Cinema 4D Tutorial - You decide : Target or Constraint?

Cinema 4D Tutorial – You decide : Target or Constraint?

I think everyone is familiar with the Target Tag in Cinema4D. However, did you know that the Constraint Tag offers a target feature too? The Aim parameter of the Constraint Tag is far more feature rich than the Target Tag. It is certainly worth checking out. If you are not familiar with using the Constraint…

Cinema 4D & Mograph Tutorial - Cloner Visibility through Effectors

Cinema 4D & Mograph Tutorial – Cloner Visibility through Effectors

Cinema 4D & Mograph Tutorial – Cloner Visibility through Effectors When using MoGraph in Cinema4D, the effectors can be used for several things other than affecting the position, rotation or scale.  Another option is to control the visibility of clones. If you switch to the Parameter tab of an appropriate effector, scroll down and you…

After Effects Tutorial – Using Preserve Transparency

After Effects Tutorial – Using Preserve Transparency Here is a quick tip on using Preserve Transparency in After Effects.  An often overlooked feature, this little switch can sometimes be very useful when wanting to stack several layers and retain the transparency of the bottom layer. Head on over to Vimeo to watch this in HD…

Making It Look Great 6 – Now Available

Making It Look Great 6: Design and Production Techniques for Cinema 4D and After Effects is now available. Work with me (Tim Clapham) through this 14 part, 8.5 hour video workshop. Jam-packed with techniques, tips and shortcuts, the workshop includes real-world techniques for getting the most out of the Cinema 4D Mograph module. Suitable for beginner and intermediate users…

Cinema 4D Tutorial - Introduction to Point Cache

Cinema 4D Tutorial – Introduction to Point Cache

Ever used the caching that is available in certain tags and objects for Cinema4D? Here is an introduction to the Point Cache Tag and Point Cache Deformer.  For this tutorial I thought I’d record a short movie. You might want to head on over to Vimeo and watch the HD version of this (so you…

Hiding Your Vector Tracks

I often get sent Cinema4D files to look at, and one thing that I notice, is that a lot of you leave your vector tracks visible in the timeline. I’m not sure if you even know you can switch them off.  To me they just cause excess clutter. If you have a lot of tracks…

Changing Layouts

Just a quicky as I have adjusted my standard layout a little.  Thought that I’d share it here if anyone is interested in using it.  It is designed for a widescreen monitor, but if you have 4:3 monitor then you can probably adapt it to fit. I’ve included a r.10 and r.11 version as the…

Going Loopy?

Did you know that it is possible to loop noise in Cinema4D? This can open up many possibilities for you, not just with the use of materials, but also when working with objects such as the shader effector. You may want random motion, but need it to loop. So instead of using the random effector,…

Cinema 4D Tutorial - Displacement Using Splines

Cinema 4D Tutorial – Displacement Using Splines

Did you know you can use splines to create displacement? Using the MoGraph Displace Deformer this is actually quite a simple thing.  First of all you need a mesh to displace, then make the Displace Deformer a child of the mesh.  Well, as it is a deformer, you could place it in the same level…

Converting HDR Images to Spherical Maps

We all know that HDR Images produce superior reflections when used as environment maps. However a lot of HDRIs are supplied in formats that are not specifically shaped to be optimal for spherical mapping. They often are created using the popular probe method, or alternatively, you might have some that have been generated using the…