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  1. 13 points
    Hi All, This is my first time at Siggraph in a long time! Last year I had just started at MAXON and it was too late to attend. I am extremely excited to be going back to Siggraph and with MAXON! It will be busy, but in between meetings I will be hanging at the stand. Please do come by and feel free to say hi. It is going to be a fun show! Cheers Dave
  2. 8 points
    Many people are disparaging MAXON's new CEO as some sort of "marketing guy from Adobe", but this is false, and unfair. His previous roles were all in engineering and engineering management, not in marketing, and he would in all likelihood not have been involved in Adobe's licensing changes over the last few years. Its fine to express all sorts of opinions about the changes in MAXON's licensing, but let's not resort to that kind of ad hom. It's not productive.
  3. 8 points
    The other day my pc crashed with several apps open. C4D survived ok, but Photoshop had reverted to OOBE - welcome screen, load of panels I don't use etc. I tweaked PS back to how I like it and that was that. 2 days later I needed an image for C4D, so I opened PS and created a 1000px square doc, only to get an error message 'could not complete operation - disk full'. I looked in explorer and sure enough my SSD was bright red and completely full. I closed everything and ran virus check, and other stuff and the SSD went back to normal. I opened PS - disk full. This went on and on - problem kept appearing, disk full. Didn't Einstein say that repeating the same thing, expecting a different result is a sign of insanity ? On the 10th attempt, I opened PS, made a doc 1000 ... hold on 1000 INCHES ? The PS reset had set the default units to inches, and I was trying to create a doc 7,000 square feet. PS standard res is 300dpi, so pixel-wise I was out by a factor of 10^5. panic over...
  4. 7 points
    So far, someone from MAXON will gladly chime in to explain some aspect of the subscription plan. They will also chime in to defend the position that Prime MSA holders can get a Studio R21 license via their last MSA purchase for about 1/3 of what Studio users have to pay ($250 vs. $720). Their defense though again gravitates towards subscriptions: "that is why Studio users can get two years of subscriptions for a 20% discount". But what took literally a ton of emails to sort out was that if you should ever take that offer in the future, they will deactivate your perpetual licenses - in essence locking you into subscriptions. They were very shady in divulging that information and it took some robust dialogue and painfully direct questions to get them to finally answer it. Now, where MAXON is COMPLETELY silent is defending why we should accept a 50% increase in renewing their annual perpetual license over what they paid for via the MSA program. Not one word of explanation or spin as to how this is in our best interests. Maybe they can say "well we canceled the MSA program" and that is the price of an upgrade without the MSA program. So we really didn't raise prices, we just cancelled a program. But then defend this: WHY DID YOU CANCEL THE MSA PROGRAM? Well, there is no defense. The MSA program was cancelled because they want people dependent on paying annual subscriptions for the simple reason that a companies "appearance" of value increases with a re-occurring revenue stream. It is a great selling point during quarterly earnings reports to say that subscription revenue growth is increasing and makes up a large portion of their total revenue. So in Nemetsheck's and MAXON's eyes, their thinking is "hey, we will make the annual cost of a subscription the same as the old MSA price so users will eagerly switch over of a subscription model. While it won't increase revenue (this year), changing the source of that revenue to re-occurring revenue is a great message to our shareholders." So again, the benefit is all MAXON and there is no way anyone from MAXON can defend this position on a community forum in any way that users will accept. Shareholders love it, but we don't because it provides us no value -- so why defend it. They tried to put lipstick on this pig by selling it as "3D for the whole world". No. It is "higher stock price for Nemetschek" and don't ever forget that. Again, the only thing they will listen to is a drop in revenue beyond what they forecasted. Right now, we are all exercising our last MSA purchases. The true test will come with what we do with R22. Do we convert to subscription? Do we pay the higher perpetual costs? Do we go somewhere else? That is why R22 will be a critical for both MAXON and for us as well. And don't think for a second that subscription prices will remain the same over time. Trust me, once they have coerced a large portion of their user base to subscriptions, those prices will rise. Maybe not in huge jumps, but they will steadily go up. And now you are really stuck. There are no alternatives but to pay at that point. While I love the fact that we have this great participation from Mr. McGarvan in this discussion, our complaints will make no difference and will generate no discussion from MAXON. Sitting on our wallets is the only voice we have. Dave
  5. 7 points
    Hello, you all! ... Noises are not easy to understand at first sight. Al least, no for me. I needed to train that. I've done hundreds of exercices and now I think I can speak maybe a little of this noisy language, voices of an infinite world. After some work, nothing was the same, again. Noises are 3D artists best friends for modeling, for texture, for animating, for every level, even for pleasure - I can watch them for hours. I've learned for free and for hours, for years, in this chair. Watching videos in youtube, in cineversity, in vimeo. Now I want to share my workbook with you all. More than 600 pages - I could not believe it!! - with CINEMA 4D renderings, about possibilities, about learning how to see, to understand all of them. ... Just follow this link that will redirect you to a simple site I've done in sites. The file is on Google Drive, no email required. ... Hope you like it! ... If so, please let me know. Thanks a lot. ... João Marco
  6. 7 points
    Welcome. I read all these posts and I am heartbroken and amused at the same time with the despair that many present. You are looking for conspiracies and dramatizing the situation. And yet everything is clear and obvious! So maybe I will help and explain in points. Everyone who has active MSA on September 1 will get a perpetual version of R21 + access to Cineversity - nothing changes here for MSA owners. The validity of access to Cineversity for MSA owners ends on the day the MSA expires. If someone wants to have access to Cineversity after this time and does not want a Cinema 4D subscription, they can buy independent access, as it is at the moment. MAXON plans special offers for MSA owners as MSA ends. These offers are not yet known. Anyone who has any version of Cinema 4D without MSA will be able to upgrade any version to perpetual R21 - that is, as it was, but there will be a bonus for owners of older versions of Cinema 4D who can upgrade to the perpetual version at a more attractive, the same price. From September 3, the R21 subscription will appear on the MyMaxon website for purchase in monthly (84.99 Euro net payable monthly) and annual (49.99 Euro net payable in advance = 599.88 Euro net) + mutations with RedShift. Anyone who has MSA (regardless of what Cinema 4D version they had before) will get perpetual R21 and will be able to have any number of subscriptions at the same time - one is not mutually exclusive. So you can, for example, buy a monthly or annual R21 subscription at the normal price and have a perpetual R21 all time - all on one account. During the MSA you can, but do not have to, convert your perpetual version to subscription. This conversion gives a 20% discount on subscriptions for two years, but you lose a perpetual R21 (this is a bundled transaction, the discount comes from somewhere). Then all previous versions up to R20 are still valid. There are people who have always bought MSA always wanting to have the latest version and have no attachment to the old versions, so it's attractive to them. When someone updates their MSA in August now, they are in a very good position. It has its perpetual R21 and can easily wait what MAXON will present next year in August. The prices of the perpetual update R21 to R22 will be known later, probably next year during the presentation of R22. Versions from R21 can be installed on any number of computers. You can remotely take over licenses - i.e. you go home and take over the license on a laptop. Licensing is checked every 14 days to make sure that someone under one license uses Cinema 4D on 10 computers. Since the R21 version there are no serial numbers, hence the plugins that required the number must be updated. Those that did not require a serial number will work. So to sum up. If you have active MSA in September, you get perpetual R21 + Cineversity. When MSA expires, you'll be able to continue using it and purchasing only Cineversity access. When R22 appears next year, you will be able to upgrade your perpetual R21 to perpetual R22 at the price announced next year. You will also be able to convert (if you have MSA active) your perpetual R21 in R22 and then in R23 with a 20% discount (but you lose the perpetual R21). You do not have to convert or upgrade your perpetual version but buy a subscription at a normal price, monthly or yearly. You stay with perpetual R21 and you have the R22 subscription. Everything that I wrote above is explained many times and on the MAXON website and on the forums, I do not understand what is incomprehensible to someone here. Personally, I am very happy with the subscription. It will be appreciated by everyone who has a company that is developing and when new jobs need to be prepared. It also gives you the chance to standardize different versions of Cinema and other older 3D programs in the company (e.g. Softimage). Thank you MAXON! :)
  7. 6 points
    what's up guys, jeeze feels like forever since i uploaded a wip project, life gets in the way some times but this is what ive been working on today, found an old helmet i started a few years back and decided to start over and develop it from there, more to come soon :D
  8. 6 points
    Hey folks, some good news here :) Unreal Engine Now Supports Maxon’s Cinema 4D More about that here!
  9. 5 points
    This is really fun. And shows that the dynamics in C4D is precise and accurate. Here is the video on YouTube that inspired me to test it in C4D: My project is attached. Have fun! -Ingvar The Dzhanibekov Effect.c4d
  10. 5 points
    me too. I made my decision, I did not renew MSA and won't pay subscription so I am out. edit: an ignominious ending or beginning to a once leading 3D software.
  11. 5 points
    Can finally show some work I did for the Walking Dead Season 9 last year. This was a pretty dreamy project. The props department needed a sword designed for the Jesus Monroe character. They gave me basic dimensions that they had tested out with the actor and some research from the comic and previous action figures and then I was let loose from there. I designed three different options - this is the one they ultimately went with. Stitching, seams, etc in the renders could be better overall, but the whole thing went together in just two days.
  12. 4 points
    Those that know have missed him while he's been away, but the good news is that the annual hiatus is over, and after a 4 month break Rocket Lasso is back later today ! For those that don't know Rocket Lasso is a 2 hour live video cast that happens on Wednesdays in which almighty C4D Overlord Chris Schmidt takes on your various VFX and Cinema problems and we all get to watch for a bit You can support him over on Patreon or via his website, and he'll be live later at 2 pm CST (8 pm GMT) over on Twitch or via his Youtube channel. So just a general heads up about that. If you haven't seen him before, the video below shows why he is excellent, and someone well worth watching if you are even vaguely into learning, pushing boundaries and generally having fun in Cinema. Here he is explaining the new Field Force Object in R21 more thoroughly than anyone else ! Happy watchings and thanks Chris for coming back for a second season ! CBR
  13. 4 points
    We will allow a transfer of r21 perpetual. We are close to uploading the information on the site. It is a different process than in the past. More info soon.
  14. 4 points
    I have been coming to the Cafe for a very long time and it has always been a great place to learn and ask questions. the people here are the best, a great group.
  15. 4 points
    Here are some answers I got from EU MAXON that may clarify some things for long-term users: you have several options: You could extend your current MSA for another year (from September 2019 – August 2020). In this case you would get a permanent license of R21 in the beginning of September. Then you can decide to stay with the permanent license or to switch to subscription. As long as your MSA is valid we have a special offer for two years – you can switch to subscription for 959,81 Euro net (this price is the two year price) and we also check the remaining months of your MSA and credit this amount. Please note that with the change to subscription the permanent license of your R12 will no longer be valid You can start with subscription in September. If you order the subscription in September we can offer you the same like above You can start with subscription in October or later – in this case we can offer you a price of 479,90 Euro for the first year. In the second year you would have to pay 599,88 Euro net You can upgrade to R21 perpetual for 850 Euro net Cineversity is part of the subscription. If you want to add Redshift then you additionally have to pay 240 Euro net per year (so it seems that the amount you have to pay at the moment is a bit cheaper). If you have further questions don’t hesitate to contact us
  16. 4 points
    Here's some C4D Python for noobs - random lottery generator spins the numbers, then sorts + holds lottery.c4d I use this speed control a lot for my gear projects etc arrow.c4d a bit more complex - this wheel on a chessboard rebounds at the edges, keyboard ctrl + alt steers L-R wheel.c4d math for wheel available on request
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    Was just modelling some Gothic Arch Vaults for various tutorials and my own general amusement, and thought I should probably throw a few together and at least make some sort of vaulted corridor render out of the various bits I modelled. Hence this, which I thought was quite nice, if perhaps not quite finished - probably needs more going on or a focal point in the scene (and some better texturing) to finish it off, but posting now in case anyone has any bright ideas about what that could be... This one was... Physical Render, Adaptive / Automatic / 15% /3, 3, 2, GI IC+LM. 45 mins or so. But was playing with Stereoscopy as well, so for any of you that still have the Anaglyph 3D glasses (red / cyan) that came in the box with R14 this one's for you... Being both quite lazy and lacking time, all I really built for this scene was the geo below, which was then cloned about and put next to a wall ! All good fun though, and very enjoyable modellings. Couple of GIF tuts about that over in my GIFTIPS thread for anyone interested... CBR
  19. 3 points
    The first part goes well beyond expressions, but is certainly interesting. The second part is an own topic but something i personally would like to see, just like an at least basic compositing node system. Both not really Xpresso features though.
  20. 3 points
    As much as I'm happy you're being more aggressive against competitors.. here is the main reason why I'm probably dropping out. Perpetual. Now it's great you have it.. it's the reason I jumped on. No, it really is.. I have far too much experience with old projects that needed a look down the years, only to find that the current version (adobe in this case) no longer had that version available. Which threw a wrench because the plugins from back then don't work on the current version. The story is similar for other tools as well, but let's not stick too long on that. But knowing that I can just return to my old setup as it was back then, is assuring. With the current perpetual I would now have to pay the full price every single year.. but with MSA I got the same version cheaper, because I stuck with it. With this pricing, you're essentially giving me the middle finger. Not cool.. not cool at all. (If there is a way to get the new version perpetually like before, it isn't on your page. But something tells me it will still be nearly 2x if that's the case. Still not cool.) Had you've gone the route of propellerheads, allegorithmic etc.. where you pay to own... it would have been an entirely different topic. Then subscription would make much more sense, if you as a reward after the full year get to keep the version you're on perpetually. And it's not like it would cost you anything either... it's already been sold & used. To be short.. with the current price structure it no longer makes sense.. if things are going to cost me >2500€ then I might as well go back to Autodesk. Because I can get their entire media suite for less per year, and still have money left to spend on keeping other tools up to date. This isn't cheaper.. you've just raised my yearly cost by nearly 3x-4x, and robbing me of the historical projects in the process. EDIT: the €2500 is in comparison with the Full Autodesk media package... sorry if I made things unclear. Which makes me sad... I really like C4D. Oh.. and the license manager needs to be able to sign out a license remotely... what happens if my laptop get stolen and I didn't sign out. No, don't tell me... contact support! No, wrong answer... let me do it myself. See how messy this gets? Internet is only great while it works after all. And copy ideas from your competitors more frequently... they have no qualms copying things from C4D after all. And implement Cycles if you don't want to make a GPU renderer yourself (prorender really isn't as developed as Cycles)... it is under Apache License version 2.0 license after all.
  21. 3 points
    Hi Rick, as you can't make a statement about MAXON's future strategy. Maybe you can tell us something about the reasons for the current strategy. MAXON has decided to end the existing MSA and introduce a rental option as the only renewing option. What advantages does MAXON hope to gain from a rental license over an MSA? I am asking this, because I can't understand why MAXON is alienating its MSA customers, even though they produced a steady stream of income (which at the time was the communicated reason for the MSA) thanks a lot Jops
  22. 3 points
    In some regions the MSA was offered as part of an automatically-renewing contract, in others it was manually renewed each year - so policies differ by region. As far as the question as to why MSA is being discontinued - I think it honestly comes down to trying to simplify things. It would be confusing I think for both us and users to have two different types of subscription, and it would be really difficult to manage the accounting side for both. A real focus of this effort was to simplify the product & pricing options, because we recognized how much confusion they were causing. That's why we've eliminated the editions and why we're only presenting 5 options on the website (one of which is Perpetual - I feel I have to keep reminding folks). With regard to plugins - our vibrant community of third-party developers is one of Cinema 4D's greatest strengths. For various reasons (almost all technical), we didn't give developers as much of a heads-up as I'd like, but I hope they're as excited as I am about the potential for a large increase in the Cinema 4D user base. It's true many will have to adjust their licensing, and in some cases it'll make sense to adjust pricing. Unfortunately that's unavoidable - but I think there's a great opportunity here as well. If any developers reading this have concerns, I'd love to chat with them directly - just send me a PM so we can start the conversation. Some folks seem to be latching on to the idea that McGavran "started with Bevels". In fact, he started with Field Forces and said that was his favorite feature. The new Caps & Bevels - which happens to be MY favorite feature - was the second thing he announced. I think there's great balance in these two features - one very advanced toolset and another that's designed to make it easier to achieve one of the most basic tasks in 3D. Both are implemented in a very MAXON way - a workflow that's easy to understand, invites artistry and experimentation, and provides access to powerful real-world functionality. -Rick (Sorry for the delayed responses - I left early Friday and took Saturday off for some R&R. Wasn't trying to duck questions - just promised my wife I'd put the computer away for our anniversary.)
  23. 3 points
    Hi Rick! what is wrong with the current licensing system? I have C4D installed on my PC and laptop. No hassle at all. Why did you have to change that? Why do you feel the need to control and "punish" your paying customers? You won't prevent piracy. That is for sure. I am just disappointed by your new business strategy, the direction MAXON is heading the lack-luster R21 release on top of that. R21 will be my last version as I am slowly switching to Blender and Houdini/Solaris.
  24. 3 points
    Welcome to the C4D Cafe NEW forums, and thank you for taking the time to view this post, which covers how and where you should post in order to get the fastest and best results. It also advises newcomers where to look first so that we get a minimum of repeat questions that have already been answered or are addressed elsewhere. 1. Introducing yourself... If you are new to the cafe, do pop to the Introductions Category under Welcome to The Cafe and do a post to say hello. Title it something like 'Hello from XXXXX' and tell us a bit about you, your artistic history and your 3D plans ! 2. Questions about something you are trying to do in Cinema. Our Categories are based around key areas of Cinema 4D, so go to the MAIN FORUM PAGE, and look down the list of Categories, and think what is the main area of Cinema about which your question might apply. Very often it should be obvious where to post a question, but that is not always the case. Sometimes questions span multiple areas. Try and choose the Category that relates most to your question, rather than other things in your scene. If you are not sure, pop it in Miscellaneous Questions and we will move it for you when we have enough info to do so. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Example Questions: Q: How can I make / model this ? Category: Modelling / Various First of all SEARCH for keywords in your question across the whole site. We may have answered your Q already. If you can't find the answer that way, go to the Main Modelling Category and look at the various subcategories within that. Choose one you think most suitable and start a new post there. Using the cafe's image upload system upload a couple of pics of what you are trying to make, and tell us your level of modelling experience, together with any ideas you may have had, and what, if anything you have already tried. If you have a .c4d file that isn't too massive, upload that as well. The more info we have, the better we can help. Q: I've done this, but it's all going wrong... Category: Various First of all SEARCH for keywords in your setup across the whole site. We may have answered your Q already. Think about your project and the things in it , and specifically WHAT is not doing what you want. Pick a forum section based on the problem rather than any other components of your setup. If you have a scene full of modelling and texturing, keyframe animation etc, but you think the problem is something to do with MoGraph, then the Mograph (general) Category is where it should go. Make a new Post in the most relevant category you can find. For these sorts of questions, always upload the c4d file, or if it is too big, upload to Dropbox or similar, and then link to your post. Maybe post a screenshot or 2 as well so that members don't necessarily have to load your scene file to get an overview of the issue. If a problem is especially complex, you can even make us a video that explains it, and upload that to YouTube, again linking to your post. Q: How do I use the XXXXXX tool ? Category: Various You may not need to post at all about this - The manual can probably give you the essential information, or Youtube probably has a tutorial or 10 about it, so search there first using the terms 'c4d' and 'tool name', which will usually reveal lots of results. But if you have checked those places and do need to post, then please find the relevant section to which the tool you are interested in belongs and post there. Q: How do I make this sort of texture ? Category: Texturing / UVs / Various Pop to the category above and choose the most relevant subcategory for what you'd like to use to make the texture. If you think Nodes is the way to go, there's one for that. Likewise Standard and PBR materials for any question about those workflows... We have categories for 3rd Party Renderer Textures, and Substance pipelines. Always Upload a pic to show us what you are aiming for, and if applicable, what yours looks like now ! Q: I am using Cycles for C4D, but have a problem with the Tracer. Category: Mograph We have separate categories for 3rd party renderers (in rendering AND textures), but please only use them if your problem involves those render engines. The question above should go in the MoGraph (general) Category because the Tracer doesn't involve Cycles. But if the question was about cameras or textures or lighting, that does involve cycles, so should go in the appropriate 3rd Party Renderers category. Q: I have no idea where to post this... Category: Other / Misc Questions When you just don't know where to put it, Misc Questions in the Other Department is the answer. Q: Where is the New Users & Beginners category ? Category: N/A That no longer exists. Please use the most correct of the new topic-based Forum Categories instead. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Posts showing us things... Discussions is mostly for non-questions. Here you will find the right places to buy or sell stuff, discuss non-Cinema things, and get latest news and cafe announcements. It used to be called 'The Lounge'. Q: Look I found this cool new thing ! Category: Discussions Show us the new exciting things you find In the Lounge sub-forum... Unless it's a plugin, in which case it goes in Xpresso & Python / Plugins Q: Look I made this cool new thing ! Category: Rendering & Lighting / Wip-Final Images / Gallery The WiP / Finals Category in the Rendering / Lighting Section is the place to post the artwork you have made when you are ready to show it off. Works in Progress should expect advice and possibly criticism, so tag it WiP if you want to encourage this. Final images can go here too, especially if you'd like feedback, but why not upload those (no WiPs please) to the Gallery as well ? Please title them nicely and complete the other info when you do this. If we like your uploads they may well appear in the Homepage Gallery Slider at some point. Please also vote on other people's work in the Gallery, which helps us choose. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General Posting Etiquette. Site Search (top right) is your friend. Please post in English only. If necessary use Google Translate. Make sure your Profile is showing the correct version of the software you are using. Often advice is version-dependent. If it is wrong, go to your profile, find the Edit Profile Button (top right) and change it therein. Please make sure you have checked the manual before you post a basic question. You can right-click most items or properties in Cinema, and choose show help to get right to it. Try and make your questions as detailed and specific as you can. The more precise your question, the more precise the answers you will get. Don't make your question too wide-ranging, general or vague. Do not post the same question more than once, or in multiple categories - duplicates get deleted straight away. Tell us how much experience you have in Cinema. If you have tried stuff already, tell us what. Always upload a scene file if that would help us understand the problem better. If that scene is too big to upload directly, upload it to Dropbox etc instead, and link it. If your scene files are huge, copy just the problem elements into a new file, or otherwise simplify it, and upload that instead. This can also be helpful for avoiding client NDA issues. Try to avoid posting linked images - use the cafe's own image upload system instead. Please only upload *.jpg, *.png ,*.c4d or *.zip. If your question / scene upload involves texture maps, please include them in the upload (do Save Project with Assets, and zip the folder that creates). If your question is very complicated to explain, why not make us an explanatory video using screen capture software, but please note this cannot be uploaded directly to the cafe. Instead you can use Youtube or similar, and link it to your post. Use the Likes System to thank or react to the people who are helping you... Title your posts relevantly and accurately - a post titled just 'Help me' helps nobody help you, and reduces the amount of people who will click on it. Conversely, a well-titled post will quickly gain the attention of the people with the right skills to be able to answer it. Try and spell key words correctly, which helps with later searches. Try not to use phrases like 'Help me now,' or 'Urgent' etc. People will help in their own time. If you find the answer before we do, post it and share your solution... Only add Tags if they are relevant, and not the same as the category you posted in ! If you do get your question answered, don't forget to Mark it Solved at the top of the thread. Be nice to each other, and enjoy the learnings we can all have together ! Happy Posting ! Team C4D Cafe
  25. 3 points
    Unfortunately this is true. It's on MAXON website: "Billed Annually". That's why I said in this thread that MAXON's advertising is disingenuous. There is no such a thing as a monthly U$59.99 subscription. There is only a U$720 annual sub and a U$94.99 monthly sub.
  26. 3 points
    Well, speaking for all those wage slaves who have never owned a copy of Cinema, I think this is a great move. C4D is paid for out of the operating budget of the studio I work in, and the different packages and the MSA have been a total ballache to deal with. Management everywhere have this issue with the difference between capex cost and opex costs - while they will think nothing of paying for something monthly, they will baulk at the idea of spending lump sums of any magnitude. I was looking at sharing one R21 licence with two people, and two R19 licences floating about. Now we can put a nice easy case forward for a monthly cost. And I should be able to easily move workstations, home and the studio. When Adobe moved to subscription it was the same thing, instead of fighting for a colossal upgrade cost, now we are all on the same version, all of the time. Remember having to skip an entire generation of creative suite because you couldnt pay for it? I do, and I'm thrilled I dont have to any more.
  27. 3 points
    I would like to see a series of best practice workflow guides on modelling small objects, with attention paid to solving ngons. I still get stuck on the simplest of flows and I never know where I should be solving things, or the best place to start modelling. It would be great to have a series of videos where you model each of the small parts of something, like a robot arm or something like that, and then since you have perfect workflow, people watching the videos will pick things up that are not the 'purpose' of the video, just little workflow tips and solutions to modelling problems. For instance this arm - I can think of a couple of ways of making the claw, but which one is best and wont have me solving ngon lines for four hours in the middle of the night? Do I Boole them out and then try and fix them? Do I start with three circle polygons and connect them? That base object, should I just intersect some different objects and hope for the best or is there a way of using SDS for this? Should I use the volume builder? I know this is above and beyond the scope of the topic, but if you dont ask you dont get! Also, the videos needn't be the high polish of the VP days, I think I would learn a lot from just a screen recording of an expert user making such objects, even with any mistakes left in. Thanks
  28. 3 points
    few more 105_Plain_scale_emission(MG+XP).c4d 106_Emit_and_trace(XP+TP+MG).c4d 107_Rubik_Cube (XP+CA+MG).c4d
  29. 3 points
    All credits go to the Scott Ayers. Attached is a plug-in. After installing, you'll be able to select a folder and all OBJs in the folder will all be imported. batch_importer.pyp
  30. 3 points
    Came here to say that, but Fastbee lived up to his name and got there first :) You'd think a Cerbera would be faster than even the fastest bee wouldn't you, but not today ! ;) CBR
  31. 2 points
    There's the easy way, and then the easier way. I'm sure there's an easiest as well...
  32. 2 points
    Reuleaux triangles are weird https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuleaux_triangle well, it amused me reuleaux2.c4d
  33. 2 points
    That, my friend, is a pole, specifically a complex pole which means that a single point has more than 5 edges converging on it; in this case many more ! Why do our primitives make / use them ? Because they most accurately give a properly spherical shape, and a lot of the spherically derived forms people try and make require that polar layout where the edge flow makes sense for their models - think eyeball for a good example of this.. The Hexasphere, which doesn't have a poles problem, being as it is a rounded cube essentially, might be much superior from a topological point of view in that it has no poles, but actually it isn't as perfectly round as either a standard sphere or an icosa sphere ! That is why we need both options. CBR
  34. 2 points
    Great plugin, a timesaver, using it constantly!!!!
  35. 2 points
    Hello Dan! I am absolutely grateful for you taking the time to explain this! I had no idea about the difference between animation layer/motion clip, etc.. for me, it was all part of the same thing somehow. But thanks to you, now I know the key difference! I will go through this tests before I get on with the animation process (I am doing a personal short film at the moment, with 3 characters, etc... ) so this will definitely save me a lot of time, I can already tell. And I will say it, thanks to your amazing tutorial on youtube, I learned so much more about Motion Clips... an aspect from C4D that i never used for about 12 years I work with the software. It takes the highest amount of care and dedication to make a 1 hour tutorial and post it on youtube. Thanks you so much for your amazing dedication Dan. And I hope you recover very soon from your illness, and be 100% fine very soon!
  36. 2 points
    So any timing for the release? I would love to unwrap a few things during my holiday and I’m not talking about Xmas gifts.
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    Excellent - always nice to hear when a plan works and days get saved, and even nicer when OP thinks to mark their thread solved ! Gold standard forum-ing there my friend CBR
  39. 2 points
    Cineversity was never included in perpetual, only in MSA. We will definitely consider adding it to the upgrade but we only started discussing this based on the feedback, please bare with us. Cheers Dave
  40. 2 points
    Take heart: Great art and talented artists will always find a way. I had the great opportunity to talk to a traditional matte painter from the golden days of photo-chemical/mechanical special effects (his big claim to fame is that he did the opening title shot for Ghostbusters). He also did matte paintings for Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The guy is talented. I met him at the MAXON Power Integration tour in Boston so he made the switch to digital. But what struck me from talking to him is that the shift to digital was a frightening change for the SFX artists of the day. And this guy new them all...all the greats (even Denis Muren who is the grandfather of digital VFX). The artists were all terrified (which is understandable) but what struck me is that even some of the seasoned VFX supervisors were scared (accept for Mr. Muren of course). Change is always scary. I used to study the old techniques as I have loved VFX since the 1960's when I was a young lad. What I have found is that knowledge of the old techniques provides useful insights in how to make things look real in the digital world. Hey, the old timers faced the same issues in the toothpicks and rubber band era of VFX too! Knowing how they solved it in the physical world helps replicating reality in the digital world as well. Well...new tools create new opportunities and possibilities. Just look at how many people are in the industry today as compared to the 1980's. DCC is a multi-billion dollar industry. Re-topology may be automated by the AI demons you fear, but hard-surface sculpting may now become an even bigger new industry than it is today with new tools and techniques you never would have considered unless you were pushed into it. Hey, you would never use boolean tools because right now it is easier to just polygon model it from the beginning then mash it together and fix it later. But what if you could use boolean modeling tools in ways you never dreamed of and get perfect quads with outstanding mesh flow because some AI was able to make it work? Your tremendous knowledge of quad modeling is only going to give you an advantage because even should an AI system do it for you, you will have a deeper understanding of what those algorithms need as you work with the new tools/techniques that these new capabilities create. That insight will help you push these new tools further than you could if you didn't have that knowledge and that will allow you to once again stand out as a gifted modeler. So have no fear. You are exceptionally talented modeler and while the tools may change, your talent, knowledge, experience and insights will always be in demand. So don't fear the change....just go with it. Dave
  41. 2 points
    Just remember the closer edges are to each other the more or a crease will show so its about distributing the edges as even as you can. If you select the inside polygons and use the Iron tool your see how its trying to distribute the edges evenly. And here with the better-distributed edges. An extra little tweak with the slide tool to get the right edge verts even.
  42. 2 points
    This quick test is mainly a 2 octave stretched Fire shader, altered so it fills the entire plane, animating slowly (TF=0.1), with an (also animated) electric driven Distort Effect on top. Tiny amount of cyclone in underneath all that. CBR
  43. 2 points
    allrighty, last offer at 499.000$ :P
  44. 2 points
    For those of you who haven't yet heard, and miss the old Ask GSG sessions, they are back, tomorrow, under Chris Schmidt's latest Project, Rocket Lasso. Bring your questions, and show him we appreciate his efforts by turning up to the first one. Kicking off 2 pm CST / 7 pm GMT this Wed on Twitch. CBR
  45. 2 points
    Hello, you all... ... Just a Sun...! Made only with noises... and a Sphere. Layer upon layer... and lights... seven of them. ... Cheers. ... João Marco ...
  46. 2 points
    Indeed. Trying to pick apart CG in television and movies started for me when I began taking classes for 3D, animation, texture painting, etc and has never really stopped since. I've only really been doing Arch-Vis my entire career which arguably is a simpler niche of CG, though I am pretty familiar with the other areas out of pure interest. I'm often noticing details in the way architectural structures, systems, and millwork are actually built. It's definitely not as demanding as character modeling, rigging, and animation, which there's no easy way around, but with arch-vis a lot of the times we're translating (faking?) those smaller details with textures or simplified geo because the actual detail won't often show up (or would make the scene too heavy) because the views are so vast. I also look at materials in the real world as reference and try to take mental notes of how certain characteristics appear like reflection levels, roughness, etc. at whatever time of day/lighting conditions it may be at the time. One could argue that 3D artists have a greater ability to see 'The Matrix'! ;) Sometimes I am almost convinced that we may actually be living in a complex computer simulation..but I digress. :)
  47. 2 points
    I like the overall feel of and light in the scene - lovely job there - really pleasing diffuse shadows... I think I'd move the camera focus to the front of the sofa - it's a great texture that deserves to be sharp somewhere :) And maybe too much DoF overall ? Also with JM about the plant - could it be little more variegated / glossy ? And less green. Those things are always darker than you think when there's no light behind them. CBR
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    Have you seen this? https://www.codeworkers.de/garage-plugins-reeperx_eng.html Pretty cool. BTW, the I just updated last example file because one formula spline had somehow become a spline.
  50. 2 points
    tritanium it's very rare, obviously

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