Reallusion has released new versions of its digital human tools, including iClone 7.8 and Character Creator 3.3, the latest free updates for its real-time character animation and 3D character creation software.
Character Creator 3.3 is a major update that introduces a new CC3 + base topology and character rig, as well as SkinGen, a new skin generation toolset enhanced by SkinGen Premium: a separate plugin for 99 US Dollar.
Reallusion has also released Headshot 1.1 and Unreal Live Link 1.2, updates to the head generation plugin and live link to Unreal Engine, and three new chargeable character asset packs.
iClone 7.8: New underground scattering shader for props and hair
iClone 7.8 is the smaller of the two versions. The main change is to extend support for sub-surface scattering to props and characters.
Support for sub-surface scatter in the skin was added in the previous version of the software via the new Digital Human Shader in iClone 7.7 and Character Creator 3.2.
Other changes in iClone 7.8 include a better representation of the “micro roughness”, a better representation of fine skin details and a redesign of the hand gesture control with which the fingers of a character are positioned.
The update also includes support for Character Creator 3.3's new CC3 + trigger with a new pose offset tool that can correct movement differences between CC3 and CC3 + characters when animation is applied to them.
There is also a longer list of minor changes and bug fixes that are listed here in the Reallusion forum.
Character Creator 3.3: New CC3 + basic character topology
Character Creator 3.3 is a much more extensive update that contains two important new functions: the CC3 + character base and the new SkinGen tool set for skin creation.
The former improves the topology and UV layout of the characters generated by the software and introduces separate networks for the tear line of the eye and an occlusion network for the corneal surface.
It also updates the underlying character rig: a change to improve skin deformation.
Converting CC3 characters to CC3 + characters requires a little manual work. Since the binding pose of CC3 + characters is the A-pose rather than the T-pose, the workflow for the character export differs.
You can see a comparison of the CC3 and CC3 + drawing bases here, including details of their number of polygons and textures and the effects of differences in binding behavior for rigging and animation.
Character Creator 3.3: Create detailed human skin with the new SkinGen toolset
The update also introduces SkinGen, an interesting new toolset for creating detailed human skin with wrinkles, blemishes and hair with texture resolutions up to 4K.
The system is layer-based – the basic toolset has a limit of 15 levels – with separate levels for normals, surface color, blemishes, "acquired" details such as tattoos and make-up as well as body hair.
We covered SkinGen when Reallusion previewed it last month. You can find more information in our original story.
The core functionality is included in Character Creator 3.3 by default, but the advanced features are available through SkinGen Premium, a new plugin for $ 99 – more on that later in this story.
Character Creator 3.3: UDIM support, content pack updates
Additional new features in Character Creator 3.3 include support for the UDIM UV layout format used in texture painting tools such as Mari and Substance Painter.
Further information on the UDIM workflow between ZBrush, Substance Painter and Character Creator can be found here.
The workflow for installing Reallusion's add-on content packs has also been updated to use the Smart Gallery plugin added in Character Creator 3.2. More details can be found here and here in the Reallusion forum.
In addition, Character Creator gets the new SSS shader for props and hair as well as the same changes to the hand gesture control tool as iClone 7.8.
SkinGen Premium: The new plugin for $ 99 offers expanded functions for creating skins
Reallusion has also released SkinGen Premium, a new $ 99 plugin that extends the new SkinGen toolset.
It contains 21 additional tools, including a set to create specific parts of the body such as lips, eyebrows and hair, and effects such as scars, acne and sweat.
There are also process generators for fine skin details such as capillaries, freckles and birthmarks.
The plugin also removes the 15-level limitation of the SkinGen basic toolset and adds a UV converter for DAZ 3D characters so that textures created for DAZ G3 and G8 characters in Character Creator can be used .
Four new paid content packs for digital characters for Character Creator 3.3
Reallusion has also released new inventory packages based on the new features in Character Creator 3.3.
The $ 99 Ultimate Morphs and Realistic Human Skin Packs as well as the $ 79 Makeup and SFX Pack are available individually. or there is a $ 249 deal that also includes 12 finished 3D characters.
Headshot 1.1: new baby head type plus support for the CC3 + character base
In addition, Headshot, Reallusion's Character Creator plugin for generating human 3D heads from single source images, has been updated to support the new CC3 + character base.
Headshot 1.1 also adds a self-describing new baby body type, shown in the video above, as well as updates to image adjustment, morph sculpting, and texture adjustment. A full list of changes can be found here.
iClone Unreal Live Link 1.2: Support for CC3 + and SkinGen as well as direct transmission or props and lights
iClone Unreal Live Link, the Reallusion plugin that connects iClone to Unreal Engine for real-time rendering, has also been updated to support CC3 +, SkinGen settings, and the new SSS shader.
Version 1.2 of the plugin also allows the export of props and non-human characters to UE4, with the animation being linked live between the two applications.
Users can now also transfer IES lights and light shapes to Unreal Engine. A full list of changes can be found here.
Pricing and system requirements
iClone 7.8 is available for 64-bit Windows 7+. The update is free for iClone 7.x users. New licenses cost $ 199.
Character Creator 3.3 is available for 64-bit Windows 7+. The basic version is free for registered users of iClone 7. The full pipeline edition costs $ 199. Here is a comparison of the functions of the two editions.
In order to exchange data between iClone and other DCC applications or to export characters from the free edition of Character Creator in OBJ or FBX format, users also need a separate add-on, 3DXChange.
3DXChange costs $ 199 for the Pro Edition and $ 499 for the Pipeline Edition.
SkinGen Premium is compatible with Character Creator 3.3+ and costs $ 99.
Headshot 1.1 is compatible with Character Creator 3.0+ and costs $ 199.
IClone Unreal Live Link 1.2 requires iClone 7.0+ and 3DXChange Pipeline 7.0+. It's free for indie users; A full license costs $ 1,490.
Read a full list of new features in iClone 7.8 on the Reallusion forum
Read a full list of new features in Character Creator 3.3 on the Reallusion forum
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