Michael Welter recently provided his C4D plugins for Mac operating systems. Written by himself for his own projects, the scope of these plugs comprises various issues in the field of shading and modeling; they are relatively small and minimalistic, but also quite powerful and useful – and, last not least, they are available for free.
If you want to play around with some new physical render engine for Cinema 4D you may try the beta version of NOX which currently is still offered for free (who knows how long?): NOX is a stand-alone, physically-accurate state-of-an-art renderer, its engine is based on unbiased methods, and many post-production actions can be done internally, so no additional software is necessary. However, it is compiled only for Windows systems yet …
AXYZ design recently announced their 2nd Lifelike Contest organized by AXYZ design, MAXON, and Laubwerk. Free to enter and judged by leading CG professionals (Jeff Mottle, Ronen Bekerman, Maryam Nademi, Tianyi Zhu, Matheus Passos, Michael Feuerroth, Sérgio Merêces), the awards bring worldwide recognition and exposure to its winning and shortlisted 3D artists, as they say. Moreover, a heap of prizes for 3 winners and 10 nominees with well over $ 33,700.00 worth …
Cinema 4D R15 is being announced to be released in September; some overview videos on new features and enhancements got already posted at The Pixellab; however, you can also turn directly to Maxon for all the R15 specs.
MAXON Announces CINEMA 4D R15
If you are interested in things that are too small to be perceived with our eyes, macro images, small things, and other things you rather overlook and disregard? Then you may show what you would expect in small to quite large! A contest by C4D Network was launched recently, deadline is August, 31st; for more details please turn to their website.
Late in the season, we are going to visit the Heinrich Hertz Institute / TiME-Lab for watching my experimental 4 minutes shark animation and some other overwhelming examples in the uniqe environment of the TiME-Lab. The acronym means Tomorrow’s immersive Media Experience: Within a 180° panoramic 3D projection you really will experience the by far most immersive sensation you’ve ever had!
We’ll meet on Wednesday, 10.07., at 2:15 pm – sharp – in our BTK foyer and together we’ll go to:
Heinrich Hertz Institute
We’ll get picked up there at 2:45 pm, exactly. – Although this excursion is mainly dedicated to the participants of 3D IIb – Character Rigging And Animating and all my other 3D courses, as well, everyone else being interested will be very welcome but should drop me a note!
Shark of “Aquarium” (Detail), 180° Panoramic 3D Animation for HHI / TiME-Lab, by Achim Bahr 2012/13
To all participants of the 3DCI for 3DIC course – please do keep in mind: After btk project week, there are only two weeks for doing your 3D animation with your very own logo for 3DIC – final presentation will be at July 16th. For this reason I will hold the animation course on Tuesday, July 2nd, and Thursday, July 4th, as well! Since there won’t be much time, you should prepare your logos very well and come up then with some precise considerations concerning your animation ideas; doing the whole thing in stereoscopic 3D won’t make it easier, either.
Due to btk projects week, we’re going to have a break in progress with our explorations. For this reason I suggested to do some homework: Using the skills we recently came up to, try to make an interesting and more complex animation with the dynamics engine, e. g. take your car, driven by motors and mainly controlled by user data interface, put a puppet with rag doll connectors in it, push up the forces, and let it all crash against walls – I’d like to see what will happen then. Or try airplanes, helicopters, or rockets in conjunction with aero dynamics, a rotating chain carousel with flung seats – or something similar to the battling shown by Chris Smith, at least …
The Pixel Lab, from time to time enjoying us with some highly detailed 3D models for free, is now announcing a fresh C4D modeling contest. The subject is “Summer” and you have till the end of June, winners will get a free model pack. For further information please simply switch to The Pixel Lab Contest.
Due to the probationary lectures of “Media Informatics” on Wednesday, May 29, both of my lessons get cancelled: 3D IIb was shifted to the 5th of June, 12:00 o’clock (!), high noon – our new appointment for 3D III isn’t clear yet.