The Future of Character Creation & Animation

Arriving in 2022

After the long wait and high expectation from 3D enthusiasts and professionals, iClone 8 (iC8) and Character Creator 4 (CC4) are finally ready to preview the future of character production. In this first-look of what’s coming in 2022, see what’s planned for our BIGGEST feature packed release, ever! Reallusion has listened closely to not just answers the top user requests, we strive to innovate beyond your expectation.

Sneak Preview at the Power of ...

CHARACTER CREATION

WIP1 - Sneak Preview (2021.11)

  • Auto Character Import - Daz, Max, Maya, Mixamo
  • Animate Any Rig
  • Fast Apply Character Assets
  • Advanced Facial Performance
  • Custom Different Personalities
  • Character Comes Alive

WIP2 - Character Breakthrough (2022.01)

  • Custom Lip-sync / Expression
  • Crowd People Generation
  • Prop Edit & LOD
  • NPR / Toon Shader

Official Release (2022 Spring)

Character Creator 4 has the complete path for all new characters to be created and readied for animation. Now custom character creation is made simple with the ability to import and setup a character for face and body animation. Advanced facial performances are introduced for the next level of realism. Preview cloth and hair physics with motion and more inside CC4 first-look.

CHARACTER ANIMATION

WIP1 - Sneak Preview (2021.11)

  • Play to Animate
  • Intuitive Motion Editing
  • Making Interactive Motions
  • High-Precision End Effector Editing
  • Motion Correction
  • Enhanced Real-time Visual
  • NVIDIA Omniverse Path-traced Render

WIP2 - Animation Breakthrough (2022.01)

  • Integrated Curve Editor
  • New Facial/Body Timeline
  • Virtual Production
  • Performance & Productivity

Official Release (2022 Spring)

iClone 8 is a massive innovation for motion creation and editing. The new Motion Director system debuts game player controls to pilot characters, apply motion triggers and dynamic cameras to direct scenes in realtime. Motion editing with automatic blending tools, motion layer editor, footstep locking, and new visual enhancements are ready to help power your next production.

WIP1 - Sneak Preview (2021.11)

  • Auto Character Import - Known Skeletal Standard
  • Animate Any Rig
  • Fast Apply Character Assets
  • Advanced Facial Performance
  • Character Comes Alive
  • Animation Render / Turntable

WIP2 - Character Breakthrough (2022.01)

  • Custom Lip-sync / Expression
  • Crowd People Generation
  • Prop Edit & LOD
  • NPR / Toon Shader

Official Release (2022 Spring)

WIP1 - Sneak Preview (2021.11)

  • Play to Animate
  • Intuitive Motion Editing
  • Making Interactive Motions
  • High-Precision End Effector Editing
  • Motion Correction
  • Enhanced Real-time Visual
  • NVIDIA Omniverse Path-traced Render

WIP2 - Animation Breakthrough (2022.01)

  • Integrated Curve Editor
  • New Facial/Body Timeline
  • Virtual Production
  • Performance & Productivity

Official Release (2022 Spring)

POWERFUL PIPELINE FOR 3D CHARACTER DESIGN AND ANIMATION

By popular demand, the new release of iClone 8 and Character Creator 4, Reallusion has drastically simplified the product matrix. Now iClone and CC seamlessly work together as one big design-to-animation platform and greatly ease the in-and-out productivity with many other 3D applications.

See the full feature list:  
Get iClone 8 and Character Creator 4 for FREE!

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021

Just purchase any software or content, with an Accumulated Order Value of over US$399, US$699 and US$799 during the 2021 Year End Treats.
For new users, you can get iClone 7 and Character Creator 3 now, and free upgrade to iClone 8 and Character Creator 4.

CC4 / iC8 Free Upgrade
Spend over $399 from both the Software and /or Content Stores during the Year End Treats period.
Spend over $399 from both the Software and /or Content Stores during the Year End Treats period.
Plug-in Upgrade
Get a limited-time free upgrade for all your plugins and profiles.
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Enjoy our hand-picked gifts in the 2021 Year End Treats. (Value $240)
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Total Value Over $698:

  • What you purchase ($399+)
  • A free copy of CC4 ($299)

Total Value Over $1,298:

  • Get what you purchase ($699+)
  • A free copy of iC8 ($599)

Total Value Over $1,697:

  • Get what you purchase ($799+)
  • A free copy of iC8 and CC4 ($898)

Those who have purchased iC8 and CC4 will have free access to Omniverse Connector, and a preliminary version will be provided for early experience. Know More

All purchases from the Reallusion Online Software Store and Reallusion Online Content Store are accumulated together. Spend more, get more!

FAQ

  1. Will there be any changes of product structure for iClone 8 & Character Creator 4?

    To ease the path to 3D production, we will simplify our product portfolio to make iClone 8 and Character Creator 4 work independently, while seamlessly compatible with one another. That means:

    • iClone 8 will come in the pipeline version only. No 3DXchange is required in order to export FBX, OBJ, etc.
    • 3DXchange will be discontinued. All related features will be integrated into iClone 8 or Character Creator 4.
      • iClone 8: any motion FBX files imported into iClone 8 can be automatically retargeted to standard CC characters or non-standard characters.
      • Character Creator 4: besides the characterization features mentioned above, CC4 allows importing any object, editing mesh elements to sub-nodes, and easily turning objects into props, accessories, clothes, hair, shoes, etc.
    • Curve Editor function will be built-in in iClone 8 without an extra purchase, and the End Effector animation and facial animation curves will be added.
    • Character Creator 4: besides the characterization features mentioned above, CC 4 allows importing any object, editing mesh elements to sub-nodes, and easily turning it into props, accessories, clothes, hair, shoes, etc.
    • Only the pipeline edition of Character Creator 4 exists; there will no longer be a free version for iClone 8 users.
  2. Will the existing plug-ins be compatible with iClone 8 and Character Creator 4?

    If you own the following iClone 7 and Character Creator 3 paid plug-ins, you will get a free upgrade version to be compatible with iClone 8 and Character Creator 4.

    • iClone: Motion LIVE Plug-in, all mocap profiles for Motion LIVE Plug-in, iClone Unreal Live Link, PopcornFX, Iray Render Plug-in
    • Character Creator: Headshot Plugin, SkinGen Premium Plug-in, Iray Render Plug-in
  3. What are the key features of iClone 8 and Character Creator 4 compared to the previous versions?

    Please check the comparison table:

  4. What are the regular price and upgrade price of iClone 8 and Character Creator 4?
    Product Pre-sale Campaign Regular Price Upgrade Price
    CC4 Spend $399+, Get CC4 for Free $299 $249
    iC8 Spend $699+, Get iC8 for Free $599 $499
    CC4 + iC8 Spend $799+, Get CC4+iC8 for Free $699
    (Value: $898)
    $599

    Check out Reallusion Year End Treats for purchase FAQ, terms & conditions.

  5. What are the system requirements of iClone 8 & Character Creator 4?

    iClone 8 system requirements:

    Minimum Requirements
    CPU Intel i5 dual core
    Memory 8GB RAM
    Graphics Card NVIDIA Geforce 900 Series AMD Radeon RX 460
    Video Memory 2GB RAM
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Recommended Requirements
    CPU Intel i5 6th series
    Memory 16GB RAM or higher
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6G) / 1070 or higher
    Video Memory 8GB RAM or higher
    Resolution 1920 x 1080 or higher

    *We are still testing performance, but the system requirements of Character Creator 4 shall be similar with iClone 8's.

  6. When will iClone 8 and Character Creator 4 be released? Can I get early access to iClone 8 and Character Creator 4?

    The official launch date is scheduled for Spring of 2022. No early access is planned at the moment.

  7. Will the existing iClone 7 python plug-ins be compatible with iClone 8?

    Due to some function changes, some Python scripts will require an update by Python developers. We will contact Python developers in early 2022, so developers can adjust their scripts accordingly. As a developer, you have the right to decide to release your script as a free or paid update.

  8. Will iClone 8 and Character Creator 4 support RTX render?

    iC8 and CC4 can connect to NVIDIA Omniverse - a RTX GPU based path-trace render engine, which supports USD (Universal Scene Description) data architecture for collaborative design projects. With it, users will be able to generate commercial-quality visuals directly from iC8 and CC4.
    Those who have purchased iC8 and CC4 will have free access to Omniverse Connector, and a preliminary version will be provided for early experience.

    For more details:

iClone 8 vs. iClone 7
Features iClone 8 iClone 7
*New functions in iClone 8 are marked in bold.
*All items are priced in US dollars.
$599
With partial 3DXchange Pipeline integration and Curve Editor
iClone 7: $199
3DXchange Pipeline: $499
Curve Editor: $149
Lip Sync & Facial Expression Editing AccuLips Lip-sync
Facial Puppet
Face Key Editor (Muscle, Expression, Morph Slider)
Advanced Muscle Panel (Multi-Level)
Detailed Layer Tracks (Bones, Blendshapes, Facial Features)
Curve Editor (End Effector & Facial Control)
(Paid plugin, No facial control)
Body Motion Edting FK/IK Editing
Basic Layer Keys
Motion Blending
Transition Curve Preset
Look-at Constraint
Reach Constraint
(Enhanced)
Reach Target Editor (Interactive Motion)
Vertex Animation (Point cache)
Director Puppet
Motion Puppet
Motion Modify
Morph Animation
Animation Layer Editor
Auto Root Alignment Between Motion Clips
Extended Looping Animation (Continuous Forward Motion)
Bi-directional Blending for Smooth Clip Transition
Motion Direction Control
End Effector Editing
On-Screen Body Control Rig
Detailed Layer Tracks (Bones, Blendshapes, Facial Features)
Motion Correction (Footstep, Handprint Editing)
Curve Editor (End Effector & Facial Control)
(Paid plugin, No facial control)
Perform Editor (Motion Playlist)
Mirror Motion & Masked Motion Copy
Play to Animate (Motion Director) Player Control: Mouse, Keyboard and Controller
NPC Control: Path, Bounding, Script, Follow
Data Manager to Activate/Expand Motions
Supported File Format (Import) OBJ (Mesh, Material)
FBX (Mesh, Material, Motion)
(Requires 3DX Pipeline)
Alembic Animation (Same Vertex Count)
iAvatar, iCloth, iShoes, iGloves, iHair, iAcc
iMotion, rlMotion
iMotionPlus
iAtm
iEffect
iProp
Supported File Format (Export) OBJ (Static Mesh)
(Requires 3DX Pro)
FBX (Bone Rig, Animation, Blendshapes)
(Requires 3DX Pipeline)
iAvatar, iCloth, iShoes, iGloves, iHair, iAcc (to Character Creator)
iMotion, rlMotion, iMotionPlus (to Character Creator)
ABC (Alembic)
(Requires 3DX Pipeline)
USD (Omniverse)
(Requires 3DX Pipeline)
Visual HDR (Bake HDR Video)
HBAO+
IBL, Directional, Spotlight, Point Light
Soft Shadow, Shadow Catcher, Mutiplier
Global Illumination (GI)
PBR/Digital Human Shader
Point Light with Shadow
Volumetric Light
Mirror Plane Shader
Lens Flare
Motion Blur
Eye Adaption
Exclude Visual Effect by Object or Material
TAA
IES
Performance Minimal Mode
Static Object
GPU Acceleration (Skin Bone)
Accelerated Show/Hide
Productivity Python API
Flexible Frame Rate
Merge Project
Collection Manager (Group)
Hotkey Manager
Device Mapping (Camera, Light, Object RTS)
Environment & Character Settings Light Creation
Character Proportion
NVIDIA PhysX (Rigid Body/Kinamtic/Soft Cloth)
Morph Creator
Stage & Prop Terrain, SpeedTree, Sky, Water
Animated Prop with Right-Click Perform List
Video Texture/Transparent Video
Render Subdivision
Tessellation
Realtime Render
Supersampling (up to X times)
Toon Shader
360 Video
PBR/Digital Human Shader
Plug-in Motion LIVE (Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
Unreal Live Link (Indie Free/Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
PopcornFX (Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
Iray (Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
Omniverse Connector (Free)
Smart Gallery (Free)
Auto-setup for Unreal (Free)
Auto-Setup for Unity (Free)

CC4 vs. CC3

Features CC4 CC3
*New functions in Character Creator 4 are marked in bold.
*All items are priced in US dollars.
$299
With partial 3DXchange Pipeline integration (Value $499)
$199
Body & Facial-Rigged Character Base Standard Character - CC1, CC3, CC3+ (20K Poly, 4K Texture by Materials)
Standard Character - Game Base (10K Poly, with Reduced Bone)
Standard Character - ActorBUILD (15K Poly, 1 Material for Crowd Rendering)
Non-Standard Character - Any Rigged Biped Humanoid
Non-Human Character - Any Rigged Model
Character Setup Auto Import Character with Standard Profiles (Daz G3/G8, Mixamo, Maya HIK, 3ds Max Biped, Blender Human Meta Rig, Unreal UE4)
HIK Characterize Editor
Spring Dynamics
Physics (Hair, Clothes)
T-Pose
Facial Profile Editor (Expression Manager)
Bone Adjustment
Supported File Format (Import) OBJ (Mesh, Material)
FBX (Rigged Character, Mesh, Material, Motion)
FBX (Daz & Hivewire Character Proprietary, Morph, Assets)
FBX (CC Character Editing)
iAvatar, iCloth, iShoes, iGloves, iHair, iAcc
iMotion, rlMotion, iMotionPlus
iAtm
iEffect
iProp
Supported File Format (Export) OBJ (Static Character Mesh)
OBJ (Selected Items)
FBX (Character Bone Rig and Morphs)
OBJ, FBX (CC Character Editing)
iAvatar, iCloth, iShoes, iGloves, iHair, iAcc (to iClone)
USD (Omniverse)
FBX (Upload to Sketchfab)
Character Appearance Face and Body Morph Modifier
SkinGen (Dynamic Skin Layer Editor)
(CC3 Base+)

(CC3 Base+)
Hair & Facial Hair System (Smart Hair)
Material & Shader Character - Digital Human Shader
(CC3 Base+)
Character - Smart Skin Color Shader
(CC3 Base+)
Cloth/Prop - PBR Shader
Asset Creation GoZ
Create Morph Slider
Cloth - Appearance Editor (Dynamic Material)
Cloth - Auto-skinning
Cloth - Skin Weight Editing
Cloth - Auto-conformation
Cloth - Partial Conform Tool
OBJ/FBX to Accessory Conversion
Delta Mush (Mesh Smoothing Deformer)
Prop Edting Mesh Editing
Skin Weight Editor
InstaLOD
Mesh Tools OpenSubdiv
Edit Normal
Edit Mesh - Vertex Soft Selection
Edit Mesh - Poly Selection
Edit Mesh - Element Selection
Edit Mesh - Brush Push & Pull Selection
LOD Generation
*Powered by InstaLOD
Polygon Optimization
Remeshing
Material Merging
LOD (Level of Details)
Visual HDR (Bake HDR Video)
HBAO+
IBL, Directional, Spotlight, Point Light
Soft Shadow, Shadow Catcher, Mutiplier
Global Illumination (GI)
PBR/Digital Human Shader
Point Light with Shadow
Volumetric Light
Reflection Surface (Mirror)
TAA
IES
Environment & Character Settings Light Creation
Pose Editing
Pose Saving
Face Key Editing & Saving
Bone List Panel & Bone Filter
Animation Player
Animated Display Play Character Animation in the Viewport
Cloth/Hair Physics & Spring Dynamics
Animated Turntable
Auto-apply Idle Motion by Gender
Render Subdivision
Tessellation
Realtime Render
PBR/Digital Human Shader
Toon Shader
Render Image
Render Animated Video
Compatible Plug-in Headshot (Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
SkinGen Premium (Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
Iray (Paid)
*Requires additional purchase

*Requires additional purchase
Omniverse Connector (Free)
Smart Gallery (Free)
Auto-Setup for Unreal (Free)
Auto-Setup for Unity (Free)