Here’s the problem I see (no offense to you, wendy<3katz). I think that people, when they have something new or figured out something new, have a tendency to want to show off what’s they have or learned. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of figuring out something. The problem comes when others (myself included) see these displays, take as an example of what the application can do, and not necessarily what the user can do.
Again, I’m all for beta and omega testing, but you have to admit, some people have done some not-so-great things with iClone, Daz3d Studio, Poser, and Carrara and show that they haven’t really spent the time necessary to push the software..and they are not beta testing anything. Yet, they rush to post this stuff and it’s far from polished. Why do you think the 3D artist elite always bash the category of software, it’s because of its “accessibility” with the general notion being that if you are going to spend the amount of money equivalent to a down payment on a house, then you are “serious” about learning the software.
In my heart, I know iClone, in the right pipeline, can be pushed a helluva lot farther than what I’ve seen. To that end, that’s why I decided to go ahead and buy it and try to do just that. Maybe it can work seamlessly with 100,000 polygon meshes instead of 50,000 or less? Maybe it can handle textures better? Maybe, with some maticulous tweaking, animation can be smoother? Maybe I can see some animated hands as well (that’s one of my biggest issues, little details like “stiff hands” in iClone drives me nuts).
Maybe I’m a Pixar or Dreamworks whore. LOL! Naw, that’s not it. I’m a professed anime junkie and lover of Disney and superhero animation (2D). I just have a profound understanding of animation in general (although I can’t 2D animate to save my son’s life). So, I think once people who have plopped down $300 or more ($300 is still A LOT OF MONEY to those of us who don’t have it all the time) to purchase iClone and are dedicated to learning the software, doing what it states can be done, THEN pushing it past that, I think attitudes will change. I’ve always wanted iClone since version 3 because I’m an aspiring filmmaker and I think it makes one helluva great animatronics, scene pre-viz tool. But now, I want to do my entire movie in iClone (and maybe Carrara).
On a side note, @wendy<3katz, every time I see your beta video of Heidi singing the Sound of Music I believe and all of a sudden, still while singing, she breaks out in Gungdum Style, I just have to laugh. That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, plus it’s a great example of how smooth the animation in iClone can be.