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Exploring the Game-Changing Features in Cinema 4D R20

August 7, 2018 - By 

We open up MAXON’s new Cinema 4D R20 to check out the major new features like Fields and Volume Modeling.

In his first tour of Cinema 4D R20, Chris shows you all the new features that have him most excited about C4D since the release of R16.

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3D Glass Logo Reveal: C4D + AE Tutorial (No Plugins Required)

August 3, 2018 - By 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to turn any logo or text into a refracted 3D animation with this intro Cinema 4D and After Effects tutorial.

I will show you how to achieve this look in Cinema 4D using a logo or text of your choice, and we won’t be using any third-party plugins.

3D See-Through Glass Logo: C4D + AE Tutorial (No Plugins Required) - GIF

Once you are happy with the look in C4D, we will bring our animation into After Effects for some final touch ups, like adding glow and a fade.
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Breaking News: Cinema 4D R20 Arrives with Major Updates

August 1, 2018 - By 

MAXON announces Release 20 of Cinema 4D featuring new tools and updates like MoGraph Fields, Node-Based Materials, Volume Modeling and more.

Image via MAXON Computer GmbH / Marc Zinnecker.

The latest release of Cinema 4D is here, and there are some big changes. We’re diving into what’s new, so keep an eye out for some upcoming tutorials and tune into AskGSG at 2 PM CST today to see Chris tackle R20.

Cinema 4D R20 will debut live at Siggraph 2018. Join Greyscalegorilla at the MAXON Cinema 4D booth to learn from Nick, Chris, and Chad. If you can’t attend in person, you and tune into a live stream at c4dlive.com during the show, August 14-16.

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The Fantastic Motion Design Work of Jr.Canest

July 30, 2018 - By 

A look behind the scenes of the stunning work of Jr.canest. Learn how to implement his design techniques in your own workflow.

Jorge Rolando Canedo Estrada, also known as Jr.canest, is a motion designer, animator, and all around creative mind. He is a master in concept, design, and animation.

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Image via Jr.canest.

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Jorge now works and resides in Vancouver, Canada. He is passionate about motion design, curating the Vimeo channel WINE after COFFEE, and hosting the Blend conference. ADC named Jorge the Young Guns 12 winner for his animated excellence.

Jorge currently works are a freelance animator and creative director. Take a glimpse of his work in his motion reel.

Jorge Rolando Canedo Estrada has experience working as a motion designer for studios BUCK and Giant Ant, and his previous clients include Google, Facebook, Asana, Twitter, YouTube, WIRED, and Adobe.

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Create an Incredibles-Inspired Logo Animation in After Effects

July 27, 2018 - By 

Create and animate 3D movie titles with this After Effects tutorial inspired by Pixar’s The Incredibles. Download the free project file, no third-party plugins required.

Want to make an animated movie title sequence? In this After Effects tutorial, I going to show you how to create movie titles inspired by Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Create an Incredibles-Inspired Logo Animation in After Effects - Animation

I’m a longtime fan of this logo, and given that the sequel finally arrived after all these years, it felt like the right time to tackle this look in After Effects.

To follow along with this tutorial, or just breakdown my project file, you can download the free project file below.
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A New Look for NBC’s Longtime Hit Show ‘The Voice’

July 24, 2018 - By 

Family-owned studio, The Other House, explains their work on the brand refresh for the fourteenth season of The Voice.

Working with loved ones is often ill-advised, but that’s not the case with The Other House. Founded in 2011 by brothers Chris and Steve Roth and their wives, Amber and Lara, the Portland, Oregon-based boutique motion/production studio embraces its identity as a family-owned business that also includes a tight-knit group of talented friends.

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The Voice’s brand refresh included a vibrant new color scheme and an auditorium-inspired center piece and bleachers. Image via Live Animals / NBC / The Other House.

Among the award-winning studio’s latest projects was a complete brand refresh for season 14 of NBC’s The Voice. Here Chris Roth, The Other House’s Executive Director and Principal Animator, explains the origin of his small yet well-connected studio and talks about how they used Cinema 4D, After Effects and Octane to infuse The Voice’s iconic look with a whole lot of orange-hued energy. Read More


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Recreating the Velcro Effect In Cinema 4D

July 20, 2018 - By 

Watch us figure out how to approach, test, and recreate this incredible effect from a VELCRO commercial, all in Cinema 4D.

In this tutorial form AskGSG Season 4Chris tackles from scratch the technical aspects of a shot from the amazing VELCRO® Brand Hook & Loop spot from Alexa Sirbu and Lukas Vojir. (We previously interviewed them about this specific piece that was created in Houdini. You can read the interview here.)

The goal was to recreate the effect in Cinema 4d, and using Mograph, softbody dynamics, and bunch of springs we actually manage to pull it off. This video covers the entire process of trying to figure out the best approach and testing each aspect to make sure the techniques will scale to the overall shot.

It was a really fun project to tackle, hope you have as much fun following along.


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Interview: From Experiments to a 3D Career with Zachary Corzine

July 18, 2018 - By 

We talk to designer turned 3D artist Zachary Corzine about his career path, the tools he uses, and his desire to keep learning.

Zachary Corzine, or as Instagram users may recognize him as @zachdarren, is a designer turned 3D artist living in California. He has worked for a variety of companies and found success as a freelancer for the past few years.

Zach is currently moving to Los Angeles to join the incredibly talented team at ManVsMachine.

Take a glimpse at his work here in his latest reel.

I had the pleasure of meeting Zach earlier this year and learned a ton about his work. It was fascinating to learn about his experimentation and his persistent work ethic to figuring out ways to create things in new ways.

I wanted to learn more about him and his work, and the following is our conversation with some incredible art for you to check out.

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Mac Users Get a Boost of Speed with New Blackmagic eGPU

July 12, 2018 - By 

Get up to 8-times faster graphics performance on MacBook Pros with the new eGPU from Blackmagic Design.

Apple has been struggling to meet the demands on 3D artists and post-production professionals for quite a few years now. As you’ve increasingly heard the debate on this site on the benefits of switching to PC, the truth is many motion designers (especially freelancers) are still using Macs.

Now that debate will continue, but there is some good news for Mac users with the announcement of a new external GPU. Apple teamed up with Blackmagic Design (makers of Fusion, Resolve, URSA Mini, and countless other video production tools) to create an eGPU for increased processing speeds.

Image via Blackmagic.

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Create 3D Text in After Effects Without Any Plugins

July 12, 2018 - By 

Learn how to create and animate 3D text in After Effects without any plugins! Follow along with this tutorial and download the free project file.

In this video, learn how to make great looking 3D text using just After Effects. Make any After Effects text 3D with this easy intro tutorial to After Effects’ built in 3D engine.

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5-Second Project “Treasure” Winners

July 11, 2018 - By 

Watch the winning Treasure 5-second project submissions, and join in on the next theme.

5-Second Project “Treasure” Winners - Bitcoin

Image via Guilherme Vasconcellos.

We’ve got more great submissions for the latest 5-second project. Thanks to everyone who participated. Be sure to join us for next month’s theme. Click here for all the details on participating.

Now, let’s get to the Treasure winners. Read More


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Create Animated 3D Text in Cinema 4D (No Plugins Required)

July 9, 2018 - By 

Learn how to make a 3D text animation with this Cinema 4D tutorial. You don’t need any plugins, so anyone can follow along!

Looking to create animated 3D text like this?

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create this 3D type in Cinema 4D without any plugins. We’ll also bring our animation into After Effects for some color grading and final adjustments.

Ready to get started? Let’s hop in.

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Want more tutorials like this? Let us know in the comments below.






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