All our 3 main products, iClone 7, Cartoon Animator 4 (CTA4) & CrazyTalk 8 (CT8) will allow you to create animated characters. They are all standalone products that do not need anything else to work. However some files can be shared between the different products such as heads between CT8 and iClone 7.
Please let me explain a little about each product.iClone 7
is a 3D animation package and CTA4 & CT8 are 2D animation packages. A good way to think of the difference is to consider iClone like viewing a sculpture, where you can view it from a full 360 degrees, whereas CTA4 and CT8 are like viewing a painting where you view from fixed angles.
iClone 7 uses 3D models. Characters can be lifelike humans or more cartoon type characters. You can use the included characters & props, or you can purchase additional content packs to increase your library of content. Many free models are also available. For more advanced users we have additional plugins for purchase including full body and facial motion capture plugins, a curve editor, PopcornFX and Iray rendering.http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/
In addition, we now have the new Character Creator
which comes free for use with iClone 7, or you can purchase a more advanced standalone version called Character Creator 3 Pipeline. CC3 allows you to create an almost unlimited number of custom characters with different clothing. It comes with a small selection of morph sliders and clothing but you can expand this by purchasing additional morphs and clothing styles.
In addition you can also buy plugins such as the advanced AI driven 'Headshot' plugin which can create ultra realistic characters from just a single high quality photo.
Please see below for much more on Character Creator.http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/character-creator/default.html
If you don't have any animation or 3D modelling experience, you may like to consider Cartoon Animator 4
. CTA4 provides an exciting new approach to traditional 2D animation with innovative new tools for animating your characters. In addition we also have a facial motion capture plugin called Face3D which allows you to capture facial animation for your characters using just a standard webcam (requires separate purchase). With CTA4 you can use any photo or drawings for your characters, props and scenery. A large number of pre-made characters & prop packs are also available to purchase.
As this is a 2D product, your characters bodies will not animate quite as realistically as those in iClone, but if you are looking for a more cartoon like style then CTA will be ideal.https://www.reallusion.com/cartoon-animator/default.htmlCrazyTalk 8
works like CTA4 by using photos or drawings as the source for your projects and is the easiest to use product. Unlike CTA4, CT8 only animates heads not bodies, but because of this it is very easy to learn but still includes some very powerful animation features. The main one being auto motion for your character which is a massive time saver and means your character can be talking and displaying expressions in seconds.
With CT8 you can create 3D heads or 2D heads giving you almost unlimited ways to animate your facial photos or drawings. People, animals or even static objects can be talking in minutes.http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/default.html
I hope this helps give you some guidance. Please do feel free to post any other questions below.