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09

Animated Fade Transitions created with custom 3D Objects, go from 3DS Max to 3DXchange to iClone3.2 in minutes

Use 3D Objects in iClone to create title cards with animated fades

Use 3D Objects in iClone to create title cards with animated fades

What’s up iCloners, I am back at it and coming up with some new ideas using old techniques that can make some seriously cool and effective visuals in iClone. Creating animated Transitions using custom 3D Objects is one of the techniques of which I speak. Imagine this, think of the 3D Object you want to use as the curtain for your stage. Any camera angle  or content or whatever you please can exist on the other side of said object or “curtain,” but you will use Material key frames to fade out or “pull back the curtain”  revealing the scene behind the Transition object. This allows you, the Director to set up an establishing title card with the greatest of ease, and in this example I turned to 3D Studio Max 8 to create 1 text object and 1 background object and then exported it as a 3DS formatted file for importation into 3DXchange, from there I  easily converted the 3DS for use in iClone as a Transition object to be faded in front of my opening camera angle. Again, consider it like the “curtain” in front of your stage and you will see how many different uses this particular technique can supply when applied creatively. Follow the steps below to create your own 3D Transition Object, for this example I use 3DS Max 8, 3DXchange 2, and iClone3.2, or watch the high speed video example provided at the bottom of the post.

  • Open a 3D modeling suite such as 3D Studio Max or Google SketchUp ( for this example I use 3DS for the 3DS output option )
  • Create a Text model
  • Create a background Rectangle model to bumper your Text model
  • Go to File
  • Select Export
  • Choose 3DS file format
  • Name the file Transition Object
  • Click OK
  • Open 3DXchange
  • Go to File
  • Click Open
  • Navigate to your Transition Object.3DS file
  • In 3DXchange click the Text Node in the Scene Tree
  • Click On Material Color
  • Choose a Color
  • Go to File
  • Click Export
  • Click Make a New Folder
  • Name it Transition Objects
  • Name the file Transition Object
  • Click OK
  • Open iClone
  • Go to Set
  • Click the Prop button
  • Select the Custom tab
  • Locate the Transition Objects folder
  • Double Click your Transition Object
  • In the Modify Panel locate the Material and Texture Settings portion of the menu
  • Select the Pick Tool and Click the Background object Material on the Transition Object first
  • Click Load Material to quickly add texture settings to most of the 6 channels
  • Select a Material from the library ( for this example I use the Concrete Wall Material in the back with the graffiti style font in front )
  • Select the Pick Tool once again and Click the Text object Material on the Transition Object
  • Use the Specular and Glossiness Sliders in the Effect All Materials portion of the Modify Panel to edit the Text
  • Click (F3) to launch the Timeline
  • Enter 300 into the Current Frame field to move forward in time in the project
  • Locate and Click the Material button on the Timeline ( you may need to use the arrow icon to shift the buttons on the Timeline to the left in order for you to view all Track buttons including Material )
  • Again locate the Effect All Materials portion of the Modify Panel and set the Opacity Slider to 0 for both materials of the Transition Object
  • Click Start to move the play-head back to the beginning of the project
  • Click Play to review the new Animated Transition 3D Object Fade

Going from 3DS Max to 3DXchange to iClone creating custom 3D Transition Objects is actually more complicated to type in a sentence then it is to create the 3D equivalent. It’s a great way to not only create titles, but branding, credits, 3D callouts and much, much more like I said if you think about this one a bit. There are a ton of practical applications for this and you don’t have to be a hot-shot 3D modeller or animator really to pull this technique off effectivlly. And don’t forget, throw in a couple of camera key frames and then you have a whole new visual to your simple Material Fade, or dare I say animated cameras and lights…now your talking. Again, play around with this one and your sure to think of something cool you too can create with this tip in mind. Below as promised, is a little rendered example of not only the tip in action but the creation method behind my iClone madness as well. Check it out and be sure to let me know what you would like to see here at the #1 spot for iClone and CrazyTalk Certified Training and I’ll do my best to accomadate. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Animated Fade Transitions created with custom 3D Objects, go from 3DS Max to 3DXchange to iClone3.2 in minutes”


  1. August 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

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