I’m excited to introduce The Pixel Lab “Earth and Globes Pack!” I’ve collaborated on this project with Simon Spencer-Harvey and Remco van der Meer. We’ve created over 55 earth, globe and solar models. Also included are 6 Xpresso rigs to help you create very intricate and custom animations. We have everything from realistic and high poly to stylized and low poly and everything in between. Artistic, stylized, lego, minecraft, tron, cloud scenes, milkyway, solar systems: we have a bit of everything for everybody! I hope you enjoy it!
I’m extremely excited to introduce The Pixel Lab “Material Pack” has been converted to Videocopilot Element3D for After Effects! Over 500 C4D materials/textures to help you speed up your workflow and focus on being creative!
Want more freebies you savages? Dig your teeth into this one. This model is created by Laurent Maksimovic from monsieurmo.com. Make sure to send Laurent some love for sharing.
Feel free to use the model for personal or commercial use. Enjoy!
Simon Spencer-Harvey is giving away another great freebie, a 3D Butterfly Rig! It’s incredibly detailed with options for animating the tail, head, tongue, legs, and wings flapping. Feel free to use for personal or commercial use. Enjoy, and make sure the thank Simon for being so generous!
My favorite C4D plugin just got better. DEM Earth just released version 2.6 with tons of new updates. Paul was so kind as to let me give you guys a 15% discount code for a limited time!
If you’re going to purchase, use this code at checkout to save nearly $50: pixellab
Here is an overview of the main updates:
- Massive Speedup (up to 10x faster downloads)
- Added BingMap layer, UVW coordinates (to transfer DEM Earth to external engines such as Unity), several new image layers including Tweetmap, rounded map settings, Proxy Settings and much more.
- Improved: Speed, OSM Importer, download performance, ASC embedding and much more.
If you’re ever in need of maps for infographics or motion graphics projects, this plugin is well worth the investment.
Simon Spencer-Harvey recorded this tutorial showing off the new features of DEM Earth:
Here is my tutorial on the previous version if you haven’t seen it yet. This video goes more in depth on DEM Earth.
Simon created a nice little rig for a previous job and wanted to give it away to everyone! It’s an Xpresso rig to create a route on a map. You make the map in 2D on a flat map, then click one button and it changes the map into a 3D globe which inherits the animation path. It’s a bit heavy on the machine, so make sure you have a good computer. Also, it’s a bit complicated to understand without watching the tutorial so make sure to watch Simon’s overview. Hope you find some good use from it!
If you’re interested in a full process video of modeling something from scratch, this is for you. Get some coffee, turn on some tunes and watch Remco create a fire hose 3D model in C4D.
The free model download can be found here: thepixellab.net/free-c4d-3d-scene-locker-room
I recently watched a short C4D film called “Magnetism” and really enjoyed it. It’s a very touching little piece with really solid animation. I wanted to learn more about the project, which was created by Charlie Davies, so I asked him a bunch of questions. I wanted to share a breakdown of the process of this video. Stick around till the end of the post, we will be giving away some great freebies! Before the breakdown take a few minutes to enjoy the movie:
What software did you use?
C4D was used for all of the 3D and After Effects for the compositing.
How long did the project take you to create?
The project took about 5 months to complete. This was mainly weekend and evening work because I work as a freelancer. I worked on it alone, from the original bad sketches, through to compositing and editing. A very rough guess of hours spent would be somewhere in the 100s.
What was your inspiration for the story?
The story was in my head a long time ago. It originally was about foxes gathering acorns, but I changed to robots because I am still learning character animation in C4D and these robots didn’t require faces, rigging or too many moving parts.
Why did you create this project?
This was my first attempt at a story driven animation rather than just an experiment. Like all of my work, the main reason was practice and because I knew I would enjoy it. I’ve always loved films and animation, so trying to create something from scratch was an interesting thought.
Did you create all the models yourself?
All the models were made by me. Plenty of inspiration was taken, as soon as the idea was in my head, from the underside of trains I saw, links on Pinterest and Behance, films like Aliens and Pacific Rim etc.
What was the most challenging part of the project?
The project was bigger and slower than I thought, mainly because of work. But having to model the whole scene until I was bored of it, then texture till I was bored, animate till I was bored, the same with lighting, camera, rendering, and even comping. I found it hard to see it with fresh eyes, and to not take short cuts that I wouldn’t be happy with at the end.
What was the most fun part of the project?
Whenever I animate or create anything I get a buzz when my sketches and ideas start to take shape. When I first got the robot moving and animated a cycle of him dropping the box, that made me smile!
How long have you been working in motion graphics?
I started making music videos 10 years ago. At the time me and a few mates pushed ourselves to learn as we worked and that’s still the way I learn today, although it is much easier now with all the tutorial sites and forums. The whole community is really useful!
I hope you guys enjoyed this little breakdown and I hope this inspires you to create a project of your own. If you do, send me a link! Please give some love to Charlie Davies for his hard work and dedication to growing his craft. You can check him out on Vimeo or his website: facecreatives.com
Charlie is letting me give away a couple of his models for free to you guys! He’s giving away a robot (which is already animated), a conveyor belt and a bunch of boxes! Huge thanks to Charlie.
Ever opened a model, hit render, and get the black render of doom? This reflectance channel tip might be the culprit. Hopefully this will clear up a gotcha some people are getting frustrated with!
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