Top 5 Reasons to use iClone and HitFilm
Discover how iClone and HitFilm combine to create 3D animation, 3D models, and video editing capabilities...
iClone and HitFilm combine with outstanding results for incorporating 3D animation, 3D models and video editing. Here are the top 5 reasons I've found to use iClone and HItFilm together as a power-duo for 3D and video VFX.
iClone is a powerful 3D animation software, that stands out by being affordable, very intuitive and user friendly. It has a surprisingly short learning curve, and it really boosts the performance of any animation process, allowing you to achieve spectacular results without the need for expensive and complicated resources.
HitFilm is a very powerful visual effects and editing application that is also much easier to master than most software on the market. Although it allows professional results, FXhome have paid special attention to help beginners and encourage indie filmmakers to include visual effects in their projects.
1: Preparing 3D Models in iClone for HitFilm
Filmmakers often need to include expensive items in their productions, like military equipment, buildings, space ships, and so on. In these cases, 3D models are very useful as they can be mixed with the real footage, helping you to create the adequate sets without the need to build them.
Through 3DXchange, iClone can import and prepare a huge amount of 3D props and motions available on the Internet, imported from other 3D apps or captured with Mocap. Any 3DS, FBX or OBJ standard model can be converted in an iClone prop, as well as the BVH motion files can be applied to the iClone characters.
In addition, all the free Sketchup models of 3D Warehouse also can be imported directly into iClone.
Once in iClone, you can easily change a 3D model's materials, editing the look of the model in a matter of minutes. The intuitive tools inside iClone, like Motion Puppet, Lip-sync and the Motion Library can animate the models and prepare them for the compositing process in HitFilm.
iClone goes even further, offering a lot of interesting features like: PBR materials that provide an extremely realistic aspect to standard props; a physics engine that allows the rigid models to interact between them in a very natural way; or soft cloth physics that adds extra realism to the scenes, simulating the movements of the clothes, while interacting with the wind, the rigid props or the characters.
You can even easily add trees, bushes and grass to your scenes, using the massive botanic library inside iClone. All these models can be animated with wind and "planted" in random clusters following the terrain.
2: Preparing animated characters in iClone for HitFilm
iClone can manage and animate special characters like robots, aliens, or even background extras that could be needed in your productions.
Character Creator, from Reallusion, allows you to create any kind of biped actors that can be automatically exported to iClone, where they can be easily animated using their very intuitive facial and body animation tools. You can even use mocap devices like the Noitom Perception Neuron Suit or the Microsoft Kinect to capture your movements and apply them to the models.
iClone animated models can be exported to HitFilm in Alembic format, allowing you to put them in a real 3D environment, using the lights, effects and cameras of HitFilm to set the scene before rendering the final sequence.
You can also use the real footage in iClone as background. It helps to place the characters and props and adjust the correct light and camera view. The render obtained from iClone can then be used as a compositing layer in HitFilm with very few adjustments.
3: Using HitFilm Visual Effects in iClone scenes
HitFilm allows you to create a huge variety of visual effects, so you can easily enhance your shots, adapting them to the needs of your scripts.
In this way, you can do the same with iClone renders. Your sequences will look much more realistic using the particle and camera effects generated by HitFilm in addition to the ones generated by iClone.
The atmospheric and light effects provided by HitFilm also add a special touch to your scenes making them much more attractive and spectacular.
4: Compositing with iClone Videos
Using HitFilm, you can create high-quality compositing sequences combining real footage and iClone renders. The 3D animated models can be placed over the real footage in iClone, adjusting the lights and the camera view. After hiding the background, you can render the scene as a png sequence that can be placed in a HitFilm layer and modified to obtain very convincing results.
You can render your iClone scene in different layers too, choosing the visible elements of the iClone project for each of the renders, depending on their depth level. These layers provided by iClone can be mixed with the visual effects layers created on HitFilm, allowing you to obtain very sophisticated sequences.
5: Adding Cinematic Styles to iClone videos
And there is even more, HitFilm also can provide interesting effects, altering the colour and the light conditions of the scenes created with iClone. In this way we can give a personal touch to your productions with a defined, original look and feel.
Colour grading allows you to get different cinematic looks in your shots, simulating film standards or adding artistic ambient effects to your iClone productions.
By combining iClone and HitFilm, you can achieve outstanding results. Most importantly, these applications are affordable and really easy to learn. They provide intuitive and user friendly interfaces that boost your performance, and don't require expensive hardware like "render farms."