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  1. haha, yep. Alright... thanks everybody, I appreciate the input. :-)
  2. Thanks Theta! I agree with you! If anybody else can chime in with their thoughts, either for or against Fusion for the purposes of motion graphics for promos. it would be very helpful to me. I need to build a case that logically supports the decision to either get it or not. Your position is valid and helpful Theta, I'm just going to put it out there that I'd value a few more to add to your insight. Thanks everybody!
  3. Hi there, I work for a company with several on-air promotions producers who cut promos for various commercial and premium channels here in Canada. We edit with Avid Media Composer and use After Effects CS6 to create our motion graphics (animated lower thirds, full screen text animations) typically with copy that compliments the narrative of the promos that we produce. Well all know AE well and we know it has several notable limitations in various areas like true 3D and particles, etc. We're aware of plug-ins and tools like Element 3D and Trapcode Particular that help to fill in some of AE's shortcomings. I have also heard that Maxon's C4D is a good way to go for 3D mograph. For the most part we are able to create pretty nice animations within AE but one of the promo producers has been looking at another software tool that I have never really thought about until last week: Eyeon Fusion We're not a VFX company and don't really need to tackle any advanced compositing, we don't really typically do special effects beyond basic 3D green screen stuff and AE seems to have been tackling our basic mograph needs relatively well. Anyway... here are my notes on Eyeon Fusion so far: - Eyeon Fusion looks to me like it's primarily a VFX node-based compositing tool, an animation tool secondary. Does that sound right or am I wrong? - It's expensive. Knowing what we would produce with this tool, does this expense make sense to you or would an alternative 3D tool like C4D or Blender make more sense? - I don't see any tutorials on Lynda.com for Fusion. None of us know how t use this tool, we're fast learners and I hear it's easier to learn than Nuke, but I see a LOT for Maxon's C4D so I'm thinking this would be a better choice in terms of a quick learning curve? - Is Fusion a better choice than Cinema 4D? - I'm not seeing a lot of Mograph fully produced with just Fusion (demos, videos) I see a lot of work where fusion is a finishing step (or part of the process) and other software tools are also used like AE or C4D, but not just Fusion. - What's a safer bet? Finding a motion graphics artist who who is pro-efficient in C4D or in Eyeon Fusion? - The titles I hear a lot of when it comes to typical tools used by mograph artists are typically: AE, Cinema4D, Trapcode Particular, even Blender 3D or Elements 3D, There are others too but I think those are the most common. I never heard of Eyeon Fusion until recently, should I be including this in that list? If you have some time, please share your thoughts on whether or not you feel EyeOn Fusion would be a good fit for our needs or not? Anything that you can share on anything above will be very helpful to me, I trust your opinions a great deal, you're all very talented with Mograph. Here's my position based on what I know about this software and Mograph at this time: - I think Fusion is a VFX tool more so than an alternative to AE. I believe that Cinema4D or even Blender 3D would be a more appropriate and cost effective alternative over Eyeon Fusion. I hear C4D is easy for people who know AE to pick up. Also there are lots of tutorials out there for C4D and Blender. I also feel that we'll have an easier time finding talent who know C4D over Eyeon Fusion. And I know that Maxon/Adobe have a partnership that ensures solid integration between AE&C4D. Anyway thanks again for your time and insight. If you have any questions, please ask away.
  4. Quick update: Our company is setting up another meeting on Monday to discuss Cinema 4D vs other 3D solutions for use by us promotions producers. I'll be honest, it's frustrating to be told several times that it's confirmed only to be told that it is not and that another meeting about this is required. It's tiresome to be honest. lol! The biggest draw for Cinema 4D is the fact that there seems to be such a healthy mograph community surrounding it. And... I have started playing with it, and I'm actually loving it so far. It's so user friendly! So ya, I guess I'm going to have to present my case for Cinema 4D one last time on Monday... So if you've got a good story for Cinema 4D that you think can help me to convince my department (promo producers) that this is the best solution for us, please share! :-)
  5. Thanks for your feedback! I just had a meeting with him and some other tech people and presented the facts as I saw it. I'll admit, I was surprised at how easy it was for me to press for Cinema 4D over Maya/3DSMAX. I have been schooled in 3DSMAX so I know that software better than Cinema 4D so this was a decision I made based mostly on the facts on paper rather than from personal experience. So good news, we're proceeding with the purchase of Cinema 4D. It'll probably just be the Broadcast version but it's our first time diving into the world of 3D so I guess they want to start at the shallow end and see how things go. Cheers, Patricio
  6. Hi there, So I'm asking to buy Cinema 4D. It was approved but when my software request was presented to our IT guy, this is what he said to us. NOTE... I changed the names to protect peoples identity. I also have 3DSMAX background but I've been told it's more used for architecture these days and that Cinema 4D is the tool motion graphics people use most often because it's easy to learn and works well with After Effects. I think the Mograph and cloner tools certainly look appealing too. I have a meeting at 11am with this guy to argue why Cinema 4D is better but I'm new to the software so I could sure use some of your feedback as to why I should buy Cinema 4D instead of 3DSMAX... (for broadcast use). Or... is he right and I'm wrong? Here's his email (names are different to protect confidentiality): Here's my position right now: 1) we are using HP X400 workstations with 12GB of ram, Windows 7 64bit Xenon CPU's clocking at 3.33GHz (I see 12 cores on Task Manager), our graphics card isn't fantastic but it's not low-end (NVIDIA Quadro 2000). I have created simple animations on my laptop with pretty half these specs fine, so my guess is that this is not a fantastic perfect workstation but it's certainly powerful and capable of running Cinema 4D. 2) Render takes longer that's a given, but a render farm is overkill and not necessary for what we're doing in house which is mostly 3D text, maybe a flying 3D logo or iPhone, simple stuff like that. We're not making Pixar grade stuff here. 3) 3DSMAX is powerful, but expensive and not as intuitive and easy to learn. It's more geared towards architecture and maybe video games? For TV graphics, and to learn quick, I'd say Cinema 4D is right for us? So please help. I am looking for any input that you can share to ensure I get Cinema 4D and not 3DSMAX, which I think is wrong for our needs. Thank you for your time!! Cheers, Patricio
  7. Hi guys, Thank you for your input! I will certainly check those learning resources out! You guys rock! :-)
  8. Hi everybody! I am asked to purchase some software tools for a workstation we're setting up for motion graphics. It's for a small TV company who is looking to produce some motion graphics in house. They are allowing me to buy Cinema 4D along with some other software so right now I'm compiling a list together. I have 2 questions: Question 1: I don't see the sense in paying for the full Cinema 4D Studio suite since we're not going to be doing advanced 3D with this software. I'll be using Cinema 4D primarily for motion graphics work and in-house designed channel air-packs, so am I right to be asking to buy "Cinema 4D Broadcast"? Is that the right version to get or is there a feature that I may regret not having that's on another version? Question 2: I need to learn Cinema 4D fast. I am working with some graphics people to design an air-pack for a new channel and of course, I don't expect that I'll be a pro overnight, but I do need to dive and learn the commonly used mograph relevant functionality of this software. I have a Lynda.com account already and it looks like they have some good stuff there? Would you say it's a good resource to get quick training on cinema 4D or is there something else out there that you can recommend? Thank you for your time and help! :-) Patricio
  9. Hey I'm trying to find an animated vector flame. Flame tendrils things like that. I know I've seen it done before, but I can't recall where from. I just spent some time on Art of the Title and I don't see anything with animated vector flames. Maybe I missed it or haven't come across the opening yet. Basically trying to find a good example online with these kind of graphics only rendered to show a graphics person. Anybody here know of an opening or animated sequence out there with this sort of animation that I can reference? Cheers! Here are static versions of the look I'm trying to find:
  10. Hmm... italics crossed my mind while designing this latest batch. At this point they scare me a little because I am not yet aware of what rules revolve around italics. Anyway i am thinking of trying the single line design with an itallic "wing", everything else the same. Emphasizing wing because the documentary profiles a bird.
  11. Deep breath.... And I guess this one which is more of a tweak of the first set of designs, stacked and centered composition I flipped the layouts upside down, squinted the eye and tried my best to balance the text. It's my first time trying this Finally, I do have this last variation which I'm not sure if I'm a fan of.. 2 different fonts, less dramatic difference between texts. I think in my attempt to keeping it simple, I'm leaning towards the top one (1 line). Anyway that's my crack at it, I am starting to read the online PDF's suggested above and I'll definitely start reading through some typography books. What the hell... here's 1 more with a serif type and sans serif type font (urgh I may be wrong w/ the terminology), anyway, I'm still leaning towards the top 1-line version.
  12. ZOMG! That's very helpful Binky! Actually all this advice is. I guess my challenge is interpreting what you're saying. It's definitely a lot to take in so my mind is a little blown. Honestly, I have never thought this much about title design... ever! It is in my best interest to learn this so I'm just doing my best to understand your creative input and take it all in. Oh, and no more squishing, Had no idea it was such an issue, show's how much I know! Hmm... I don't know if I'll be able to revisit the title design for this particular project but we'll see how the week goes... I'll try. Thanks again for all the tips!!
  13. Well I'd install it. I know it's just a glorified bookmark but I use these things all the time, I'd love a big beautiful mograph one.
  14. Does anybody else here use Chrome? And more specifically has anybody here used chrome web store apps? it's probably just me. Anyway just wondering. I guess I think it would be kinda cool having a mograph shortcut app.
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