Following the recent launch of iClone 7, Reallusion now announces iClone 7 real-time face and body motion capture featuring partnerships with Faceware and Xsens. iClone 7 simplifies mocap with dedicated tools and UI for recording actors in any environment, empowering a single PC into a streamlined and affordable rig for character creation, animation and live face and body mocap.
Reallusion is connecting the industry-leading motion capture providers to iClone 7 delivering a face and body mocap solution that is quick, adaptable to existing pipelines and works with standard consumer equipment or specialty pro helmets and suits. The recent partnership with Xsens and Faceware, following Noitom, is just the start, as Reallusion points to expands the connections of its software, through an open call for developers to expand iClone features via more plugins.
Faceware RT for iClone, one of the new connections, is a totally independent face mocap tool that uses a highly accurate markerless capture using a regular PC Cam and iClone 7 to achieve real-time facial motion capture recording. Faceware RT for iClone will, according to Reallusion, “empower indies and studios of all levels to access face mocap tools geared for ease of use and performance results for any project, previz, or production”. Faceware RT for iClone will be available from Reallusion September 2017.
Faceware Technologies, the company behind Faceware RT for iClone, say it is “is a professional quality real time facial tracking software designed to give iClone users a simple, cost-effective, powerful tool for animating your character’s faces. Use your standard webcam or a pre-recorded image sequence to drive natural human facial expressions and head movement. Affordably and easily bring your characters to life.”
In order to fully animate the facial capture detail, iClone 7 updated the Character Creator 3D Character Generation Systems with up to 60 Facial Morph capability. Enhance subtle detail on facial muscle control and make iClone 7 fully-compatible with the professional facial capturing standard provided by Faceware.
Jeff Jasper, Oscar / BAFTA winning team, FX Supervisor “Interstellar” New Deal Studios, says that “the iClone 7 Faceware RT system is a huge win for me as a Faceware user. It is by far the best integration of Faceware I have seen in any package. Combined with the new face keying you have a powerful combination to deliver truly professional results. The fact that Reallusion have pulled all this off in a single release is truly amazing and I am super excited for the future of iClone.”
The partnership with Xsens extends functionality of iClone 7 in other directions, enabling the software from Reallusion with the Xsens mocap suits and MVN motion capture software. The forthcoming Xsens Mocap Plugin for iClone will join the currently available plugin for Noitom Perception Neuron and add to the live motion capture options for indies and studios.
Remco Sikkema, Sr. Marketing Manager at Xsens commented, regarding the partnership, that “iClone is one of the leading 3D packages in the Indie community, this aligns perfectly with our Indie Program. iClone 7 has proven to be a stable and complete package for games developers and animation artists. Similar to the ease of use of Xsens MVN, iClone 7 simplifies the world of 3D Animation.”
The Xsens and Reallusion partnership opens access to the budding indie creatives and small studios with the Xsens Indie program, a program designed to support up-and-coming talent, making it easier to access Hollywood-grade motion capture on a budget. It provides indies, young studios, and game developers with a more affordable way to bring projects to life, without having to compromise on quality. The Xsens Indie program offers suit owners earning under $750k revenue over the last fiscal year with free access to the MVN Motion Capture software. iClone 7 compliments the Xsens Indie program with an affordable virtual production, mocap and animation solution for visualizing and producing Indie projects.
Partnerships with Xsens and Faceware showcase the new iClone 7 open device architecture enabling device vendors or toolmakers to easily plugin interactive interfaces, tools and devices to iClone. To find out more about the software visit Reallusion at Siggraph 2017, booth #1219.