Greyscalegorilla Blog http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:49:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Blog no Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Blog http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/podcastart.jpg http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog Free Cinema 4D R16 Scene Files For Newsletter Subscribers http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/09/free-r16-scene-files-for-newsletter-subscribers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-r16-scene-files-for-newsletter-subscribers http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/09/free-r16-scene-files-for-newsletter-subscribers/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:51:06 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=17354 Cinema 4D R16 is finally out! And, as promised, we are sharing our R16 scene files with our Newsletter subscribers. If you are a current subscriber, check your Email inbox to get the download link.

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Sign up now and download these R16 scene files below instantly. Everything is fully lit and textured. Ready to render and ready for you to play with and learn. We have other fun things planned just for our newsletter in the near future so I hope you stay with us.

Below are the scene files that are included in the download.

Black Spheres with 6 Layer Reflectance

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Interaction Tag Mouth Animation

Cog Spline Dynamic Machine

Car Paint Shader With Reflectance

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What Version Of Cinema 4D Should I Buy? http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/08/what-version-of-cinema-4d-should-i-buy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-version-of-cinema-4d-should-i-buy http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/08/what-version-of-cinema-4d-should-i-buy/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:42:06 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16879 cinema4DHeader

So, you are going to finally buy Cinema 4D? A real copy you can call your own? With support from the company and all the tools you need to do your job? Congrats! You earned it.

And why not? You have probably spent hours learning C4D already. Maybe you are becoming a freelancer, or you need it for your professional studio. Either way, it’s about time you got a real deal official version.

So, what version should you get?

  • Broadcast?
  • Studio?
  • Visualize?
  • Prime?

Let me get straight to the point. The Studio version has everything.

Buy the Studio edition.

Honestly, I don’t know why they even have the other versions available. People must buy the other versions, but almost everyone I talk with owns Studio.

You may be hoping for a huge comparison chart on what version of Cinema 4D to get. Maxon already has one. It’s long and full of every little feature. If you really want to get detailed about it, there you go.

I know, you were hoping for a big discussion about if the Studio features are worth it over the Broadcast version. Let me save you the trouble… They are.

Sure, you may be able to get away with not having some of the features of Studio. But soon you will have a client that requests a certain look or a tutorial we come out with that uses some of the Studio features.

If you are serious about using Cinema 4D, get Studio and have every tool Cinema 4D makes.

It’s probably not what you wanted to hear. It’s the most expensive one. But, if you are making a living off of this software and if you are as excited to play and make great work with Cinema 4D as much as I am, then you owe it to yourself to buy it all.

If you have ever watched my tutorials, you know that I constantly use tons of features that are in Studio only. If you want to follow along with all of our tutorials (over 260 so far), you should get Studio.

What Will I Miss If I Don’t Get Studio?

  • Dynamics! I put the biggest thing first. I use dynamics all the time.
  • Hair rendering. I’ve been using hair a LOT lately with X-Particles.
  • Most of the character tools are only in Studio.
  • You may want to play with Sketch and Toon. Studio only.
  • All the new sculpting tools are also only in Studio.
  • You won’t get all the great Content Browser stuff like free models and scene files.
  • You won’t have it ALL with anything but the Studio edition.

Listen. Software is cheap. To be able to build, design, model, animate, an entire world for under $4000 bucks is amazing.

If you are in any way making a living off of Cinema 4D, get studio and charge your clients for all the cool stuff you make.

Seriously, Just get Studio.

Where Should I Buy It?

If you are looking for a no hassle, no phone call way to get Cinema 4D, get it from Toolfarm. They usually have the cheapest price, too.

Actually, all the links above go to Toolfarm. They always seem to have the lowest price on Cinema 4D and have great customer service.

Buy through these links and support Greyscalegorilla. We get a small commission every time you buy something from Toolfarm through one of our links.

Ok, what are you waiting for, go get Cinema 4D and let’s have some fun making cool stuff.

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Siggraph 2014 C4D Live Presentations http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/08/siggraph-2014-c4d-live-presentations/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=siggraph-2014-c4d-live-presentations http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/08/siggraph-2014-c4d-live-presentations/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:18:32 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=17034 Join us at SIGGRAPH 2014 for hours of live Cinema 4D tutorials and presentations from Vancouver. Visit C4D Live.

As always, Maxon has brought together a great list of presenters to the booth to show off what artists can do with Cinema 4D. I saw quite a few of them yesterday while I was setting up, and there is some really great work being shown.

I will be live at 12:30 PST on Tuesday and at 3:30 PST on Wednesday talking about the new Reflectance Channel and other new tools in Cinema 4D R16.

Go to C4DLive to see a full schedule and check out the other presenters.

Here is something I haven’t done before, but I want to give it a try. I will be giving away my scene files from my Live presentation. Sign up to the GSG Newsletter and I will send you my R16 scene files after it comes out in September plus other R16 goodies only for the newsletter subscribers.

See you LIVE!

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Introducing Signal from Greyscalegorilla http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/07/introducing-signal-from-greyscalegorilla/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-signal-from-greyscalegorilla http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/07/introducing-signal-from-greyscalegorilla/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:53:28 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16916 SignalNoise

The Cinema 4D Timeline has always been intimidating to me. I loved animating in After Effects. But, when I started using Cinema 4D, I craved the simplicity of AE.

So, I mostly ignored animation. I ended up using other tools like the Vibrate tag or the random effector to drive animations. I would set a few keyframes when I needed them, but it always felt like a chore. It wasn’t as fun as the rest of Cinema 4D. Plus, it was hard to go back and change an animation once it was keyframes.

That’s why we built Signal. Signal allows you to animate any parameter in Cinema 4D with no keyframes. It’s like Mograph for your timeline.

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Signal does so many things. It’s hard to describe in one sentence. But, here are some ideas.

  • Need something in your scene to rotate or move forever?
  • Need To add a subtle wiggle to your Camera?
  • Want to make seamless loop-able animations?
  • Maybe you need to easily animate a texture?
  • Want to experiment with animation instead of endlessly tweaking keyframes?

Combine Signal’s different animation types to get exactly the animation you want.

Need it to go faster? Just change the speed or the loop point.

Want to layer a subtle animation onto a current one? Just add a new layer and experiment.

Don’t like the change? Remove it.

Simple To Apply To Any Object

[1]Twist

Animate Everything. Even colors

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Play with your animation and discover more than just interpolation.

Here is a recording of Yesterday’s Live cast about Signal. We got a lot of great questions and feedback. In the video, we go over how to set up Signal and show off what it’s capable of in a few projects.

Live Q&A

Here is what Signal users are saying already

This is months of work that is finally out, and i’m excited to see what people do with it. I feel like we don’t even know what is possible with Signal yet. It works everywhere in Cinema 4D. I can’t wait to see what designers do with it.

Learn more about Signal

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Five Second Project “In Paradise” Winners http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/07/five-second-project-in-paradise-winners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-second-project-in-paradise-winners http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/07/five-second-project-in-paradise-winners/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05:33 +0000 Dave Kiss http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16893 Winner

Congratulations to Rickard Bengtsson for winning the “In Paradise” Five Second Project. His entry had buttery smooth animation, a bad word pun, a vibrant color palette, and fantastic complimentary sound design that all came together to create an excellent winning project.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up soon.

Honorable Mentions

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New Greyscalegorilla Store http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/new-greyscalegorilla-store/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-greyscalegorilla-store http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/new-greyscalegorilla-store/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:24:27 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16771 StoreLogo2
You may not have noticed it, but we quietly launched a brand new Greyscalegorilla Store about two months ago. We have wanted to add some features that our old store system just couldn’t handle. So, we decided to build our own store to give our customers and our support team a better experience. We kept it quiet for a bit just to be sure everything was working the way we wanted. But now we think it’s ready for it’s big launch.

So, what did we change?

Well, we added a few new features that we have always wanted. There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that we added to help make everyones life quite a bit easier and to make customer support even better for everyone. Here are three things though, that I think will make the biggest difference for our customers.

1. Automatic Updates and Downloads

Get access to your software anywhere at any time with our new Updates Page. Now you can get a new download or update to the software you have purchased through us with less hassle. Just enter the email you used to purchase your software and receive an email with links to everything you have ever purchased from us including free updates.

Not sure you have the latest version of one of your plugins? Use the same page and be sure you are all up to date.

Visit The Updates Page

2. Build Your Own Bundle

Now you can build your own bundle in the GSG Store. Just add more to your cart and the discount will automatically be taken off your total price. Buy two products, get 10% off. Buy three and get 15%, Buy four or more and get 20% off. The more you buy the more you save.

Not sure what to get? You can choose from some of our pre made bundles below.

Get The Lighting Bundle

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Get the Everything Bundle

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3. New Product Pages

We updated the product pages to be able to show off more about what our plugins and packs can do for you. We added a better “In Action” section that shows off how our customers use our products in real world projects. The new design also adds a “Featured Video” so you can see how each plugin works just by clicking play.

Check out the New Store Page

That is just a few things we have been working on behind the scenes to make our customer experience a bit better. Let us know what you think and if there is anything we can do to make things even easier for you.

Thanks so much to Dave and the team for making this new store a reality.

I really appreciate those of you who have supported Greyscalegorilla. It means a lot.

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Welcome EJ Hassenfratz as a New Tutorial Artist on Greyscalegorilla http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/welcome-ej-hassenfratz-as-a-new-tutorial-artist-on-greyscalegorilla/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=welcome-ej-hassenfratz-as-a-new-tutorial-artist-on-greyscalegorilla http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/welcome-ej-hassenfratz-as-a-new-tutorial-artist-on-greyscalegorilla/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:18:35 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16711 eyedesyn_cel_shader2
We are always looking for the best tutorial artists to help teach you Cinema 4D. It can be hard to find a talented artist that is also willing to share their workflow. However, add being a great communicator and teacher on top of that and you have the formula for a fantastic tutorial artist. EJ Hassenfratz at Eyedesyn is one of those artists.

We are so excited to welcome EJ Hassenfratz as an official GSG Educator. You can find some of our favorite tutorials from EJ on our tutorials page[1]. We are also looking forward to add some of his future videos, including GSG exclusive tutorials, soon. It’s been great to see EJ grow as a Tutorial artist over the last few years. His humble attitude and inquisitive “how’d they do that?” nature make him a perfect fit for GSG. Join us in welcoming EJ as a part of the Greyscalegorilla training team.

Watch Some Tutorials From EJ.

Eyedesyn’s Reel

Follow Eyedesyn

His stuff will also be posted on his own site, Eyedesyn.
Follow EJ on twitter at @eyedesyn
Check out EJ on Behance.
Learn more about EJ at his About Page[2].

1. Did you know you can filter the Tutorial page by Educator? Just click on the artists name on the left hand side and see only their tutorials.
2. Holy crap, he won an Emmy?

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Introducing Transform v1.2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/introducing-transform-v1-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-transform-v1-2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/introducing-transform-v1-2/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:45:26 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16683

We just launched a HUGE new update to Transform. This is the biggest update we have ever made to any plugin. We added a bunch of new features in the latest version including the ability to break apart models and text into individual polygons. Then, you can animate each polygon using one of our new presets or using the “Custom Mode” that allows you to make your own animation with no keyframes.

Learn More About Transform

Easy Text Animation

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Animate Individual Polygons

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NEW SuperTextâ„¢ Plugin Included

SuperText is a new plugin that is included when you purchase Transform. Use it to make animating type and vector logos even easier. Use SuperText with MoText and Transform to create tons of different polygon, texture and subdividing effects.

Like all of our plugins, it’s all procedural so you can change your text at any time. Chop up and subdivide your text without making anything editable.

  • Easily and Evenly Subdivide Your Text – For polygon or chunking effects with Transform.
  • Fix Cubic Projections – to make all your textures perfectly stick to your type with one click.
  • Bake Geometry While Keeping Your Text Parametric – to fix typefaces for rendering or sharing with clients.

Want to see Transform in action inside of Cinema 4D. Watch the video below to learn about how we use Transform to make animated titles, and detailed polygon transitions.

Transform In Action

We made a “What’s New” video that shows some of the new features and modes for the latest version including SuperText, Poly Mode, and some of the new animation presets. Check it out below.

What’s New In Transform v1.2

Thanks for reading and watching about what Transform v1.2 can do for your animation workflow. I really appreciate you checking it out. Please head over to the store if you want to learn more about it or purchase it. Thanks for supporting Greyscalegorilla.

Current Transform Customer?

This is a free update. Visit our Updates Page and enter the email you used to purchase Transform to get your free update.

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First Look: TRANSFORM V1.2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/first-look-transform-v1-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-look-transform-v1-2 http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/first-look-transform-v1-2/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:55:18 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16671
Here is our brand new demo reel for Transform featuring new effects and animations made with the latest version v1.2. This is our biggest update to Transform ever. It features brand new Poly modes and text effects to help make complex animations easy.

This brand new version will be out tomorrow. This update will be free to existing customers and of course to anyone who buys today. Stay tuned for more videos and renders made with Transform v1.2.

Join our Newsletter for first crack at getting the latest version.

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Cinema 4D Animated GIFs and Renders on Tumblr http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/cinema-4d-animated-gifs-and-renders-on-tumblr/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cinema-4d-animated-gifs-and-renders-on-tumblr http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2014/06/cinema-4d-animated-gifs-and-renders-on-tumblr/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:22:32 +0000 Nick http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/?p=16522 GreenCube1

Not every little render is worth a blog post. But, sometimes, we still want to share it. Follow the new GSG Tumblr to see fun C4D renders, tests gone wrong, tiny animations, upcoming tutorials, product previews, and animated gifs as they happen.

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Visit The GSG Tumblr

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