March 12

Little Rascal Jelly Bellies Forest Run – iClone 6 & Indigo RT video render 2

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Hi guys and gals,

as I mentioned in the last post, when my second video render test using iClone 6 and the Indigo RT plugin was all dusted off, I’d post it here for y’all to view.

So here it is below.

Featuring the Little Rascal and Jelly Belly characters that I created back in iClone 4 time, this short ditty is called Forest Run [the short title – full title above in post title, not that I’m trying to save on typing it out again].

It took just less than a week to complete from iClone output to final render, it has a few little snags that I could clear up one day, but for now I hope you can enjoy it as it is.

Project summary for those who asked.

Indigo Environment = Indigo sun & sky, link to key light, iClone lights unchecked in tick box

Frame size of export 640 x 360, set at 150 spp [size could be doubled in final render to 1280 x 720]

Total number of frames 808, 9-12 minutes render time each frame [depending on whether I was using computer for other tasks at same time].

Tone mapping replace to Indigo [checked], response function gold 200, E.V. adjust -5.8, film iso 100

Supersampling factor 5

The Export from iClone to Indigo was done without the ‘export [.igi] file’, just used the [.png] files to save space

Total size on hard drive 135 GB

Problems arising – [On the ‘run’ mid shot and ‘pan’ mid shot only] When setting D.O.F. in iClone, the focal depth/distance didn’t transfer over to Indigo as a match, if at all. Seemed like the F.D. was ‘lost in translation’.

Brightness particularly on the ‘panned mid tp close shot’ seemed darker despite having same settings as the rest of the project [tone mapping]. Perhaps an argument could be made that the camera is closer to the subject matter therefore letting less light in to lens. Intro sequence darker too.


Well, with the wedding anniversary, mother’s day and a trip to the Riverside stadium all happening in the next 3 days I’m going to sign off now and prepare for the weekend with some well deserved shut eye.

Hope you all have fun but stay safe, Jesus loves you.

Bye for now, DT


March 9

Pixie Chics And Horses

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Hello and welcome to the latest post at The Mellormedia Blog.

Quick reminder to self: wedding anniversary at the weekend, don’t forget this year.

Back to it.

Continuing with the current theme of utilising the Indigo plugin for rendering out iClone output, we have been importing old content from previous versions of iClone and giving them new life in iClone 6.

This post features content that was first seen way back in iClone 2, from The Fellowship Of The Ding project.

The 3 characters in question are collectively know as the Pixie Chics, originally modelled from photos of 3 ladies I used to call work colleagues. ‘Unflattering’ may have been one comment that was mentioned by the my former colleagues but hey, what did they expect from a fantasy project  based on dwarfs, goblins, pixies and the like.

Here are the comparison output pictures for your viewing.

Picture 1 it straight out of iClone:

Copy of PixieChic_iCLonee_render

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Picture 2 is an Indigo render using iClone lighting:

Copy of PixieChic_iNDigo_iCLight

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And picture 3 is an Indigo render with Indigo lighting:

Copy of PixieChic_iNDigo

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I don’t think they’re that unflattering, you should see them without their makeup.

Well dinner is in the oven and another video render is close to completion which means I’ll be doing some editing and post work for the rest of the week.  I’ll hopefully feature the video in the next post.

I hope you’ve enjoy this and the previous posts featuring comparison image output from iClone 6 and Indigo. Although it can be time consuming at times I feel the end output is worth it.

Until next time, tat ta for now, DT


March 2

Old Content Making New Renders Via iClone 6 & Indigo

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Hello Cyber travellers and welcome to The Mellormedia Blog.

With half term been and gone I’ve managed to get some time to hide in ‘the cave’ and play with iClone 6 once more.

The latest batch of tests have focused on bringing some of my old content into iClone 6 and rendering via the Indigo renderer.

As some of the content wouldn’t load directly into iClone 6, I’ve had to see if it would load up into iClone 5 and save the content there and then try loading the newly saved content into iClone 6. This seemed to work. 3DXchange could also be used to update the older content but that notion came to me as an afterthought, ha ha.

The first content batch I had a test with was some old but familiar characters which first made an appearance in iClone 1. It had since been update in iClone 2 and 3 but I was unable to load it directly into iClone 6 so had to save in iClone 5 first.

Do you remember Ray, Yan and Ned Dwarf Warriors from the ‘Fellowship Of The Ding’ projects. Well here they are below, rendered in Indigo with iClone lighting:

Copy of Ding_Dwarfs_iclone Light [click to enlarge in new window]

There will be more ‘Fellowship project’ renders in the coming posts once the content is iClone 6 friendly.

A second batch of old content has also found it’s way into iClone 6 – The Jelly Bellies characters. Originally an iClone 4 project, these characters transferred into iClone 6 with little to no problems at all.

Copy of TOONS1 [click to enlarge in new window]

I think a new Jelly Bellies video rendered in Indigo may be on the cards in the not so distant future.

Well it’s been fun sharing the latest updates from the realms of the Mellormedia R&D lab …. that’s lab not lav.

Until next time, bye for now, DT