Reallusion Announces Launch Dates for Next Generation of Award-Winning Products
September 06, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsSan Jose, CA—Reallusion, a leading-edge software developer providing Hollywood-like 3D moviemaking tools for PC and mobile applications, today announced the launch dates of the next generation of its popular and award-winning products.
iClone 3.0, the third generation of Reallusion’s popular animation suite, will debut in March 2007. With its predecessor boasting a 5-star review from C|NET and an install base of over 400K, iClone 3.0 will include an enhanced real-time engine, new features and updated tools. iClone directing evolves with game-style right click reticule menus, in-screen picking and editing of objects, new multi-camera and lighting system, multiple undo, dynamic look-at constraint and automatic link-to for connecting characters to objects.
The visual enhancements will showcase real reflection & refraction, environmental sky, water and terrain elements with character terrain following, facial normal mapping and mip map. iClone 3.0 character animation improves with motion path draw and follow, in-scene motion editing, IK & FK animation. Character conversation and facial animation will also advance with timeline tracks for multi-layers of character dialogue with (CTS)
CrazyTalk 5.0, the fifth generation of Reallusion’s blockbuster real-time facial animation software, will debut in January 2008. With 6 million downloads, making it one of the most popular Skype™ Extras, CrazyTalk™ enters the next generation with a host of new features. CrazyTalk 5.0 will showcase advancements in the core facial animation technology with finer facial fitting for multiple character styles including people, animals, cartoons and nonhuman characters.
Finer fitting is achieved in Crazy Talk 5.0 with Bezier curve facial fitting, smoothed eyes, and multiple 3D profile options for fitting various facial types. CrazyTalk 5.0 motion clips and updated timeline will also offer easier facial animation editing and control with timeline data grouping and a revolutionary GUI interface for facial emotion editing. CrazyTalk 5.0 features will all combine with iClone 3.0 for the ultimate in real-time facial animation interoperability.
SIGGRAPH 2007 Was the Difference
The launch news for iClone 3.0 and CrazyTalk 5.0 comes on the heels of Reallusion’s successful showing at SIGGRAPH 2007, August 7-9, at the San Diego Convention Center. Not only did the company unveil 3DXchange, a new tool which converts 3D objects created in other applications into 3D animation, but it offered a “first look” at the next generation of both iClone and CrazyTalk.
“The response of users and the media alike was beyond anything we could have imagined,” said John C. Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Reallusion. Users, in particular, were as excited by the new features in our products, as they were about the freedom of working on a comparable level of excellence as major Hollywood production houses and well-known Machinimators, but without the burden of IP restrictions. We at Reallusion celebrate such freedom, which is why we’re making this announcement that we’re here to serve them and we’re working as fast and as hard as possible to make these launch dates.”