Particle instance tutorial

particle instancing
Particle dynamics is a wonderful addition to the 3d software. In Maya you can create a wide variety of effects using particle dynamics. Instancing is the commonly used method to create mind blowing Hollywood effect and motion graphics. In Maya particle instancing is easy and more productive. You can control the instancer using custom expressions and attributes. This technique gives maximum freedom to technical artist to create whatever he like to do. But these possibility can be achieved only if you know Maya well and some scripting.

In this half an hour length video tutorial you will learn the basics as well as some advanced functions of Maya particle instancing. This tutorial is more towards motion graphics but using the same technique you can create debris of blast and other possible instance of dynamic object. Please note that this tutorial skips some basic of dynamics and collision attributes because those are not necessary for this tutorial.


Cricket Ball 3d free download

cricket ball 3d free fbx 3ds max c4dGiveaway of the day. You can use this 3d cricket ball in your commercial and non commercial use. Please respect our effort to create this. So please do not upload or publish it anywhere  And do not redistribute it. You may link to this page if you want to share.
Formats includes cricket ball.3ds, cricket ball.obj  cricket ball.fbx, cricket ball.dae for collada.
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nparticles for motion graphics

nparticle dynamicsParticle dynamics in Maya is very useful for creating realistic natural effects such as rain, dust, snow etc. It is very handy in creating secondary debris, explosions, smoke, liquid, pixies or similar effects. But you may not that much familiar with the particle in motion graphics. In this tutorial you will learn to create a simple but attractive motion graphic effect with Maya dynamics particles.
Usually beginners are confused with the Maya dynamics because of its node nature and unwanted complexity. So we created this tutorial with lesser complexity in dynamics.


3D elight by DNA Research

3d elight a render man compliant render3delight is a Render man compliant renderer. It is free for both commercial and non-commercial use. The free version comes with support for 2 CPU cores. If you need multi-threading and multi cpu support you have to buy the commercial license.
But for learning purpose, personal or small studio rendering the free version is enough and valuable. If you are planning to get a touch with Render man 3delight is the best choice.
More over 3delight is photorealistic; point cloud based rendering solution with nearly physical accurate ray tracing. Many production studios use 3d elight as their primary renderer. 3d elight’s ability to work as standalone and as integrated renderer is suited for production pipeline.


Mash- mograph module for Maya

mash- mograph module for mayaArtist love Cinema 4d instead of Maya for creating Motion graphics works because of Cinema 4d’s excellent tools dedicated to Motion graphics. Artist can create amazing artwork with simply applying the scripts and Cinema 4d will deliver the art. But for Maya it is not possible. You have to go through the tedious process and do the maths your selves to create something in Mograph. Maya have all the tools and power to deliver what you imagine but you have more technical knowledge. After the innovation of Soup development plugin, Maya got more power and tools similar to ICE module in Soft Image. Soup also provided some basic functionality similar to Mograph modules. But it was Ian Waters who developed Mash a plug in to deliver Mograph functionality in Cinema 4d to Maya.


Soup For Maya

soup_plug in for MayaSoup Development plug in is node based plug in resource for Autodesk Maya. Soup contains a set of plug ins that extends procedural, dynamic and other capabilities of Maya. Soup is actually developed by Peter Shipkov. Due its complexity and lack of good tutorials Soup remains silent in the CG world. Only technically knowledge people could get the result with this plug in. But now things are changing. More people are using Soup and slowly there are some tutorials are publishing. FermiCG will provide some tutorials on Soup soon.
Soup is a free tool so anyone can use it on their commercial and non-commercial projects. If you are a dynamics or motion graphics artist practicing Soup plug in can deliver some fabulous effects very easily. It is something similar to ICE node in Soft Image.

Newton- Rigid body plug in for After effects

newton rigid body dynamics for after effectsMotion Boutique Newton plug in provide rigid body dynamics to Adobe After effects. It is the first plug in providing such functionality in After effects.
Newton interprets each 2D layer in AE as rigid body and applies dynamics on them. It is very fast and easy to use plug in. Once the simulation is completed the dynamics is converted to key frames. Newton is a must have plug in for motion graphic artist.


Golf Ball 3d Free download

golf ball 3d modelHighly detailed  quality 3d golf ball for free download. You can use it in your commercial and non commercial works. Please do not redistribute this anywhere.
File formats included
Golf ball.3ds   golf ball.blend  golf ball.fbx  golf ball.obj  golf ball.ply  golf ball.stl   golf ball.dae
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Path deform- plug in for Houdini

path deform houdini tutorialHoudini, the most used 3d animation tool in visual effects by Hollywood studios. In this tutorial you will learn about a new custom tool named Soptools pathdeform. Pathdeform is a part of Soptools which is a set of plug in developed by Adam Swaab, for Houdini.
Soptools pathdeform uses a curve as a deformer. Objects can be fit to the curve or maintain their scale. There are options for moving along the curve, scaling along the curve, twisting along the curve, banking, and extending the curve.


emTopolizer-ICE node Geometry cache

emtopolizer cache nodes Softimage ice tutorialLearn the ICE nodes and its use from the experts. In this tutorial you will learn about the pre-sets present in the Mootzoid- emTopolizer. The author will show you the use of Geometry writer, Geometry reader and geometry free reader. These are some tools available to cache your geometry in to the disc. I.e. after caching the geometry animation you can apply that animation cache to deform other geometry, modify the topology of the animated mesh without any problem. The working example of an animated Dinosaur mesh ease the learning process little bit. Anyway this tutorial requires a little bit ICE experience.

Blender 2.64 available for download

blender 2.64
Blender 2.64is released. This release contains all the major updates and plug ins till date.This release is more concentrated on the movie and vfx platforms. Tightly integrated full vfx pipeline, improved motion tracking with planar tracking, easier green screen and new mask editor are the new addition to this release of Blender. Besides this improved Cycles render, tile based compositing,advanced color management, improved game engine and sculpting etc are the new attractive features.


3d text with dancing LEDs and glow effect

3d text with dancing leds and glow effectThis is another exclusive tutorial for FermiCG fans. In this tutorial you will learn to create a 3d text intro with animated dancing LEDs or pixies with animated glow effect. The entire effect is created on Maya. You will get some cool trick to achieve these kinds of effects with in Maya. In this tutorial I will cover Text tool, Bevel plus, Text as curves for custom effects, lighting technique for motion graphics, custom reflection (the curvy reflection seen in product rendering such as mobile phones, monitors etc.), animated texture with paint effects and custom glow.


Colima- Edit the scene after rendering!

colima motiva edit after renderColima a new post production plugin developed by Motiva is today’s special software. With Colima you can easily change the scene after rendering. And it is software independent that means you can easily customize your rendered image with Colima even if you are using Maya, 3Ds Max, Softimage or Modo. You have to render the image as open exr with custom passes and import them in Colima and you are ready to change the final render. You can use rendered image in this application no 3d data is supported. You can easily add post render effects such as lens blur, bokeh,etc. Easily change colours, textures, reflections, refractions and global illumination and lighting.


JM Scatter-ICE plug in for Soft Image

jm scatter ICE interactive toolICE or Interactive Creative Environment is highly powerful programming environment with in Soft Image. You can create awesome effects, tools and plug ins with this amazing program. In this video the author demonstrates the capability of the new plug in he developed with ICE.
This is not a tutorial, but I liked the capability of this new tool JM Scatter.


emReader for Modo

emreader for modoemReader is a procedural item which loads indexed geometry cache files. The geometry cache files are only referenced instead of imported and directly passed to the renderer when needed. The plugin consists of a kit that contains a "lx" file (Windows 64bit) for Modo 601 and above.
Quick loading and rendering of indexed geometry cache files without the need to import them.

emPolygonizer 4.0 is released

empolygonizer 4 metaball tutorial for Soft ImageCreating and texturing metaballs in Soft Image is now very easy.You can create mind blowing fluid effects with ICE particles and convert them in to polygon mesh for rendering with the help of
emPolygonizer, is a plug in for Softimage which generates metaballs. The basic technique used by this plug-in is called "polygonising a scalar field" or "marching cubes". It was invented in the mid-eighties by Lorensen and Cline.
Following video by the creator shows what is new in emPolygonizer. Following a video tutorial walk through of the emPolygonizer.


Muvizu-free 3d application

muvizu 3d
Muvizu is a new generation 3d application which is distributed as free for non-commercial and educational purpose. Muvizu means animation is for everyone. Still being beta Muvizu proves a competing market in the 3d world. Muvizu is a library driven animation program. If you are familiar with Poser software you can get what it means. Muvizu is not like any conventional 3d software. User can quickly create an entire animation movie within hours, not within months. It is possible because of the fully featured expanding library asset system. You can download characters, sets, props, effects, clothing, animations, characters or dynamics with in the library. Easily mix them and create your own short films with in a day. The character parts can be easily replaced or modified. There is no need to vertex model or polygon model your BG or characters.

Camera Man 3.5 New features

cameraman-for-mayaCamera man 3.5 is launched. Camera Man is an application for iPhone and iPad which works on iOS 5 and later. This application is used to create virtual camera animation for your 3d applications such as Maya and Modo with iPhone. If you still need more info about this cool application and tutorials read our previous post about Camera man.
There are some new features and improvement with this new release. Have a look at this video and download Camera man for your favourite 3d application.
Get Camera Man from iTunes app store

You can now save the motion cache to a .cmm file. The file is saved to the iTunes File Sharing documents directory. Using the Load Motion function of the Camera Man control panel in Maya, you can load the file and apply it to any object. Use the .cmm motion file to backup motions or share with colleagues.
This setting controls the time it takes to apply the motion cache to the Maya timeline. This setting, which defaults at 1/20th of a second, fixes the Wi-Fi latency issues where the keys applied in Maya are less than the actual amount of keys captured in the cache.
* iOS 6 compatibility
3.5 FIXES:
• Motion Cache Interval fixes wifi latency so that the number of keys applied in Maya match the number of frames captured in the Motion Cache.
• Slider UI images fixed.
• Fixed bug where the apply motion at start of timeline wasn’t working.
• Added alert view to show that Set Position has been cached
• Fixed issue where the range and cache number fields brought up keyboard


Blender 2.64 RC1 is available

blender 2.64Blender 2.64 RC 1 is available for download. Anyway it is not the final product but still you can use it for your creative purpose. There may be some bugs and the final release may contain some improvements. There are lot of additions and improvements with this release. The Blender team are really working hard to produce more competing product. I love the way they are improving.

updated : http://www.fermicg.net/2012/10/blender-264-available-for-download.html
Available platforms include Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows


Maya tutorial offset animation key frames for sequential effect

Continuing from our previous tutorial curve align objects, in this tutorial we are going to create the procedural animations to the diamonds. The sequential offsetting the key frames are the best way to create animations like this. First I animated all the diamond groups and applied key frames to them. Then using the script created from Maya’s script editor I offset the animation. You can get the modelling and rendering diamond tutorial if you want to do the same animation.With this technique you can create a wide varieties of effects and animations such as forming buildings, vehicles etc. More tutorials are coming on this topic, so stay subscribed!
If anyone have scripts to automate the process or want to create it please share it with FermiCG.
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iPhone and camera animation in Maya

iphone appIPhone 5 is out and everyone is talking about it. So we are also talking about iPhone and iPad. But we are not talking about their features or specification but how they can be used in animation production. If you already have an iPhone or iPad you may know the gyroscope hardware present in it. With the help of that hardware we can make use of iPhones as a camera in Maya.
In this article we will take a look at the new application named Camera man for Maya.

Camera Man for Maya

Camera man for Maya is an application/app for iOS (for iPhones and iPads) that allows you to control the 3d camera in Maya virtually. Using the applications inbuilt joystick controller and gyroscope hardware present in iPhone and iPad you can control the 3d camera in Maya by iPhone or iPad device. This allows greater freedom and flexibility. You can create awesome Hollywood style camera works in your animations and movies. The camera movement produced by your iPhone is virtually transmitted to Maya and is stored as key frames i.e. you will get realistic motion effect.
Current version available : 3.01
Price : 1.99$


  • Highly developing features and updates
  • Full XYZ rotation using gyroscope.
  • Translation using joy stick controller
  • Simultaneous rotation and translation
  • Utilize rotation constraints
  • Object and world space
  • User defined speed control
  • Adjustable camera focal length
  • Control Maya time lines play back and frame range
  • Motion capture system caches motion and transfer to Maya time line as key frames
  • Motion can be applied to any point in the Maya time line.
Download to iPhone or iPad through iTunes application store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cameraman-for-maya/id429086818?mt=8
Compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5, iPad 2nd, 3rd 4th generations. iOS 5.0 and higher
Learn the basics of Camera man and Maya through these tutorials

CameraMan for Maya 3.0: Preview One from Wes McDermott on Vimeo.

CameraMan for Maya: Basics - Updated from Wes McDermott on Vimeo.

CameraMan 2.0 Tutorial: Getting Started from Wes McDermott on Vimeo.

Using CameraMan 2.0 from Wes McDermott on Vimeo.

CameraMan 2.0 Calibration from Wes McDermott on Vimeo.

CameraMan 2.1 - Gyro Modes from Wes McDermott on Vimeo.


Cinema 4D R 14 new features

Maxon Cinema 4D is the leading 3d motion graphic software in the CG industry. With the recent release of Cinema 4D R 14 Maxon added extra functionality to its famous softwares- both Cinema 4D and Bodypaint. Take a look at the latest features of maxon Cinema 4D R 14.


 What is new in Cinema 4D R 14?

Ø New Digital sculpting tool
Ø Improved modelling tool sets
Ø Camera enhancements with motion tracking
Ø Faster and better rendering
Ø Better integration to compositing softwares
Ø Improved dynamics


Procedural animation-Curve align in Maya

curve alignAligning objects in Maya is little bit complex compared to other popular 3d animation software. You can’t find any dedicated align objects similar to 3ds max, Cinema 4d or Blender. But with the tools available in Maya you can create awesome effects. Using the curve align object tool in Maya you can easily place objects in the vertices or CVs of a curve. It is a must know technique if you do lot of motion graphics or architectural modelling. Using this procedural modelling technique you can create beads in necklace, rings, place trees, pillars in paths or anything similar. You need to simply create the curve and modify its vertices according to your needs. Duplicate the desired object and place them in the curve with a mouse click. Very easy and handy technique you must practise.


Maya Tutorial Physical sun and sky

physical sun and sky
Autodesk Maya offers wide varieties of effects and customization. With tight integration with Mental Ray Maya rendering power and customization reached a high level. Most of the people don’t know the basics and easy tricks for achieving good rendering with Mental Ray. If you try something with worse settings you will get prolonged render time (due to high utilization of processor, GPU and RAM with unmatched settings). In this tutorial you will learn the basics of Maya Physical Sun and Sky pre-set and some easy tricks to achieve the desired rendering with in short time period.

I have used an evening style rendering technique with Physical sun and sky for this tutorial. The scene file is from the Maya ncloth Tutorial Flag. Follow the tutorial and play with different settings. If you have any doubts leave a comment.


Free Professional Video editing Software-Lightworks

Get a fully functional Hollywood style video editor for free of cost!!!Light works the leading editing software used in several Hollywood films is giving limited fully functional free version for a limited time. You need to register their site to get the free activation. Please note that you may get a certain number of free usages with your free license code.
The new version of Lightworks - the fastest, most accessible and focused NLE in the industry - is available to download for Windows, completely free of charge.
Some of the finest films of the past 20 years have been edited using Lightworks. Join the growing list of Oscar-winning Lightworks users by downloading your copy today, and experience Hollywood-strength editing on your PC for free.

Lightworks will soon be available in three versions, allowing more people than ever to experience our industry-leading editing software.


Ncloth tutorial-Flag

ncloth flag
Ncloth is mainly used for creating dynamic cloth stimulation of characters. In this tutorial you will learn to create and stimulate realistic flag stimulation with Maya ncloth. I chose a very lengthy flag as ncloth because it is little bit difficult to maintain the correct stimulation. So going through this tutorial you will learn the basics of Maya ncloth, different parameters, nucleus setting, wind, noise,


Paint effects-dotted vectors

paint effects
Paint effect is one of the best tools available in Maya. It is not modified so much. But still Maya paint effect is my favourite tool. I like to create different types of graphics and animation with Paint effects. It can be modified as your wish with patience and little tricks. In this tutorial I am showing my different techniques for creating dotted floral graphics with Maya paint effects.
Please note that this is not a deep tutorial on Maya paint effects. I already covered a well described one hour length tutorial before which also describes the Maya curves. Watch that tutorial first if you don’t have deeper knowledge in Maya curves and Paint effects.
This tutorial describes the 2.5 d shading, specular shading of paint effects, achieving the dotted effect and animating the growth of paint effects. 
Software : Maya
Difficulty : Intermediate


Free 3d models for download-part 1

free 3d objets

In the 3D world no one is master. You have to depend on others while working in 3D, especially if you are in a production environment. Most of the average sized studios have dedicated team in modelling department. But it is not the same if you are working on a small studio such as motion graphics or working your own (doing demo reel, short films or freelancing). You have to deal with modelling. It will cause problem when you’re on a tight schedule. Spending one or two days for modelling for one week project is ridiculous! It is even worse you are not good at modelling. 
In that case you can buy models from websites such as Turbosquid  or Creativecrash   or buy some DVDs such as Evermotion. But this may not be practical if you are on a tight budget. So you need to stick on free resources.
Here I am listing the online resources which provide free 3d objects for download. Click each heading for site link.Check the license provided by each site before using them in any commercial works!
free 3d flowers
Autodesk seek is the proprietary download location of Autodesk product users. You can download any of the objects provided here without any cost. They are high quality production ready objects with high quality textures and mesh flow. You can download both 2D and 3D objects. If you are looking for high quality plants, trees, flowers and vegetation Autodesk seek is the excellent source. The library includes 65000+ free objects.
There is no need to register. Anyone can download these products. Subjected to Autodesk copyright.

File type included       
Maya (.MB), 3ds Max (.max),Xfrog (.xfr), textures and documents

Categories include
Beams • Casework • Ceiling-Systems• Chairs • Columns • Cooking-Equipment • Curtain-Walls• Desks • Doors • Ductwork • Faucets• Garage-Doors • HVAC Equipment • Joists• Lighting-Fixtures• Louvers • Plumbing Fixtures • Refrigerators• Site Furnishings • Sofas • Tables • Trees, Plants & Shrubs• Washroom Accessories • Windows 
free spaceship 3d model

Cool collection of spaceships.
File formats include 3ds Max, Light wave, True space (.max, .lwo, .cob)

3d Content Central

free 3d machines
3D ContentCentral® is a community of both users and suppliers. Free parts and assemblies are available in all major 2D and 3D CAD formats, including SolidWorks, DraftSight, Autodesk Inventor, and AutoCAD.
This site provides quality downloads of CAD files (2D and 3D)
User can upload their content on this site also.

3D Faws

free girl model
You can get both 2D and 3D objects. No registration required. 
Also provides textures.

Objects includes  
Vehicles and Machines Animals and Plants, Buildings, Buildings (Labyrinth),Knick-Knack, Misc., Misc. (Arms),Misc. (Geometry),Misc. (Informatique),Misc. (Luminary) ,Misc. (Music),Misc. (Sports),Logos, Furniture, Furniture (TMH)

3D Gurukul

free swords model
3D Gurukul  is a 3D animation resource Website, it is dedicated to 3D community. To enrich and empower the CG community is objective of 3D Gurukul.  3DG provides world-class animation resources including Animations, 3D Software, Models, Textures, Plug-ins absolutely free. 
Objects category includes

File formats include
Max,poser,Bryce,c4D,vue,lwo,xsi,maya,bodypaint,amapi pro, animation master, Aladdin 4d,Houdini,geofrac2000.3dgemstudio,truespace,zbrush

3d Model Free

free interior
Excellent source for downloading 
Interior Space | Furniture | Clothes | Daily Necessities | Decoration | Electric | Free Lamps | Occupants and Bathroom | Cookware | Continental Components | Sports Supplies | Art Supplies | Music Equipment | Person | Animals | Plant | Vehicle | Arms | Iron and Railings | Outdoor | Others

Supported file type    3Ds Max, 3DS

Categories include
Open/Close Interior Scene          Living Room TV Background Wall   Kitchen Dining-room, Bedroom, Study, Bathroom, Office Space, Commercial, Establish, Staircases      Open/Close Furniture     Open/Close Modern Furniture   Sofa, Tea Table, Chair, Tables, Bed, Doors, Cabinets, Furniture Combinations, Other Furniture   Open/Close Chinese Furniture    Open/Close Continental Furniture    Open/Close Leisure Furniture    Open/Close Office Furniture      Open/Close Commercial Props   Open/Close Cookware        Cupboard    Faucet     Cookers   Tableware  Other Cookware  Open/Close Apparel    Open/Close Daily Necessities   Open/Close Decoration  Open/Close Electronics      Open/Close Appliance    Television   Home Theatre DVD And Speakers Washer Air Conditioning Refrigerators and Freezers Range Hoods Other Housewares Open/Close Desktops/laptops Open/Close Communications Equipment Open/Close Free Lamps Pendant Lamps Ceiling Lamps Wall Lamps Reading Lamps Floor Lamps Spotlights Fluorescent Lawn Lamps Other Lamps  Open/Close Bathroom Products Bathtub Shower Room Wash Tank Close stool Urinals Open/Close Continental Components   Open/Close Sports Supplies Open/Close Art Supplies Open/Close Music Equipment Open/Close Person Open/Close Animals  Open/Close Plant Open/Close Food and Beverages Open/Close Iron and Railings Open/Close Sculpture Open/Close  Outdoor Modern Architecture Chinese Ancient Architecture Continental Building Garden Public Facilities Stadium and Coliseum Warehouses and Factories Road and Bridge Playground Facilities Other Outdoor Open/Close

3d Model Sharing

free 3d house
This site has 1000s of free models available to download. You have to register first.
File formats provided
Alibre  AutoCAD   3ds max   DXF   IGES Intelicad    IronCAD    Parasolid     ProE    Rhino   sketchup     solidedge   solidworks   unigraphics

3d plants

3d plants
3d plants is a good collection of plants, flowers and trees. 3d plant offers both free and paid models for download.Also offers high quality textures for download.

 All models are available in DXF & 3DS formats

3D Valley

free 3d model
3d valley has good collection of 3d models, textures and tutorials.
3d models are provided for following categories.
Characters          Weapons
Body parts          Transport
Animals                Computers
Household          Miscellaneous 

File formats include .3ds, .obj and .max

3d warehouse

earth 3d
Trimble 3d warehouse is the free gallery provided by Google. It is provided for Google Sketch up users. Get 1000s of high quality buildings, houses, cars and other objects without paying any money.
You can view models directly in Google earth.


3d objects
Very good site with  neat lay out and good collection of models. This site also offers textures for download. You can get 3d models for software specific ( most of the 2d and 3d softwares are covered) or by object category. Also get Modo materials.


3d scene file
This site is  not meant for downloading 3d objects. It offers scene file for texturing/lighting challenges. But you can use these models for your portfolio purpose. Provides complete scene files.
File type includes FBX, MA, OBJ, LWO


free girl model
Provides only delicious models.
Categories include
Bicycle Basket Sofa Bed Printer Table Plant Armchair Curtain Gym Kitchen Palm Bed Plant Sofa Woman Car Man Grass Vase Books Flower Woman Notebook
File type includes GSM, 3DS 


free 3d model
3DXtras.com offers 10027+ 3d models download for free 
3DXtras.com offers thousands of free 3d models to download in .MAX, .3ds and other format, you may use these models freely in your own work as royalty free ...
 File formats include max, 3ds



free car model
Huge collection of FREE 3D Models, VIDEO TUTORIALS, Making of's, e-magazines, portfolios of artists, lagest CG community.
Categories includes
Accessory            Animals                Architect              Bathroom Characters          Computers         Doors    Fantasy                FurnitureHigh models       Military                 Misc       Office    Q2weapons        Q3weapons        SportsStar Wars             Transport            Weapons