January 29

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.



July 9

The day after Germany 7 Brazil 1

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Howdy folks and welcome!

Well what’s been happening since the last post at The MellorMedia Blog?

It’s been quite some time since the last post in May, some of you may even of thought we’d packed our bags and departed for pastures new, tempting but not that viable at the moment.

With the daily chores of running the house, helping the kids with their homework, dealing with the untimely departure of the family cat and then the World Cup coming around once more, development has been minimal in the R&D realms.

Who would ever of thought that Germany would thump Brazil for 7 in their own back yard? German efficiency Mein Herr!!

Back in the realms of iClonia we have managed to start on the ‘Demon Slayer’ project.

Journeying through the dimensions of the seen and unseen, we follow our hero and saviour of the universe as He fights the battles for the lost, freeing their souls from bondage and bringing order to the chaos that once ruled their minds and hearts.

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Video previews of the project in development will feature at http://www.youtube.com/user/MellorMedia. Stay tuned and get saved, call Him 46626835.

Utilising the iClone / Unity pipeline, the project will hopefully be a multi medium production with video and game play versions for mobile, tab and TV.

Well back to it for now, until next time, stay safe.



May 9

Well it’s May and it’s wet

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Hello all and welcome to The Mellormedia Blog.

Well it’s May and it’s wet… here in the UK anyway. People often think us Brits talk a lot about the weather so taking a break from the norm … I’ll leave it there.

So what’s been happening since the last post?

The football season is all but over. My beloved Boro [MFC] finished mid-table in the Championship. They also recently advertised some vacancies in their media department which is an opportunity not to be missed so I’ll apply for a post there after completing this post here…

Our kitchen has been decorated [mainly by the wife :) …. with my supervision …. though she didn’t see it that way]. Looking good girl.

Also, the Reallusion ‘Animation At Work’ event has drawn to a close and thankfully we managed to complete our entry in time, hurrah.

As an educational piece to help early learners utilise ICLT for their story telling needs, it features my 2 young children [Charlie 9 & Hattie 7] in their first roles as voice actors, which they both took to like ducks to water. Hope you enjoy it.

Hattie is now expanding her skills by creating ‘Stickman’ animations as part of her school work with Pivot Animator so it wont be long before she is mastering CTA and iClone ;) Watch this space…


Virgin Soldiers have recently released a video for their latest project ‘The Dreamers’. In the year that commemorates 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, Runner Bean Ltd. and the Assembly Hall Theatre, in association with Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy bring The Dreamers to Tunbridge Wells. A brand new production in the style of War Of The Worlds it will be performed live by Virgin Soldiers and an ensemble of 25 young men and women.

The Dreamers Anthem Single is out on 19th May. All profits received by Virgin Soldiers will be split between Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy & military charity Never Such Innocence (http://www.neversuchinnocence.com/)

Good luck with the show!

Well that’s about all I have time to post today, got to go and cook the dinner for me and the wife.

Until next time, be seeing ya, MMM