Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cinema 4D Global Illumination Lighting Presets

In my so far… short… experience with Cinema 4D, I have found that one of the hardest things to do for a scene is to light it properly. So I discovered the Advanced render module and Global Illumination. This made lighting more realistic, and easier. But, it adds sometimes HOURS to the render time. But it is usually worth it.

But, there are always people out there who will make things easier for you…. (Please don’t take this in all ways)

For example, the guy over at Hello Luxx has provided everyone with some amazing GI presets!

So, I have copied the download here. And below are some screenshots of a basic cube with cut outs using the presets… Amazing!

GI Presets Screenshots

 

3D Church Model: Update 2

Well, after a few more days of working, we have a few more things finished, and being worked on. We now have more options and un-decided design questions than we had before.

Foyer? Yes. Balcony? Yes. Chairs or Pews? Chairs.

How to get to the balcony? What shape is the foyer? Backstage? Sound booth placement? Type of ceiling? Light placement? What is the stage layout? Projectors? What goes on the walls? How high should the walls be? Even have an outside? Parking lot and lights?

Yeah, I stopped there. I’m keeping these updates/previews short. So, on to the current screenshots.

Basic Finished Sanctuary

Basic Finished Sanctuary

Another of Chris' Light Structures, with actual lenses in the cans.

Another of Chris' Light Structures, with actual lenses in the cans.

Financially Sound Decisions: Buy Your Dream Car

First of all, I would like to ask you: How would you finance a car?

I could bet that most people would say to have a good credit score and try to finance it in a car loan, wrap it up in a mortgage, or get a line of credit through something. Then have a $200-$600/month car payment. And, after five years finally have it payed off.

All this is inspired from Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman and many other financially-minded people I follow.

So, back to the car thing.

When you are first buying a car, get something small and cheap. I’m thinking around $5k and under. Don’t have to get a loan. Buy this car used, and with cash outright. AND, at the same time, start putting the equivalent of a car payment inside a savings/money market account.

Let’s say you did this for two years @ $300/month + 1% interest = About $7,300

So, if you could get $2700 out of that $5k car + what you saved = $10k

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that a $10 used car could buy a pretty decent vehicle.

Just to get to the end, I’m going to do this for about six years. Staying with the decent $10k used car, and saving $300/month + 1% interest = About $22k in the bank!

Let’s compare that to a five year car loan on a car loan for $22k:

$300/month payment @ 6% = About $26k total cost of car

And I wouldn’t stop there, I would do this until I could get the car of my dreams!

So, I have never bought a car or gotten a loan for anything. I also would think that a car payment/month would be more than $300/month. Actually, I hope my math is correct, but financing the car would cost about $125/month more than paying for it through savings. $125/month is a huge chunk of change for me especially! That is my food budget for a month! So in colclusion, the ending to this advice is this: Do what your grandparents told you to do and save your money instead of getting it now and paying dearly for it later!

Now, for those of you that I just saved hundreds a month on a car payment, how ’bout you share some of that cash with me?

3D Church Model: Update 1

Well, I guess this is the intro to my newest project. My room mate Chris and I were at cheap tacos night and talking about what we have always wanted to do- design a church! We were talking about how we would deck it out with the coolest, modern style everything, and it hit us…. We should get some good experience in Cinema 4D with modeling structures, and also do something we have always wanted to do! So, this week we have made a good start on this MASSIVE project: Modeling a semi-realistic 3D Church!

So… I have decided to keep my readers informed on our progress. I’ll be posting a small article¬†every so often on our progress and some screenshots. Also, we would like ideas on what else we should put in our church model. I might be able to include some polls to get some accurate results for decisions. So please leave feedback on what you like and what you don’t!

We also intend to have this project on SermonSpice.com for sale with some good things in it! Maybe a “Welcome to Church” countdown, or a looping background? We are still brainstorming how we could actually use this for the actual ministry. If you have any ideas, let us know! If we use your idea, there will probably be some $$ coming your way!

So anyways, after a whole day of work, We got a few things finished/almost-finished:

Stage and Stairs

Stage and Stairs

Glass Door into Sanctuary

Glass Door into Sanctuary

Light Bar- and Chris' unique attention to detail

Light Bar- and Chris' unique attention to detail

Valentine Heart Video

Heart Video

Heart Video

I have posted this as an animation loop and the source files on the Subscriber’s site.

It includes this nice graphic, I can send it to you at any resolution that you would like, the full loop video, and the C4D source project file. Oh yeah, and the illustrator file to make the heart!

I decided to quickly come up with a nice Valentines day animation that to sell on SermonSpice.com (only $5). Chris helped me greatly, and this still took about 4 days to make. And now I give it to BlogRyan.net readers. Hope you enjoy this!

I’ll also have a tutorial on how I made this soon, I am still trying to piece together how I am going to do the tutorials in the future. I have to get all my branding materials together before I can start the whole recording/edit/distribute process.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

3D Glass Cross Animation

I have made a 3D Glass Cross in Cinema 4D. I have the blue one for sale on Sermonspice.com (Link)

I have a poll at the bottom of this post. I want you to vote on which color you like the best!

I also have published this for BlogRyan.net readers to download for free at the Subscriber’s page.

The winner will be the next animation I’ll submit to Sermonspice.com for sale.
Why not do them all at once? Well, let me have your computer for 23 hours to render the animation, and I can still only get one done a day, I mean, I want to do other things on my computer too besides watching it render. For those of you that don’t know what rendering is, see this.

Blue

Blue

Green

Green

Orange

Orange

Red

Red

Yellow

Yellow

White

White

Also, please comment on the animation and stuff if you think something needs to be changed or added etc. Feedback is the only way I will know that I’m heading in the wrong or right direction.

Actually, anyone that has real constructive comment will receive the animation for free to use however you like (the one in blue). I might even give it to you if you just say you like it… or hate it. Either way. I’m just trying to get people to comment and get evolved here. Thanks!

Oh yeah, and all my old and new subscribers will get it too. So…. Subscribe!

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