iClone is a graphic editor designed to help you create 3D animations with digital actors, various environments, and visual effects.
Although it comes packed with a multitude of dedicated parameters, the GUI is clean and straightforward. If you want to make the most out of every single built-in feature, you should check out the online help manual and video tutorials.
You can create multiple projects and edit stages by customizing the layout for 2D background display, 3D scenes, atmosphere, camera, light, and image layers.
iClone enables users to pick a background color or upload a file from the computer (e.g. JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, MP4, MPEG, RM), work with multiple image layers and adjust the levels for brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation, design 3D scenes that include various elements (e.g. terrain, water, tree, grass), and set the atmosphere by selecting from different presets or manually customizing the objects (e.g. sky, light, fog, particle, HDR effects).
Furthermore, you can move or rotate the camera, pick the lens type, adjust the light (ambient, directional, spot and point light) and apply shadow effects, as well as use blurring and color filters.iClone gives users the possibility to preview the created animations, as well as play, pause, or stop the current selection, enable the loop option, adjust the vocal and music volume, and specify the frame rate. Plus, you can move, copy, or paste key frames.
You can undo or redo your actions, zoom in or out, rotate the selected objects to different angles, configure the object physics settings (rigid or soft body, mass, friction, elasticity, bounding specifications), as well as build actors which can be edited in terms of avatar, hair, upper or lower body, gloves, shoes, accessories, and skin.
When it comes to exporting options, you can save the generated images to a file (BMP, TGA, JPG, GIF, PNG), while the video animations can be saved to AVI, WMV, Flash, or MPEG-4.
Other important features worth mentioning let you use various functions, such as the “drag and drop” support for fast editing operations, 3D facial puppeteering, materials with different textures, blooming and exposure effects, audio lip synchronization, and bone facial deformation.All in all, iClone offers a straightforward layout and many useful features for helping you create 3D animations efficiently.