Category Archive for: ‘After Effects’

C4D and AE Tutorial: Cappucino and Motion Sketch for Automated Animation


This is a really simple, yet incredibly useful tutorial. If you don’t know about C4D Cappucino and AE Motion Sketch these tools will really improve your workflow. They both help you automate your keyframing and animation which will save you a ton of time. I’ll also go over the Cinema4D Key Reducer function and After Effects Smoother function to dive deeper into tweaking your animation and keyframes. Enjoy!

The robot model used in this tutorial is free, you can get it here:

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Material Pack for AE Element 3D 2.0 Update!

Update: The Material Pack is now compatible with Element V2! Updates include taking advantage of the new Physical Shader properties for more realistic reflections and textures.

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!

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Ouroboros: Free After Effects Preset for Infographics

I just found this crazy free After Effects preset called Ouroboros. It’s incredibly useful for infographics, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately. It’s based on shape layers and has a ton of sliders you can modify to come up with really creative and easy animations. Just do yourself a favor and watch their demo video, then go grab this tool for your arsenal.  Get Ouroborus here:

Quick Tip: Open Multiple Copies of Adobe After Effects Hack

Here’s a quick productivity tip for Adobe After Effects.

Win a free plugin contest: Nodes2

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Hey everyone, I have a special giveaway today! I’ve been using Yanobox Nodes 2 plugin a lot lately and Yanobox has generously allowed me to give away one copy of the plugin for free!



Nodes 2 is a very versatile plugin for generating data, infographics, heads up display elements etc. It has been used for HUD elements in movies like The Avengers, Plane of the Apes and Ender’s Game so it’s very legit.


The options are endless, but it also comes with dozens and dozens of starting presets to get you going. It’s available for AE, Motion, FCP and Premiere. You can learn more here:

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If you’re interested in buying you can check out the best prices here:

UPDATE: The winner of the contest is Dan Nuckolls. Thanks for entering everyone. Keep your eyes open for the next contest!

MovieType Pack for Element3D


My friend John over at Motionworks just released the popular MovieType for Element3D! It’s a huge pack with over 220 type presets, 60 camera presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 35 3D backgrounds, 64 full compositions plus a camera/light rig. Also included for free is MoBacks: 56 motion backgrounds and 6 video tutorials. It’s a pretty epic pack to make text animations and texturing super easy in After Effects Element3D. Check it out here:



Free After Effects Trapcode Nebula Construction Kit


Peder Norrby of Trapcode has created a really nice resource and is giving it away for free. If you have Trapcode Form and MIR you are in luck and can use this preset rig. It’s a Nebula Construction Kit for After Effects. It’s a beautiful preset for starry skies with nebula. Included are a handful of different camera moves that are already set up. The preset is easy to modify and is a great place to start for some cool shots of our universe.

Get the preset and tutorial on how to use it here:




Free Confetti Pack: 5 Rigs/Animations for AE and C4D


Hey everyone, I just created a Confetti Pack for you, it’s a free pack for C4D and AE containing 5 different confetti preset rigs. Included are 5 different particle rigs with different confetti styles, all fully customizable. Also included are full HD rendered quicktimes that you can just drag into AE and screen over your footage to instantly add confetti if you don’t have C4D. Hope you guys enjoy. I would really appreciate it if you spread the word. Thanks!

To get the pack just join our e-mail newsletter to get access to all of our freebies. After you subscribe you will get a follow up e-mail with download instructions.

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Free Handheld Camera Pack for AE and C4D!

Hey guys, it’s our 3 year anniversary at The Pixel Lab! To celebrate I created the Handheld Camera Pack which we’re giving away for free. It’s 10 drag and drop cameras to paste in your scene to add really cool handheld animation! The difference between real handheld camera moves and a computer generated move is pretty significant, and this will add a lot to your scene. The pack is available for Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D.


To get the free pack you just have to sign up for our newsletter and you will get access to all of our freebies!

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Could you do something for me? I would love it if you would help spread the word about the pack via twitter/facebook etc. You can use this link to share: 
That would mean a lot to me! Happy 3 Years of The Pixel Lab!

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C4D Tutorial: Problems Adding External Compositing Tag to Cloner Objects

Ever wanted to export nulls on objects nested in a c4d cloner for use in AE? This is a common beginner problem, and this tutorial should help you out!

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