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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MAXON NAB 2014 Rewind

This years NAB was a blast!  Thanks to all who made it great and thanks to everyone who made the trip out to actually watch some of our presentations live!  It was amazing to hang out with all of the people that make the tools that make our jobs fun along with having the honor of presenting with talented artists for MAXON for the third year in a row!  If you haven’t seen the presentations yet, all of the Cinema 4D NAB 2014 sessions are now up on Cineversity here:

MAXON NAB Rewind 2014

This years speakers included many heavy hitters in the mograph world including:

Nick Campbell, Casey Hupke, Rob Garrott, Josiah Taylor, Jeremy Cox, Kevin Aguirre, Donovan Keith, Andy Needham, Athanasios Pozantzis, Michael Delaneymyself, and many more!

In my presentation, I break down three projects covering the many handy tools in Cinema4D including

• Rigid Body Dynamics, Xrefs, and the Mograph Time Effector for the LA Kings

• Hair Shader, Tracer, Jiggle Deformer, Vertex Maps, Cloth, Mesh Deformer, Cel Shader, Rigid and Softbody Dynamics for Chick-Fil-A

•  Mograph Inheritance Effector, Shader Effector, Camera Morph, and Volumetric Lights for CSC.

 

Cinema 4D 101: Using Cappucino to Create Realtime Animation & Keyframe Reduction Techniques

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.  I’ll also go over some simple keyframe reduction techniques.

MAXON NAB 2013 Rewind

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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:

MAXON NAB Rewind 2013

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!

MAXON NAB 2012 Rewind

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:

MAXON NAB Rewind 2012

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!

 

Springs & Spline Dynamics in Cinema 4D Part 02: Floating Balloons

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

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