Reallusion ‘pre-launches’ iClone 6
Reallusion has made iClone 6, the next version of its real-time 3D animation tool, available to pre-order. The update adds support for key real-time technologies, including PhysX, SpeedTree and Allegorithmic Substances.
Tools for creating quick previz-quality animations
iClone is intended to provide a quick way to create previz-quality animations via a simple drag-and-drop workflow structured conceptually in the same way as a real live-action shoot.
It comes with a set of DAZ-style stock characters and props, and more can be bought online.
Paid add-ons enable users to import custom characters in standard formats or build new characters from a library of stock parts, and to import motion-capture data from a Kinect sensor.
Support for industry-standard technologies
Although traditionally viewed as a hobbyist’s tool, the new update implements a number of standard professional technologies, including Allegorithmic’s Substance system for procedural materials.
It also extends iClone’s existing native rigid and soft body physics systems with a new ‘soft cloth’ simulation system based on Nvidia’s PhysX technology.
iClone 6 also adds support for multiple textures and improved level of details and wind behaviour in IDV’s SpeedTree vegetation – recently integrated in Unreal Engine 4.
The software will also support physically based rendering via a plugin for Indigo Renderer – although it’s another paid add-on, in addition to needing to own a licence of Indigo itself.
Other new features include an overhauled UI, improvements to the quality and topology of stock characters, support for an unlimited number of lights in a scene, and support for DirectX 11-based viewport tesselation.
Pricing and availability
iClone 6 is due for release in December. The software is Windows only. The list price of the Pro edition of the software is $199; the Standard edition – which lacks some of the animation tools – is $99.
If you order the equivalent versions of iClone 5 now, you get a free upgrade when version 6 ships; and if you buy enough add-on content, you get either iClone 6 Pro or the Indigo Render Suite bundle for free.
Given the number of add-ons available, the permutations soon mount up, so check the link below for details.