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Wow! It’s been more than a month since I last updated my blog. I’ve been pretty busy freelancing at Fox Business Network creating on air graphics and teaching myself Cinema 4D. Now back to Cinema 4D! In the process of learning about extruding, lighting, texturing, and animating I figured that I was far enough along where I could actually apply what I’ve learned so far. So I decided to “update” the Brooklyn Nets Promo that I created in After Effects awhile ago. In the original version of the video the Brooklyn Nets logo is flat and there’s no real movement to it. In the new version, I replaced the flat Brooklyn Nets logo with a 3D version and there’s a lot of movement to it (basketball spinning and shield swinging from left to right).
The whole process was a very good learning experience, especially when it came to the integration of Cinema 4D with After Effects CC. I’m a big fan of how you can make changes in Cinema 4D, save the changes, and once you move over to After Effects the changes from C4D are almost instantly reflected. The only issue that I ended up having though was with the “in-box” shaders (textures) that came with C4D showing up in AE. For some reason AE doesn’t recognize the shaders and as a result you get a flat, dark C4D object in AE. I did a little research on the interwebs and this issue appears to be a bug between the 2 programs. The work around was outputting an animation sequence from C4D and importing the sequence into AE for final output. Below is a screen shot from the original video showing the flat 2D Brooklyn Nets logo. Hope you like the update. Let me know.
This is my first attempt at creating a 3D character in Maya and then making a simple animation from it. The figure is based on a character that I created in the 90s, Spaulding Zagmuire. My Jean Tinguely kinetic sculpture 3D model is still a work in progress. I hope to have a video of the final product up in a week or two for your viewing pleasure.
The animation was created in Maya and composed & outputted from After Effects.
Here’s my first Cinema 4D model (top picture) created for a commercial by Core Studios for the Biscotti TV Cam. It’s an interesting thing to learn two 3D programs at the same time (the other program I’m learning is Maya). It’s definitely a good opportunity to compare the similarities and the differences of the two programs. Though I like Maya very much, I think that when my internship has concluded at Core Studios and my Maya class is over at Mercer County Community College I’m going to continue learning Cinema 4D and abandon learning Maya. To me, Cinema 4D is just as sophisticated as Maya but an easier program to learn. The other reason for this decision is the just released announcement that Maxon, the makers of Cinema 4D, and Adobe, the makers of After Effects, are integrating Cinema 4D and After Effects with an even tighter workflow than before. Once I get the knack of integrating Cinema 4D and After Effects I’m sure I’m going to be able to make some really interesting videos.
As soon as the commercial is online I’ll post a link showing how my model was used in the commercial. Stay tuned…
I just volunteered for HPTV, Highland Park, NJ’s local public access television station (Channel 15 if you have Cablevision in Highland Park). I think that this could be a good chance for me to learn even more about shooting video, live sound mixing, and post production. If I’m allowed, I also think it’ll be a good chance to use my After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop skills to update the station’s “look”, the station’s IDs, and most importantly, create some new content about the people and events in Highland Park. I’ll also be looking into updating the HPTV website, YouTube page, and creating a Facebook page for the station so that the station can be even more connected with the local community.
As for content, once it gets warmer, I was thinking of creating a half hour show highlighting the musicians of Highland Park. A showcase of 3 or 4 musicians playing a few songs in someone’s house or backyard with an interview in between sets. What do you think we should do? Also, I definitely can’t do this by myself nor do I want to (I do have a movie to finish up), is there anyone in Highland Park who would like to volunteer? We’re going to be looking for people who can shoot, edit, and just help out. Or, if you can’t volunteer, do you have any content that you’d like to put on TV? From what I can tell so far, this is definitely a good opportunity to learn how a local public access television station works and it’s a great way to help the community out.
For more information on Highland Park TV please email Gary Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just went to my first After Effects New York meeting on February 28th and it was a blast. There’s something about getting a whole bunch of like-minded people in the same room that can be really energizing. The guest speaker was Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot, the king of motion graphics tutorials and he was there to show off his baby, Element 3D, a plug-in for After Effects. In the simplest sense, this is a plug-in that let’s you import 3D OBJ and Cinema 4D files into After Effects. From there you can do things like use 3D objects as particles or animate the deconstruction of a 3D object. The 3D text with all the different bevel presets seem to look pretty amazing too. Some of the reviews have brought up that objects in Element 3D don’t cast shadows but Andrew Kramer showed a demo of a newer working version of Element 3D that did cast shadows. Did I mention that you can buy 3D object bundles? If you don’t know how to create 3D models, Video Copilot provides different “packs” for you. You can buy 3D models of food, buildings, guns, and materials just to name a few things. I’ve barely touched on what this plug-in can do and I can’t wait to get my hands on it (I would love to be able to play around with a demo version if it were available). My only regret is that it’s yet another program that I have to learn after Maya and Cinema 4D. When are they going to add more hours to the day?
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