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Cinema 4D R18 Essential Training: Motion Graphics

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Learn how to use CINEMA 4D R18 in a motion graphics workflow. Learn key foundational concepts, such as spline modeling, keyframe animation, and materials.

CINEMA 4D R18 Essentials: Motion Graphics introduces artists to the CINEMA 4D workflow. Learn the key foundational concepts, such as spline modeling, keyframe animation, and materials, which are crucial to understanding exactly how this 3D application functions. Instructor Andy Needham also includes practical techniques for creating, selecting, and transforming objects; extruding shapes; working with MoGraph module tools such as clones and effectors; and adding lighting and camera views for fully realized 3D motion graphics. Plus, find out how to integrate assets from Adobe Illustrator, composite multipass renders with the After Effects and C4D workflow, and use the Takes System to try out different materials and settings and export your projects in the exact sizes and resolutions you need.


  • Welcome
  • What this course is and isn't
  • How to use the exercise files
1. What Are Motion Graphics?
  • What are motion graphics?
  • How do motion graphics artists use CINEMA 4D (C4D)?
  • Examples of work
  • Big picture concepts
2. Setting Up a Project for Motion Graphics
  • Starting a scene for the first time
  • Workflow tips
  • Create a start scene
3. Working with Splines
  • What are splines?
  • Create and manipulate splines
  • Build complex shapes with spline masks
  • Create geometry with splines
  • Work with Adobe Illustrator files
  • Import and clean up Illustrator files
  • Extrude to add depth and detail
4. Working with the Timeline
  • What is the Timeline?
  • F-curve manipulation
  • Create stops, starts, and eases
  • Create a camera animation
  • Copy and offset keyframes
  • Move animated objects
  • What are special tracks?
5. The Power of MoGraph
  • What is MoGraph?
  • Create clones
  • Use effectors
  • Deform objects with effectors
  • Enable objects to be animated with MoGraph
  • Other MoGraph objects
  • Overlapping clones and bounding boxes
  • Break objects into pieces
  • Offset animation with the Step effector
6. Lighting for Motion Graphics
  • How do lights work?
  • Use different types of shadow
  • Add falloff for realistic lighting
  • Scene lighting
  • Create a basic light setup
7. Materials for Motion Graphics
  • What are materials?
  • Create and apply materials
  • Manipulate materials on objects
  • Create color and patterns with shaders
  • Make things shiny and reflective
  • Create reflection objects
  • Make things have bumps
  • Animate animated materials
8. Rendering and Compositing for Motion Graphics
  • The motion graphics pipeline
  • Compositing tags
  • Common render settings
  • Set up multipass renders
  • Set up takes
  • Create previews and final renders
  • What is CINEWARE?
  • The AEC workflow
9. Motion Graphics Challenge
  • Challenge overview
  • Solution
  • Solution: Animating MoGraph and cameras
  • Solution: Lighting and texturing
  • Solution: Rendering and compositing
  • Next steps

Taught by

Andy Needham

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