Ease of Use - iClone
Before I purchased iClone, I designed
clothing for online dress-up dolls and won several competitions
in this field. It seemed a natural progression to try my hand
at clothing on the G1 Characters and when the Clone Cloth
was released¡K¡K.well, that made my day. It's only recently
that I actually found the time to start animating, so unlike
many others, I'm learning the program back to front but loving
every minute of it.
I plodded on with animating
and found the timeline a bit unnerving but after attending
a Skype class with `Cricky`, it all just fell in to place
and became much more fun and opened my eyes to the capabilities
of iClone.Like so many other iClone enthusiasts, I was an
`It`s Me`; user and utilized the software mainly to make animations
for family and friends. It was just after we settled in the
country that I spotted the newly released iClone. At that
time I was still using Windows ME on my PC but installed the
trial version on my partners computer. Needless to say he
had to buy me a new machine so that he could get the use of
Q: How long does
it normally take to create one of your fantastic creations?
It can vary anything from
five minutes to five hours. I'm still experimenting in a lot
of areas but I like to try and pay attention to detail, so
that always takes a bit longer. I don't like fixing things
either, so usually end up starting again from scratch. Some
days I bin as many as I create and other days the ideas just
fly along. I've found some really neat actions for Photoshop
recently and these can create ruffles or lace-ups, so it's
still very much a learning process for me.
Q: What other software
do you use apart from iClone and Crazytalk?
I have been a Photoshop
user for many years and this of course made it easier for
me when Clone Cloth was released. I have also used Paint Shop
Pro, Daz, Poser, Ulead Photo Impact and 3ds Max to name a
few and of course 3DXchange. At the moment I am in the process
of learning Carrara 6 Pro. I've been a Crazy Talk user for
several years too but it's only recently as I have created
more nimations that I have really appreciated its usefulness.
Q: What do you like
most about Reallusion products?
With all the Reallusion products
I have tried, I think what most impressed me was the ease
of use. I'm not very technically minded, so the simpler the
better and with iClone in particular, you can be animating
in no time at all. The pre-made Motions available from Reallusion
were a great help till I got more familiar with the Motion
Editor and Timeline features.
Q: What are you looking
for in iClone 3.0?
The ability to create better
animations. I've definitely neglected using that side of the
program because I love creating clothing but I've watched
the previews and it looks amazing. I can also hear the enthusiasm
by Reallusion personnel when they speak about it and like
so many other users, I can¡¦t wait for its release.
Q: Please tell us
anything else you would to add?
Not only has using iClone
given me hours of pleasure and enjoyment but I have also made
some really great friends along the way. As well as the Reallusion
forum, I am also an active member on Cool Clones forum and
I'm one of the Cool Creators who submit to the Reallusion
Store. I spend many hours chatting and discussing ideas and
projects with the other Cool Creators and the enthusiasm and
enjoyment we all experience from using the software is still
as real now as when we first installed.