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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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It is now with a heavy heart, I write this post…

February 22, 2019 - By 

Nine years ago I met the biggest Cinema 4D fan ever. This guy talked faster than I did, and he was so passionate about learning and teaching. After watching his live tutorial about Cinema 4D’s new dynamics system, I knew he should be a huge part of the future of Greyscalegorilla.

Chris Schmidt (and his two brothers, Danny and Joe) have brought enthusiasm and passion to absolutely everything they have worked on.

It is now with a heavy heart, I write this post…

Chris will be stepping down from his full-time position at Greyscalegorilla to pursue his new adventure in 3D. He and his brothers will continue working very closely with Greyscalegorilla on your favorite Cinema 4D plugins and tools.

Chris’s energy and passion for teaching are second to none and he will certainly be missed. We cannot wait to see what Chris and his two talented brothers do next.

We wish them all the best,
Nick + the Greyscalegorilla Team


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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.

HDRI SUITE

Hundreds of options, countless possibilities. Find your look with HDRI from Greyscalegorilla.

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.

SAVE OVER $450

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.

GET HDRI SUITE NOW!

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Greyscalegorilla Is Hiring Artists, Educators, and Developers

January 30, 2019 - By 

Greyscalegorilla is looking for freelance motion designers, 3D artists, trainers, educators, and plugin developers.

We may look scary, but we’re actually about to fight over the last donut.

Greyscalegorilla is looking for talented motion designers, 3D artists, and developers who are tired of corporate projects and looking to work with a small creative team.

We are not looking for 3D rockstars or design ninjas, just genuinely good people.

Check out the jobs page for more details.

Current Openings:

  • After Effects + Element 3D Artist (Contract Freelance)
  • Cinema 4D + Houdini Trainer (Contract Freelance)
  • Adobe CC After Effects Developer (Contract Freelance)
  • Content Creator / Educator (Freelance)

Interested in working with our small creative team? Browse our open positions on the Jobs page, and apply where you feel qualified.

These jobs are contract freelance positions. Pay and project length are based on experience.


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Searching for the Best Monitor Displays for Motion Design and 3D

January 21, 2019 - By 
Searching for the Best Monitor Displays for Motion Design and 3D - Featured

A back-and-forth journey to find the perfect new displays for 3D artists and motion designers.

If you think shopping for new PC is difficult, try shopping for a new computer display.

I’ve been rocking two displays for quite some time now, one NEC PA271w-bk as my main and a ViewSonic VP2780-4K for 4K reference. I knew my displays were starting to show their age and it was time to upgrade, but deep down inside I was dreading the process.

My first inclination was to check out the NEC website, only to find out that the newest version of my current monitor didn’t have many new features other than LED backlighting. After quickly being overwhelmed by the amount of options, I decided to see what I could find locally.

I drove to a MicroCenter and discovered the Dell U3818DW, which was a 38″ widescreen monitor with a resolution of 3840×1600 and a PPI of 110 for $899. It seemed like it could be the perfect monitor to replace my two. I quickly looked it over and decided the price was right, so I bought one.

The Dell U3818DW is definitely wide.

I lugged this beast home and quickly set it up. The screen was even in terms of color and lighting and after staring at it closely for a few minutes I determined there were no dead pixels. With much excitement I went right into Cinema 4D and completely redesigned my layout so that I could take full advantage of such awesome screen real estate. Everything was working great. Read More


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Switching from Mac to PC: Unboxing and Setting Up My C4D Workstation

December 14, 2018 - By 

Watch as Nick sets up his first PC in 20 years. See where he struggles, questions he has, and getting things ready to render.

Nick will give you a guided tour of his office, unboxing his new computer, and PC setup challenges. Want to know more about the gear and the tools we installed? Check the list down below.

What happens in this video?

Nick shows up to the office to open his new PC and monitor. He will show you challenges of his office space, where and how he works, unboxing all the gear and accessories, and then setting up the machine. Read More


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Cinema 4D MoGraph Earns a Scientific and Technical Academy Award

December 13, 2018 - By 
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The popular MoGraph tools in Cinema 4D earn top recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Image via MAXON.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced nine scientific and technical achievements for 2019.

From the announcement, the Academy says,

“Each year, the Academy forms a diverse committee made up of nearly 60 experts on the technology of filmmaking tasked with examining the tools that artists use to create films,” said Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “This year, the committee is recognizing nine technologies from around the world.  These extraordinary contributions to the science of filmmaking have elevated our art form to incredible new heights.”

Winners are not required to have been developed and introduced in 2018, but rather have demonstrated a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

Among the winners of Technical Achievement Awards (Academy Certificates) is Per-Anders Edwards, for the design and development of the MoGraph toolset in Cinema 4D. Read More


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Greyscalegorilla One Day Sale

December 3, 2018 - By 

The Greyscalegorilla One Day Sale is your chance to take 40% off our Cinema 4D tools and training. Get all the new plugins and assets.

The 2018 One Day Sale has ended.


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Chaos Group Takes Control of V-Ray for C4D

November 1, 2018 - By 

Chaos Group takes over the development of the V-Ray for Cinema 4D plugin, aiming to take on the likes of Arnold, Octane, and Redshift.

Image via Stefan Laub / Chaos Group.

Big news for those who love V-Ray renderer, Chaos Group has officially taken over the development and marketing of V-Ray for Cinema 4D. Previously, the V-Ray for C4D plugin was developed by LAUBLab. As of November 1st, 2018, it is now under the control of the inventors of V-Ray, Chaos Group. Read More