Turn Cinema 4d into your own lighting studio! This tutorial shows you how to use the HDRI Light Kit Pro kit of plugins and addons to create unique lighting effects - add your own softboxes, ring lights and other sources to improve your renders.
There aren't many people who will believe that a prosthetic zipper face or gunshot wound to the eye (disgusting as they are) are real, but greyscale from Game of Thrones? That'll really unsettle people for awhile because it totally looks like an actual, honest-to-God infection ...more
If you pay close attention, you might notice that the screen on your Android begins to flicker or pulsate when you lower the brightness past a certain point. This is a result of the AMOLED technology Samsung, among other manufacturers, use in their displays, and the way that t ...more
Remember what life was like before your iPhone? Before there were palm-sized smartphones with seemingly endless features, there were phones like Motorola's RAZR that peaked with its embedded camera. Before that, there were simple flip phones with texting capabilities, bulky tw ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla does a great tutorial showing you how to do the JibJab effect in After Effects. This effect is essentially taking a photograph, putting it on another video's head, and comedy ensues.
There are thousands of fonts you can download online. Some are free, some you have to pay for, but they all have something in common—if you can get them, so can everyone else. If you want a truly unique font that no one else is using, you have to make your own, and what's more ...more
Thanks in large part to our phones, many of us don't get the recommended eight hours of sleep. In Android Pie, Google introduced a feature called "Wind Down" that aims to help combat this. However, thanks to a creative app developer, we don't need to wait for Android 9.0 to en ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates how to create a very simple spinning logo animation. Using Cinema 4D, Mograph, and Random Effecter, Nick combines different textures and camera angles for a rich, slick finished product. Check out his blog entry here: http://greyscale ...more
No matter how good a display is, the idea of perfect color calibration is subjective — some prefer warmer more saturated colors, while others prefer the calmer cooler side of the color spectrum. It is almost impossible to create a single color calibration that everyone can agr ...more
Using HDRI Lighting and Particles in Cinema 4D, Nick from Greyscale Gorilla gives a great tutorial on creating a black and white balloon animation. These tools give a very slick and organic look to your projects.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla boils down the basics of keyframing. Many beginning users of After Effects try to use too many different keyframes and styles. Fortunately, this tutorial shows you simpler executions of the same concepts. Check out this link for the After Effects p ...more
In this advanced three-part tutorial, learn how to create a beautiful, sweeping animation for Cherry 7-Up. This animation is made using Cinema 4D and will take a bunch of cherries, have them swim together and form the logo for 7-Up. This animation is gorgeous and looks so prof ...more
Create a three-dimensional logo in Cinema 4D and Photoshop with realistic lighting, reflection and shadows. The render is created in 3D inside Cinema 4D using Mograph Text and a bend deformer, textured and lit for initial reflections, and polished in Photoshop with blending mo ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates how to master the Ambient Light and Area Light feature in Cinema 4D. These are great tools for creating believable and organic lighting effects.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to do intermediate level camera animation in After Effects. He also demonstrates 3d layers and the use of depth of field for creating believable and realistic VFX.
Lots of people sleep with their phone close by. When closing our eyes, our phones are often the last thing we see. But with help from Google's Wind Down Mode, we can have an easier transition into our sleepy time. Wind Down Mode gives visual cues that it's time to start prepa ...more
The addition of a new research mode for Microsoft HoloLens will enable researchers and developers to tap into a wider range of data collected by the device's sensors. Available in the Windows 10 RS4 update for HoloLens, application code in Research Mode can access computer vi ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to take your flat, uncorrected footage from a DSLR like a Canon 5D or 7D and make it sing. Check out his article here for more detailed information
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla gives you a bunch of tips and tricks for cleaning up your bookmarks toolbar in Safari. These ideas are incredibly helpful for improving your workflow and productivity.
Pentagram has to be one of the most nightmarish creations on American Horror Story (even though she has some pretty tough competition to fend off). Can you think of anything much worse than a pair of hands wriggling their way out of your temples? Well, a pair of hands wriggli ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to make a very intricate animation sequence in After Effects. Although it's very complicated, the final output is very simple and sleek. He demonstrates some very useful tips and tricks for better After Effects efficiency.
Compositing and color correction are important and integral steps in processing a 3D render after it is generated in Cinema 4D, 3D Studio Max or any other 3D package. Compositing transforms simple renders and provides them with life, vibrancy and atmosphere. In this demonstrat ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to use primitives, splines, nurbs, deformers, and Mograph in order to model in Cinema 4D. It's not necessarily great for organic modelling but is wonderful for inanimate, non carbon-based objects.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla presents a fantastic tutorial on texturing objects in Cinema 4D. This is especially helpful for creating realistic looking objects. Describing his workflow, his process is incredibly informative
Increased productivity in Cinema 4D (or other processor-intensive applications) does not always have a linear correlation wtih the speed of the machine that the work is performed on. Nick Campbell of Greyscale Gorilla explains what exactly it is that a fast machine allows one ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla does a great walkthrough of the CS Tools bundle for Cinema 4D. He demonstrates installation as well as basic uses for simply accomplishing complicated 3D effects.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you the basics of setting up a project file, creating a scene, and rendering a final image in Cinema 4D. He also does a basic tutorial for post-production HDR lighting. Go here for the HDR map and C4D Project file: greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2 ...more
It seems like each day our phones become more integrated into our lives. School, work, shopping — so many tasks either require a phone or heavily benefit from one. But our phones are a double-edged sword that can easily distract us and harm our mental health as well. This is ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates how to do the effect from "The Matrix" in which time stands still and the camera whips around, continuing the action from another perspective. Go here for Nick's blog entry: greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2010/02/stopping-time-how-to-make-t ...more
Love the look of the new Discovery Channel cubic animation? The Greyscale Gorilla is here to help! After several months of experimenting, you can now benefit from his hard earned wisdom! Using Cinema 4D, you can make your own copy of this effect.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla teaches you how to use audio files in After Effects. MP3 compression can cause problems so it's good to convert to a more edit-friendly format such as AIFF.
Having the latest and greatest professional equipment isn't always possible on a limited budget. Using only ingenuity and available equipment of his iPhone, Panorama 360 and Cinema 4D, Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows exactly how it is possible to create a stunning, professio ...more
In this Final Cut Pro tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at the gradient wipe transition. The gradient wipe transition is a highly customizable transition using greyscale patterns to create your own custom wipes. Creative Cow is a support community for digital video, v ...more
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates another, more advanced method for creating shimmering glitter particles using Trapcode's Particular in After Effects. The main advancement is the implementation of 3d rotation of the glitter particles, as well a ...more
If you're looking to buy a game that doesn't cost too much and offers great looking visuals, then Limbo is for you. This puzzle-platform game is a sidescroller that has you controlling an unnamed boy who is searching for his sister. There's no soundtrack, it's in greyscale, an ...more
In this 41 minute tutorial, learn how to build a spherical glass mesh with softbody physical properties (and filled with round particles) that enable it to bounce without breaking in Cinema 4D. Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows how. Original blog post
Linear Workflow is automatically activated in new projects in Cinema 4D and is a feature to ensure that lighting falloff is rendered more accurately and realistically on light sources, textures and reflections. Greyscale Gorilla explains the concept in this demonstration video ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates how to use the ever-useful CS Tools plug-in (Daylight) for Cinema 4D. This feature enables you to fine-tune your key light and other precise ambient settings.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you a few simple methods to replace a boring sky with one that is more visually interesting. Using various selection tools you can be your own manipulator.
Nick at Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to do gamma correction at 2.2 in Cinema 4D. Opening up your gamma will allow you to see deeper into the shadows and the highlights while still keeping a crisp image.
In this great, albeit long, tutorial Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to create a car racing scene from a series of photographs in After Effects. It's very kinetic and looks great. Go here for the PSD file: greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2009/04/15/after-effects-tutorial ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates the proper technique to be able to fly through space and land pixel-perfect on a video in space. It's a difficult concept to learn, but it's how the pros do it.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates how to use Dynamics in Cinema 4D. This feature is incredibly helpful for making chaotic interaction of shapes. It's almost like chaos theory meets order.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you a great way of playing around with shapes in order to play around with lighting and shadows. Most of this approach is very conceptual, but it's incredibly important to import ideas for later projects.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you how to do one of the bread and butter effects in Adobe's After Effects: keyframing. He shows you a simple animation of a boxcar going around a race track.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla demonstrates a great feature of the Cinema 4D CS Tools plug-in: Bloom. The Bloom tool automates animation of objects "blooming" into the scene with rotation and scale.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla shows you great techniques for getting professional quality textures in Cinema 4D. He also talks you through the update of HDRI Light Kit v. 1.1 to v. 1.1.
Interested in using Cinebench to benchmark your Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X computer? You've come to the right place. This home-computing how-to from the Greyscale Gorilla will teach you everything you'll need to know. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla explains how he did a certain timelapse technique in conjunction with certin in-camera effects for the "Every Photo Shot for the Conan O'Brien Title Sequence" video. The video is available here: http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2009/08/every-photo- ...more
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla show you how to use the CS Tools plug-in "Cubes" in Cinema 4D. This feature is especially helpful for random shape arrays.
Nick from Greyscale Gorilla gives a great tutorial on not only how to adjust the hue and saturation of various objects in Photoshop, but he also demonstrates how to select and isolate these objects for better chromatic keying. Check out his blog entry here: http://greyscaleg ...more