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Artbeats 3D/CG Collections

Using Maxon's CINEMA 4D to make your life easier. By Ko Maruyama
Whether you work in digital photography, compositing, or editorial, you're familiar with Artbeats - the company that creates tons of video content for stock usage.  While many of us take advantage of their beautiful aerial shots, or dangerous fire and electric footage, Artbeats also offers 3D clips which can save hours or days of work. One of Artbeats' secret weapons is an artist named Annette Gaillard, who uses MAXON CINEMA 4D to create these looping backgrounds.

In the new CINEMA 4D Module called Mograph, there are over $1,000 worth of Artbeats stock footage in both NTSC and PAL formats.  The six movies included in the Mograph goodies from Artbeats include clouds, designed background, children, fire, and timelapse photography.  Here are some links to find the parent collections of these clips.

Obviously CINEMA 4D artists use Artbeats, but likewise, Artbeats artists use CINEMA 4D.  One of Artbeats' 3D artists is Annette Gaillard.

Ko: So what's your platform Annette?

Annette: MacOS now.  I use MAXON's CINEMA 4D R9.5 to create the 3D animations.

K: What kind of stuff are you currently working on?

A: I'm creating some 3D fly-through animations.  There are several movies that will be useful for people who want to add dynamic 3D graphic animations to their projects.

K: What kind of stuff?

A: There are several different fly-through backgrounds.  The tunnel project that I'm currently working on is a very large piece.  Not only do these backgrounds make this type of animation available to anyone who doesn't know 3D software, the tunnel itself is over 9 million polygons.

K: Anyone who does know 3D software, can appreciate how long it would take to manipulate and render this kind of thing.

A: Exactly.  The resulting background movie is for anyone, whether they use 3D only or not.  Here's a screengrab of one part of the project.  Of course, it doesn't appear to have many items in the object manager, most of those polygonal shapes are nested in closed hierarchies.

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K: Everyone knows creating 3D animations is a difficult task, certainly keeping up with Artbeats' high caliber stock photography and stock movies is difficult in any medium, what made you choose CINEMA 4D?

A: Well, it's easy to use and it looks great.  I've used Maya and some other software packages, and CINEMA 4D is much easier to use than anything else, while delivering the same, great looking animations.  It's really easy to use, and that's mostly what I like about it.  The interface is friendly.  I have everything I need to create the movies.

K: Artbeats has done other 3D and digital backgrounds that don't solely rely on MAXON's CINEMA 4D.

A: Yeah, Artbeats backgrounds are created with whichever software package will create a great looking product.  There are several different titles in the Artbeats digital library.  It's a long list.

K: Fire away, I'll post them in a list of links so that our readers will be able to check them out.

A: There are almost 50 different collections, and each collection has 20-30 clips in each collection.  You may just want to check out to see them all.

K: Okay.  Thanks Annette.  Please let us know when the tunnel background movies become available at Artbeats.

A: Sure!

To check out some of the CG Collections at Artbeats, including 3D backgrounds, click on some of the links below.  

Ambient Textures | Centrifusion | Centristorm | Chromatica | Code Rush | Code Storm | Cyber Journeys | Digidelic | Digital Aire | Digital Biz | Digital Dimensions | Digital Edge | Digital Microcosm | Digital Moods | Digital Refractions | Digital Web | Dreamlight 1 | Dreamlight 2 | Floral Twist | Glass Illusions | Hyperscopes | Light Alchemy | Light Waves | Liquid Abstracts | Nature Abstracts | Nightmare Light (only 4 of the 31 clips) | ReelTextures | Soft Edges | Tranquiloscopes | Virtual Insanity | Virtual Intensity | Control Panels 1 | Control Panels 2 | Mad Scientist | Particle Effects 1 | Particle Effects 2 | Reticles | Space & Planets | Starfields | Gears | Grand Openings | Objects 360 | Objects -Time | Earth Approaches | Earth Views | Flags of the World | US States

For more information about CINEMA 4D, be sure to check out the MAXON CHANNEL at

Of course, if you have any questions about the software, be sure to check out the C4D forum here on DMNForums.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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