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Greyscale Gorilla Cinema 4D Tutorials

I’ve been starting to dive into Cinema 4D lately.  Mainly for the purposes of motion graphics but one day to hopefully be able to create some cool projection mapping stuff as well.  Baby steps first.

I was looking for the Cinema 4D equivalent of VideoCopilot.com in order to learn the basics and eventually the more intense stuff.  If you haven’t checked out Video Copilot it’s headed up by Andrew Kramer.  He is one of those rare people with a crazy amount of knowledge and creativity who can teach others in a way that’s fun and easy to listen to.

I started some tutorials on Lynda.com and they were good for starting from nothing.  They helped with the very basics of navigating the interface and were very helpful for that part.  As time went on though they got a little laborious and hard to follow (I’m trying not to say boring, ha ha).

GSGThe more I searched for Cinema 4D info the more I came across GreyscaleGorilla.com.  They have a couple of guys doing their tutorials and each one I’ve seen so far has been very good.  Informative, easy to follow, and almost most importantly, fun and engaging!

So all that to say go check out their site if you’re interesting in diving into Cinema 4D.  Especially now that C4D is included with After Effects I highly recommend at least knowing the basics.  Well timed with the launch of the integration between AE and C4D is a new tutorial series on Greyscale Gorilla, Introduction to Cinema 4D.

While I haven’t gone through that series yet (I’m about to).  From my experience on their site so far I’m sure it will be great!

Much like Video Copilot they offer unique products at a reasonable price.  This helps offset all of their tutorials being free.  At some point I’m sure I’ll be picking up some of their stuff.

So go and check out their site and start creating!

Cinema 4D And After Effects

433505036_640I’ve been using Adobe Creative Cloud for about a year now.  For a flat fee monthly subscription I get every Adobe product.  It’s awesome!  Instead of forking out thousands of dollars for everything, and then paying for upgrades every year, I pay one flat fee and I always have the latest and greatest.

And it’s that last part that makes CC awesome.  The newest big upgrade to After Effects is its deep integration with Cinema 4D using a new plugin Cineware.  If you don’t know Cinema 4D is a high end 3D program.  It’s been used in lots of movies and TV programs.  It also has a lot of motion graphics uses.

Like any program there’s a learning curve but it is one of the industry standard 3D programs and it’s not exorbitantly priced so it’s a good one to learn.  Since it is a standard there are many resources out there to learn from.  GreyscaleGorilla.com is one worth checking out.

With the recent CC upgrade After Effects now comes with Cinema 4D Lite, for free!  With the Lite version you get a lot of features and you can get your feet wet in the world of 3D software without any extra investment.

Cineware eliminates the need to render out before sending things to After Effects.  This makes the whole process a lot faster and a lot easier!  Plus if you need to make a change you just go back to Cinema 4D and make the change.  Those changes then go to After Effects in real time, no re-rendering!

While you may not use Cinema 4D for everything it is very powerful.  Even if you’re not making 3D movies it’s still a great compositing tool for creating stills.  Once you try it and learn the basics you’ll find lots of uses for it.

On a side note I recently made a couple of things with Cinema 4D, check them out!

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Green Hippo Hippotizer 3.2 Released

Screen shot 2013-02-16 at 6.35.50 PMGreen Hippo has officially released their Hippotizer 3.2 software update.  They’ve added a lot of really cool features to their already powerful and easy to use Zookeeper software.

A couple of the features I’m looking forward to are the built in region mapping (for 3D mapping).  A crossfade engine that goes way beyond just crossfading media.  It creates smooth transitions for anything you can control.  So media, FX, color or geometry changes, anything!  Lastly they have a nice preset component that makes it really easy to create, store, and load, all kinds of looks.  Again it goes way beyond just the clips themselves to include FX, multiple layers, whatever you want.

There’s a lot more than what I’ve listed.  Head on over to Green Hippo’s site for the full info on their release.

Element 3D Is Out!

Video Copilot’s Element 3D plugin for After Effects is now out!  I’ve talked about it a little already and there’s plenty of information on their website but basically it’s true 3D inside of After Effects.  There are some limitations but for motion graphics and title work it does 90% of what you would want a dedicated 3D program for.

I’ve only been playing around with it for a little bit now and it’s really cool.  It’s pretty easy to create some nice graphics and animations.  You can check out all of the Element 3D tutorials here and get the idea of what it can do.  The different software packages are available here.

Blender 3D Program

If you’re like me you occasionally need to do something in a 3D program but you don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars.  I want a 3D program I just can’t justify that kinda money, I don’t need it that much.

In going through the tutorials on VideoCopilot.net I learned about Blender.  Blender is a free 3D program and a pretty sophisticated one at that.  Even thought it’s free you still get a complete 3D toolset with materials and physics, pretty impressive.

I may dive into it deeper but for now I’m just using it as a tool to help composite in After Effects.  Using blender I can create some true 3D title graphics or create and edit other 3D objects to export into AE.  If I get real courageous I may use it to create some better models for when I use Light Converse.  I need some better people models in there.

That’s it, I’m not familiar enough with it to show a tutorial or anything but there are already plenty of resources out there for that.  It’s available on Mac and PC, go ahead and download it here.

Element 3D After Effects Plugin

VideoCopilot has been a great resource for me to learn After Effects and start to create my own motion graphics.  They also make some great tools for compositing and motion graphics.  I like to support sites like them so I’ve purchased many of their products.  It’s not out of charity completely, they really have good stuff that improves my work.  Plus supporting them keeps the tutorials coming.

Now they’re close to releasing a new plugin called Element 3D.  This product helps bridge the gap between 3D created in a dedicated 3D app and the control of keeping everything inside of After Effects.  Plus the approach they are taking to 3D should keep things very fast when it comes time to render.

The traditional workflow would be to create a 3D object in a 3D program, render it out, then bring it into After Effects.  If  you need to tweak or adjust the 3D object you would need to go back into your 3D program, edit, render, re-import. That will still be necessary for really intense scenes but it’s a lot of extra work when you just want to create 3D text and simple shapes.  That’s where Element 3D will help bridge the gap and keep you working inside of After Effects.

It’s not out for another week, personally I can’t wait to get it and play around with 3D inside After Effects!  Price will be very reasonable, I think I heard $150, but don’t quote me on that.

Update:  They announced pricing today.  $150 for the plugin alone up to $250 for the plugin and some extra presets and models, very reasonable.  They also released a video showing off some features and the user interface, looks really good!  Check it out here.

Update 2:  More information!  It’s available tomorrow, 7/10/12.  There’s more bundles, some more tutorials, it really does look sweet!  Check out the latest update.

Planning Center Online

Planning Center is a pretty cool web based app that helps you to coordinate with staff and volunteers to prepare for your weekly services and special events. It helps by centralization all of your service planning and putting all of your contacts and service information into one place.

We switched to it about a year or two ago and it’s been great. As an audio team we use it to check the set list so we know what’s happening. Then we can prepare for rehearsals and services. For programming lights there’s a media player that’s lets me play the songs and make sure that I’m programming the right looks for the right songs.

Check out their site for more detailed information, Planning Center Online. Once set up Planning Center will save you a lot of time! They also have all kinds of cool apps to check out.

Canon 7D Firmware Update

I love my Canon 7D. I bought it as an upgrade to my old Canon 20D. I went from 8mp to 18mp stills and now I can shoot 1080p HD video. Pretty versatile camera! I looked at the 5D Mark iii but it was a lot more money and for what I’m doing I couldn’t justify the extra cost.

Canon announced a firmware update for the 7D that adds a lot of features and narrows the gap between the 7D and the 5D. Some of the highlights to me were manual audio adjustments while shooting video, higher burst rate for stills, and in-camera image processing to name a few.

The update isn’t out until August so there’s some waiting left to do. It’s good to see them continuing to support and improve existing products. Check out the full press release here.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/EOS7D_firmware