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Character Creator - 2020 Roadmap

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Dear Character Creator Users,

We would like to express our heart-felt thanks for your loyal support.  It has been one and a half years since the launch of Character Creator 3 (CC3), and we hope that you've had a great time creating characters with it.

Last year saw the release of Digital Human Shader, Headshot plug-in and some other substantial enhancements for CC3; And we are excited to disclose that more fantastic features and products will be coming your way this year!

In order to make Character Creator a solid universal character platform, we will keep strengthening its utilities around digital human creation, content management, and pipeline process to 3rd party tools
The following is a line-up of feature updates scheduled for 2020:
  • CC Digital Human: HD skin and makeup generation, new character base, facial hair, dynamic wrinkle system, and more.
  • Pipeline to 3rd Party Tool 
  • Smart Gallery - An Intelligent Way to Manage Your Assets

We wish to use the following post to share the roadmap ahead along with relevant technical breakthroughs. Some new features may require the purchase of additional content and plugins. For sales related inquiries, please wait for further notices from Reallusion.

https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/022d3c16-f050-4673-b213-de84.jpg


CC Digital Human

HD Skin & Makeup Generation (CC v3.3)

Skin Generator coverage won't just be limited to the face.  It will also become available for the entire human body including the scalp, neck, fingers, and toes.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/55db85d7-49eb-49f3-a7db-0eef.png

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*The interface is subject to change until the official launch.

Besides releasing additional embed content and functions for free in regular updates, we will also provide optional plug-in and content packs to satisfy different needs.

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Previous demonstration: Character Creator - 2019 Roadmap (Jan 31st, 2019), What to Expect in the Second Half of 2019 (July 29th, 2019)


New Character Base: CC3 Base+ (CC v3.3)

In order to support enhanced realism of Digital Human assets, we have made improvements to the character's mesh, UV, and skeletal rig.  In the process, we have also make the body mesh easier to sculpt on with tools like ZBrush.
  • Mesh:
    • Eyes now come with additional meshes for the tear line and occlusion overlay.  These meshes can be turned on and off, deleted and recreated at any time.
      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/c0c0527f-c054-4ac0-ad44-df09.png



      Before-and-after video:


    • Evenly-distributed quad face and perfect edge-loops allows for smooth deformations during animation.  Sculptors can also rejoice, as the mesh is easier to subdivide and smooth without defects.
      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/480fa3b5-d349-40a1-84df-a0fc.png

      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/d3fb7aee-c07e-40e5-9d77-dd71.png

  • UV:
    • Head UV now includes areas of the neck which helps to maintain head to neck texture continuity which will also benefit the upcoming dynamic wrinkle system.
      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/967f7043-8188-4004-a25b-55f1.png

    • High details for the nose, lips, hands, etc.
      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/9e69f893-2e7f-4ef3-ad9f-1c75.png

      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/b4e7e75a-8365-4b97-8d27-133f.png

    • New UDIM layout for easier single-pass texture baking in Substance Painter and other 3D tools.
      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/cab1f749-c410-4091-8fd7-9a83.png

  • Rigging: Enhanced skin-weights for animation and pose refinement.
    More natural joint positions, for example, the shoulders no longer over-extend as they slope downward.
    https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/26c80599-27b0-4bd4-9ecf-3f1f.png

You will be able to convert your existing characters to the new base body system with the release of new auto-conversion utilities and tools for fine-tuning.  Meanwhile, embedded assets will be updated to this new base body system.


Facial Hair (CC v3.4)

Facial hair can really help to define a character's personality, therefore, we felt it was a feature that is worthy of our attention.  For 2020, we will release a new file format specifically for facial hair. The facial hair system will be able to conform and animate with facial expressions.  Moreover, new content packs will be available for composing facial hair on your characters. More information on this will be revealed in the second half of 2020.




Dynamic Wrinkle System (CC v3.4)

This project was postponed from last year to this year because we want to combine enhanced lip-sync mechanism together with expression wrinkles for better performances.
You can see the demo posted on What to Expect in the Second Half of 2019.


SSS Shader for Accessories & Props (CC v3.3)

Besides characters, an SSS shader will also be available for props and accessories (for CC3.3 and iClone 7.8).
You will be able to create translucent material effects and build SSS material libraries for your digital assets.

*Note: This General SSS shader is for props and accessories, which works slightly different from the Digital Human Shader for characters.


Pipeline to 3rd Party Tools

The pipeline process among other mainstream 3D tools will continue to see enhancements with the main focus placed on Unreal Engine and Unity.

Unreal Engine

Updates along with CC 3.3 and iClone 7.8:
  • Auto Setup v1.1
    • Auto-setup will be made compatible with the new CC character base.  Support for Reallusion Digital Human Shader will include consistency with their parameter counterparts in the Unreal Engine.
      https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/8a87420c-bf38-4d60-a822-0174.png

Updates along with CC 3.4 and iClone 7.9:
  • Auto Setup v1.2
    • Dynamic Wrinkle for Unreal Engine

Unity

Regularly updating the Auto Setup to be compatible with new version of Unity.


Smart Gallery - An Intelligent Way to Manager Your Assets

The new content management tool Smart Gallery will be officially introduced in iClone and Character Creator soon.
Smart Gallery is designed to help you quickly download purchased content and easily manage your assets inside the program.
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/0a1d6171-6cd7-4592-a8b2-1b76.png

Please view the announcement HERE for more details.


CC Content Packs

Reallusion will keep introducing new functional base content in 2020, while more Featured Developers continue to enrich content options ranging from hair, clothes, morph, etc.
Here are some examples for your reference:

Quality Hair Assets by SWAM 3D
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/18a081e0-3cb1-4808-9d47-7351.jpg

Scanned Casual Clothes by Mark Florquin
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/78175f1e-8cd1-4a9e-bc46-2343.png

https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/bb005ac4-ea29-46bc-9fa6-a846.png

Cartoon Characters by Luis Duarte
https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/24164dd6-7c41-4de4-b196-364e.png

https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/2749e681-3acc-429a-bbab-f070.png

2020 Content Roadmap has been announced in the Content Pack Sneak Peak forum.
You are welcome to subscribe to this forum to get the latest news for upcoming content packs.

Please stay tuned for more to come! Smile


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All of these additions look great.  Anxiously awaiting!
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 New UDIM layout for easier single-pass texture baking in Substance Painter and other 3D tools.


Great!!! CoolSmile


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Very Cool!
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Everything is "super great" and "cool"
It may be so.
But I can only say that the "Appearance Editor (now HD Skin & Makeup Generation (CC v3.3)) has been moved again
- from 1 quarter 2019
- on 4th quarter 2019
- to late 1 quarter 2020 (it was called March 2020)
Now (according to the graphic) it is located in the middle of the 2nd quarter of 2020 (i.e. sometime in May / June 2020).
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Or am I wrong ? I really don't know what to make of it

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Hi Postfrosh

Unfortunately the HD Skin Generator has been pushed back a little from late Q1 to early Q2. This has been a big project for the team and it has taken longer than originally planned. While we try to be open and share our future plans, development times can and do change often. However I can assure you that the previous release timeframes were given in good faith and were in no way intended to mislead. We do of course apologise for the disappointment caused by this delay.


                                                                

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This looks great. I'm especially liking the facial hair and UDIM work. The cartoon characters are interesting as well.
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Thanks for the Roadmap, Miranda.

You will be able to convert your existing characters to the new base body system with the release of new auto-conversion utilities and tools for fine-tuning.  Meanwhile, embedded assets will be updated to this new base body system.

That is excellent news.  It's always frustrating when older assets get left behind and need to be totally replaced (often via new purchases).  It's great to hear we'll be able to update existing characters to take advantage of the new and improved appearances and features.

Looking forward to the releases.





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WoW , Brilliant :-)

Dynamic Wrinkle System , thats so great.
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Thank you for adding the tear line! I've been really pushing for this and now it will definitely compliment the HD skin -looks a lot more life like. I really hope you will add Vertex weight painting to help drive the physics so heavy skin body areas can bounce around potentially better than the bone based spring FX. I know that you have a lot on your list now.. the realistic look of the character now needs realistic weighted skin movement to match -thank you!

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