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Here’s some of the resources we use and can recommend to help you on your way;)

 

After Effects Plugins and Scripts

Animation Composer

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

Huge time saver for mograph! I bought this as soon as I found it. Free and Paid plug-in used by more than 50 000 motion designers.

FX Console

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

Speed up After Effects by making it work your way! Manage design progress with the new Snapshot tool and find the effects you need instantly!

Saber

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

Create High quality energy & lights beams, Realistic Glow falloff, Advanced Core Settings, Built-in Distortion, 50 Presets (View Gallery), Dynamic Text and Mask Outlines, Stackable FX with Add mode.

Copy Pasta

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

Tired of fiddling around with the render queue to export PNGs? Streamline a process that used to take upwards of ten clicks by exporting directly to your clipboard in one click! The quickest solution for sending your people the snapshots they need!

AE Corner Cutters

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

A collection of 26! scripts to make your life easier in After Effects. Use the included toolbar or use individual scripts in your own workflow. Script icons are also provided if you choose to use them with other toolbars such as ft-Toolbar. What’s new and changed? – Click the version history tab above or simply watch the videos. Version 2.1 – 3 additional scripts included.

Optical Flares

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

This is one of the plugins I still find myself using all the time, if used correctly (and not too over the top) it can make your work instantly better! And it plays well with comped 3D elements too. Unleash your inner Michael Bay!

Reelsmart Motion Blur

After Effects Plugins And Scripts

Rendering 3D passes with motion blur can take forever! But motion blur can realy help sell a shot! Some of the GPU renderers (like Octane) handle this prety well but most of the time it’s faster to add blur in post. If you do a lot of 3D comping this will be your best friend!

Building a Portfolio

Behance

Building A Portfolio

Behance is a great tool for show casing your still and video work, and best of all it’s free! According to Behance they are the leading online platform to showcase & discover creative work. Companies can also explore the work and access talent which means you might get work out of it. I personally prefer to have my own custom site with my own domain, I think it makes me look more professional, but it may well be fine for your situation – if your work is amazing it will speak for itself!

C4D Plugins and Scripts

RealFlow

C4D Plugins And Scripts

RealFlow is primarily an out of the box fluid simulation piece of software. It is standalone and compatible with all major 3D platforms. So why am I mentioning it in an article about plugins! Well, RealFlow have provided a set of connectivity plugins which make going between CINEMA 4D and RealFlow a breeze for both PCs and Macs.

Arnold

C4D Plugins And Scripts

Arnold is an advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer built for the demands of feature-length animation and visual effects.

Dual Graph

C4D Plugins And Scripts

Do you want to change a classic Delaunay triangle-mesh to a cell like Voronoi topology, with little effort? Then the Cinema4D python plugin “DualGraph” is for you. It computes the dual graph of the Delaunay tesselation. That means it finds the midpoints of the original triangles and connects these to form new ngons. Resulting in a beautiful mesh.

Octane Render

C4D Plugins And Scripts

The speed of this renderer is insane! You need a compatible graphics card and a decent workstation, but Octane makes lighting and look development sooo much quicker then the C4D standard renderers. If you do a lot of 3D work I highly recommend looking into this, all of my work these days is rendered with Octane!

Red Shift

C4D Plugins And Scripts

Redshift is a powerful GPU-accelerated renderer, built to meet the specific demands of contemporary high-end production rendering. Tailored to support creative individuals and studios of every size, Redshift offers a suite of powerful features and integrates with industry standard CG applications.

Turbulence FD

C4D Plugins And Scripts

TurbulenceFD has all the features that a visual effects artist needs to create organic looking particles. Get unparalleled realism and control with voxel-based gaseous fluid dynamics, a physically-based fire shader, Particle Advection, and Multiple Scattering. TurbulenceFD is easy-to-use, with an intuitive workflow, and is extremely fast, designed to exploit high-end GPUs and CPUS with even vast simulation data.

V Ray Render

C4D Plugins And Scripts

If you want to use an external renderer then you have a stack of options but a lot of them require you to export out to an external standalone solution. V-Ray enables you to do everything from right inside the CINEMA 4D interface. It goes without saying that VRay is an established and proven renderer that is constantly being developed. It is therefore an excellent renderer to adopt.

X-Particles

C4D Plugins And Scripts

Easily create amazing particle effects right within Cinema 4D! X-Particles is a fully-featured particle and VFX system for Cinema 4D. Using a unique system of Questions and Actions you get full control over your particle simulations without the need for Xpresso or Cinema 4D’s native particle system. Particles, fluids, and gaseous simulations all in one place.

Easy Chesterfield

C4D Plugins And Scripts

Easy Chesterfield is a Cinema 4D plugin that helps user to create Chesterfield effects for pillows, couches, sofas and similar.

CG Software

Cinema 4D

CG Software

After many years with Max and Maya, I switched to Cinema 4D and never looked back. It realy takes a lot of the technical stuff out of 3D and alows the artist to concentrate on being creative.

Daz Studio

CG Software

POWERFUL and FREE 3D creation software tool that is not only easy to use yet but feature and functionality rich. Whether you are a novice or proficient 3D artist or 3D animator – Daz Studio enables you to create AMAZING 3D Art.

Blender

CG Software

If you’re after some free 3D modelling software, you won’t find better than Blender. The open-source program has been around for a long time now, and subsequently has an army of highly dedicated artists, teachers and enthusiasts behind its continued development. And boy, for an open-source project, have they created something special.

Houdini

CG Software

A 3D animation and visual effects software for use in film, commercials and video games.

Marvelous Designer

CG Software

Marvelous Designer allows you to create beautiful 3D virtual clothing with cutting-edge design software.

ZBrush

CG Software

ZBrush sets the industry standard for digital sculpting. Its features enable you to use customizable brushes to shape, texture and paint virtual clay in a real-time environment. When you use ZBrush, you’ll be working with the same tools used by film studios, game developers, toy/collectible makers, jewelry designers, automotive/aviation designers, illustrators and artists worldwide.

Editing and Audio

Audacity

Editing And Audio

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software, available for Windows, macOS/OS X and Unix-like operating systems.

Premiere

Editing And Audio

Premiere Pro CC is the leading video editing software for film, TV and the web. Creative tools, integration with other Adobe apps and services and the power of Adobe Sensei help you craft footage into polished films and videos in one seamless workflow. And Premiere Rush, our new app, is included with your subscription so you can capture footage and start editing on all your devices, anywhere.

Graphic Design and Resources

PureRef

Graphic Design And Resources

PureRef was created to be a simple and lightweight tool for artists to organize and view their reference images. Following is an overview of the features and at the bottom you will find a list of keybinds.

3D Models

3DSky

3D Models

Great collection of high quality Free and Paid models on a subscription model. You can download 3 free models per day.

Productivity

Storyboarder

Productivity

Storyboarder is a free and open-source storyboarding tool, available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Storyboarder makes it easy to visualise a story and allows you to quickly draw, create animations and express your great story ideas.

Camel Camel Camel

Productivity

I use this when I’m in the market for computer hardware, I got a cheap GPU! This app notifies you when prices drop!

MyAirBridge

Productivity

We will transfer your files easily, safely and rapidly from one place to another. You can send them directly to an email address or share files using a unique link.

Share X

Productivity

ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to over 80 supported destinations you can choose from. Get it!

Stock Photos and Footage

Pexels

Stock Photos And Footage

I love this site! Free stock photos you can use everywhere. Free for commercial use No attribution required.

Pixabay

Stock Photos And Footage

This site is fantastic! Very high quality images available to download at huge sizes, and best of all – they are all free to use however you like!

Textures, Shaders and HDRI Maps

CC0 Textures

Textures, Shaders and HDRI Maps

Over 300 Free PBR Materials, A new one every day. No sign-up. No attribution required. How good is that!!

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