04
Feb
09

Fire in the Hole! Link and Unlink 3D objects inside iClone3.2

Use Link and UNlink to throw anything in iClone

Use Link and UNlink to throw anything in iClone

Duck and Cover iCloners, because peace-time will have to wait with the G.I. vs. Wehrmacht content pack in your animation arsenal. It’s a fact that there are tons of cool assets that make this pack worth purchasing but after you do you still need to apply some basic techniques and tricks to really get the most from each and every piece of content from props to particles.  Today’s tip focuses on a simple war-time task, throwing a grenade using Link and Unlink functions. Wither it’s a ball or bouquet or bayonet you are throwing inside iClone the process remains the same, for this example my avatar is tossing a grenade into a trench to dispatch a couple of enemy privates. In order to pull this off you will need 3 basic assets, a character, a throwing motion, and a prop to sling. From the beginning of the animation you will Link the prop to the character, at the point in the motion animation where you wish to release the prop you will then Unlink the asset from the avatar, then animate the prop separately. A simple process that if all else fails is good to go through at least once to become familiar with the logistics of how to Link and Unlink properly. Follow the steps below to Link and Unlink a grenade on your own or watch the high-speed video example at the bottom of the post.

  • Load an Avatar into the scene
  • Animate the Character with a throwing motion of some type
  • Click the Set tab
  • Select the Props button
  • Select the Template tab
  • Locate and click the WWII folder ( you must have the G.I. vs Wehrmacht content installed but ANY prop will work )
  • Click the Weapons folder
  • Select the Others folder
  • Double Click the Grenade prop to load it into the scene
  • Right Click the Grenade to activate the shader menu
  • Choose Link – Link To
  • Click the Avatars Right Hand
  • Use the Move and Rotate Tools to properly position the Grenade exactly where you would like it
  • Scrub the Play-head forward to the point you want your character to release the Grenade prop
  • Move the Grenade slightly to create a Transform key-frame and then proceed to the next frame in the project
  • Click the Unlink button in the Modify Panel to release the Grenade from the character Link constrains
  • Scrub the Play-head forward to the point the Grenade prop would be half way through the toss
  • Use the Move and Rotate Tools to position the Grenade at the pinnacle of the throw
  • Scrub the Play-head forward to the point the Grenade prop would be landing or at the end of the toss
  • Use the Move and Rotate Tools to position the Grenade on the ground at the end of the arch
  • Click Start to return to the beginning of the project
  • Click Play to review the Link and Unlink object animation

To Link and Unlink 3D objects in iClone is to become familiar with one of the most fundemental functions you can where character and prop interaction is concerned. Wither it’s a War-time movie, or a Sci-Fi feature, or a Horror flick, or just a quick video blog that you have slated for your next production makes no difference. Chances are there will be some sort of character/prop interaction and you will know exactly how to handle it if you follow through with this process. To learn more regarding Link and Unlink options be sure to check out the Online Beta Index. Below you will find an example of how I use the Link and Unlink to blast some Germans out of their trench and of course followed by a overview on how you too can master Link and Unlink. Enjoy!

Advertisements

0 Responses to “Fire in the Hole! Link and Unlink 3D objects inside iClone3.2”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: