Posted On:June 2013 | Greyscalegorilla
NEWS: Cineware Proxy is 50% OFF this week only.
Render Once. Not All The Time.
Introducing Cineware proxy
The swell folks over at Mamoworld and aescripts + aeplugins and have released a new script that really improves your Cineware workflow. It’s called Cineware proxy and it speeds up your Cineware workflow by managing your 3D caches and proxies inside of After Effects.
You Take Control
Having a live link to Cinema 4D using Cineware is really amazing. After Effects tries to intelligently cache your renders and does a pretty good job. But sometimes, it will re-render your Cineware layer when you don’t want it to. Cineware proxy changes this. This new script allows YOU to have control over when Cineware updates. Not AE.
Speed Up Your Workflow
First, use Cineware proxy to make a temporary proxy of your 3D render. Then, render that proxy using AE’s Render Queue. Or, even better, use aescripts + aeplugins own Background Renderer to render while you continue to work. When your render is finished, you can then use that proxy as your Cineware layer until YOU tell it to update. This significantly speeds up your compositing and makes for a much more “Real Time” After Effects experience. Then, when you need to make changes or update your Cineware layer, use Cineware proxy to go back to your current C4D file and all the compositing changes you made on the proxy stay on the layer. Pretty cool stuff.
BG Render Pro Bundle
Use the promo code “bgcine” when purchasing Cineware proxy and get 20% off BG Render Pro. It’s featured in the video above. It allows you to render After Effects while still continuing to work in After Effects.
Realistic Studio Lighting in Cinema 4D And Cinema 4D Lite
We just launched the latest version of Light Kit Pro. It’s the fastest way to get Studio Quality Lights directly inside Cinema 4D.
Compatible With All Versions Including Cinema 4D Lite
First the big news. Light Kit Pro is now compatible with ALL versions and flavors of Cinema 4D including Prime, Visualize, Broadcast and Studio. It even works with Cinema 4D Lite. If you have any version of Cinema 4D after R12, then you are ready to light.
We redesgined our custom soft box rigs to be more flexible, easer to use, and faster to render while still being realistic to real world soft boxes. These lights are designed to mimic real studio lights and help make your renders more beautiful with less time.
We added the brand new Global Light to make it easier to get that GI look without all the slow render times and flickering that go along with it. Combine Global Light with Ambient Occlusion for trouble free and fast global lighting effects.
What’s New In Light Kit Pro 2.0
New Studio Presets
Over 40 new lighting presets including all new Type animation presets. Ready to animate 3D type. All light studios are ready to be used with animation or still renders and are optimized for beautiful renders with less render time.
Free Update For Current Users
If you currently own Light Kit Pro or own a bundle that includes it, then you should get an email with a free upgrade. If you don’t get the email in the next day, hit us up in support with the email you used to purchase your version of Light Kit Pro and we will get you a new version right away.
Hundreds of Custom Materials for Cinema 4D And Cinema 4D Lite
Compatible With All Flavors Of Cinema 4D
We just relasead a new version of Texture Kit Pro that is compatible with ALL versions and flavors of Cinema 4D R12, R13, R14 and up including Prime, Visualize, Broadcast and Studio. The really big news? Texture Kit Pro is now compatible with Cinema 4D Lite
*Hair materials need Studio To Render
Texture Kit Pro is a constantly growing set of materials. Over 50 New Textures were added in this version including Plasticine, Marshmallow, Clumpy Sand, Cloudy Ice Cube , and Infrared.
Fully Tile-able Textures
We have gone back and adjusted all of Texture Kit Pro’s relevant textures to be Fully Tile-able. Just apply and scale to fit your scene. We also have many procedural materials that require no tiling and will fit any size object.
HUGE Texture Gallery
We designed a giant texture gallery that shows off Texture Kit Pro’s materials in a searchable interface. Browse the gallery here and see what Texture Kit Pro includes.
Buy Texture Kit for Only $99
Purchase Texture Kit Pro today and download over five hundred textures ready to use in any of your Cinema 4D Projects and animations. We have worked hard to make this the most complete, compatible, and most updated collection of Cinema 4D Materials. I really appreciate you taking a look to see if it’s right for you.
Free Update For Current Users
If you currently own Texture Kit Pro or own a bundle that includes it, then you should get an email with a free download for the new version. If you don’t get the email in the next day or two, hit us up in support with the email you used to purchase your version of Texture Kit Pro and we will get you a new version right away.
Adobe Creative Cloud Launch
Adobe brought 2.5D to After Effects way back in 2001 with Version 5.0. Now they finally bring us full 3D with their latest version of their Creative Cloud available for download now for current subscribers.
It comes with a ton of fun new stuff. But, we are most excited about Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite. These new tools integrate Cinema 4D and After Effects tighter than ever before offering real 3D scenes inside of After Effects. If you are a current Cinema 4D user, Cineware will allow you to bring in your 3D scenes directly into AE without rendering.
Cinema 4D Lite Tutorials For Current After Effects Users
If you are a current After Effects Creative Cloud user and have always wanted to try Cinema 4D, now is your chance. Even if you have never used 3D before, we created a series of video tutorials specifically for the current AE user that wants to integrate the new Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware into their workflow.
What Does All This Mean For Current Cinema 4D Users?
Sure, Cinema 4D Lite is exciting. There will be thousands more people that have access to a version of Cinema 4D that is included directly inside After Effects. But, what about people that already own a professional version of Cinema 4D? Well, you can still use Cineware in the same way to bring in your current C4D projects into AE. And, because you have a Profesional version of C4D, you will be able to bring in renders that use Dynamics and the full Mograph suite directly into AE.
This first series of tutorials is more for current AE users, but we have a TON of new tutorials coming out soon that will be more geared toward C4D users wanting to learn the AE/CINEWARE side of the workflow. Actually, head over to this post and watch the “Demo For Cinema 4D Users” video to get an idea of what Cineware can do.
In the mean time, be sure to tell your AE friends looking to learn C4D about the Cinema 4D Lite Training Series that we made specifically for them to get up to speed and learn Cinema 4D.
I Just Want More C4D Tuts?!?!
Tired of all the Creative Cloud talk? Relax! Go watch one of our hundreds of other tutorials over on our Tutorials page. We will have new Cinema 4D tutorials up soon.
I just found out that I will be attending the Animagraphic Festival in Colombia on Setpember 24th and 25th. I will be presenting the new Cineware layer in After Effects and talking about the new workflow between AE and Cinema 4D. They even will have a translator there. I hope my stupid jokes are still funny in Spanish. If you are in the area or are heading to the festival, stop on by and say hola.
Today, Chris Lavelle sent us this music video he made and he mentioned that he used Transform for a few of the scenes. We gave it a look and he certainly did, with great effect in two great shots. He used Transform to make a room build on at three minutes in. Then, again to make an entire house fall down at minute four. We love seeing great work made with the help of our plugins. Thanks to Chris for sending this in and using Transform to great effect.
Watch The Music Video
With the Creative Cloud launch on the Horizon, there is a lot of questions, discussion, and interest in Adobe’s new subscription model and what it all means for current users and future users of Adobe’s tools. The video above from Studio B Films is a nice primer to what Creative Cloud is and what all you get for the subscription price. Bonus: The animation is made with Cinema 4D!
It’s not all good news. For some existing users of Adobe Products, this new subscription only model may create more problems than it solves. These two great articles by Aharon Rabinowitz get into most of the problems and advantages of the new Creative Cloud model. There are still a lot of questions and we won’t know their answers until the new versions are out. But, I think these two articles address many of the concerns of current and future Creative Cloud customers and help give context on whether you should upgrade or not.
As for all of us here at Greyscalegorilla and many of the other freelancers here in the office, the decision to upgrade is pretty easy for one huge reason. The new Creative Cloud is the only way to get the new Cineware layer and Cinema 4D Lite. We are way too excited to play with these new tools more not to upgrade. Even in our brief time with it, we already know it will make Cinema 4D and After Effects more compatible then ever before. We have a lot of playing around to do and tutorials to make showing how all these new tools work. We also want to make some of our tools like Light Kit Pro and Texture Kit compatible with the new Lite Version so that it works with all flavors of C4D.
For me, it’s a mandatory upgrade. But I understand why many people are hesitant. Our studio probably has very different reasons for upgrading instantly than you do. But, The bottom line is, if you want to play with these new tools, you will need to upgrade. I’m sure that isn’t enough of an reason for everyone, but that is enough for us.