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Cinema 4D and AE Animated GIF Tests 59 Comments

Chuck Anderson posted this site called DVDP in his twitter feed and I have been obsessed with it all weekend. I have been learning how to make things loop properly in Cinema 4D and how to make Animated GIFs using Photoshop. It’s been pretty fun.

I love the short turnaround time for something like this. Not a huge project or big render times. Just a way to try something fun and make it cool with as few frames as possible. I hope to do more soon.

Watch OrangeCubes GIF

Watch Puffy Sphere GIF

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  1. Ramzes

    Guys I have a question. How can I render with this kind of good quality,animation?I want to make animated banner for my web site, but when I render in GIF it renders with bad quality.Is there any options to render it in good quality with After Effects?or maybe I have to render it with other format, like SWF?Tell me please.

    • Steve

      Tip One: Reduce your frame rate. For the web you would generally be fine to have gifs at 15 fps.
      Tip Two: Set your colors to 256 and Dither at 100%

      That will give you a relatively small file with great detail.

      • Steve,

        where can I set my color to 256? And the dither to 100%?
        Is it in material? I’m lost :s

        • Steve

          Good question. Typically you’ll want to create your animated gifs from photoshop. The Color and Dither options are available in the “save for web” dialogue box.

  2. jason t.

    ive been obsessed with gifs since i got gif shop on my iphone, pretty cool to see them in c4d too!

  3. Touchsky

    Tell me – why videocopilot with no updates for month have so many views and coments, and so great GSG on the contrary. Please Nick keep goin, and happy holidays!

  4. Steve

    I too have been obsessed with cinemagraphs for the past while. Strange that you posted your gifs, as I have been playing around with the same thing lately.
    There are some very inspiring examples at
    Keep up the great work!

  5. Stevie

    Hey Nick,

    could you tell us something about the secrets of properly looping in C4D?
    Would be very interesting, since looping infos are very rar in the tut-scene.

    • Loop to round numbers,

      say 36 frames and you are animating through 360 degrees?
      – each frame would be 10 degrees, so you would only render out to 35th frame (350 degrees at the keyframe) and it will loop properly.

      – or in other words, have the animation complete 1 frame after your last rendered frame.

      Also use linear key frames.

  6. Nick, could you make a tutorial for this? Its very interesting and i would love to see your workflow!

  7. Rockin’ the animated GIF’s like it’s 1995! Bout to throw on some Kriss Kross.

    • Stevie

      What would have been the best C4D-Settings to do this (Framerate etc.)?
      I did it on a simple Dual Core Laptop. Don’t know if this is relevant. I think the movement is not smooth enough.

  8. Maggie

    Greetings GSG, 1 question, where is the Learning Links section from the old site sidebar?

  9. Elmar

    Now i will wait for the tutorial about this to come up 😛

  10. Enthas

    Very nice inspiration guys even though it’s not good for epileptics 😛 . Have tried to do it my self and I think I was successful. Thanks 🙂

  11. Steve From UK


    Your demos are subliminal messages.

    I found myself logging on to your product page and reaching for my credit card 🙂

  12. Hello, i,m having problems uploading this gifs to web…after made my own one i tried to upload to my tumblr that i know that have support for gifs…No matter what i tried the animation doesn,t display only the first frame.i thought i was doing something wrong in my process of creation, so i decided to upload one of your gifs to my tumblr only to test…well the gift ddidn,t move….had anyone the same problem?
    I tried with safari and chrome,no lucky.

    • Steve

      Rather than uploading it, You can test to see if your animated gif works by simply opening it with a browser (right click, open with). If that doesn’t work, you may have missed a step in photoshop.
      Best, Steve

  13. Solved…Tumblr doesn,t permit to reproduce gif with more than 500 Kb…i made a small one and it , what a jorney…;)

  14. Angelo

    looks sexy. hope we hear more from you experience with this in the coming days or week

    • try to compile the animated gif in photoshop, because there are tons of options to get the look you want. make sure to load in the full 24bpp sequence beforehand, adjust the framrate/looping etc. and then head over to the “Save for Web & Devices” dialogue. Max out “Dither” with “Diffusion” selected, uncheck transparency & interlaced, matte to none, color = 256 ofc, Lossy = 0 and Web Snap = 0.
      Hope it helps =)

  15. Stevie

    Oh, thank you Sir!

    I will give it a try later. You saved my life. Like in the 90’ties, now I can’t live anymore without some animated gifs. It’s to boring without them.

    c u stevie

    • Stevie

      Do not forget to choose the right channel settings in C4D or Photopot…otherwise “Save for Web…” is grayed out!


  16. userjardis

    matière dégradé
    interpolation Sans
    Cycle à programmer sur la ligne temporelle

    bonne journée

  17. Stevie

    Try 24 rendered with Photoshop:
    Better but not perfect ;-);-);-);-);-);-);-);-);-);.
    Question A)
    Does somone knows some kind of golden rules for choosing the right frame rate?
    DVPD uses diffent frame rates for different motives. I would believe it could have to do with some sophisticated algorithm thinking.
    Question B)
    Is there anybody out there who can tell us how to loop fluffy pyrocluster or TP clouds on/in a sky object material? I’m not afraid of Xpresso.

    c u guys I love you all.

    • Steve

      You would be safe working in the standard frame rate (30fps) within C4D, then when you composite in AE, you can cut than in half. Cartoon/Animation standards used to be 12 and 15fps. You would generally be safe using one of those.

  18. Jesse

    WHAT THE HELL! I was making something JUST LIKE THIS with stripes right before you made this.

    Damnit. Good tut anyway…

  19. Gaurav

    I Am Not Getting Save For Web Option in C4d V12 So I Can’t save it As .GIF Please Help

  20. GAry HOrne

    Good morning everyone,

    I love these black n white gifs and loving C4D.

    Are there any tutorials to do the same gifs.

    Kind regards


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