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Cineversity Tutorial: Speeding Up Your Animation Workflows with C4D

April 25, 2018 - By 
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In this tutorial from Cineversity, motion designer EJ Hassenfratz shows you how he transitioned from 2D to 3D workflows using Cinema 4D.

Image via EJ Hassenfratz / Cineversity.

Recorded live at Maxon’s 2018 NAB booth, this Cineversity tutorial features motion designer, and Greyscalegorilla regular, EJ Hassenfratz. You’ll hear about him starting his career making 3D logos, and then shifting to work on his animation and color fundamentals.

This is a great presentation for After Effects and 2D creators looking to get started with 3D. You’ll learn about integrating Cinema4D into your 2D workflow, saving time with C4D animation tools, character animation, and some other helpful time saving tips. Dive into Sketch and Toon, learn about Jiggle Deformer, and learn helpful techniques using Voronoi Fracture objects and Dynamics.

Ready? Let’s tune in.

Presentation Breakdown

Here’s a timestamped breakdown courtesy of our friends at Cineversity.

00:00 – Introduction
06:42 – Reel
08:37 – Joystick Project
08:49 – Sketch and Toon Renderer
09:57 – Adjusting Shading Settings
11:22 – Adding Grain
12:26 – Animation Tips
13:07 – Time Remapping with Time Tracks
17:58 – Secondary Animation with the Jiggle Deformer
20:35 – Using the Jiggle Deformer to create Springy Type
23:43 – Better Silhouettes with Falloffs
24:43 – Realtime Liquid Effects
27:50 – Dynamics for Logo Animation
28:17 – Breaking a Logo into Pieces with Voronoi Fracture
28:52 – Adding Dynamics Tags
30:23 – Art-Directing Dynamics with the Trigger Options
31:41 – Invisible Dynamics Triggers with the Ghost Collider Option
33:09 – Other-Worldly Results with Forces
36:47 – Simple Character Animation
39:46 – Squash and Stretch Deformer
41:17 – Reusing Deformer Animation for Different Characters
42:01 – Rigging
42:38 – Adding Joints / Bones
44:26 – Adding Automatic Secondary Animation with IK Dynamics

More from EJ Hassenfratz

GIF via EJ Hassenfratz / Cineversity.


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Nick Campbell Honored as StudioDaily 50 Honoree at NAB 2018

April 10, 2018 - By 

Congratulations to Greyscalegorilla founder Nick Campbell for his recognition as one of the top creatives and technologists.

StudioDaily honors Nick Campbell as a 2018 StudioDaily 50 honoree. The list includes fifty of the top executives, independents, specialists, and technologists in the creative industry.

“The annual StudioDaily 50 honors professionals across the full range of our industry who create, innovate and interact in groundbreaking, envelope-expanding ways every day. It’s our honor to recognize Nick Campbell for [his] invaluable technical and creative contributions to the media industry.” – Bryant Frazer, editor of StudioDaily.

Campbell is recognized for his candid teaching style, which helped turn Greyscalegorilla into the top resources for the motion design and 3D community. Campbell and his collaborators have collectively created hundreds of online tutorials, Cinema 4D and motion design tools, and industry leading training 

StudioDaily also recognized fellow Cinema 4D artist and educator Julia Siemónmotion graphics industry professional who specializes in design direction and creative support for commercial and broadcast clients.

“Julia and Nick are two incredible Cinema 4D artists whose respective work consistently pushes the boundaries in 3D motion graphics design. They are both well deserving of today’s industry recognition for their work, but even more so for their contributions to the Cinema 4D community as a whole.

As guest artist presenters at our NAB booth, they once again extend their generosity by sharing tips and techniques to inspire the next generation of 3D artists.” –  Paul Babb, President/CEO MAXON US.

NAB attendees can visit with Cambpell and Siemón during and after their presentations at the Maxon booth. Their presentations will also be streamed live at c4dlive.com.

See the complete list of StudioDaily 50 honorees at studiodaily.com.


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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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Cineversity Presents: C4DLive Presentations from NAB 2017

May 11, 2017 - By 

Thanks to our pals at Cineversity, we can now share ALL the amazing presentations that were given in Las Vegas at NAB 2017! We will be updating and adding videos to this page as they become available, so check back often! Thanks again to Maxon US and Cineversity.com for recording and publishing the NAB 2017 C4DLive Presentations. Enough talk, let’s get to the videos!


John Lepore: 5 “Wrong” Ways To Use Cinema 4D

NAB 2017 Rewind – John Lepore: 5 Wrong Ways To Use Cinema 4D from Cineversity.


Russ Gautier: Blockbuster FUI techniques in Cinema 4D


NAB 2017 Rewind – Russ Gautier: Blockbuster FUI techniques in Cinema 4D from Cineversity.


Robyn Haddow: Cinema 4D FUI in a Flash


NAB 2017 Rewind – Robyn Haddow: Cinema 4D FUI in a Flash from Cineversity.


Devon Ko: A Visual Playground for Artists and Designers

NAB 2017 Rewind – Devon Ko: 3D: A Visual Playground for Artists and Designers from Cineversity.


EJ Hassenfratz: How to make Cinema 4D an invaluable Part of your 2D Workflow

NAB 2017 Rewind – EJ Hassenfratz: 3D: How to Make Cinema 4D an Invaluable Part of Your 2D Workflow from .


Angie Ferret: Cinema 4D for Designers – Making the Transition

NAB 2017 Rewind – Angie Ferret: 3D: Cinema 4D for Designers – Making the Transition from Cineversity.


Patrick Longstreth

NAB 2017 Rewind – Patrick Longstreth: Visual Effects for Adam Ruins Everything from Cineversity.


Perry Harovas

NAB 2017 Rewind – Perry Harovas: C4D Is My Secret VFX Weapon: Confessions of a Former Maya User from Cineversity.


Matt Milstead

NAB 2017 Rewind – Matt Milstead: Motion Tracking with Cinema 4D from Cineversity.


Nick Campbell

NAB 2017 Rewind – Nick Campbell: 20 Speed Hacks Every New C4D User Should Know from Cineversity.


Eran Stern

NAB 2017 Rewind – Eran Stern: Combining C4D and After Effects for 3D Title Creation from Cineversity.


Al Heck

NAB 2017 Rewind – Al Heck: Create a Fantastic Freelance Career Using C4D from Cineversity.


Mike Schaeffer

NAB 2017 Rewind – Mike Schaeffer: Cinema 4D, from design and concept through final renders from Cineversity.


Ask GSG

NAB 2017 Rewind – Nick Campbell & Chris Schmidt: Ask GSG from Cineversity.


Lorcan O’Shanahan

NAB 2017 Rewind – Lorcan O’Shanahan: Brief explorations into parametric workflows from Cineversity.


Chad Ashley

NAB 2017 Rewind – Chad Ashley: 3D Workflow Techniques for Lazy People from Cineversity.


Chris Schmidt

NAB 2017 Rewind – Chris Schmidt: 50 Minutes of Tips and Tricks in Cinema 4D from Cineversity.


Dave Koss

NAB 2017 Rewind – Dave Koss: Time-Saving Project Management in Cinema 4D from Cineversity.


Julia Siemon

NAB 2017 Rewind – Julia Siemon: Character Tools for 3D Motion Graphic from Cineversity.


Athanasios Pozantzis

NAB 2017 Rewind – Athanasios Pozantzis: Organic Shape Morphing Inside Cinema 4D from Cineversity.


Brett Morris: Starting from Scratch, Creating the Cineversity Ident

Brett Morris: Starting from Scratch, Creating the Cineversity Ident from Cineversity.


Brett Morris: Building Custom Tools for Scalable Production Techniques

Brett Morris: Building Custom Tools for Scalable Production Techniques from Cineversity.