City Kit is a great city generation system from the Gorilla. There is a making of video on vimeo HERE. Gives you the quick run down, looks powerful and useful. In the words of the Gorilla City Kit “builds realistic looking cities in Cinema 4D with a click of a button. Customize your city kit with your own buildings, settings and sizes.” It also comes with lighting rigs for day and night! Check it out HERE to get all the details and purchase.
DHP Digital has an offer running, giving you 15% off of their complete sIBL Collection HERE. Image quality looks great! Web site says the collection has 13 sets and each include: 8k (8000 x 4000 pixels) spherical JPEG background, 4k (4000 x 2000 pixels) spherical HDR for reflection, Low-res light-map (360 x 180 pixels) spherical blurred, Thumbnail JPG (128 x 128 pixels), sIBL document, Example test render, 360º QTVR to help view the panorama. Sounds like a great package to get some awesome renders. Saw some really great reviews and the range of images looks like it could be used for a lot of different lighting situations. Promo code AAK66D0I for %15 off!
Looks like Samir Kharchi over at www.dpit2.de has a new update that includes dPIT for Vray. Amazing fluid simulation plugin for Cinema4D. From Samir: “At its very core it includes a physical based fluid solver to create fire, smoke, vapor and explosion simulations. But also liquids belong to the repertoire of DPIT Effex which is the only plugin available on the Cinema 4D market that allows to generate complex water and highly viscous liquid simulations.” There is a demo available so go get your fire and water on at www.dpit2.de! Check out the demo of DPIT and VRAYforC4D on Youtube. Also check out the other goods, Plants and Rulertools.
Found THIS great tutorial by C4D Cafe user Marjin. “Here’s a much requested video tutorial on the new AR3 GI. I used the petals scene (which can be found in the content browser) to show how to reduce rendertimes drasticly without quality loss.” Check it out and get those pretty renders out the door 4 times faster than before!
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James Shaw has posted THIS article that lays out a ton of useful Vray parameters. It is for 3D Studio Max, but all the concepts apply for VrayforC4D. “Recently Ryan Lintott and I went to a VRay training seminar by the man himself Vladimir Koylazo (one of the makers of VRay) who went through a number of facets of VRay including a step by step way of breaking down your render settings into logical steps to get the best combination of quality and speed.”