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See What’s New With HDRI Studio Rig (Free Update)

May 9, 2018 - By 
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The latest update to HDRI Studio Rig makes the plugin faster and easier. Quickly test out different lighting, backgrounds, and reflections.

HDRI Studio Rig is a plugin we developed to help speed up your Physical and Standard Render workflow. With this tool, you can preview different lighting setups, seamless backgrounds, and reflections on your 3D models.

Already own HDRI Studio Rig? Update 2.148 is available to you for free. Don’t have it, check out the product page here.

Alright, let’s see what’s new with HDRI Studio Rig.

Follow along with the tutorial above:

Our friends at Happy Toolbox have a selection of free 3D models that you can download from their site. There are nine free models, including the one featured above.

Download Free 3D Models

If you like using these models, check out the entire Happy Toolbox Model Pack over in the store. You can now even license individual Happy Toolbox 3D models on Adobe Stock.

What is new in HDRI Studio Rig?

You’ve likely experienced times where you would hit render in Cinema 4D, and your scene wouldn’t have any lighting, reflections, background, or even the proper render settings.

Adding HDRI Studio Rig to your scene will let you immediately start making changes. The latest version (2.148) gives you real-time control over HDRI rotation.

Preview HDRIs in the Viewport

The latest update of HDRI Studio Rig now allows you to rotate the HDRI within the scene, and will give you are real-time look in the Viewport without having to render again.

This is a great update for optimizing the plugin, no longer will you have to render after every minor rotation.

HDRI Studio Rig includes Studio Basics HDRIs, that’s over 70 HDRIs ready for you to use. You can also use other HDRIs from the many packs in our store.

Check out these compatible HDRI Packs from Greyscalegorilla:

Seamless Floor Backgrounds

The background settings in Seamless Floor Controls allow you to control the gradient of your backdrop.

You can also adjust the floor’s reflection, by adding reflection, blur, fresnel, and even reflect the selected HDRI.

Insert Render Settings

To avoid having to constantly go back into our render settings, we have the Insert Render Settings button that will populate your render setting with presets we frequently needed for Global Illumination and Ambient Occlusions.

Want to learn more about HDRI Studio Rig? Head on over to the product page for more details.


Make Beautiful Renders in Seconds with Cinema 4D – Cineversity 2018

May 1, 2018 - By 

In this 2018 NAB presentation, I’ll show you how to get faster preview renders, as well as a few more Cinema 4D tips and tricks. You can also download a free script from Greyscalegorilla to help you speed up your workflow.

I was fortunate enough to experience my ninth visit to the Maxon booth at NAB, and I’m so very grateful to have presented once again. This year I wanted to do something a little different, so I decided to giveaway a tool we built in house that I’ve used countless times since we’ve produced it.

Filter Switch is a script developed by Chris Schmidt that allowed me to quickly preview renders in the Cinema 4D viewport. Rather than waiting for an entire render, I could get a sample of my animation in seconds, instead of minutes. Here’s a real-time comparison in C4D R19.

We’ve packaged up this script, my presentation files, and my C4D GPU layout for you to download. You can also head over to the blog to watch a quick tutorial to get you started.


In my 2018 NAB presentation, I briefly talk about my career path thus far, and then get into the really good stuff! I’ll show you ways to use the C4D OpenGL Viewport, which was overhauled in R19.

It was just by chance that Chad Ashley was showing me progress on a piece he was making for GorillaCam when I noticed he was showing me a preview in the C4D Viewport. It wasn’t long after that, that I was diving deep into the Viewport settings to help me speed up my renders. I’ll show you some tricks to save you a ton of time, as well as how to see things like HDRI’s in the C4D Viewport.

I’ll also touch on some of our tools, like Topcoat for reflections, and previewing looks with the HDRI Studio Rig.

Hope you find this presentation helpful. Cheers!

Here is a timestamped breakdown of the presentation, courtesy of Cineversity.

00:00 – Introduction
00:57 – Reel
01:56Free Stuff Link
02:44 – Nick’s Background
05:27 – Demo Time!
10:15 – Using Hardware OpenGL
14:01 – Adjusting the Display Settings
18:57 – Example Scenes
20:53 – Eliminating Viewport Crud
22:53 – Jeep Scene
24:12 – Adjusting Anti-Aliasing and Super-Sampling for Cleaner Images
27:42 – Working with Dynamics
29:06 – Adjusting the Picture Viewer RAM Preference
32:21 – Starting a Project from Scratch
35:17 – Adding Reflections with Topcoat
36:25 – Auditioning Looks with HDRI Studio Rig
37:23 – Adding Variation with the Random Effector
38:01 – Adding DOF
40:37 – Adjusting Render Settings
41:56 – Adjusting Render Settings
48:44 – Conclusion


How to add Multiple Stickers and Labels in Redshift for Cinema 4D

February 1, 2018 - By 

In this Quick-Tip tutorial, Chad Ashley of Greyscalegorilla demonstrates a technique for adding stickers and labels that allow you to use multiple UV channels in one material.

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Easily Transform One Object Into Another In Cinema 4D With Transform

January 11, 2018 - By 

In this Cinema 4D Tutorial, Nick shows you how to turn one object into another using our animation plugin, Transform. Showing you tips and tricks to make words turn into other words and models turn into other models. You’ll also learn some other ways to use transform to create great looking animations.


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Save Time with Custom AOVs in Redshift for Cinema 4D

January 5, 2018 - By 

In this tutorial, Chad Ashley will be demonstrating how he uses Redshifts New Custom AOVs to save time in production. Chad will be breaking down his workflow going from Redshift in Cinema 4D and into Black Magic Fusion.

Products Featured:


HDRI Packs


You don’t want to miss the next Live Stream! So check our schedule.

Learn more about Black Magic Fusion

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Pick up the Mech Model from Turbosquid.

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