UPDATED: Boost your 3D skillset with these enjoyable Cinema 4D tutorials, including: creating easy depth of field effects, mastering the physics engine, and fixing those messy lathe NURBS...
Since its release, Cinema 4D has become the foremost 3D modelling, animation and rendering application. Developed by Maxon, Cinema 4D is capable of procedural and polygonal/subd modelling, animating, lighting, texturing, rendering, and common features found in 3D modelling applications.
These Cinema 4D tutorials will help you to master the basics, and put you well on your way to becoming an expert!
Cinema 4D tutorials
We kick off our cluster bomb of Cinema 4D tutorials by explaining how to bring a shape (or object) to life and make it 'dance' to music. Learn how to create an animation involving complex expressions and dynamics in Cinema 4D.
The world of motion graphics is continually evolving, with techniques constantly progressing as work becomes more advanced and complex. Here, 3D animation meets graphic design as Tim Clapham shows you how to animate and composite a pro-quality logo sequence.
This tutorial does exactly what it says on the tin. See how easy it is to play around with depth of field effects in Cinema 4D. Use particle emitters and physics tags to get the results you want and then selectively sharpen your work in Photoshop.
2D just doesn't cut it any more. It's time to bolster your Photoshop skills by bringing Cinema 4D into play. Nervous? Don't be. Barton Damer will show you the way.
With a 3D package and some decent 2D landscape photographs, you can create a full-motion fly-through sequence. Michaeljohn Day reveals how.
3D artist Rob Redman reveals how to use Cinema 4D’s Edge to Spline command and take the pain out of cage-building.
Nail the basics
In this Prosential tip, guest host Michael Szabo from Big Mike Design demonstrates the Cinema 4D Symmetry Object. A quick and helpful insight into one of Cinema 4D's most important tools.
In part one of this tutorial, you'll discover how to capture, prep and calibrate an image using the new Camera Calibration Tool in C4D R14. Then you'll learn how to model a simple scene that will use the camera calibration as a texture.
Creative Bloq contributor Rob Redman delivers this short tutorial on Cinema 4D R14 which you can now buy from Maxon. Here is an introduction to the Camera Morph tag, a quick to use and intuitive system for animating cameras with the minimum of effort.
This is a 101 tutorial, which introduces you to how materials work in Cinema 4D. You'll discover what layers are, and what the different parameters are; how to use them and what they do. It will also explain the difference between transparency and alpha, and other little details of the material system.
Here, Cinema 4D tutorial.net teaches you how to combine 3D and VFX elements to make a complete sequence. In this tutorial you will create a scene that looks like TRON Legacy. You will learn how to make a realistic TRON light cycle, and create an awesome scene.
Learn how to draw and animate your own title with this fantastic style. In Cinema 4D R13 you'll make and animate the letters of the logo with an interesting letter bevel style and then animate the fantastic chain of Ghost Rider. In After Effects you'll continue with the styling of the incandescent reveal with the incredible heat haze effect.
Take a look at this tutorial, for an insight into creating a cartoon character complete with a colourful background. You'll be using techniques in Cinema 4D, so you may want to have a little experience before approaching this one.
In this tutorial, you will recreate a baseball animation. You'll start by texturing the baseball and setting the animation with CS Tools’ Move Null. Then, you'll model and animate the dirt using the landscape object and a particle emitter.
In this hour long tutorial, you will learn how to set up, light and render a ping pong scene. First, you'll alter the models to try to make them more realistic by adding geometry and altering the textures. Then, you'll light and compose the scene using an HDR Image from my HDRI Studio Pack, Global Illumination, a specular light, and the physical renderer.
In this quick tutorial, you'll discover everything you need to know about how to create a checkerboard shaker in Cinema 4D. From shading and colouring to using a cylindrical projection map, there's plenty of tips and tricks here to keep you going!
Plucked from the Cinema 4D tutorials over on Computer Arts magazine, learn how to animate 3D text with ease, use the MoGraph Cloner effector, add Dynamics to objects and render your animations.
Grow an object over time in Cinema 4D
In this video, Rob Redman shows you how to animate the growth of a plant or other object along a defined path.
Rob Redman returns to show you how to integrate your own 3D model into a pre-photographed environment.
In this tutorial, 3D artist Robert Leger explains how to created this cool tree and how to attach hooks for the chains to that tree.
The 3 rules of great cinematography
More Cinema 4D tutorials. This time, 3D World magazine regular Rob Redman explains how to take control of your splines.
The difference between a professionally composed and edited film and an unwatchable mess comes down to having paid attention to a three simple rules...
In this video, learn how to efficiently manage your asset library plus a great way of integrating objects into other scenes.
Improve your workflow with shortcuts
Ben Miners uses the Tracer object and other dynamics tools in Cinema 4D to assemble a complex animation from simple parts.
As far as our Cinema 4D tutorials go, this one is incredibly useful on a day-to-day basis. See how you can streamline your workflow by choosing exactly the key commands/shortcuts that you want.
In this video, Anders Kjellberg shows how to use Cinema 4D's XPresso scripting system to enable a camera to follow a moving point.
Want a neatly manicured virtual lawn without the effort? Here’s 3D artist Rob Redman with his green fingers, ready to help.
Master the Cinema 4D physics engine
Experienced 3D modeller Anders Kjellberg shows you how to create a sci-fi control panel with the help of the Random material in Cinema 4D.
Anders Kjellberg introduces you to the physics engine in Cinema 4D R12 as he creates a 'cause-and-effect' animated sequence.
The vinyl toy is now a truly iconic form of design, but it can be difficult and expensive to create a one-off original. Chris Weston shows you how to make a life-like design using Cinema 4D.
That's your lot (for now). Thanks for reading. Check back regularly for more Cinema 4D tutorials.