Category Archive for: ‘After Effects’

Free C4D AE Model Jumbotron Sports Pack Ribbon

Free Sports Elements for C4D and AE!

My buddy EJ aka Eyedesyn is sharing a really, really nice asset with everybody and I wanted to pimp his goods. Included in Sports Pack Vol. 01 is a Cinema 4D jumbotron model as well as 2 customizable After Effects templates with the jumbrotron screen elements. There’s a full HD & arena ribbon sized version that you can customize the text and colors of the animations easily! Huge thanks to EJ and Adam Schmisek for sharing such a valuable treat.


Get the free C4D and AE Sports Elements Pack Here

Free AE After Effects ASCII Generator Preset Plugin

Free After Effects Script/Preset: ASCII Generator

I found this really sweet After Effects generator that creates ASCII art from text layers! It’s a pretty narrow niche, but if you need any old skool goodness in your graphics, this script will be perfect for you! Thanks Motion Boutique!


Get the Free AE ASCII Generator Here



CINEWARE Maxon C4D AE Adobe Aftereffects

CINEWARE by Maxon: The Future is Here

Write down this date, it might be one that changes the way we do everything. Maxon is announcing CINEWARE, a brand new live 3D pipeline between Cinema 4D and After Effects! We got teased with the announcement of  a collaboration between AE and C4D a few weeks ago, but now we have the full story. With CINEWARE you can import your native C4D scenes directly into After Effects. There is a feature in the Adobe lineup where if you make a change in one program and then jump to another program it will automatically reload the changes to your asset. This feature will now be incorporated so you can make changes to your C4D scene and they will be automatically updated in your After Effects comp! No need to wait for long renders or manage intermediate files because the C4D render engine is built right into After Effects!


This is huge on so many levels. Of course we have to wait to see exactly how powerful this is but at first glance this is revolutionary. From 3D in AE with CS6, to Trapcode bringing in .obj’s to simulate 3D in AE, to Videocopilot’s Element 3D: we have seen a progression towards live 3D in AE. Now we have the next level, and personally I am stoked out of my mind!

What does this mean for The Pixel Lab? Well, let’s hope it means you can take all of those models you bought from us and use them directly in AE! Time/testing will tell if that’s possible, let’s cross our fingers.

Exciting times, my friends. Exciting times!


Learn more about CINEWARE here:

Pixel Lab Training C4D

Tip: Compositing C4D Screens in AE with World Axis Help

If you create a C4D render and want to replace/composite a screen in After Effects this tip might help you out. If the screen solid comes into AE completely jacked up, you need to go back into C4D and make sure it’s set up correctly.

NOTE: If you don’t want to make your screen editable, then go through the same process of setting up the axis directions properly before fitting the screen into place and you won’t have to make it editable. Just make sure it’s rotated in the proper direction before you set the width/height of the plane. It’s a lot easier if you’re aware of this issue before setting up the plane, so hopefully this will save you some time!


Videocopilot AE Element3D Metropolitan Buildings Pack After Effects Maxon

Videocopilot Metropolitan Pack!

Wow, this must be release cool products week! GSG just released their new HDRI collection ( and today Videocopilot is releasing a fantastic looking pack for Element 3D called Metropolitan. Before you stop reading as a C4D user, the models are available in C4D plus in .obj, .fbx, max and vray.

So, they will work in After Effects Element 3D as well as C4D. Make sure to check it out, this product looks amazing.

Best deal is probably toolfarm since they have discounted prices right now:

They also have some bundles if you want to save some money:

1. Architecture Bundle with Element 3D, Pro Shaders and the Metropolitan Pack:

2. City Bundle with Element 3D and Metropolitan Pack:

Dang it, I wish I had a product to launch this week! It’ll be coming pretty soon though…

Pixel Lab Training AE

C4D & AE Tut: Springy/Bouncy Text Effect Script

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the bouncy/springy effect seen in a lot of infographics lately. In C4D it’s really easy to do with the delay effector. In After Effects I’ll show you how to use a very simple expression to instantly give you the spring effect.

Props to for sharing the expression with me.


Click here to download the free expression text doc

I received tons of other great resources from my twitter friends. Here’s a list of other AE plugins/scripts/expressions to manipulate keyframes.

Financial Pack After Effects Videocopilot Element 3D The Pixel Lab

Financial Pack: Videocopilot Element 3D

I’m extremely excited to introduce The Pixel Lab “Financial Pack!” I’ve collaborated on this project with David Biederbeck of and Remco over at We’ve created a huge pack with 20 financial themed models created for Videocopilot Element 3D. They are textured and prepped for Element so you can use them instantly in After Effects. I really hope this pack will be helpful to you!

Please note: we have excluded the 1 bank interior scene from this pack. Because of the high poly count they were not able to be prepared in Element 3D.

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20 Financial Themed Models for only $40

The models are Element 3D ready. All you have to do is unzip the file, drag the folder into your documents/videocopilot/models/My_Models folder and they will be ready to use. Many of these models are worth well over $30 individually so we have again provided a great deal in the hopes of making this affordable for everyone! If you have any questions about the pack, please e-mail me at: [email protected]


This pack includes:

  • American dollar bills with 3 different arrangements
  • A money suitcase filled with cash. Easily opened and closed.
  • Euro coins
  • Euro bills
  • Bar code scanner
  • Credit card machine
  • Credit card with easily customized .PSD included
  • Dollar sign shaped vault safe
  • Dollar signs raining down through skyscrapers animation
  • Bank vault safe
  • Small vault safe
  • Piggy bank in multiple colors
  • Gold bullion bars
  • Checkbook and pen, easy to animate open
  • Pirate chest
  • American coins
  • ATM machines
  • Calculator
  • Cash register

We tried to match the C4D lighting/texturing as best we could, but because of the different texture and render engines they are not exactly the same. Here are screengrabs from Element to show you the models in the interface before they are lit.


Pixel Lab Contest

Contest to win a free model pack!

UPDATE: The winners have been picked. For twitter: @chaskeH won a free pack. For facebook: Rendertom won. For blog/google+: Marcelo Larroulet won. Congrats guys!

I’m excited to release Element 3D packs in our store and really want to get the word out there. We’re going to run a contest and the winners will get either both Element 3D packs (Video Production Pack and Music Pack) or your choice of any individual C4D pack for free! You have 3 chances to win:

All you have to do is tweet or post on facebook or your blog etc. and mention the Element 3D version of the model packs. All you have to do is include this link in your post/tweet:

I will pick 3 winners: One for facebook posts, one for twitter and one winner from blog/pinterest/google plus etc. posts.

You can enter the contest 3 times if you post on all three. Simply make your post and then drop me a comment here saying “Twitter” or “Twitter/Facebook” or “Twitter/Facebook/other”

I will pick the winner randomly next week and announce it on the blog.

If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise thanks for helping me out by spreading the word, and good luck in winning!

Music Pack Videocopilot Element 3D The Pixel Lab

Music Pack Element 3D Version

I’m extremely excited to introduce The Pixel Lab “Music Pack” in Videocopilot Element 3D format! I’ve collaborated on this project with my buddy Remco, Rob Redman and David Biederbeck. We’ve created a great pack with over 20 musical themed models that are textured and prepped to be used in Videocopilot Element 3D!

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Over 20 Music Themed Models for only $40

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Exporting Models from C4D to Videocopilot Element Tutorial

David Biederbeck, from, has been helping me out with converting The Pixel Lab model packs into Videocopilot Element 3D ready packs.

In this extensive tutorial he’ll go through the entire process of exporting a model from C4D to Element 3D. This includes how to bring in the geometry and also the textures. It’s a bit tricky, but this tutorial should give you a good picture of the workflow.

Make sure to check out the Element ready 3D model packs here:

Get the free Espresso Machine here:


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