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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


Work Faster In Cinema 4D!

November 27, 2017 - By 

In this Cinema 4D tutorial, you will learn how to work faster in Cinema 4D and get more work done by setting up your layout and tools on your desktop. You will learn how Nick from Greyscalegorilla sets up his scene to get the most out of Cinema 4D.



Go Here to Download My C4D Layout
Render up to 300% Faster in Cinema 4D 


Products Featured:

Download HDRI Studio Rig
Download Topcoat
Download Transform

Greyscalegorilla Around The Web:

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Great Looking 3D Type and Logos – Cinema 4D Tutorial

November 17, 2017 - By 

In this video, you will learn how to create great looking 3D type and 3D logos in Cinema 4D. I will go over typeface selection, kerning, bevels, and textures to help make your 3D type more readable and more beautiful.


Download The Camera Rig for Signal Here

Go Here to Download My C4D Layout


Products Featured:

Download HDRI Studio Rig
Download Topcoat
Download Signal 

Greyscalegorilla Around The Web:

Greyscalegorilla Twitch


Speed Up The Cinema 4D Physical Render By Removing The Color Channel!

April 25, 2017 - By 

Cut your Physical Render Time in Half with this time saving Cinema 4D Tutorial. Optimize the Physical Renderer for speed with Reflectance.

Watch This Short Tutorial

Tutorial Notes:
Join our Intro to Cinema 4D Series
Learn how to set up Team Render in Cinema 4D
Set up an Interactive Viewport in Cinema 4D


3 Tips For More Realistic Reflections In Cinema 4D

January 24, 2017 - By 

In this tutorial, you will learn the Three things I add to almost any reflection to make a more realistic render in Cinema 4D. Then learn how you can speed up your texturing workflow with our Topcoat Plugin for Cinema 4D.

Plugins Used In This Tutorial

HDRI Studio Rig