Posted On:March 2018 | Greyscalegorilla

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NAB 2018: Join Us for Drinks, Live C4D Tutorials, and More

March 12, 2018 - By 

Come out and celebrate with the whole motion graphics community in Las Vegas for NAB 2018.

Coming to NAB 2018? We’ll be there to meet up with you and share some Cinema 4D tips and tricks. Here’s a glimpse of where you can find us.

(The 2018 NAB show runs April 7 – 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.)

MoGraph Meetup (Sunday)

Join Greyscalegorilla, School of Motion, Video Copilot, The Futur, MoGraph Mentor, and aescripts + aeplugins for drinks at the NAB MoGraph Meetup. This event has quickly become the must-attend party for all motion designers.

We will be on hand to mingle and chat, so come on out and see some old faces, and meet some new ones. Join the whole Greyscalegorilla team as well as your favorite motion designers like Andrew Kramer, Joey Korenman, Chris Do, Michael Jones, and Lloyd Alvarez.

Space and free drinks are limited, so be sure to RSVP in advance. This year’s NAB MoGraph Meetup will be at Beerhaus at The Park.

MoGraph Meetup
April 8, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM PDT

Beerhaus
3784 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Media Motion Ball (Monday)

Monday night we’ll be sponsoring the 21st annual Media Motion Ball. There will be thousands of dollars in prizes for winners to choose from, including some GSG swag. Grab tickets while you still can, because this event is sure to sellout.

Media Motion Ball 21
April 9, 2018
Doors: 5:30
Dinner + Prizes: 7:00 – 10:00 PM

SLS Las Vegas Hotel
2535 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

C4D Live – Nick Campbell & Chris Schmidt

Nick and Chris will be live at the Maxon booth for Cinema 4D Live. There will be a ton a great Cinema 4D speakers on hand throughout the entire NAB show, so be sure to check out the schedule and details on the C4D Live website. We’ll also be onsite for GSG Live at C4D Live, so don’t miss out.

Nick Campbell

Learn about quick rendering from Nick at C4D Live.

Make Beautiful Renders in Seconds with Cinema 4D
Tuesday April 10th – 11:30 AM PDT

GSG Live!
Wednesday April 11th – 11:30 AM PDT

Chris Schmidt

Chris will be on stage cramming as many tips and tricks as possible in under an hour.

50 Minutes of Tips and Tricks for Cinema 4D
Tuesday April 10th – 2:30 PM PDT

GSG Live!
Wednesday April 11th – 11:30 AM PDT

EJ Hassenfratz

Friend of GSG, whose tutorials you’ve seen on our site over the years, EJ will present on both Monday and Wednesday.

Speeding Up Your Production Workflows with C4D
Monday April 9th – 10:30 AM PDT
Wednesday April 11th – 12:30 PM PDT

If you won’t be at NAB in person, you can stream the event live from c4dlive.com.

Hope to see you there!


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4 Tips For Engaging Camera Movement in Cinema 4D

March 5, 2018 - By 

Your 3D camera choice is crucial to your composition. Here are four steps in creating a camera that connects with your audience.

Wouldn’t it be great to own every camera and lens ever made? With Cinema 4D, you have exactly that. Your 3D camera choice is just as important as what you are aiming it at. But most of us never change the settings on the default Cinema 4D Camera.

While all the options may be overwhelming, you can learn to master the Cinema 4D camera, and get the exact movements you were envisioning.

1. Choose the right camera setup

A great director knows just what type of camera to use for different types of scenes. Think about your camera move in the same way.

Is this a locked off shot? A crane shot? A handheld scene? Does your camera need to move fast or slow? What is the weight of the camera you need for this shot? Keep this in mind as you start to set up your shot and animate.

2. Choose Your Lens Carefully

Photographers and filmmakers own dozens of different lenses for a reason. Each different focal length brings a different look and emotion to a scene or image. And in 3D, it’s no different. If you are visualizing 3D architecture or setting up a fly through, choose a wider angle lens just like a real estate agent would.

Rendering a product shot? Pick a 50mm or even a 100mm to show off the product and all its angles in their best way.

Cinema 4D’s default camera is a 35mm lens. That’s a bit too wide for most of my renders. I tend to change it to a 50mm to start and in some cases move to a 100mm for product shots and

We’ve put together this tutorial for you to learn more about choosing the right lens for your scene.

3. Match Your Movements To The Camera Type

Remember when you picked what type of camera rig you would use for this scene? This will really help you inform the movement and animation of your camera. Match your movements to the type of camera you are emulating.

Big cameras move slow and give a sense of weight to the scene. Smaller cameras can move faster and get closer to the action. Keep the weight of your rig in mind. A hand held iPhone shot moves way different than a a RED Epic on a Dolly.

4. Add Human Imperfections

Camera moves in real life are rarely perfect. Wind blows, hands shake, and rigs wiggle. Adding natural shake and imperfections to your Cinema 4D camera will help “sell” your animation.

Even a big of shake and drift can give your scene that realistic human touch that will help give your animation that natural feel and help pull more attention from your eventual audience.

You can certainly add these imperfections yourself, but this is a very tedious and time consuming process. If you have the time to add some shakes or overshoots, go for it. If you are on a tight deadline, you should check out our GorillaCam plugin. You can instantly add realistic camera movement in seconds. What would normally take days to program, you can now achieve in minutes with GorillaCam.