NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 1

First batch of NAB C4D training has dropped. Dangit, now how am I supposed to meet my deadlines? Ugh. Get your pens and coffee out, it’s time! Massive thanks to Cineversity for releasing these for all of us. There is a ton of great training at Cineversity, so make sure to check it out!

John Lepore: 5 “Wrong” Ways To Use Cinema 4D

Russ Guatier: Blockbuster FUI techniques in Cinema 4D

Robyn Haddow: Cinema 4D FUI in a Flash

    Making a Diamond Material in Octane C4D Tutorial

    Quick little overview of setting up a diamond material to look accurate in C4D Octane. Hope it helps you out!

      Free C4D 3D Model: Tesla Charging Station

      Remco is at it again! He made a Tesla Supercharger C4D model and also an accompanying station. It’s free for personal or commercial use, enjoy! Thanks Remco!

      To get this, plus our other 150+ free C4D models just join our free e-mail newsletter and you will receive download information and password.

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        C4D Octane Tutorial: Cleaning Up Artifacts with Ray Epsilon

         

        Really quick tip on cleaning up any polygonal artifacts that pop up in Octane. It’s a random slider that you need to be aware of just in case. Hope it helps you out! Here is the link to the free building rig.

          Quickly Set up SSS (Subsurface Scattering) in Octane for C4D

           

          Super quick tip for Otoy Octane beginners on setting up a waxy SSS (subsurface scattering) material. If you want to know how to do it in Cinema 4D I showed how to do that in my last tutorial.

            C4D Tutorial: SSS (Subsurface Scattering) Faked in Cinema 4D

            In this tutorial I’ll show you a hack to get fake SSS in Cinema 4D with the new Invert AO option in R18. This allows for really fast rendering SSS.

              Free C4D 3D Model: Popcorn Popper Machine

              We have another fun freebie created by Remco. A C4D popcorn popper machine model! Hope you find some fun uses for it. Like always it’s free for personal or commercial use. If you use it I would love to see your work!

              Click here to download free C4D model

                Two Weeks as a PC: Transition Tales from The Lab

                Many of you wanted a follow up on my post about converting from Mac to PC. I’ve had my PC for about two weeks now, and I think the “transition” is nearly complete so I’m ready to share my thoughts. Hopefully if you are switching soon, these notes will ease your transition pain!

                Setup

                This is a true story: I turned on my computer and I used it for about 3 minutes before this happened:

                I had a bit of a panic attack and thought to myself:

                After that scare thought, things smoothed out. A bit. Configuring my PC was a bit of a headache. There were the usual annoyances of switching computers, of course, like installing software/plugins. Thankfully the transition from Mac to PC versions of software was very easy because of the subscription based model most apps use these days. In the past it would have been a nightmare but most apps, like the Adobe suite, allow you to download PC versions under the same monthly subscription so it wasn’t a big deal. Same with plugins for the most part. One annoying thing I discovered was that I couldn’t install my fonts. Not sure if it’s a Mac vs PC font thing or what, but my font collection just wouldn’t install properly.  Thankfully I have a co-worker on a PC who supplied them for me.

                Hard Drives

                The biggest issue I ran into was hard drive related. When using a Mac I worked off of “internal” hard drives that sat in a USB dock. Mac formats hard drives as HFS+ and PC formats hard drives with NTFS. That means I couldn’t read my hard drives on the PC. Obviously a massive issue. The solution I found was MacDrive by Mediafour. It’s $49 and if you install it your PC will recognize Mac drives. This worked great, until it didn’t work great anymore. After using my working hard drives with MacDrive for 2 days they started acting very strange. The computer froze up and MacDrive crashed etc.

                I ordered two hard drives from Amazon and when they came I formatted them for PC (NTFS) and transferred all my data from the “Mac” hard drives onto them. Then I disable my mac drives and my computer has worked much better. The moral of the story is: get new hard drives to be your working drives but you can use MacDrive to boot up your old Mac formatted drives to get stuff off of them any time you want. This is perfect for me since I have so many projects backed up on externals. Hard drive issues are good to go.

                Back Ups

                One thing I loved about Mac was Time Machine. It was super easy and worked great for me. PC doesn’t really have a great system for that. So I ended up purchasing Genie Timeline Pro by Genie9. This acts almost identically as Time Machine. I set it to back up a drive overnight and by the morning it was done. I set daily back ups and it updates quickly and reliably. Having Genie Timeline, plus a lot of my stuff synced to Dropbox, gives me a great backup system.

                Performance/Tools

                When using the Mac formatted drives I had a fair amount of issues and crashes/freezes. Since getting rid of them, and only having NTFS formatted drives, the issues have gone down substantially. There is still the occasional “After Effects is not responding” etc. which didn’t happen much with my Mac. It’s really annoying but I’m thankful for SSDs and fast boot times, meaning I only lose a few minutes. Back in the day a re-boot and opening up all your apps sometimes took like 10-15 minutes, remember that?! Needless to say, however, I have learned to save a bit more frequently. But it’s not that bad.

                Another big PC fail I have found so far is that ProRes isn’t supported which sucks a lot. I am looking at some third party options though, I’ll let you know if I find anything! Also, I really miss Quick Look where you could preview images/videos by just hitting space bar. It was great not having to open up say, Photoshop, to preview a .psd. The thumbnails and “quick viewing” in Windows kind of suck but I have found some workarounds. One great tool I have been using is “Seer” which mimics Quick Look. You have to run it every time you re-start Windows, but after you run it you can just click on any thumbnail and hit space bar to get a preview. It doesn’t include all formats, but for most things it’s quite handy.

                One tool that has been incredibly useful was recommended by Chad Ashley at GSG. It’s called “XnView.” It’s free, and has become my go to folder browser. It basically takes the functionality of something like Adobe Bridge, and mixes it with a standard file browser. You can quickly navigate your files and thumbnails and if you click on one you get a super fast preview image or playing video. Unlike the Windows default file browser it allows previews of nearly every format imaginable and it’s blazing fast and responsive. It has taken all the things I miss about Mac and basically given them back to me! 🙂

                The beauty of PC is that once I open either Chrome or After Effects or C4D I forget I’m in a different OS. Performance in the apps is excellent and I have nothing to complain about! PC has come a long ways since I used it last, 10 years ago!

                Octane

                About 90% of the reason I upgraded was for GPU based rendering, so I thought I would touch on it briefly. Octane has been an absolute blast and game changer! It took about a day of playing around with to understand the basics and the results have been awesome. Here are a couple renders from the first time I used Octane:

                The crazy thing is that these are raw out of C4D. The glows and post effects are all in Octane, which is crazy to me. It’s pretty epic to work with hdri’s, lighting and texturing in near real time. It was pretty liberating to just move stuff around and get almost instant feedback! I will hopefully be putting out some quick tips on Octane shortly so keep your eyes open for those. Here’s another render I did for our NAB sale, again this is raw out of Octane, which would be near impossible with Physical:

                In Conclusion

                My parting remarks: change sucks, but it’s also good. I miss some things about Mac but with exception to a few hiccups the transition has been pretty easy. I’m still getting used to the new keyboard commands and I regularly use the wrong combinations. That’s to be expected after 10 years of training I have to undo. But overall, the excitement I have over Octane, GPU and a computer that will grow with my needs far outweighs any negatives. I would say if you need to make the jump, don’t be scared. The grass isn’t perfect over here, but it’s definitely greener.

                 

                  Free Cinema 4D Building Generator Rig

                  We have an awesome free model from Rick Ellis today! Rick has made a “building generator” file for Cinema 4D. It comes with three preset buildings but you can make your own with the different building blocks and front faces.

                  Make sure to thank Rick in the comments, and head over to www.rickdellis.com to give him some love. He has been super generous in sharing a lot of incredible work with us over the years!

                  Click here to download the free C4D Building Generator Rig

                    C4D Quick Tip: Snapping and Breaking Spline Dynamics

                    In this quick tip I’ll show you how to have your spline dynamics snap or break in the middle of their animation. The example shows a power line snapping. It’s limited to the constraint tags though. If you know of a way to have any of the other points break, let me know, I would love to hear!

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