Monday, 24 July 2017

REALLUSION iCLONE 7 IS HERE - SYNAPSE CIRCUIT

 
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NEW Reallusion iClone 7 Virtual Production with Cinematic Visuals & Expert Animation

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#Reallusion #iClone7 #iClone #7 #2 #3DAnimation #3D #Animation #3DGraphics

“A Tour de Force that is Unmatched in the Industry”
Jeff Jasper - Oscar-winning team member/FX Supervisor ‘Interstellar’


San Jose, CA 21st July 2017 - Reallusion launches iClone 7, the biggest update ever in the iClone real-time 3D evolution. This giant leap empowers iClone users with the latest PBR/GI visuals, unlimited creation for 3D characters, professional animation for morph and curve editing, real camera system, as well as several significant technology integrations with industry leaders. iClone 7 is now a virtual production platform with community inclusive tools and massive aggregation of real-time content, empowering indie filmmakers, pro studio crews, previs / VFX teams, writers, directors, animators, advertisers and anyone that wishes to quickly turn their vision into a reality. Compared to game engines enhanced with cinematic timelines, iClone 7 is much easier to start or include into an existing production pipeline as there is no need to have specific game development knowledge or coding capabilities.

VIDEO Watch the iClone 7 New Features Video...
What’s New in iClone 7?
● PBR Physically-Based Rendering ● NVIDIA Global Illumination (VXGI) ● 60-morph facial animation rig ● Character pipeline for Unity and Unreal ● Live Mocap - Total Body Motion Capture solution ● Techviz & Previz with Real Camera System & Camera Switch (RED, Alexa, Canon) ● Morph Creator & Morph Animation ● LUT library with Film Looks ● Lighting & Shadow Pass, Shadow Casting, Matte Shadow & Invisible Mesh Plane ● Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA) ● IBL Bake 360° Capture ● HBAO+ (Enhanced Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion) ● Motion Curves with Graph Editor (7.1) ● Visual Learning Library with hundreds of quick-reference feature videos
Intuitive Character Creation
Elaborate character design tools with a workflow that capitalizes on speed and quality, combined with animation-ready rigging to immediately enliven character creations with motions, facial animation, and lip-sync. Generate unlimited character styles with high-detail visual quality via face and body morphs, PBR dynamic materials, and layers of fashion. Facial Animation Rig

Create vivid facial animations with audio lip-sync and puppet emotive expressions with motion key editing. The amount of facial morphs has now doubled from 30 to 60, giving you unmatched facial precision for mouth, cheek, eye, and other facial feature animation. iClone 7’s facial architecture also meets professional face tracking specifications, opening a new door for real-time facial mocap!
Motion Layer Editing 
Instantly animate any character with intuitive animation tools that record face and body animation with a unique puppeteering engine. Freely control body parts with HumanIK, and use motion layer editing to quickly fine-tune characteristics of your animation.

Dynamic prop animations utilize industry-leading NVIDIA PhysX for natural rigid body dynamics and soft cloth simulations. Morphs and blend shapes expand your options for animating both characters and props, while a new and long-awaited Curve Editor now allows you to fine-tune motions for dynamic and exaggerated motions.
Morph Animation Achieve dynamic and organic animation performance with a series of morphs added to props or skin-bone characters. This is a simple technique that adds incredible performance enhancing animation options that can be keyed and controlled inside iClone 7. The Morph Manager edits morph groups from a hierarchical model, and you can import OBJ morphs from 3D modeling or sculpting tools. Link selected morphs to adjust them individually using the iClone 7 Morph Manage interface. All imported blend shapes are available in the timeline with individual morph tracks. You can set keys and tweak values for each morph track in order to achieve organic movements between morphs. 

● Character Morph Animation: Body morphs can be applied to exaggerate a character’s secondary actions.
● Prop Morph Animation: Props with several morph alternatives can turn a simple shape into a lively actor.

Global Illumination, NVIDIA VXGI

Utilizing NVIDIA’s leading real-time VXGI (Voxel Cone Tracing technology), iClone 7 greatly enhances visual realism by integrating secondary light reflections over diffuse and specular surfaces. Users can quickly and easily level-up their existing projects to achieve superbly-fine video renders in a fraction of the time, even when using slower GPU systems.


GI for Realistic Interiors and Architectural Visualization

Physically-based Rendering (PBR)
iClone 7 introduces PBR as the new real-time renderer for iClone users. Not only does it deliver amazingly realistic visuals, but it also serves as the new material content standard that helps maintain a consistent look between iClone 7, 3D game engines, and popular PBR design applications like Substance Painter.

Custom Shaders: LUT, +HBAO, Shadow Map
In order to harness the ever-increasing visual potential of rapidly growing real-time GPU technologies, the iClone team has re-engineered iClone 7’s render core, aiming to make it compatible with industry standard shader languages. By utilizing this new Custom Shader architecture, iClone 7 has enriched its rendering capabilities with LUT color grading, shadow matte to turn any mesh into a shadow capture for professional compositing, and HBAO+ for increased sharpness and more precise AO range control.

Virtual Production & Direction
Produce professional shots in real-time, using industry-standard iClone cameras like Alexa, Red, Canon, and more! Use iClone 7 for all your virtual production requirements including previz, and techviz; and take advantage of the new 1:1 seamless camera pipeline compatibility with the ability to import or export cameras via FBX.

Oscar & BAFTA winning FX Supervisor on iClone 7
“iClone 7 represents a huge leap in features that take iClone to a whole new level for professional production workflows. Studios have long dreamed of an animation platform with integrated performance capture, procedural animation and pipeline scripting in a package that also delivers stunning visual quality in real-time. Add in flexible integration with 3rd party software and game engines and you have a tour de force that is unmatched in the industry. Delivering on features like realtime GI with reflections, full PBR workflow and viewport rendering, HBAO+ and Shadow Mattes all bring the level of realism to the render to unprecedented levels.”

Jeff Jasper, Oscar winning team for Interstellar as a digital FX supervisor for New Deal Studios

NASA SEALS Virtual Production Case Study

iClone 7 enables Monkey Chow animation studio with new mocap & previz pipeline...
“Not that long ago the only filmmaker who got to do this was James Cameron when he made Avatar!” - Jeff Scheetz, NASA SEALS
Watch the Nasa Seals iClone Previz Video https://youtu.be/aqtroJA2NCg 

Florida animation studio takes feature-length screenplay ‘NASA SEALS’ into virtual production with Reallusion iClone and Noitom Perception Neuron. The new era of community inclusive tools available to studios and indies today allow for directors, producers, writers, and animators to collaborate in real-time visualization, bringing scripts to life with 3D animation.

iClone Opens: Developers and Partners
iClone 7 is now plugin-ready for developers and technology companies to connect hardware and software with iClone.  It is already integrating with the latest technologies including the latest NVIDIA real-time visuals. iClone 7 features technology partnerships with Allegorithmic Substance & Painter, NVIDIA Gameworks, Faceware, Xsens, Noitom, PopcornFX, and others.

iClone 7 Visual Essentials Pack featuring Reallusion partners Allegorithmic, Panocapture, Amplify
https://www.reallusion.com/ContentStore/iClone/pack/iClone7-Visual-Essentials/default.html 

iClone 7 More Info: http://www.reallusion.com/iclone

iClone 7 Demo Video: http://y2u.be/Fo-UXkKvyio 


iClone 7 is available for Windows from Reallusion - from $199.00

About Reallusion: ​Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, gamers and filmmakers providing them with stand­alone movie studio packages. http://www.reallusion.com
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

MAGIX MUSIC MAKER REACHES OVER 100K BEAT PRODUCERS SYNAPSE CIRCUIT NEWS

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Music Maker: MAGIX has reached over 100,000 new beat producers in just two months!
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#MAGIX #Music #Maker #Free #Standard #Live #Premium #MusicMakerFree #MusicMakerStandard #MusicMakerLive #MusicMakerPremium


PROFESSIONAL MUSIC PRODUCTION SOFTWARE FOR FREE HITS THE MUSIC CHARTS!

MAGIX Music Maker Free is currently breaking the Internet! If you haven't heard of MAGIX Music Maker (Free Version) and you have the vaguest of an interest in music production then you need to read this!

Berlin, July, 2017 - MAGIX Since introducing the first free version of popular software, Music Maker, MAGIX has reached over 100,000 downloads. Thanks to this fully functioning DAW, music enthusiasts can get started in digital music production completely for free and start producing music right away. Record. Produce. Share.
Based on a modular design and an intuitive workflow, Music Maker makes it easy to record, arrange, mix, produce and share your music. Record external instruments and vocals, add and arrange loop-based musical elements, record and playback MIDI information, mix, produce, and then publish the finished product. The modern user interface with its drag & drop workflow make music creation easy and fun. A complement of professional music creation tools amp up production quality and inspire creativity.

Endless Creative Possibilities The new, free, full-featured version of Music Maker comes with 425 sounds and loops, 3 instruments, and 8 effects. It's easy to add more sounds and instruments to the collection with just a few clicks. Integrated sounds, loops, and instruments offer unlimited possibilities for creativity and experimentation with complete control over all production aspects of any genre, from EDM and trap to rock and pop. The possibilities are endless.

"Music Maker has always enabled music lovers to get creative and win audiences over by producing their own songs in authentic studio quality. Now, with the free version of Music Maker, anyone and everyone can get started in the world of music production, develop or evolve their skills and make their musical dreams a reality.", Torsten Heise, MAGIX Product Owner and Music Maker. About MAGIX: MAGIX is an internationally operating provider of software, online services and digital content for use in multimedia products and services. Founded in 1993, MAGIX offers private and professional users a technologically sophisticated and user-friendly range of products for designing, editing, presenting and archiving digital photos, videos, music, documents and websites. MAGIX is the market leader in the field of multimedia software in Germany and in the most important European markets. It is also regarded as one of the most successful players in the US market.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

FUZE to Code on Nintendo Switch - SYNAPSE CIRCUIT

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FUZE Technologies Ltd is proud to announce they are bringing their hugely popular learn-to-code platform, FUZE Code Studio to Nintendo’s incredibly sought after new console, Nintendo Switch.

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#Fuze #Code #Studio #Nintendo #Switch #Coding 

Learn to Code on Nintendo Switch™ with FUZE Code Studio


Since 2013 FUZE has achieved great success in teaching young people how to code using the FUZE personal computer and FUZE Code Studio - their accessible and easy to use programming language.
FUZE Code Studio motivates and inspires users of all ages and abilities, leaving them wanting to learn more, even if they have no prior experience of coding. FUZE’s unique method means children as young as six can learn to code using a real text based language – and now it’s coming to Nintendo Switch.

FUZE Code Studio is the perfect stepping stone between visual coding simulators currently used in most primary schools and real-world languages like Python, Java and C++/# etc. FUZE Code Studio comes with everything you need to learn to code in one app. Users can code their own games and share the experience with friends and family – imagine creating your own game then transferring it to a big screen with multiple controllers so others can play your creations. Thanks to Nintendo Switch’s revolutionary design this becomes a reality – and coders will soon be learning how to interact with external devices, sensors and motion controls in ways not previously possible.
One reason for FUZE’s success in educating young people to code is the wealth of support content included and to download. Worksheets, projects and a very comprehensive reference guide are all included and more are being added all the time.
 
FUZE Code Studio on Nintendo Switch makes learning to coding more accessible than ever and what’s more, is children can learn while having fun. The move to Nintendo Switch is one FUZE’s CEO, Jon Silvera is convinced makes perfect sense.

He states “Back in the eighties when home computers reached critical mass and were selling into the tens of millions they all had one thing in common.  They all had very accessible coding environments to get users started within minutes. Before you knew it we had more coders than we knew what to do with and a multibillion dollar industry was born!

In stark contrast, today we have a global shortage of coding skills and very few accessible learning platforms. It seems we’re running around ‘Scratching’ our heads, wondering where it all went wrong”.

Jon Silvera continued “We are deeply honoured and very excited to have been accepted as an independent developer for Nintendo Switch.  Over the last four years FUZE has taught tens of thousands of children in schools, science events and clubs, how to code using a text based programming language. Nintendo Switch is the perfect platform for FUZE Code Studio to help nurture the next wave of bedroom coders.”

The UK Government recently rewrote the Computing Curriculum to focus almost entirely on coding and computational thinking to ensure we have the much needed coding skills to support the increasingly digital landscape. FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch is perfectly suited to assist in meeting this objective.

FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch will be available Q2 2018 with additional gaming content to be made available via DLC add on packs.  Pricing will be confirmed nearer the launch.

To be kept up to date with the release of FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch please register at:

About FUZE Technologies:
UK-based FUZE Technologies Ltd has its roots in home computers and programming. Our many years of experience in the computer industry and our passion for technology innovation and computer programming have positioned us perfectly to expand our business into Programmable Computers and Electronics.  The last five years has seen the development of FUZE for Linux, Raspberry Pi, Asus Tinker Board and Microsoft Windows.  The team continues to deliver outstanding FUZE Coding Workshops to schools across the country and constantly receives incredibly positive praise and testimonials.


For more information on FUZE please see www.fuze.co.uk

Friday, 16 June 2017

YouTube Stars Shine Animation Reallusion Animates VidCon 2017

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YouTube Stars Shine with Animation Reallusion Animates VidCon 2017

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#Reallusion #CrazyTalkAnimator #CrazyTalk #Animator #3 #Pro #CrazyTalkAnimator3 #2DAnimation #Cartoons #YouTube


The Reallusion machine keeps on rolling...


6/16/2017 San Jose, CA - VidCon, the YouTube creator's expo for today's online video stars and tomorrow's next YouTube celebrities will showcase this week. Many popular YouTube personalities compete for video views, subscribers, and big audiences that drive the VidCon experience Reallusion - the 2D/3D content and software developer - are proud to be showcasing its user-friendly CrazyTalk Animator 3 animation tool to help video content developers garner video engagement.
At VidCon 2017, Reallusion will be setup at Booth #2624 where would-be YouTube stars can sign up for an extended trial copy of CrazyTalk Animator 3 PRO (CTA3), and free video training. Qualified YouTubers can then upload their animated videos, or reviews, to YouTube and mention CTA3, and link back to the main CrazyTalk page in order to receive a full-version copy of CrazyTalk Animator 3 PRO worth $179.
Watch Video: Reallusion YouTube Demo
Animate in 5 Minutes with Specialized Tools
CrazyTalk Animator 3 (CTA3) is a revolutionary 2D animation suite that enables all levels of users to create pro-level animation with the least amount of effort and time. Now with CTA3anyone can instantly bring an image or photograph to life through preset motion effects, or they can setup their own custom characters to animate in minutes thanks to extensive motion libraries, intuitive facial puppets, and audio lip-syncing.
Personalize your Own YouTube Channels
In today's YouTube environment users are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. CrazyTalk allows users to customize their video effects by animating trademark logos, images, or text with just a mouse. YouTubers can create custom virtual 2D hosts which they can composite with real video footage, along with animated assets to give their channels their own personal style.
"Our delivery times are very short, and one of the things that allow us to meet these schedules is CrazyTalk Animator due to its speedy workflow." - Pablo Escalona / LunaCreciente YouTube Channel
Discover Why Other YouTubers choose CrazyTalk
For over a decade, CrazyTalk has been the go-to-tool for beginners and professionals who need quality animations in record time. YouTubers choose to use CrazyTalk thanks to its short learning curve, flexible interface, quick workflow, vast motion libraries, online content store and more.
YouTubers that use CrazyTalk Animator 3
442oons - Weekly Animated Football News
LunaCreciente - Musical Children's Channel
Super Kids TV - Children TV Network
Garry Pye - Comic Artist Turned PRO Animator
Linguaspectrum - Teacher Creates Popular Language Channel
*Created by 442oons
FREE CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Recruitment Program
YouTubers who are interested in animation can visit the Reallusion booth to sign up for an extended trail of CrazyTalk Animator 3, with online video training. Users simply need to fill out their basic information in order to receive an invitation email to download their extended trial. Qualified YouTubers can then claim a full-version copy of CrazyTalk Animator 3 PRO after uploading their first CrazyTalk video, or review, to their YouTube channels.
More info about CrazyTalk Animator 3
CrazyTalk Animator 3 is available for Mac or WIN PC, at Reallusion.com & the Apple Store -  https://www.reallusion.com/store/product.html?p=cta
Signup for CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Recruitment Campaign
www.reallusion.com\event\animator\youtuber
Free Animation Video Tutorials - Video Tutorials for CrazyTalk Animator 3


About Reallusion:

Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion’s core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, game developers and filmmakers.
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

MAGIX PHOTOSTORY DELUXE SYNAPSE CIRCUIT

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Reviews... MAGIX PHOTOSTORY DELUXE

£29.99 SUMMER SALE

£248.98 REGULAR PRICE

#MAGIX #Photostory #PhotoEditing #VideoEditing #Presentation #Soundtrack #Video #DVD #BluRay
MAGIX is going all out to dominate multimedia; Adobe is trailing behind. As you may or may not know, Sony has pulled out of the creative multimedia software race by selling off its Creative Software range of applications that includes Vegas (video editor), Sound Forge (audio editor) and Acid (DAW).

MAGIX has a superlative attribute is that it has applications for just about everybody! The range of applications can be likened to an infinite layer of multimedia tangents cut from key audio/visual applications. This has the advantage of a pronounced seamlessness interface throughout.

Photostory Deluxe 2017 shares its DNA with Movie Edit Pro, which was cut from the Music Maker DAW application many moons ago. As you might know, both Music Maker and the range of MAGIX video editing software applications had blossomed wonderfully!

SPLICE
Above: Animation effects of still images within Photostory Deluxe. Photostory Deluxe can be seen as a marriage between a video editor, photo editor, and slideshow application such as PowerPoint. The result is very compelling… What's more is that Photostory lends itself to just about anyone! Create a digital photo/video book of your precious family moments; how about stunning intros and outros for your YouTube videos; how about a digital portfolio/showcase reel? The possibilities are there!

Above: Photo editing in Photostory Deluxe. As expected, you can output your creations to most video formats and create a DVD/BluRay disc. 

IN USE
Above: The Photostory Deluxe interface in more depth.

For the most part the user interface is straightforward; Photostory makes for a simple fuss free video editor. However, the interface can get a little confusing when incorporating animation and transition effects. It can take a while to commit the menus to memory. With a bit of effort, you could create intros and outros that resemble Adobe After Effects! Photostory can be a great tool for YouTube content creators who are starting out, on a budget, and/or don't require the kind of functionality and power of a full blown video editor such as Video Pro X (review coming soon).







Above: What you are seeing is the automatic creation of a slideshow via a selection of pictures and music soundtracks. Below: The titling aspect of Photostory Deluxe; it works just like a video editing application.

PHOTO/VIDEO COLOUR MATCHING

One of the many great aspects of Photostory Deluxe is that you can take the colour attributes of a photo or video and add it to different photos and videos - even if the photos/videos were taken with a different camera/camcorder to create a uniformed look. Below: Transition and fades.
CONCLUSIONIn the world of smartphone photography and videography, Photostory Deluxe is a must have! I'm sure you've got great material on your phone and/or in the cloud doing absolutely nothing. Photostory Deluxe will transform your videos and photos into works of art. Make a simple slideshow out of your photos and add some background music! Hey, you make your own royalty free music using the free version of Music Maker or any of the commercial versions.



Above: Export options... From video file to DVD and BluRay.

MAKING A WISH
The Multimedia Designer in me would want to see a means for creating interactive presentations in a similar vein to PowerPoint. DVD/BluRay have limited interactions but an executable CD ROM/DVD/BluRay would be ideal for interactive displays and kiosks. It'll make for a means of creating interactive promotional materials for creatives such as bands,filmmakers, photographers, and so on. Or output to HTML5 for online learning. I can see it now… MAGIX Multimedia Designer… 

SCORE
Photostory Deluxe is a great presentation creator...

Photostory Deluxe scores a spectacular... Synapse Circuit Platinum!

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