TEST - Blender to 3DXchange to iClone


This is just a test to see how easy it is to export a stylised character from Blender, then import to 3DXchange and send to iClone. This is the first try for me to basically figure out how to do it, and where problems are going to occur. Here, it is obviously with the mesh, so it unfortunately back to Blender to sort that out.

Udemy, Skillshare and other Online Learning Communities.

Youtube and similar sites are excellent community-driven video sites which contains a plethora of learning resources on just about any subject. However, sometimes learning this way can seem disjointed and sometimes it is worth considering paying to learn.

Both Udemy and Skillshare are online learning communities and contain valuable courses for learning just about anything. This quick comparison is based on what I want to learn, in this case, it's mainly Art, Animation, both 2D and 3D, and that is currently about it.

Both Udemy and Skillshare cater to my needs, and both have pros and cons to consider.

Udemy charges per course. So, each course you want to learn you have to buy. However, this really isn't as bad as it seems as you never need pay more than about $12 for a course, just search for udemy voucher on Google. Once purchased you have lifetime access to that course for as long as it exists. There are also a number of free courses available.

Skillshare, on the other hand, charges via a membership charge, and you have access to ALL courses on Skillshare for the period of your membership. However, you lose access to the courses if your membership runs out. Skillshare also seems to mainly cater for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.

Both sites do have some of the same courses, as I have found. Having invested in a number of courses on Udemy, and then joined Skillshare, I realise I could have saved myself the cost of the Udemy courses. But, on the positive side, I will always have access to the Udemy courses I've purchased.

Let's also not forget other sites which sell courses specific to certain learning areas. Sites I have personally used include:

If you know of any courses worth users looking at, add them to the comments section below.

Let's Rumba! Looped animation


Quick and Dirty guide to how this animation was made.

Character created in Blender 3.0, following along to a Skillshare Course: Blender 3D | Full 3D Character | Easy Workflow, by Juandre Lab - https://skl.sh/31YAnJA
Character, without rig, exported as an FBX file, and then imported into Mixamo ( https://www.mixamo.com/ ) where it was auto-rigged and had pre-made animation added.
Exported from Mixamo in FBX format, and dragged and dropped into iClone. Music added from Youtube Audio Library, and background imported onto a plane from Freepik.com
Voila!

As I mentioned at the beginning, this is a very quick and dirty animation in that the character is quite basic and could do with a lot more work, and there is no real camera work here. However, after creating the camera, the rest took less than half an hour.