New Year, new post, about time

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Howdy cyber world and welcome back to the Mellormedia blog.

“Where have you been?” I hear some say. “It’s been half a year since the last post, we thought you’d retired to a life of servitude and housework as a ‘stay at home dad’.”

Well… yes and no… The Mellormedia machine is up and running again and enjoying a little stint of iClone 6 exploration [in between the ironing, hoovering, cleaning and cooking duties].

Finally after upgrading my graphics card I can enjoy the bundle load of new features that Reallusion have added to the total redesign of iClone.

Tessellation. A big word that I had to look up the meaning to. Also the reason why my pair of SLI enabled Nvidia 9600 GSO graphics cards weren’t compatible with iClone 6. So, after purchasing a fairly cheap single ATI R7 240 4GB replacement, my display graciously lets me enter into the world of imaginative creativity and play we have come to know and love as iClonetime.

Now, were to start? What’s the same? What can I remember? Perhaps viewing a few of the ‘new features’ tutorials via Reallusion’s YouTube page may be in order.

The indigo plugin, hmmm, seems interesting, lets give it a whirl.

Utilising the new G6 characters [Mason & Heidi] and placing them into the courtyard / garden scene could be interesting.

Let’s compare the iClone render output to the indigo render.

I’m calling this one ‘She said no’.

 Scene exported from iClone [click to enlarge in new window]

Copy of Shesaidno_iClone_render

Scene exported via Indigo [with iClone lighting] [click to enlarge in new window]

Copy of shesaidno_indigo_iClight

As you can see there is some difference and there certainly was in render time too. The iClone render produced the picture in a matter of seconds, if that. The indigo render however took a number of hours. This, I think because of the lighting option chosen and size of the scene plus assets used. As you can see in the picture below, The Indigo renderer can use the iClone lighting or it’s own.

iClone to Indigo environment lighting and tone mapping options:

rendset rendset2

[click to enlarge in new window]

The lighting options are decided in iClone prior to export to Indigo but the tone map settings are mirrored in Indigo and can be adjusted whilst the render is happening. The tone map ‘response function’ gives a variety of options to choose different ‘camera film’ looks and feel whilst the EV adjust and film ISO can also be used to alter the difference in brightness.

In the next post here at the Mellormedia Blog, we shall see how my iClone 6 picture 2 render turns out after playing around with differing lighting options. Hope you have enjoyed your read, until next time, bye for now.



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