next release”.

Free edition discontinued, along with the 3DXChange add-on
In addition, Reallusion is discontinuing the old free edition of Character Creator, available to users of iClone and designed to export characters to the real-time animation software.

The firm is also scrapping 3DXChange, the paid add-on required by users of the free edition to export characters to other DCC applications in OBJ or FBX format.

Part of its functionality will be integrated into Character Creator 4 itself – you can see the list of file formats it imports and exports here – with the price of the paid edition rising correspondingly, from $199 to $299.

Pricing and availability
Character Creator 4.0 is due to ship in ‘spring 2022’. New licences will cost $299. The software is currently available to pre-order.

The current version, Character Creator 3.4, is available for 64-bit Windows 7+. The base edition is free to registered users of iClone 7; the full Pipeline edition costs $199.

Read an overview of the new features in Character Creator 4 on Reallusion’s blog

Read the online documentation for the new features

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