Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Mograph Techniques: Fractured 3D Type.
If you are a premier member of the Lynda.com library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. These files can be found on the Exercise Files tab on the main course page. Then once you download the files, I encourage you to keep all the files self-contained in this Exercise Files folder. If you feel like you need to move it to an external drive, just move the entire folder as one element. Once you open the Exercise Files folder, you'll see I have chapter files and a Pre-renders folder.
Now, if we open one of the chapter files you'll see I have Cinema 4D projects and they're labeled according to the video number. Now, there may not be an Exercise file for a specific video. If you don't see one, that just means you don't necessarily need an exercise file for that video. So lets look at chapter 3. In here, you'll see it switches to cinema 4D to After Effects files. They still go in sequence, so don't panic. The files may look different, but just keep following along the numbers and everything'll line up beautifully.
Now these project files will reference some of these pre-rendered files. Now I've pre-rendered these files as PNG files. Usually when I'm rendering motion graphics, I like to use uncompressed formats like Photoshop or TIF, but just to make things a little quicker on download, I've rendered these at PNG. It should be plenty enough high quality to knock everything out of the park. So remember, if you need to move this folder, just move it as one piece, with all the chapter folders and the Pre-renders folder still inside.
If you don't have access to the exercise files you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Let's get started.
- Modeling type in CINEMA 4D
- Building fractured letters with the Thrausi plugin
- Creating dynamic camera moves
- Refining animation with MoDynamics, force, gravity & collisions
- Adding lighting, glows, and reflections
- Creating smoke with particles