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03. Introduction to Motion Link (Tutorial included)

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Cartoon Animator Motion Link Plug-in for iClone


With the new updates of Cartoon Animator 4.4, CTA opens the door for tons of 3D motion resources applicable to 2D animation. Yet, there is more! Reallusion takes a huge leap by introducing Motion Link, a plugin installed under iClone. It links between iClone and Cartoon Animator for real-time 3D motion creation and editing that directly projects to the 2D character.  iClone as a powerful 3D animation tool allows users to create high-quality and life-like motions, and with a motion link, the motion data can be sent to Cartoon Animator in just a second. Users can real-time preview 2D animation with 3D motions editing in iClone (at the same time), fine-tune the animation with customizable projection angles, and record the editing process to ensure the best animation quality. Y Motion link not only offers a revolutionary solution to expedite motion editing workflow for 2D animation but also unlock endless potential for motion creation. 

**Important: The motion link plugin for iClone is installed under iClone. To run this Motion Link Plugin, you will need to install/update your iClone 7 software to version 7.8; To activate Motion Link, the linked software Cartoon Animator is also required to be v.4.4 or above.


Requirement

To successfully activate Motion link, on top of iClone Motion Link, you will need to possess :
2. Cartoon Animator  v. 4.2 or above (https://www.reallusion.com/cartoon-animator/)
3. Motion LIVE 2D Plugin for Cartoon Animator (https://www.reallusion.com/cartoon-animator/full-body-mocap/)
** For the Early Access Program, we pre-installed Motion Live 2D plugin into CTA
4. Motion Link Profile for Motion LIVE 2D Plugin (You need to install motion link profile.reg)
>> Check the below posts for tutorials:

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Tutorial 1:  Motion Link - Getting Started


 
 In this tutorial, you will learn: 

00:10 Install the Plugin
00:33 Open Motion Link
00:44 IP Port Settings
01:16 Add Dummy Character(s)
01:49 Activate Link
02:02 Add G3 Character
02:56 Motion Live 2D setting
03:28 iClone Animation setting
03:37 Apply Animation
03:43 Sent to Cartoon Animator
04:45 Preview & Projection Angle
05:20 Record
05:44 Save as Perform
06:56 Apply to other G3 Characters
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Tutorial 2:  Motion Link - Camera Projection & Motion Alternatives


 
 In this tutorial, you will learn: 

00:10 Projection Angle
01:20 Camera Tracking
02:22 Reset Camera
02:39 Lock to Hip
03:46 Enable Z-Axis
04:43 Back Character
05:16 Auto Hand Flip


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Tutorial 3:  Motion Link - Edit 3D Motion & Multi Actor Animation


 
 In this tutorial, you will learn: 

00:00 Edit 3D Motion
01:56 Multi Actor Animation

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Great tut. However, I do not have the dummy characters. How do I get the characters

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Guys, you are really the best. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. It wil be extremely useful. 
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If you are talking about the dummy character in CTA, you can go to 01. Download Resources & Installation Instruction and download CTA4.4_BetaContent.zip 
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If you are talking about the dummy character in CTA, you can go to 01. Download Resources & Installation Instruction and download CTA4.4_BetaContent.zip 
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Thank you for the kind words. We really hope the new update could be something helpful for CTA users.



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