Splines are a sequence of vertices connected by lines, lying in 3D space. In this video, take a look at the fundamentals of working with splines in Cinema 4D.
- [Narrator] Put simply, splines are a sequence of vertices…connected by lines.…If you're familiar with Adobe Illustrator,…you'll be aware of splines already,…they're called paths in Illustrator.…In the case of Cinema 4D, splines live in 3D space.…And, their vertices can be manipulated…in the x, y, and zed axis.…A common motion graphics task…is to reproduce a logo in 3D.…And, we're going to cover the various techniques,…and processes you'll need to follow to…accomplish this task.…Let's first look at the fundamentals of working…with splines in Cinema 4D.…
So, I've just rotated the view slightly to show you…that the splines do exist in 3D space.…And, what I'll do is just filter off this world axis,…and we'll keep the grid because it keeps us grounded…and we can see the depth of the scene.…So, a line that's created between the vertices…can be straight or curved.…It all depends on the type of spline,…and the type of spline defines is the interpolation.…In the straight spline, the spline type is set to linear.…
And the interpolation between these points is hard.…
Here, learn key foundational concepts, such as spline modeling, lighting, and materials, which are crucial to understanding exactly how this 3D application functions. Instructor Andy Needham covers practical techniques for extruding shapes; working with MoGraph tools such as Cloners 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 different materials and settings and export your projects in the exact sizes and resolutions you need.
- Setting up scenes
- Modeling with splines
- Using Illustrator files in C4D
- Extruding depth and detail
- Animating in the Timeline
- Creating clones
- Using Effectors
- Lighting motion graphics
- Applying materials
- Creating animated materials
- Compositing multipass renders in After Effects
- Rendering motion graphics in C4D
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1. What Are Motion Graphics?
2. Setting Up a Project for Motion Graphics
3. Working with Splines
4. Working with the Timeline
5. The Power of MoGraph
6. Lighting for Motion Graphics
7. Materials for Motion Graphics
8. Rendering and Compositing for Motion Graphics
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