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Reimagining Conventional Choreography: Contemporizing Performing Arts with iClone

A Renaissance within the Matrimony of Animation Enhancing and Hybrid Dance

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Niels Bosch of Het Nieuwe Kader &


Good day, I’m Niels, the Inventive Producer at Het Nieuwe Kadar and In 2016, alongside Berko Mulder, we based our firm as a inexperienced display studio fueled by our ardour for 3D animation and visible results. Since then, we now have developed into a good company with a devoted group of over a dozen professionals, delivering top-notch content material to the trade.

Along with content material creation, our firm’s core passions reside in interactive video games and apps, digital manufacturing, and movement seize. Reflecting our relentless pursuit of innovation, we proudly launched in 2023, a devoted enterprise that encompasses every part and something associated to movement seize and 3D characters. To additional elevate our operations, we just lately bid farewell to our previous 1900s studio and embraced the daybreak of a brand new period in our freshly constructed, state-of-the-art places of work. This transfer not solely enhances the studio expertise for our esteemed shoppers but additionally cultivates an atmosphere for our proficient workers to thrive in.

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Popularizing Hybrid Dance by way of 3D Digitization

Introdans is a prestigious Dutch dance firm with a wealthy heritage of seamlessly mixing classical ballet, fashionable dance, and modern choreography. With a historical past spanning over 5 a long time, the dance firm is now in search of to revitalize its web site and recruit new dance members. To assist them accomplish this, we determined to make use of movement seize know-how on one among their completed dancers, infusing a up to date vibe into their time-honored custom.

We had the pleasure of recording Alberto, an exceptionally proficient skilled dancer, in our studio. To seize his actions, we utilized the cutting-edge motion-capture swimsuit from Xsens and the Quantum Metagloves, a state-of-the-art motion-capture glove, from Manus. In the course of the session, we documented a wide range of dances, swiftly retargeting them to a 3D template character utilizing iClone. Subsequently, we generated particular person movies of every dance, permitting Introdans to pick out their favorites. The complete shoot, together with preparation, spanned roughly half a day, whereas the general manufacturing lasted round 2 weeks. This collaborative endeavor was achieved with fluid coordination and adaptableness, leading to an end result that each events took immense delight in.

iClone as a Essential Factor

For animation enhancing, I collaborated with my colleague Tim de Haan, who performed a pivotal position. By referencing Reallusion’s free iClone movement enhancing tutorials to complement his trade experience, Tim was in a position to set up a possible manufacturing pipeline. With the newest options in iClone added to the combo, our workflow was additional optimized, leading to substantial time financial savings.


We designed and developed a fascinating character particularly for the Introdans webpage, using the highly effective instruments of Character Creator 4. With a simple course of, we seamlessly transferred the character to iClone. Because of the built-in movement profiles, importing the Xsens information into iClone grew to become a breeze. Nonetheless, given the variance in physique proportions between the dancer and our character, some animation refinement was crucial. Thankfully, iClone proved to be a useful asset on this regard. With out additional ado… enable us to current some exceptional case research:

Movement layers proved to be indispensable in resolving mesh penetration. By leveraging movement layers, we had been in a position to exactly place the legs and arms, successfully eliminating any intersection with adjoining geometry.

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The utilization of distinct animation layers supplied a transparent challenge overview. Making use of the identical precept, we additionally applied posture correction to make motion extra pure.

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iClone proved to be extremely advantageous in seamlessly incorporating foot contact into the actions. This was effortlessly achieved by precisely positioning the hips on the applicable peak, permitting the inverse kinematics to naturally bend the knees and firmly plant the ft on the ground.

To realize a easy rolling movement of the ft over the bottom, we utilized the Curve Editor to establish and tackle any erratic keys. By smoothing out these keys, we had been in a position to obtain a way more interesting consequence. The implementation of footstep stabilization proved to be immensely useful in resolving any hovering movement. This had a big constructive affect on the ultimate end result, and we discovered it easy to make any crucial changes alongside the best way.

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Different Helpful Instruments

We finalized the animations with facial and hand animations. The Digital Soul pack proved to be a superb useful resource for reaching expressive facial animations. Moreover, the Hand Gesture Puppeteering Plugin facilitated the seamless recording of assorted hand poses. Leveraging the Unreal Stay Hyperlink plugin for iClone, we effortlessly imported the character into Unreal 5 with correct precision.

The dance stage was created in Maya and Unreal Engine 5 by Jurre. To realize ultra-realistic textures, Substance Painter was utilized. As the ultimate contact to reinforce the realism, the built-in Unreal 5 digital digicam, mixed with an iPad Professional, was employed.

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We’re thrilled to current this exceptional animation enhancing pipeline to you. If you need to discover extra of our work or collaborate with our proficient group on your initiatives, please don’t hesitate to attach with us through the use of the hyperlinks under!

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Comply with Tpose and Het Nieuwe Kader

At Tpose, our flagship service is the Distant Movement Seize Shoot, enabling shoppers to direct and overview their movement seize information on our custom-made platform. This offers our worldwide shoppers the flexibility to direct their movement seize shoots with out having to fly out to us, maintaining price and journey time manageable and redirecting budgets to the place they’re wanted most: creativity.

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Our clientele consists of famend style icons comparable to Karl Lagerfeld and Cara Delevingne, in addition to esteemed movement seize trade gamers like Manus and Xsens. We invite you to discover extra about our enterprise via the hyperlinks under and uncover the probabilities.



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