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Mograph Techniques: Rigging a Robot Arm in CINEMA 4D
Illustration by John Hersey

Mograph Techniques: Rigging a Robot Arm in CINEMA 4D

with EJ Hassenfratz

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Mograph Techniques: Rigging a Robot Arm in CINEMA 4D
1h 11m Intermediate Jan 23, 2014

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Learn to rig and animate a 3D robotic arm in CINEMA 4D. EJ Hassenfratz leads this project-based learning experience, which relies on C4D's inverse kinematics (IK) tools. First, you'll prepare the model hierarchy for animation, before adding joints and applying an IK tag that transforms your joint system into an IK chain. Then you'll animate the entire rig and use constraints tags and Xpresso data to control all the moving parts in the arm. Last, EJ shows you how to render the project and import it into After Effects for further refinement.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the model
  • Creating an IK chain
  • Adding animation controls
  • Constraining position, scale, and rotation
  • Adding depth of field and motion blur in After Effects
Subjects:
3D + Animation Video Motion Graphics Character Animation Projects
Software:
After Effects CINEMA 4D
Author:
EJ Hassenfratz

Welcome

Hi, I'm EJ Hassenfratz and welcome to Motion Graphics Techniques: Rigging a Robot Arm in CINEMA 4D. In this course, we'll look at how you can use CINEMA 4D's inverse kinematics, or IK, tools to rig and animate a robot arm. I'll start by showing you how to prepare your model hierarchy for animation. Then, I'll show you how to add joints to your object and apply an IK tag to turn your joint system into an IK chain.

Then, I'll show you how to animate the entire rig by just moving the IK goal. We'll then discover ways to streamline and efficiently animate our rigged object by using constraint tags, in Xpresso, to allow us to control all the movements of the robot arm by just animating a few parameters. We'll be covering all these features, plus plenty of other tools and techniques. Now let's started with Motion Graphics Techniques: Rigging a Robot Arm in CINEMA 4D.

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