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. And now there's even a 'pipeline' between Cinema 4D and Adobe's After Effects CC, to enable you to work easily between them. These Cinema 4D tutorials will help you to master the basics, and put you well on your way to becoming an expert!
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Nail the basics
The brilliant team at Greyscalegorilla have made over 200 hundred tutorials in the last four years, some of which are intro videos that go over the basics of Cinema 4D. But they've never made a comprehensive series of Cinema 4D tutorials that really gave a broad introduction to the software. Until now.
In this video tutorial from Digital Tutors, you will learn the tools and techniques that will allow you to begin modelling in Cinema 4D. A subscription is required to watch the full training, but register for a free demo account to access the first five Cinema 4D tutorials for free.
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 the software's most important tools, this was a must-include on our list of Cinema 4D tutorials.
One of the best Cinema 4D tutorials we've seen for a while .In part one, 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.
In this tutorial, discover the process of texturing objects in Cinema 4D and experiment with textures to light the scene.
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 Cinema 4D tutorial which introduces you to how materials work in the software. 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.
This 40-minute Cinema 4D tutorial dives into how to use new 3D animation tools and workflow - Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware - included in the newest Creative Cloud version of After Effects.
3D artist Nick Campbell explains how to export your scene data out of Cinema 4D and into After Effects for further work.
The BodyPaint tool offers a fast way to get a good-quality render. In this Cinema 4D tutorial, illustrator Matt Roussel explains how.
This Cinema 4D tutorial explains 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.
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 is one of those Cinema 4D tutorials that 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.
This Digital Tutors tutorial will walk you through how to create a 3D logo from a 2D drawing in Cinema 4D. A subscription is required for the full training but lessons 1-3 can be accessed for free with a demo account.
In this tutorial, Nick from Greyscalegorilla explains how to set up a depth pass for rendering depth of field for 3D objects using Cinema 4D, Frischluft Lens Care and After Effects.
Cinema 4D’s Xpresso scripting system can be an incredibly tool if utilised correctly. Here, rigging artist Aleksey Voznesenski takes you through the basics of the system.
In this easy-to-follow tutorial, learn how to extrude text, use displacement maps and Cinema 4D's explosion deformer to create exposive typographic effects.
In this video, Chris Martin shows yu how to track a 3D object onto a live action shot, using Syntheyes and Cinema 4D.
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!
In this tutorial, the Greyscalegorilla team show you how to make an animated frosty/frozen ice text effect in Cinema 4D using Hair, Sweep Nurbs, Motext, and Texture Kit Pro.
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.
In this tutorial, discover how to easily and efficiently animate titles in Cinema 4D.
In this tutorial from the Greyscalegorilla team, you'll create several layers of motion using displacement and mograph. After creating a bunch of concentric splines with Mograph, you'll then can project an image or video through the displacement channel to recreate it to look like a line drawing. A really fun simple technique with endless possibilites.
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.
Discover how to explode an object in Cinema 4D by first cutting it up your into pieces with a Plugin called Destruction. Then, using Mograph 2 MoDynamics, make the pieces fall on the ground.
That's your lot (for now). Thanks for reading. Check back regularly for more Cinema 4D tutorials.