NAB keeps getting better and better every year! It was amazing to hang out with all of the people that make the tools that make our jobs pretty awesome along with having the honor of presenting with talented artists for MAXON again this year! If you haven’t seen the presentations yet, all of the Cinema 4D NAB 2013 sessions are now up on Cineversity here:
This years speakers included an all star line up of talented folks in the mograph biz including:
Nick Campbell, Colin Sebestyen, Barton Damer, Kevin Aguirre, Donovan Keith, Brian McCauley, Mike Szabo, Rob Hranitzky, John Lapore, and myself.
In my presentation, I demo a few different ways you can achieve amazing results using the very underused Inheritance Effector. A Twitter followed called it an “Inheritance Effector workout”! Well put, I’d say!
NAB week was so much fun getting the opportunity to hang out with all the cool kids who work at MAXON and all of the amazingly talented speakers! If you haven’t seen them yet, all of the Cinema 4D NAB 2012 Presentations are now posted on Cineversity here:
This years speakers included an amazing line up of talented folks including:
Nick Campbell, Colin Sebestyen, Casey Hupkey, Dave Glanz, Barton Damer, Claudio Jeno, Rob Garrott, Royale, Chris Smith of CSTools fame, and myself.
Everyone was rocking it hard and there is plenty of knowledge to be soaked up from these presentations! I know I learned a ton that has already helped me in the very first week I got back to work, so be sure to check everyones amazing presentations!
Update: My presentation was uploaded to Vimeo, you can check it out below!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, NAB week was crazy fun presenting for the great people at Maxon and hanging out with talented folks like the gorilla himself, Nick Campbell, but I’m back and ready to keep the learning going! In this new Cinema 4D 101 tutorial, I’ll be going over a more than likely untouched feature inside of Cinema 4D called Cappucino. It’s mainly used in conjunction with character animating, so unless you do a lot of that, I’m sure the only cappucino you know is the hot, tasty kind. But there are so many other useful uses for it! So what does it do? Cappucino is simply a method of recording mouse movement in your viewport and converts it to keyframe data. Used creatively, it can be extremely useful! In this tutorial I’ll be showing you multiple ways to use Cappucino to easily add movement to an object, create a “write-on” effect, and ability to keyframe dynamics simulations live and interactively in your scene as you the simulation play out.
Here’s part 2 in my series of tutorials utilizing the combination of Spring & Spline Dynamics together to get some really cool dynamic animation! This time around, I’m going to go over how to use Springs & Spline Dynamics to make a floating balloon on a string, a bit of an upside-down setup featured in Part 1. There’s two techniques I use to get this floating balloon effect: First is showing how to float a balloon that is fixed or attached to a point or object, and the second is more of a free floating balloon setup. If you know of any other techniques you know of, please share! Enjoy!
Part 1: Dangling Objects Off a String
Hey, it’s Spring! What better way to celebrate it than a few tutorials utilizing the combination of Spring & Spline Dynamics together to get some really cool dynamic animation! In part 1 of this series, I’m going to go over how to use Springs & Spline Dynamics to make an object dangle off of a string. It’s a pretty simple set up and it allows for a lot of control to tweak to get the right type of dynamic movement. Enjoy!
Part 2: Floating Balloons
This is kind of an intro to Camera Mapping if you’ve never used it before. In this tutorial, I show you how I used camera mapping to make a texture stick to a group of objects and create a transition like this:
The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu. In part three of my Inheritance Effector tutorial, I show you how you can fake particle or object movement that follows or swarms along a spline path that would normally only be able to be achieved with an Emitter or Thinking Particles and Xpresso. Using a combination of the Inheritance & Spline Effectors along with other Mograph Effectors, you can achieve close to the same effect as the Emitter or Thinking Particles as a simpler alternative in your normal workflow without having to touch Xpresso. Specifically, this tutorial demonstrates the powerful combination of using the Spline Effector with the Inheritance Effector to achieve a “swarming” effect. As in Part 2 of this series, you can also add a Dynamic Tag to the Cloner Object to make sure your clones don’t intersect one another with this technique.
Here is a sample video where I utilized this technique to make a swarm of butterflies each land onto their own individual flowers:
Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 1
Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 2
The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu. In part two of my Inheritance Effector tutorial, I show you how you can fake particle movement that would normally only be able to be achieved with an Emitter or Thinking Particles and Xpresso. Using a combination of the Inheritance Effector and other Mograph Effectors and Deformers, you can achieve close to the same effect as an Emitter or Thinking Particles as a simpler alternative in your normal workflow without having to touch Xpresso.
Here is a spot where I utilized this technique:
Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 1
The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu. In part one of my Inheritance Effector tutorial, I show you how you can trigger or offset keyframed animation applied to an object that you cloned and offsetting the animation with falloffs. This is just touching the very surface of what this effector can do!
Have you used the Inheritance Effector before? If so, what for and how have you used it?
Inheritance Effector Part 2
Inheritance Effector Part 3
Save time & keyframes! In this tutorial, I’ll show you a few ways to achieve continuous, keyframe-less animations inside of After Effects and then Cinema 4D using expressions, Mograph Deformers, and Xpresso.