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 can actually see what is going on!).

Introduction to Point Cache in Cinema4D from Tim Clapham on Vimeo.

Let me know your thoughts, I hope you find it useful.

Cinema 4D Tutorial – Introduction to Point Cache

Author: Tim


  1. Heerko Groefsema
    Heerko Groefsema On May 22, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Really good tutorial. I was just learning the point cache tool. Not knowing about the deformer I got a 780 MB file. I will now try to put in a few deformers to try and get the filesize down, excellent!

    Thank you!

  2. Heerko Groefsema
    Heerko Groefsema On May 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Hi Tim,

    I tried using the Point Cache Deformer but I’m running into a problem. I used the animation Offset in the Point Cache Tag. So when I would use the Point Cache Deformer, and remove the (copy) Point Cache Tag, I would also lose this offset of the animation. Is there somehow a solution to re-use Point Cache tags but have the power to offset them in time?


  3. Cameron Bowyer
    Cameron Bowyer On May 23, 2009 at 6:35 AM

    Great Tutorial Tim!

    Really like the way you dig into the nooks and crannies of C4D to expose these powerful features.


  4. Eric Daigh
    Eric Daigh On May 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    great tutorial. I’m wondering if, once you’ve made the deformer, it could be applied to other, different objects. How would another point object (not a plane) react?

  5. HG
    HG On May 23, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    another awesome one, thanks Tim
    big up from miami!!!

  6. Heerko Groefsema
    Heerko Groefsema On May 25, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    Ahhh ok thats too bad 🙁 I guess then I’ll be stuck with my giant filesize. Thnx anyway for this extensive tutorial!

  7. Aaron
    Aaron On September 29, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    Hey sorry for the up coming question not relating to your video
    but what is the song for showreel 2009

  8. ash bolland
    ash bolland On May 26, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Thats a great tut tim!

  9. RickS
    RickS On June 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Nice!!! Solves a myriad of problems!

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