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I’m really excited to finally be able to show this thing off. Xpresso wizard Chris Schmidt and I have been working on this for quite a few months now, so it’s really exciting that it’s finally here. We built this to be the easiest to use and most photo realistic looking city for cinema 4D while still being fast to render in production. We can’t wait for you to start playing with it and use it in your projects.

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202 Comments

  1. Wow! Awsome! :D Gonna be a lot cheaper than buying single buildings like we do now… GSG saves the day, again!

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  2. Mohammad Khair

    Awsome!
    wht the name of the font nick use it in the tittle .

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    • We optimized the geometry and textures so that the city renders as fast as possible while still looking great. I think you will be surprised by how fast it really is.

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  3. Dr. Dre

    MoGraph Preset hurts my eyes it looks so good! I’d love to see more style frames + renders of how this might be used for real life projects.

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    • killernatch

      Yeah +1! Does anybody know, if it able to convert to Vray Texture?

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  4. I watched the entire sneak peak of it at the chicago meet up stream, and saw it previewed on the GSG chats, and I think just that one render of the city on the water at night is what sold me on it haha.

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  5. Classicgamer

    Oh yes! Awesome! I want this one! Can’t wait to try it out, it’ll be interesting to see the pricing for this…. as the other kit’s were priced brilliantly.

    A big big thanks to you Nick & to Chris this is gonna be great!!!

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  6. Now we gonna see that for ages again, right? Pls stick with reason bout that one!
    Nevertheless, must have been quite an xpresso chunk.

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  7. chris

    Looks great been waiting for a new one since CityGen died. That said it now means you won’t be able to move on the web without seeing it featured in every Motion Graphic that’ll be produced for the next 12mths (and mine will be one of them of course :)

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  8. looking good at first sight – but I would like to see some closeups of the buildings..

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  9. aligoss

    Hiiiii Nick, reallyyyy good kit, I reallyyy cant wait to buy it ^_^
    Nick please
    I found this video
    http://vimeo.com/10659074
    plzzz can you healp me, I like to know how to do this animation.
    thxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Mattski

      4 walls, add lights with different colours (warm tones) and animate the mograph text from under the floor to rise up and move towards camera. this should not be difficult for u to achieve…
      :-)

      ps. add the track by adding a sound “track” to your timeline or else in AE post..

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  10. Can’t wait to see the Gorilla perched atop one of these batting down some planes.

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  11. Amazing thinking kit!! I guess it’s most important waiting of month.
    really nice looking.
    great and photo realistic render Nick

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    • Mattski

      so we’ll be able to create moving Paris buildings like in Inception (created by fx team Double Neg) ? ;-)

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  12. fucking shit!!!! awesome!!
    can you tell me how to programming the plugin?
    or a tutorial for this?

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  13. Awesome. Can’t wait to try it!

    How do You think about a kind of fallen City – Peset. A kind of ruin-city?

    Looking forward to get it soon…

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  14. fasteddie

    Awesome work..like others I will buy it, if the pricing is affordable like the other kits I bought here!

    Thanks so much for all your hard work Nick and Chris also, don’t ever stop :-D

    Also, thanks Nick especially for your last tut, in particular the Xpresso stuff.

    It would be nice if the complexity of the tuts here grow with your knowledge and become more advanced…after all the beginner tuts are still here for n00bs!

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  15. 6ranit

    Too(The city on the water) you told us that it takes a little longer too render because it has Anti-Aliasing and Ambient occlusion.The question is do we really need Ambient Occlusion on it? Because the Tower’s would cover the shadows?

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    • Ambient Occlusion helps add detail into the shadows even above the ground. I think it’s worth it for that render.

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  16. Kidsan

    That’s pretty cool. I was just starting to build one myself last night, now I think I’ll wait and see.

    Good work GSG crew

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  17. Zayden

    This is EXACTLY what thousands of CG modelers like me need! Thanks bro!!

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  18. Wow, it looks incredible. Thanks for putting this together for us Nick, I can’t wait to use it!

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  19. Pretty powerful stuff.

    I notice it works on a flat plain…. but could this be wrapped around other objects?

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    • wtf_cakes

      It’s easy to do. Change the cloner to object, and distribution to vertex. Rotate as needed. It took 30 seconds to get it working nicely on a sphere.

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      • Thirukumaran

        Hey,

        Sorry for bothering you, but please help this poor noob here.

        Where exactly can I find the cloner and distribution options?

        Thanks in advance!

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    • aehm…totally stupid question but where did you change the ‘distribution to vertex’ can’t follow your step :)

      thx in advance,
      cheers

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    • dope! sorry dude, after my cup of coffee i suddenly knew what you meant with distribution, hehe, don’t try anything when you are just awake! sorry for the disturbance :)

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  20. This package in combination with matte painting will do a great job.

    By the way, Nick, get an idea – make tutorial for matte painting.

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  21. Hi Nick
    Thank you for this product, it looks really cool and convenient.
    I am working on a pretty big project and was supposed to use citygen but it looks like your citykit may be a valid option. I just need to know if in the “text” preset we can use vectors instead of text? Also can we change the look of the letters? i mean is it possible to organize buildings blocks to take the shape of the text or vector? (as we can do in citygen)
    Thanks for your help!

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    • nick ito

      specifically:several plugins used in this scene are missing.

      plugin ‘Color mapping’ (id 1001194)
      plugin ‘Glow’ (id 1001401)
      plugin ‘Hair Render’ (id 1017325)
      plugin ‘Highlights’ (id 1001402)

      this is a paid for broadcast R12

      what the hell am i doing wrong?

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    • Thanks for the heads up, Nick. Sorry about that. I will fix that in the new version. Those Plugins aren’t being used, so you can just ignore them for now.

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    • AL Davies

      Yes, thanks for the info. I have Broadcast 12 too and was going to drop you a line about the missing plugs.Great stuff.

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  22. boxoffrogs

    WOW!!! finally. Getting it tonight when I’m home.
    I’m very excited about this. Thanks for the great work Nick.

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  23. Wow! I’m sure it’ll become an essential Kit for all C4D users in a few months.
    How long does A. Occlusion renders take?
    Congratulations for what seems one of your best products!

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    • Nick had a tutorial on AO renders and settings a few months ago. the tutorial on the Disc channel block transition.

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  24. gizmoh

    looks great so far. is it possible to include custom buildings in the city kit and profit from the engine to populate the buildings in the neighborhood?

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  25. Bravo sir! Already got a great idea for how to use this! And, if you don’t already, SUBSCRIBE to the newsletter – you will NOT regret it!
    ;)

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  26. Hi Nick

    Will be buying this today, cant wait! i am running 11.5 at the moment but will be upgrading to 12 in the next couple of months hopefully, will this affect the plugin?

    Cheers

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  27. wesley

    WOW! Looks very cool and super detailed. Cant wait to play with it!
    keep up the awesome job guy’s!

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  28. oh gorilla, you’re so huge that we should call you “king kong” ! you could model you at the top of the higher building !
    have a nice day

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  29. Sacha

    Argh… Guess I’ll have to pay full price, my bank account is blocked for 2 days…
    Non the less, excellent job, as ever…

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    • Yes you can! There is a tutorial for how to add in a single building exactly where you want it, and another for how to add your own buildings into the mix of building it chooses from.

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  30. as soon as I get home and find out if I’ve got the requirements (fingers crossed) I’m getting it!

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  31. wtf_cakes

    Just bought the city kit and can’t wait to try it out tonight.

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  32. very excited =] been waiting for a nice alternative to the extremely heavy models i’ve exported from City Engine!

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  33. Ordered and downloaded mine this morning. Haven’t been able to work it yet. Quickie question… is it possible to have cities in footprints other than square? For instance, a circular city, or one that conforms to a naturally shaped body of water?

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    • Version 1 is based on a grid for now. But, you May want to look into the “Custom Areas” in the training. They allow you to make the city follow rivers or any shape you give it.

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  34. Manny

    Hi Nick, I bought the kit last night the second the email popped up! I Love it, thank you! One question, in your product shots, the one with using the City Kit preset in blue luminance… Could you please explain how to create something similar to yours, tried but was not able to achieve similar effect. Thank you again for you and Chris great product.

    Kind Regards,
    Manny

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    • Hi, Manny. Sorry for missing your comment. We hope to have tutorials out for that look soon. For now, I can say that it was made with luminance on text and Global Illumination. Hope that gets you started in the right direction.

      Cheers,
      Nick

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    • Hi Nick, THANK YOU! I appreciate your response, looking forward to those tuts. Thank you for the info as well, I’ll give it a shot.

      Best,
      Manny

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    • Right now the City Kit is based off of a city grid system. But, we are already working on future versions that will have more flexibility to follow curves like this.

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  35. Anson

    Downloaded this morning, love this product!
    I hope next version can allow me to add some trees objects.

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  36. Would be a great idea if you guys setup different types of building ex. New York, London, China, Dubai, Space! :) .

    And we can get to choose wich type we want to use!
    :P

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    • marcel van berk

      haha Jasper, nice one, got it myself too, am working on a visual with it now, will try to post it on my lsslss.nl site soon.

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  37. JohnBon

    It would be really useful if there were presets for specific cities such as NYC, Denver, San Fran, Chicago for example. I am for ever getting requests for these background images and buying stock is expensive if you get a good picture at a high resolution.

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  38. Sazarret

    WOW!
    I can’t wait to have it on my grasp!

    Really well done job Nick. Congrats.

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  39. great stuff nick, very american city style though. i wonder if i will be able to use it with european styled cities…. anyway it is another great UFO in the C4D planet launch by the gorilla.

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  40. Hey nick

    what if i wish to use a certain kinds of building on repeat, example create a row of skyscrapers exactly the same, then a block of suburb blocks 4 x 4. is this kind of detail possible?

    does it work with height maps?

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  41. Patton77

    Hi Nick

    It looks great and could be super-useful, really thinking about buying it.

    Can the water animate or is it only for still shots? Also, when we do mograph stuff or motion with city, is there a solution to the GI flickering problem? (like using luminance?)

    Hopefully you or Chris can answer quickly because I’d like to buy it tonight…

    Thanks!

    JP

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    • The water is a procedural texture so it’s as simple as adding a value to the “Animation Speed” of the noise shader in the bump channel of the water.

      The cloners that are used to generate the city are open for you to add whatever effectors you like, so doing mography type motion should be not problem. There will even eventually be some bonus tutorials about neat ways to play with the city, I’m sure I’ll cover that.

      GI is not specifically addressed, just like any animation if you set it up properly, there will be no flicker (But likely long render times).

      Hope that helps!

      Chris

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    • That’s awesome Chris — thanks for the quick reply, you guys are on it with answering things on the blog and I love the community here!

      If anyone can reply to this with any links to how to set up GI properly when using mograph, that would help me (and I’m sure some others) immensely — I’m fairly new to Cinema, and I think somehow I got it in in my head to never use GI with mograph due to flickering, and that the only reasonable solution was to use luminance.

      Thanks guys!!!

      JP

      PS… going to buy it tonight :)

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  42. frank

    Looks awesome & absolutely convincing renders too , this is mighty impressive dudes!

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  43. Hi Nick,
    What an amazing and useful product. Bought it this afternoon and have just started messing around with it.
    Perhaps a tute on how to create plug-ins?
    Nice job to everyone involved.
    Thanks,
    Andy

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  44. Bump. Bump. I purchased the app last night and received the download link. I got several e-mails but nothing that included a receipt.

    What do I need to do here?

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    • Hi, Craig,
      Sorry about the receipt problem. You got the software though, right? We are working on an easy way for everyone to get a receipt. Seems like only people that pay with a credit card didn’t get one. I hope to get you one tomorrow.

      Thanks for getting the kit!

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    • Yes, I received the software…just no receipt. I appreciate your note and will look for that soon. Cheers.

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  45. James H O'Hagan

    =D happy costumer here…it is quite stunning! Can’t wait to play more with it!!

    Also payed with a cc so I didn’t get my receipt yet either.

    Cheers!!

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  46. VAJMERI

    How are you all already get the plugin? I can’t find it anywhere!

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  47. MUSTAFA

    hey nick i wanna ask u about ur computer’s processor
    is it intel or amd ??
    and which generation of them :D

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  48. Japes

    This is just pure awesome! Thanks Nick and Chris for your amazing hard work on doing all this super cool products!

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  49. Man, that is an amazing piece of skill you guys put together. Congrats on another fantastic kit. In a world full of free plugins, models and stuff, yours are worth every penny. I already have the others and can’t wait to start playing with this one.

    Cheers, Igor

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  50. Call me an idiot, but how do you buy it?
    Signed up for the newsletter yesterday to see if any info..
    I simply can’t see any option anywhere for shopping

    Cheers
    Lennart

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  51. Incredible! Awesome! Amazing! Outstanding! Hilarious! Wow-wow-wow!
    Great work Nick the Gorilla!
    Wanna congratulate you with the presenting of this product!
    thank you

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    • fasteddie

      Great render, pal david.

      After I read your comment, I downloaded the sIBL plugin and tried it using the Barcelona rooftops preset with the City Kit, but the lighting results were just terrible compared to yours. If you’d be willing to share any useful tips on how you get it looking so sweet I’d really appreciate it!

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    • pal david

      first you take city_text presets.
      delete Daylight (Afternoon)apply sIBL
      with Global Illumination on..(Obviously).
      position the city like in picture.

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    • fasteddie

      Thanks, using the city text preset sorted it, appreciate the reply man

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  52. Hey Nick,

    got the kit and had loads of fun playing around with it. I’ll be writing a review for the mag soon. I’ll be sure to send you a copy.

    Rob

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  53. Hi Nick, great stuff!

    Would it be possible to place (wrap) the city on a globe/sphere, whilst retaining the adjustable parameters?

    Also, building on that, could you cut out the city using some kind of image contour map (eg contours of countries/continents!) – instead of the mograph text.

    I’m thinking of all this in a simple mograph exaggerated sense (not to a realistic scale obviously!).

    Maybe a couple of crazy questions there – or an idea for the next version maybe!? – ‘the world city’ preset or something?

    Cheers
    Paul

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      • We hope to have that feature in the next version of the Kit. Version 1.0 is only the start of City Kit. We have a lot of plans for it and this is one.

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    • Slowly killing the industry by cheapening it up and charging for what used to be free plugins. I’ve seen free plugins for what is arguably better than city kit.

      How’s it feel to make a buck off of our hard work and ideas? Some would call you a copy-cat. Nick the Copy-cat.

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  54. Nick – I’m too excited to wait to ask this. Does the City Kit include any sport arenas, stadiums, or things like that? This is the very definition of awesome. Even more impressive than winning AFP at 12 years old. You’re my 3D hero. Seriously.

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    • Hi, Bob,
      You can add any special structures you want into the city using the rig. There are tutorials included with the kit that show you how.

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  55. Nick-
    Love the kit and have been playing with it a bit. Watched all the tutorials and see how to add multiple custom areas. However, when I follow the tutorial for multiple areas but using inverted shapes, I get nothing. Is there a different way to us multiple inverted shapes? Basically, I’m trying to build a city that matches a custom logo made out of multiple splines.
    Thanks!

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  56. Once again, great work, Nick !!! I have to wait monday to buy it : sooooo hard ! ;)

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  57. bullo

    150$ are too much for this less reasons…. sorry… !!!!!! some expresso with userdata…. are you andrew kramer for c4d? ….

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  58. Loverboy

    hey nick,

    the citykit graphic at the top is kinda too big. 500+kb.
    we have a pretty slow connection at the office.
    i am pretty sure you can make it like 80-100kb without losing any quality.

    regards
    lb

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  59. 150 USD!!

    I’d way to pricey. I agree with bullo. Optical Flares is less then this price. This is a hobby plugin.

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  60. No self-respecting mograph artist will ever be caught dead with these city presets in their reel or project. For the rest of those who decide to use this for their projects: you are tools.

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    • HMM...

      Surely, all of these plug-ins and presets being used would only make someone of pure creative awesomeness like yourself stand out even more?

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    • @MM: Post your website then. Let’s see how awesome and qualified you are to make that statement. What have you done?

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    • I have done some things here and there. It is the opinion of mine as you have the opinion of yours.

      If you are of the position that this plugin will get you far in the world of motion graphics than go ahead. I am just offering my opinion, I sit amused watching the kiddies rub their hands with glee at the thought that it will somehow turn them into some kind of skilled professional.

      The City Kit will be the scarlet letter of reels.

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    • Well I dont think it would end up in my reel, but I still will used it.

      It is just another tool in the toolbox. It will save time and pay for itself on the first project we use it.

      I dont think it is a scarlet letter (good line though). It may lesson my appreciation for cityscapes in other peoples work.

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    • fasteddie

      I look forward to seeing YOUR plugin MM; the “How-to-come-off-pompous-and-patronising–all-without-having-the-balls-to-show-your-amazing-work-which-is-in-your-head” kit for Cinema4D will have a place in ALL our reels – we only came here to worship and learn from you after all!

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    • Sigh.. Nick Campbell, it is too easy to tell when you post under a false name.

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  61. Sazarret

    From the very begging I was impressed with the customization capabilities of this rig. I’ve just read a not entirely thought comment about using this tool for our reels. Of course I’m not a so call named professional in the business but I find that this kit can be really helpful when you have to build a city of your own. Here’s a fully customized example of the kit I built just for fun: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53417514@N06/5468950612/in/set-72157625846740209/

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  62. Just got it now – will have to wait to get home to try it, but it does look great.

    Nick – i will be your fault that i’m gonna do next 20 illustrations with city theme, bad Nick, back Nick!

    Thanks!

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    • One question: Is there a way to shape the top down view of the downtown based on a predefined shape? (like if i wanna to have a downtown in shape of “L” so that the topdown view looks like an L made of buildings.) that would be nice.

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      • Hi, Adam. For now, you can use the custom areas to delete any buildings you want leaving any shape. But, we are working on making it more customizable all the time.

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  63. Hi Nick

    CityKit is a good product, but I´ve an real performance problem. I´m working on a MacPro, 2010, 12-Core, Cinema R12, 48 GB Ram an a Nvidia 4000 for Mac. It´s more or less topend of actual hardware, but even with this equipment i can´t work in fluid workflow.
    Any ideas or do you that performance problem ?

    Thomas

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  64. Hey Nick,

    This is awesome kit, but the only thing I feel it’s lack of is the option for the streets. Components such as zebra lines, curbs, street lamps and traffic lights etc. They may not be dominant, but they are really necessary factors to achieve realism. Hope you can modify it in the next version. Thanks!

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  65. Hello !
    bravo for everythoing, but one thing i like to know :
    Where do you find theses cool music for all your videos ? and do you know a good place for nice music (for reel, trailes etc) ?

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  66. Barrett

    Hey Nick love this! I keep getting an error when I place the city into my scene

    “Plugin ‘Color Mapping’ (ID 1001194)
    Plugin ‘Glow’ (ID 1001401)
    Plugin ‘Hair Render’ (ID 1017325)
    Plugin ‘Highlights’ (ID 1001402)”

    From what I see it looks like you said that these aren’t actually used, is that correct??

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    • LALO MOVIE FILMS

      HELLO, VERY GOOD virtual product, but I give an error, HOW DO I GET THESE PLUGINS?

      “Plugin ‘Color Mapping’ (ID 1001194)
      Plugin ‘Glow’ (ID 1001401)
      Plugin ‘Hair Render’ (ID 1017325)
      Plugin ‘Highlights’ (ID 1001402)”

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    • Yep, we have a place you can put any spline or shape and the city will conform to it. It even comes with a “City Text” preset. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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  67. punk_chic

    Hi there, I have the same issue as Barret, Lalo and Ryoo – using R13, following error message appears:
    “Plugin ‘Color Mapping’ (ID 1001194)
    Plugin ‘Glow’ (ID 1001401)
    Plugin ‘Hair Render’ (ID 1017325)
    Plugin ‘Highlights’ (ID 1001402)”

    How do I fix this?

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    • Sorry about the errors. You can ignore them for now. They won’t effect your render and won’t effect the City Kit at all. Those errors should be fixed in future version.

      Sorry again.
      Cheers,
      Nick

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  68. Robbie

    Do you have a version which shows a version of London?

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  69. how do I scale the “whole city ” instead of scaling all the buildings as individuals at once?

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  70. Nick – great plugin! Got one question – trying to make a long city following a river. Inverted custom shape spline to get a 100m city on each river, but would like to have a second, non-inverted spline subtracting buildings from the river. Can I do this?

    Otherwise I’ll just group two splines on either bank I guess.

    Cheers
    Alex

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