Cinema 4D is a 3D software application developed by MAXON. In this video, learn why artists choose Cinema 4D for creating visual effects shots and how it integrates into a production pipeline.
- [Narrator] Visual effects at scale is about pipelines not single software solutions, the pipeline being a set of stages or processes that get us from concept to completion. There are many stages in a VFX pipeline and it pays to work in a flexible manner. In visual effects what you do ripples out and has repercussions beyond just the next person in the pipeline. When working on visual effects shots it's about iterating, that's why it's great to get into the habit of saving incrementally, so you can version up your scene files and be able to go back and forth if you need to.
The Take System in Cinema 4D is another form of versioning as it allows you to save different states within the same file and we'll be looking at that in a later chapter. Other tools such as the Motion Tracker and Projection Man tools fit into a 3D VFX pipeline. And while it's not covered in this course Cinema 4D integrates with apps like Houdini and when you're coming to get work out of Cinema 4D it has deep integration with apps such as Adobe After Effects.
It's important to understand your contribution to the whole pipeline and what you need to deliver to make it work. As we've said visual effects is not just about the individual but a team, so it is important to remember from the outset that you don't have to excel at every aspect of visual effects production. Let's continue and look at some examples of work to get some inspiration.
- What is VFX?
- How is C4D used by VFX artists?
- Setting up a project for tracking
- Solving the 3D camera
- Removing lens distortion
- Solving and saving lens profiles
- Importing a model
- Manipulating keyframes and curves
- Creating shiny, refractive, and displaced materials
- Working with C4D lights and shadows
- Lighting with Sky objects
- Compositing mulitpass renders
Skill Level Intermediate
Cinema 4D R18 Essential Training: Motion Graphicswith Andy Needham5h 12m Intermediate
Mograph Techniques: Animating with C4D Effectorswith EJ Hassenfratz1h 39m Intermediate
1. What Is VFX?
2. The Importance of Motion Tracking
3. Preparing and Animating Models for VFX
4. Basic Materials
5. Basic VFX Lighting
6. Camera Projection and Modelling
7. Takes, Tokens, and Multipass Rendering
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