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Painting Over Cinema 4D Renders to Animate a Spotify Music Video

April 16, 2019 - By 
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A behind-the-scenes look at the surreal and powerful Spotify music video for Mitski’s “A Pearl.”

In the new music video for Mitski’s, “A Pearl,” from Be the Cowboy, a barefoot woman walks determinedly for a while before breaking into a run that turns into a freefall as the lyrics lay bare her soul. Eventually, the Mitski-like woman lands on her feet and begins walking again and it’s hard to know whether to breathe a sigh of relief, or cry.

Artful and heart-wrenching, the Spotify-commissioned video is a collaborative creation by Brooklyn-based studio Art Camp and New York City-based designers/animators Saad Moosajee and Danaé Gosset. Read More


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BREAKING NEWS: Maxon Acquires Redshift Rendering Technologies

April 8, 2019 - By 

MAXON takes a bold step in its acquisition of Redshift, one of the most popular third-party render engines for 3D artists and motion designers.

Today at NAB 2019, Maxon CEO David McGavran announced the acquisition of Redshift Rendering Technologies. At the Maxon booth, McGavran and Redshift co-founder Nicolas Burtnyk shared the stage during the live announcement on c4dlive.com.

In a press release, McGavran shared,

“Rendering can be the most time-consuming and demanding aspect of 3D content creation. Redshift’s speed and efficiency combined with Cinema 4D’s responsive workflow make it a perfect match for our portfolio.”

Redshift co-founder Nicolas Burtnyk went on to say,

“We’ve always admired Maxon and the Cinema 4D community, and are thrilled to be a part of it… We are looking forward to working closely with Maxon, collaborating on seamless integration of Redshift into Cinema 4D and continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible with production-ready GPU rendering.”

Redshift already supports Cinema 4D, as well as other 3D apps Maya, 3DS Max, Houdini, and Katana. Read More


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MoGraph News: Updates to After Effects, Redshift, Octane, Arnold, and More

April 3, 2019 - By 
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Get the latest on the new version of After Effects, learn about GPU render updates from GTC, and find about about the new features in X-Particles.

Image via Adobe.

Tons of news and updates as we head into NAB 2019. Are you headed to the 2019 NAB Show? Be sure to join us at the many events like the MoGraph Meetup and Maxon Booth presentations. Swing by for some GSG Swag.

Let’s dive into what’s new.

New in Adobe CC and After Effects

Adobe seems to be on a tear lately. After their acquisition of Allegorithic, makers of Substance, the company has now made big updates to the Creative Cloud. Adobe has just added support for Substance materials in Adobe Dimension.

Image via Adobe. (Featuring The Happy Toolbox 3D Models)

Tons of new features were just released in the latest version of After Effects. You’ve likely seen headlines for Content-Aware fill for video, which many thought was just an April Fool’s Day prank. Jokes on them, the feature is available now. Read More


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The Killer New Tools and Features in X-Particles

April 3, 2019 - By 

The new X-Particles gives you control of shattering, squishing, and exploding down to the particle level. Learn more about this big update.

INSYDIUM has released details on stellar new X-Particles features like xpShatter, xpDynamics, and xpQuickTools. These new features are available now with the Early Access Programme.

What’s New in X-Particles

The first big update is xpShatter, a particle based shattering system. The new object-breaking engine was designed to work seamlessly with the new xpDynamics.

Here’s a great overview from Bob Walmsley.

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Listen to This: Best Creative Podcasts for Motion Designers and 3D Artists

April 2, 2019 - By 
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These are the podcasts that motion designers, 3D artists, and creatives should be listening to.

Listen to and subscribe to the great podcasts that will help you find inspiration, get advice, learn tips and tricks, and so much more.

The Collective Podcast

The Collective Podcast with Ash Thorp is a bi-weekly series that dives into all things creative. Now with over 200 episodes, the podcast features interviews with many of the best designers, illustrators, VFX artists, writers, painters, and programmers. They talk about the struggles of work/live balance, past projects, and their own experiences in the professional creative industry.

Listen to the Collective Podcast: thecollectivepodcast.com


School of Motion Podcast

The School of Motion podcast is hosted by founder Joey Korenman. On this show, you’ll hear about all things related to motion graphics. Joey interviews tons of amazing artists, School of Motion alumni, and industry professionals. Read More


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Quick Lighting Tip: How to Properly Overexpose Objects in 3D

March 26, 2019 - By 

Learn this simple trick to make sure that your renders can properly become overexposed when harshly lit within your scene.

I recently spent some time watching the video What 3D Artists need to know about CG Math and I came away with a new appreciation for lighting in 3D.

In this video, Kenneth Turner begins by talking about light rays in general, specifically scattered light (diffuse) and reflected light (specular). By combining the two, you are able to generate a realistic final render.

But then he goes a step further to introduce you to the simple math behind the results. The biggest takeaway being that any underlying math that results in a zero, will have negative consequences on your final render.

The left image demonstrates proper overexposure, and the right image shows what happens if your RGB values include a zero.

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What to Know About Autodesk’s Arnold GPU Render Engine

March 20, 2019 - By 
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Autodesk is completely rebuilding Arnold from the ground up on the GPU. Here’s everything you need to know.

There are a lot of questions floating around about the just announced Arnold GPU render engine. Lot’s of Arnold users want to know what features are ready to use, and artists currently using Redshift, Octane, and other render engines want to know about speed.

Let’s answer some frequently asked questions and talk about the changes coming to Arnold. Read More


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C4D News: Cinebench R20 and Save Up to 60% on Cinema 4D Upgrades

March 7, 2019 - By 

The latest version of Cinebench is here. You can also save big on Cinema 4D R20 upgrades, and Maxon took home an Academy Award.

It’s been a busy 2019 for Maxon. Not only are they still riding the wave of a big Cinema 4D R20 release at the end of 2018, the company spent early 2019 at the Academy Awards and just announced a significant update to Cinebench.

Let’s dive into the big Cinema 4D news.


Cinema 4D R20 Upgrade Super Sale

Right now through March 29th at 3PM PST, you can save big on R20 upgrades. Customers with ANY previous C4D release can upgrade to Cinema 4D R20 for $1,695. Read More


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NAB 2019: Join Us at the MoGraph Meetup and MAXON Greyscalegorilla Booth

March 6, 2019 - By 

GSG is back at NAB for another year of presentations, parties, and so much more! Come join us in all the fun.

It’s time again for the biggest production show in the world, NAB. The 2019 NAB Show will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 6th through the 11th. The show floor opens up on Monday April 8th, and we’ll have our own Greyscalegorilla station at the MAXON booth.

We’ll also have plenty of events planned for the week, including last year’s big party, the MoGraph Meetup. Read More


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Interview: Maxon’s Academy Award-Winning MoGraph Tools

March 5, 2019 - By 

Cinema 4D’s Lead Developer talks about the now Academy Award-winning MoGraph toolset in C4D, which earned a Scientific and Technical Award.

Though the films themselves often take the spotlight during the Oscars, this celebration of achievement in production extends far beyond the last year’s movie releases. In addition to the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) celebrates outstanding achievements with Scientific and Technical Awards.

We previously talked about Cinema 4D’s MoGraph tools earning a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and since we have had the opportunity to talk with Maxon’s Cinema 4D Lead Developer Per-Anders Edwards about their achievement.

Here’s our conversation.


Per-Anders Edwards Interview

Per-Anders Edwards at the award ceremony. Image via Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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HDRI Packs: Now Over 450 HDRI for Cinema 4D

February 4, 2019 - By 

With the new Modern Industrial HDRI Pack, you can now get nearly 500 HDRI from Greyscalegorilla.

Looking for more organic looks to bring your renders to life? Introducing HDRI Modern Industrial, 20 OpenEXR high-dynamic-range images for Cinema 4D.

These twenty industrial workspaces and modern exteriors will help you achieve a professional commercial look. Environments include modern office spaces, stairwells, lobbies, and atriums.

Originally released as a limited time exclusive for select HDRI Link Suite owners, Modern Industrial is now publicly available for the first time.

Want all 450+ HDRI? Save big and grab the Greyscalegorilla HDRI Suite. Get all of our HDRI plugins and packs. That includes our top-selling plugins and industry-staples like Pro Studios Metal and the ultra-HDRI Ultimate Skies.

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Swap looks with speed and ease using our plugins, the industry-beloved HDRI Link and HDRI Studio Rig, and over 450 high-dynamic-range images.

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Do you hop between using Physical and third-party renderers? Make things easier with the Greyscalegorilla HDRI Suite. Get HDRI Link, HDRI Studio Rig, Modern Industrial plus all of our other HDRI packs.

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Creating FUI for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Shows, and More

January 31, 2019 - By 

Fantasy User Interface (FUI) artist Robyn Haddow talks about her experience building functional interfaces for films, television, video games, and more.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Credit: Marvel Studios

Motion graphics artist Robyn Haddow is a dreamer, and as a successful freelancer specializing in creating fantasy user interfaces (FUI), she gets to dream plenty. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor, Transformers, Mile 22, and Bumblebee—those are just a handful of the feature films for which Haddow has designed screen graphics and holograms.

She’s also worked on games, including Batman: Arkham Origins and several TV series in the DC Universe as well as televisions shows on networks such as Netflix, FOX, CW, NBC, TNT and CBS. Read More