Essential Animation Tips for Cinema 4D: Layers

In this tutorial I’ll be covering one of the most overlooked features for organization and viewport speed optimization in Cinema 4D…LAYERS!  If you’ve never worked with them before, you will do yourself a disservice to not watch this and learn how much it can improve your workflow!  I’ll go over the basics of layers, how to add objects to layers, and then break down all of the aspects of each layer and how you can use it to your advantage and optimize your viewport speed to the fullest!

I was once someone who was ignorant of layers and never used them…man am I glad I learned about them!  Without Layers, some of my projects would be unworkable in Cinema 4D’s bogged down viewport.

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Essential Animation Quick Tips for Cinema 4D

In this tutorial I’ll be sharing some quick tips to help you be a better animator in Cinema 4D. For those of you coming from After Effects, I’ll relate some of the important animation techniques you probably use very often in After Effects and how they can be done in Cinema 4D.

Topics covered in this tutorial are:

Gimbal Lock: What It Is & How to Avoid It
Quaternion Expression
Overdub
Align to Path Tag
Creating “Roving Keyframes” with the Constant Velocity Function
How to Loop/Repeat a Set of Keyframes

Hopefully after watching these quick tips, it’ll help you be a better animator in your day to day workflow!

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Essential Animation Tips for Cinema 4D: The Timeline

In this tutorial I’ll be covering a bunch of helpful functions, features, and shortcut keys to enable you to be more efficient when animating and working in the timeline in Cinema 4D. A few of the topics that are covered in this tutorial are:

• Show and Hide menus to isolate object animation tracks
• Timeline Link View Options
• Folding Options
• Using View Filters to Show/Hide Specific Types of Animation Tracks
• Using the F-Curve Mode
• Numerous useful keyboard shortcuts

These are some of the features I use everyday that streamline my workflow and increase my productivity and I feel are important for any level of Cinema 4D artist to know!

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Introducing Storage Bin

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What is it?

Storage Bin is a unique and essential workflow plugin for Cinema 4D that will change the way you work inside of C4D – every single day!  Storage Bin assists the motion graphic artist by aiding the object creation, modeling, and everyday workflow processes by storing backups of object states as you work.   One of the challenges of working in 3D is that you work with a ton of objects and each of them can be changed or edited.  Now think of how many times you make an object editable or change the look of a piece of geometry.  Hours, even days, of work can go into a single object.  Now what happens if you make a mistake or want to go back to a previous object state?  You have to undo many times and you’ll lose all your progress on any other work in your scene.  With Storage Bin, this is a problem of the past!  With Storage Bin, you can backup and save individual object states with a click of a button!  Backups can then be compared and restored for later use if needed.  It’s in the bin!  Save your Cloner Objects, Motext, NURB/Generator objects, Sculpts, and model states, declutter your Object Manager, and let go of the fear of messing up in the middle of your work!  No longer do you have to worry about manually making a copy before making an object editable!  With Storage Bin, you can store your object states as you go with the ability to go back to an older state and continue on from there.  You’ll never have to start from square one again!


 

How it Works

 

Interface

The Storage Bin Tag interface has 3 sections.  The number of states, a state slider, state restoration options, and buttons used to restore or delete states.

Saving States

Click the “Save State” button to save your current object state.

Total State Counter

Once a state has been saved, the Total States counter and the Object State edit field will increment to show the proper number of object states for that object.

04-restore_state_buttonToggling States

Once you have saved a new state, or 50 (if you’re that paranoid) you can just click the arrows up an down and it will toggle each state in your viewport like magic!  It’s super easy and quick to compare states!

 

Restoring a State

Hopefully you don’t mess up, but if you do, you can always cycle back through your saved states by toggling your Object States edit field.

 

Restore Options

Once you’re looking at the object state that you wish to restore, simply push the “Restore State” button. This will create a copy of that state as a new state, thus preserving the original just in case!  You also have restore options such as “Keep Current Tag Data” so it preserves your objects applied tags and “Maintain Original PSR” which is useful if you moved the object in any way, when you restore your alternate state, it inherits the PSR of your restored object.

 

Version Compatibility

Storage Bin requires Cinema 4D R12 (Broadcast or Studio version) and above.  Storage Bin is fully compatible with R13 and above.


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Storage Bin will change the way you work inside of Cinema 4D!  Work more efficiently by never having to retrace your steps again.  Storage Bin will back you up by always having your work progress saved.  It’s in the bin!

Free Cinema 4D Model: Grammy Award

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Look, we both know you can’t sing but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a Grammy Award!  Fully lit, textured, and ready to render!  Includes an HDRI and name plate texture that can easily be edited in Photoshop.  This file is compatible with R12 & above and I also included an FBX, .3DS, Alembic, and .OBJ file for those with R11 and below or any other 3D software.  The OBJ format is After Effects and Element ready, so you can use this inside of After Effects using Cineware and with VideoCopilots’ “Element” plugin!

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Free Cinema 4D Wacom Pen Model

Here’s a free Wacom pen model for all you Wacom junkies out there!

Includes an HDRI and the file is compatible with R12 & above.  I also included an FBX, .3DS, and .OBJ file for those with R11 and below or any other 3D software.  The OBJ format is After Effects and Element ready, so you can use this inside of After Effects using Cineware and with VideoCopilots’ “Element” plugin!

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FLOW | A Mograph & VFX Process Part 04: Building the Composite in Nuke

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FLOW explores a workflow experienced in a real life motion graphics & visual effects project.  Artist Craig Whitaker will guest host this series along with myself and we will discuss both the “how” of getting through a project as well as the often more important, “why”.  We will begin at the early stages of art direction, script review and initial client requests. As we move through the project, various software techniques and choices will be explained and demonstrated – with the focus being on why each step of the project was completed in a certain fashion. Topics will include but are not limited to: art direction, addressing client demands and changes, matchmoving, when to get out of 3D, and much, much more.

Please enjoy Part 4 where Craig will pick up where EJ left off in Part 3 by taking the particle flow animation created in Cinema 4D and bringing the renders into Nuke.  First, we will look at some of the initial look development.  Then we will dive into how we can use fresnel passes as RGB passes to drive color and glow in composite.  We’ll follow that up by discussing how you can build an art direct-able script and we’ll wrap it all up by showing how you can work with tools such as Vector Blur, iDistort, and much more inside of Nuke.

Stay tuned for Part 05 where Craig will cover how he composited animations made in After Effects onto curved 3D panels inside Nuke.

Watch Part 1: The FLOW Project Overview

Watch Part 2: Tracking in Nuke

Watch Part 3: Creating the Particle Flow in Cinema 4D

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FLOW | A Mograph & VFX Process Part 03: Creating the Data Flow in Cinema 4D

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FLOW explores a workflow experienced in a real life motion graphics & visual effects project.  Artist Craig Whitaker will guest host this series along with myself and we will discuss both the “how” of getting through a project as well as the often more important, “why”.  We will begin at the early stages of art direction, script review and initial client requests. As we move through the project, various software techniques and choices will be explained and demonstrated – with the focus being on why each step of the project was completed in a certain fashion. Topics will include but are not limited to: art direction, addressing client demands and changes, matchmoving, when to get out of 3D, and much, much more.

Please enjoy Part 3 where we will take a look at how I created the data flow in Cinema 4D using the 3D tracking data Craig created in Nuke in Part 2.  First, we’ll go over the importance of using reference images to help open visual conversation with the client on pinning down an approved concept.  Then, we’ll look at some of the R&D we went through to come to a polished data flow style.  Finally, we will go over how to handle client feedback that can force you to scrap your original concept and how to stay on track despite large scale client changes.

Stay tuned for Part 04 where Craig will cover how he composited my Cinema 4D render into the shots by using Nuke.

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Sports Elements Pack Vol. 01 for After Effects & Cinema 4D

Introducing Sports Elements Pack Vol. 01, totally FREE!

My buddy Adam Schmisek (https://vimeo.com/schmisek | http://www.twitter.com/adamschmisek) & I collaborated on this pack of free sports elements. Included in Sports Pack Vol. 01 is a Cinema 4D jumbotron model as well as 2 customizable After Effects templates with the jumbrotron screen elements seen here in the jumbotron render. There’s a full HD & arena ribbon sized version that you can customize the text and colors of the animations easily!

Included in Sports Pack:

• Cinema 4D & OBJ format 3D Jumbotron Model
• 2 After Effects Text Transition Project Templates
• Basketball Arena HDRI

Download Sports Pack Vol. 01 here

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