The Cinema 4D R17 Lens Distortion Tool By Stephen Schleicher Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. ...Read More »
The Foundry's Mischief By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...Read More »
C4D Quick Tip By Ko Maruyama Here's a really basic way to control the pupil of a cartoon character using a simple gradient shader and user data to drive the radius. ...Read More »
Cinema 4D R16 Motion Tracker Run-Through By Stephen Schleicher CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you. In this tutorial Stephen Schleicher runs through the new Motion Tracker in Cinema 4D R16, and shows how you can track 3D objects into your shot without the need of an additional application. ...Read More »
The Complete Guide to Creating Photoshop Filters By Dave Nagel I realized some time ago that it's simply too difficult for new readers of our publications to go hunting through the tutorials archives here to find all of the parts to our Filter Factory tutorial series. To date there have been six parts--two specific tutorials on generating 3D effects, one on customizing the interface of completed filters and three general pieces on working with the Filter Factory's expressions, functions and operators to generate effects. To this we now add our seventh and final part and conclude the series. ...Read More »
GPU Computing Gems Jade Edition By Wen-mei W. Hwu, Mark Harris and Michael Garland The NVIDIA Fermi GPU architecture introduces new instructions designed to facilitate basic, but important, parallel primitives on per-thread predicates, as well as instructions for manipulating and querying bits within a word. This chapter demonstrates the application of these instructions in the construction of efficient parallel algorithm primitives such as reductions, scans, and segmented scans of binary or Boolean data. ...Read More »
Updated: 300+ Free After Effects Tutorials Mega List After Effects has always been a popular topic for our writers and editors. We thought it would be helpful to list - with direct links to them on our After Effects Channel - the more than 300 different After Effects tutorials we have so far. In this list are After Effects training videos, After Effects hands on tutorials and techniques, and lots of After Effects Quick Tips. All professional quality, and all free! Enjoy! ...Read More »
Video-Based Review of GridIron Flow 2.0 Essentials By Pedro Ruiz Think of Flow 2.0 essentials as a visual Dropbox for media assets, with versioning and time tracking. Let's take a look at a project I have setup. ...Read More »
Neo 3D Tutorial -- Muxing 2D CineForm clips for 3D By David Newman Cineform CTO and co-founder David Newman demonstrates a brief tutorial for those getting started with 3D. This explains how to take separate Left and Right eye CineForm AVI or MOVs and multiplex them into a single CineForm 3D clip. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Trimming Layers By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins takes a look at the Trimming project and talks about video editing in After Effects. He shows how to start footage, trim footage, and how to trim the in point of a clip. He also shows how to move a video clip on the After Effects timeline, how to set a video to a layer marker, and how to bring two layers to the beginning of a project. ...Read More »
Flash Browser Tracing On Mac, Windows, and Linux By Kevin Schmitt Ah, the simple, venerable trace command. Everyone who has ever written even a single line of ActionScript -- from the newbiest of designers to the most seasoned programming professional -- has doubtless become intimately familiar with this most basic, approachable, and useful command. But love turns to hate if you ever need to see what's going on when your Flash movie is playing in a browser, where seeing a simple trace can rapidly become an exercise in frustration. Fret no longer, fearless readers, as this guide aims to get everyone in on that sweet, sweet browser tracing action. ...Read More »
Flash Browser Tracing On Mac, Windows, and Linux By Kevin Schmitt Ah, the simple, venerable trace command. Everyone who has ever written even a single line of ActionScript -- from the newbiest of designers to the most seasoned programming professional -- has doubtless become intimately familiar with this most basic, approachable, and useful command. But love turns to hate if you ever need to see what's going on when your Flash movie is playing in a browser, where seeing a simple trace can rapidly become an exercise in frustration. Fret no longer, fearless readers, as this guide aims to get everyone in on that sweet, sweet browser tracing action. ...Read More »
C4D QuickTip : MoSpline 01 By Ko Maruyama MAXON's CINEMA 4D R11.5 is full of new features, including several new tools that you'll find in Mograph. In addition to the spline tools that were introduced earlier, MoSpline is a dynamic way of introducing creative spline data to your scene. For some projects, a little tweeking may be necessary. Here's how... ...Read More »
C4D4AE: A simple graphic element with mograph By Ko Maruyama There are many ways to create some little elements that go into radar screens and control panels, but when you need to design something that matches a defined or described function - then you might find some really simple solutions in CINEMA4D's mograph tools. This 5min video tutorial walks you through the basics. What you do with those tools can take a little longer. ...Read More »
Adobe Kuler By Maltaannon Adobe Kuler is a great website where designers from all over the world create and exchange color schemes. Kuler has several algorithms to help you create your very own color scheme, plus it allows rating and commenting on existing schemes, that can be downloaded in Adobe Swatch Exchange format. ...Read More »
KILLING LIGHTS in CINEMA4D By Ko Maruyama If you're familiar with CINEMA 4D's ability to export to Adobe After Effects, you know that all of the camera and light data can be saved in a single file - for use within a 3D composition in AE. However, sometimes unnecessary light animation and 3D data makes that AEC file heavy. Here's how to clean up your export file. ...Read More »
C4D QuickTip #03 By Ko Maruyama Many Adobe After Effects users expect other applications to set keyframes automatically for them each time they make changes to parameters. With 3D applications, that can involve creating multiple keyframes every time you click which could be terrible. But, there are some good ways to use Autokeyframe... some. ...Read More »
C4D QuickTip #04 By Ko Maruyama You know there are many different ways to use your materials, many different ways to create materials - well here are some easy ways to not only get your bitmap textures in, copy them to multiple channels, but also turn texture tags on and off without removing them! THREE TUTORIAL VIDEOS one quick tip each ...Read More »
R11 C4D QuickTip #02 By Ko Maruyama You don't have to rely on the F9 key, or the attributes window to set keyframes. You can set keyframes directly in the editor window. Sure you can... ...Read More »
R11 C4D QuickTip #01 By Ko Maruyama In this QuickTip, I'll show you how easy it is to navigate your scene with R11. Of course, you could create something similar in earlier version, but it was never this easy. ...Read More »
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