Cinema 4D Tutorial – Orbit Camera Preset

Orbit Cam Luxx

In July we will be launching a new site for helloluxx and throughout June we are offering various goodies for you to download.  This Orbit Camera Rig is something I use regularly when a specific shot calls for this type of motion.

Orbit Cam Controls

Orbit Cam Controls

The camera rig is a really handy little setup with which you can quickly and easily create some nice orbiting moves around your objects using very few animation tracks.  The hierarchy of nulls allows you to control the heading, pitch and bank around the pivot point and also from the camera axis, independent of each other.  There is also control for the z-depth position of the camera so you can easily push in and pull out as you rotate around.

Orbit Cam Xpresso

Orbit Cam Xpresso

It is a really simple Xpresso setup as you can see, basically linking the user data to the appropriate object and parameter.  There are limits set on the sliders, but you can input higher values manually and if you need to rotate more than this, you can open the User Data Manager and adjust the limits to the sliders in there.

Orbit Cam User Data

Orbit Cam User Data

I created a short movie which demonstrates a couple of quick camera moves you can do with this rig, but of course it’s up to you how you abuse the setup.

Download the rig from here!

Cinema 4D Tutorial – Orbit Camera Preset

Author: Tim


  1. SockGardener
    SockGardener On June 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Thanks Tim – very handy timesaver!

  2. flugfeld53
    flugfeld53 On June 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM


  3. rich nosworthy
    rich nosworthy On June 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Nice Tim, thanks for this. Looking forward to seeing the new site : )

  4. Tom Daigon
    Tom Daigon On June 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Thank you very much, Tim.

  5. maxwell
    maxwell On June 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM


  6. ITV Teacher
    ITV Teacher On June 16, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Thanks Tim. Looking forward to the redesign.

  7. gray
    gray On June 22, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    love it, thanks Tim!!

  8. Gerhard Messer
    Gerhard Messer On June 22, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Thanks Tim, can’t wait to try it out…

  9. jack leisen
    jack leisen On June 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Thank you Tim,.Respect ,.!!

  10. VrayEngineStudio
    VrayEngineStudio On June 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    How do I use this tool for Vray Camera?

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  12. marczn
    marczn On January 18, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    you guys rock!

  13. PS
    PS On January 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Hi Tim, this is great but when I open it it gives me this error: several plugins used in this project are missing saving may cause loss of plugin data! plugin ‘To Do’ (ID 465001537)

    Im on a mac OSX 10.8 64 bit, Cinema Studio r13

    any help would be appreciated !

    thanks and keep up the great work

    • admin
      admin On January 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      @PS you don’t need the To Do tag to use the camera rig so you can delete this from the scene and resave. It will be a tag with a ?

      • PS
        PS On January 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Yes, that is correct it’s a single “?” tag, I’ll erase and save it then, thanks a million, I think your plugin is awesome I was afraid i’d lose some functionality

        thanks again

  14. DHulshof
    DHulshof On February 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I just started with C4D, can anyone help me to install this? I can’t get it to work ( where to place it)

    • admin
      admin On February 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      You don’t need to install it, simply open the file and use the camera. Copy and paste or merge into any scene, or another option is to open the camera file the choose Save Object Preset from the object manager file menu. Then you can retrieve it at any time by choosing Load Object Preset.

      • DHulshof
        DHulshof On February 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Okay, thanks a lot 🙂

      • CJ
        CJ On January 7, 2015 at 5:58 AM

        When I try to open this file in C4D I get an error message saying unknown file format. Can you help

        • admin
          admin On January 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

          Perhaps try downloading again? It works for me in R14 – R16 without problem.

  15. DHulshof
    DHulshof On February 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I just started with C4D, can anyone help me to install this? I can’t get it to work.

  16. chris
    chris On September 3, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    Thanks for this, exactly what I needed!

  17. polyx
    polyx On October 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Thanks, I have a hardly related question:
    Is there a way to change camera view to a perspective view ? Basically when turning white box off next to camera, I want the view remain the same instead of jumping back to old perspective) Many thanks! I’ll buy “learn c4d in one day” training if find an answer here )

  18. Junaid
    Junaid On November 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    hay Tim, Thanks for the preset I love it it’s so to the point exactly what I need .. Just wondering is there a way to somehow combine you Springy camera preset with this? all I wanna do is to add a delay effector on blend mode to smooth out the motion without going in to curve editor. I tried to link global matrix of one of the parent null of orbit cam with sample but didn’t work, if there’s a workaround to do that would be amazing.

    • admin
      admin On November 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I’m sure with some jiggery pokery it can be done, currently slammed with projects but perhaps I can take a look and build a new preset?

      • junaid
        junaid On November 8, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        That would be really amazing and I think everyone would love to have that, thanks a lot in advance 🙂

  19. Josh Cameron
    Josh Cameron On January 27, 2015 at 5:45 PM


    Cheers mate, this camera really saved me, very easy and simple to use, tried some other camera plugins but this one was so straight forward and worked perfectly!


    • admin
      admin On January 27, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Hey Josh, Glad to hear it worked for you and thanks for such positive feedback, much appreciated!

  20. Brien Hopkins
    Brien Hopkins On February 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM


    This is great. Is there a way to link up your “Springy Camera” effector to this camera rig? This one:


    • admin
      admin On February 5, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      Hi Brien, You could take the springy rig and link it into that camera set up for sure. You just need to wrangle a few Xpresso nodes. I’ll think about doing it myself but flat out with projects right now.

  21. NAYEEM
    NAYEEM On June 23, 2015 at 1:21 AM


  22. Chris
    Chris On September 8, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Hi Tim, thanks for the camera it’s a fantastic time saver. Just a quick question is there anyway to bring the camera’s rotation data into AE as it currently only brings in it’s position? Many Thanks. Chris.

  23. Chris
    Chris On September 8, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Hi Tim, please ignore my last question. Cineware wasn’t bringing them in but exporting the project as an AEC worked a treat! Thanks again. Chris.

    • admin
      admin On September 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM

      Hi Chris, Cineware doesn’t support xpresso which is why the camera rotation doesn’t come through, glad you found the solution by using the AEC export.

  24. Liam
    Liam On October 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Hey Tim!

    Great rig – thanks very much! I’m having some trouble getting it to recognise the animation when imported into after effects for compositing – any tips at all?


    • admin
      admin On October 13, 2015 at 9:34 AM

      Hi Liam

      Are you using Cineware to import into AE? If so you need to bake the camera in C4D beforehand. Unfortunately Cineware doesn’t support Xpresso. Alternatively use the AEC export from C4D and import that.

  25. Chris
    Chris On January 28, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Really appreciate all the knowledge sharing – thanks much – let me know if I can ever return the favor!


  26. thanulee
    thanulee On July 3, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Thank u very much Tim! Spread the love 🙂

  27. GiiUnit
    GiiUnit On May 23, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    It’s 2019 and Tim & helloluxx continues to save lives!!! Thank you. This is super-helpful.

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