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In this tutorial I show you how to use a free plugin called ReeperX which allows you to create ropes along a spline. Awesome stuff

Here’s the link to get ReeperX:

http://www.codeworkers.de/garage-plugins-reeperx.htm

I found 7 sites that have really awesome and 100% free 3D models. Make sure to only search for .obj, .3ds or Cinema files since some models only come in Maya or Max formats. Also make sure to check the copyright info to make sure you’re good to go on all of these.

1. Turbo Squid

This is the premiere place to find 3D models. They have a huge paid section, but if you simply type “free” into the search, it will come up with hundreds of awesome free models. www.turbosquid.com

2. Exchange 3D

This has quite the collection, with a little bit of everything from cars and trees to furniture and interior models. http://www.exchange3d.com

3. TheFree3DModels

A great resource with tons of characters and cars. http://thefree3dmodels.com

4. DMI 3D

This site has amazing vehicles, anything from WWII tanks to modern race cars. A lot of them come in .lwo format which is Lightwave, but they open great in C4D. http://www.dmi-3d.net/

5. Oyonale

A little resource but a nice range of high quality models. http://www.oyonale.com

6. 3Delicious

A little bit spammy, but if you can get to the models they looks great. They have cars, furniture and technology among others. http://www.3delicious.net/

7. NASA Space Models

This is pretty funny, NASA actually has a model library of everything space, from models of astronauts to lunar modules to shuttles. Some aren’t the most detailed, but if you need some space objects, this is a great place to check out. http://www.nasa.gov

8. BONUS

We offer over 400 free models right here at The Pixel Lab! If you sign up for our free newsletter you can get a download link/password to access all of them.

Click here to join our newsletter and get 400 free models

In this tutorial I’ll give a brief overview of dynamics, including a couple useful tips about it, and show you how to slow down time, aka the Matrix effect.

 

Ever had problems getting a texture to stick in Cinema 4D when using a random effector? This quick and effective workaround will keep you from losing your mind.

I’ve been thinking a lot about mediocrity lately. I read Seth Godin’s Purple Cow, where he says that having a remarkable product is a shortcut to success.

Well, I think that’s understating it. I think the ONLY way to success is to have a remarkable product.

Especially these days, and in our industry, where there is so much competition. A time where computers and software are accessible to anybody, whether a 14 year old playing with special effects or a motion graphics legend. The amount of technology at our fingertips for such a low price means that all of a sudden just knowing the trade is not good enough.

What matters is that you say NO to mediocrity and NO to doing the same thing you did on the last video, regardless of when the deadline is. What matters is that you keep learning, trying new things, and keep pushing yourself to the bleeding edge.

Seriously, guys, I’ve seen a lot of people in a lot of jobs, and you can always tell who will succeed. There is one type of person who looks at a job in front of them and immediately says, “I cannot make this remarkable because…” Fill in the blank. Because the client is boring, because the client wants the same old thing, because the content of the video sucks, because the quality of the footage given to us is SD. You name it, I’ve heard it.

The point is this, you HAVE to look at every project you take on, and decide not to make ANY excuses. Not a single one. Period. Every video should be a chance to try something new, to make an amazing product, to step out on a limb and WOW the client. You can do it, you just have to suck it up, stop making excuses, and GET IT DONE.

I hope you guys know that this is the only way you will succeed. Light that fire under you and get to work! Be remarkable.

‎”Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. Lick it once and you suck
forever.” –Peter Skillman

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to replicate the wiggle expression in Cinema 4D using the Vibrate Tag.

Learn how to use the wiggle expression in After Effects to make the camera shake or to replicate a handheld camera feel.

Displacing a Sphere: A cautionary tale

Please make sure to keep checking back to this site. I have big plans for the future, including giving away freebies, free training, tutorials, showing how I deal with clients and projects, talking about current industry trends, and giving advice for your motion graphics career. I want this to become a community where we can all learn from each other and enjoy hanging out. Looking forward to it!

Earth-And-Globes-Pack

 

Earth and Globes Pack for AE Element 3D

We have finally done it! The Pixel Lab “Earth and Globes Pack” is now available for After Effects Element3D! We’ve created over 40 earth, globe and solar models. We have everything from realistic and high poly to stylized and low poly and everything in between. Artistic, stylized, lego, minecraft, cloud scenes, solar systems: we have a bit of everything for everybody! These are prepared specifically for After Effects Videocopilot Element3D and will work in the latest version, V2.2. If you’re looking for the Cinema4D version, you can find that here.

 

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