I have had a bunch of people ask for a list of the best free and paid plugins, presets and scripts for C4D so I thought I would compile my favorites into a post. If you have any that you really like, please put them in the comments so we can generate a nice list of resources for everyone!
Free C4D Plugins, Presets and Scripts
1. Adaptive Cloner Script: This free script allows you to space your clones automatically so you don’t have to continually re-adjust them. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/zosWdn Get the script here: http://bit.ly/wPSnig
5. Bridge Maker Preset: Create bridges with numerous architectural changes with only a few clicks. Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/w7gINl
6. Drop To Floor Plugin: A great utility plugin that drops any selected object to sit perfectly on the floor coordinates. Huge time saver. Get it here: http://bit.ly/eYoKnw
8. Hangover Plugin: A really nice render notification plugin which will notify you via e-mail or mobile device, and can be customized to shut down your computer, log out or put it to sleep after completing a render. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/A6Hboa Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/o8yW8t
9. Ivy Generator: A really cool plugin for making vines and ivy growth. Get it here: http://bit.ly/zq8h6
11. Magic Snow Generator: Instant snow generator. The snow actually piles up on objects which is awesome! Get it here: http://bit.ly/tZSz9t
14. Shadow Catcher Plugin: A plugin that sets up your scene so you can easily render an object’s shadow along with it. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/wtVXUF Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/lJO2Wd
16. Solo Objects Button: A nice utility plugin that replicates the solo eye ball switch in After Effects. Can be a lifesaver! See my review here: http://bit.ly/vGjfYc Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/zo8uO8
19. Unfolding Polygons Script: A really nice script that helps you set up your scene so you can create the unfolding polygon effect. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/xlZWC0 Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/Aai8bn
20. Voxel Effect: A great way to make pixel art. Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/y5YzLv
C4D Plugins, Presets and Scripts for Sale
2. HDRI Light Kit Pro: This Greyscalegorilla kit is clutch for lighting models. Complete with a bunch of studio presets, this is the best kit for stunning and easy renders! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/wnM3Bo
3. HDRI Studio Pack: Professionally light your renders with 70 HDRI studio images and presets. Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/yMzQx8
4. MovieType: This software is a huge time saver when animating titles/text. Check out my review here: http://bit.ly/r2jNBM or go to the Motionworks site to get more details here: http://bit.ly/1oPdP2c
5. Nitroblast: The best plugin for fracturing, demolishing and obliterating your objects! Check out my multi-part training series on my blog: http://bit.ly/As3vul Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/ls8Gny
Supplemental Plugins for After Effects Post Work
1. Foundry Camera Tracker: The cheapest way to track live footage in AE. The ability to quickly bring this 3D data into C4D is awesome! Check out my two part training series on this workflow here: http://bit.ly/wq4iOr Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/AccC0g
2. Reel Smart Motion Blur: The best way to add motion blur in After Effects. This is the best and quickest way to add motion blur by far. See my training here: http://bit.ly/oXisyo Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/xrqZz8
Hope you guys found some nice resources here. If you have any more great plugins to add, let me know, and I will continue to add to this list. Thanks!
In this quick tip, I’ll show you a way to set up your scene so that you can easily manipulate the colors of C4D objects in After Effects. It’s a really nice technique if you have multiple spots that need different colors using the same render. If that situation comes up for you, this will save you tons of time! To check out the Video Production Pack go to thepixellab.net/video-production-pack
In this quick Cinema 4D and After Effects tutorial I’ll show you how to set up your C4D render to export shadows to AE. I’ll also go over how to composite the multipasses correctly in After Effects.
In this supersized tutorial series, I’m going to go over the workflow to complete a 3D track using the new Foundry Camera Tracker in After Effects. In this first part we will go over the After Effects side of things. In the next tutorial we will head over into Cinema 4D where we will add 3D objects using the 3D track data! This is an amazing workflow, made possible by the Foundry Camera Tracker and the new Maxon Cinema4D Export plugin for After Effects. You can watch my Cinema4D Export plugin tutorial here: thepixellab.net/cinema-4d-tutorial-ae-c4d-maxon-plugin
For the best deal on the Foundry Camera Track, check out Toolfarm’s prices here: http://bit.ly/AccC0g
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In this video I’ll show you one final way to add motion blur in post using a plugin called Reel Smart Motion Blur.
The results are pretty close, but RSMB seems to be a bit silkier. The speed of RSMB is the biggest thing though, since the other options are really slow. There are some limitations to adding blur in AE, such as warping if you increase the blur too much, and it also can’t do rotational blur from what I understand. I haven’t had too many problems with it and think the time tradeoff vs quality means I will probably never use motion blur directly in C4D. Maybe R13 will be faster, I will run some tests in the future, but for now, RSMB is my tool of choice. I’m interested to hear all your thoughts on this, let me know in the comments!
Here’s the best price online if you’re interested in buying the plugin: RSMB
In this video I’ll show you two different ways to bring your C4D renders into After Effects and add motion blur. These two are the “free” options available to you. Check back tomorrow for one final way you can approach motion blur, as well as the AE test results.
I just stumbled onto a pretty amazing script which makes 3D text/objects inside of After Effects!
Basically it has presets, you click a button, and it automatically duplicates your text layer or any object, into Z-space and within a second or so, sets up your comp with dozens of copies laid out and organized to give your text/object depth. He refers to it on the site as “2.9D” which is awesome!
After you extrude the object there are tons of options like bevel, gloss, extrude depth, shading etc.
There are times when extruding things in AE is really nice, and can save a bunch of time. It sounds like he will be providing more options and presets for this script in the future as well.
There’s a free 7 day trial, so check it out, it might come in handy in your workflow someday. Here’s the link to it: 3D Extruder.
This is the final tutorial on the .RPF format. I’ll show you how you can use the Fog effect in After Effects. I will also show you the Depth Matte, and a problem with it that I’m trying to get to the bottom of. Please let me know if you have any ideas in the comment section. Thanks!
In this tutorial I’ll show you another way you can utilize the .RPF sequence to make your C4D renders better integrate with After Effects. This time I’ll show you how to use the depth of field effect.