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Hotdog4D – Free Cinema4D Character Rig

 

Sorry, no more download 🙁 got email from lawyers, apparently this isn’t cool… but go check out my other free rigs in the tutorials section, got a robot and a marvin the martian in there.

Saw the dancing snapchat hotdog, and just had to recreate it, such a fun character. Then got my apprentice Maria to practice rigging on it. And now you guys get a free rigged character to play with. win win win :))

Go check out her art station account at:  https://www.artstation.com/artist/jersy

 

Cheers,
Aleksey

UV unwrapping in 3D coat and cinema4D

In this quick tutorial i show you how to unwrap a model in 3D coat!

 

C4D install variations

Do you ever need to run various configurations of c4d on a regular basis? For example an install without plugins? Or perhaps you are beta testing a render engine, and you regularily need to switch between stable and beta version? Well here i’ll show you how to do that without duplicating your whole c4d install folder.

Cinema4D looks in 2 places for plugins/scripts/layouts etc. The first place is in the root folder of c4d. c:/program files/maxon/cinema4d or wherever you have it installed. The second is called a prefs folder. This by default lives somewhere in your “my documents” folder. and is unique to each user account on your computer. Here i will show you how to manually tell c4d which prefs folder it should look at when launching.

Make a shortcut to cinema4D in your R17 folder.

shortcut

right click on it and click properties.

now in the Target field add:[  g_prefspath=”E:\dropbox\c4d prefs”]

 

without the square brackets. So mine looks like this:

  • “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R17\CINEMA 4D.exe” g_prefspath=”E:\dropbox\Dropboxc\4d stuff\c4d prefs\prefs”

Don’t forget the space before the “g_prefspath”.

properties

Now when you open Cinema4D from that shortcut, thats where its going to get all your layouts and shortcuts and plugins from.

You can make as many of these shortcuts as you want. What is important is that you install your plugins into the “plugins” folder inside the prefs folder and not in your root directory. Because the root directory plugins will load all the time regardless of what c4d shortcut you click.

If you want to get your old prefs and put them there you can do that easily. By opening cinema4D from the cinema 4d.exe file. pressing ctrl+e, and clicking the “open preference folder” button in the bottom left of the window. From there you can also check where your current open instance of C4D is getting its preferences.

prefs

Now you can rename these shortcuts to Cinema4d clean, Octane Beta, Octane stable etc..

Keep in mind that each version will have its own shortcuts and layouts. So be wary of that. maybe find a software that will sync just some of the files inside those folders, I haven’t looked into that yet.

 

Note: in R15 it was different, so my target path looked like this: “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R15a\CINEMA 4D 64 Bit.exe” -homedir “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R15a\myprefs”

cheers,
Aleksey

 

Axis Nulls and animation – You won’t believe what happens next!

Animations Jumping around when you parent them? Let me explain why that happens and how to address the issue.

Cheers,

Aleksey

Razer naga, the shortcut Junkies best friend

 

Hey guys, so i’ve been asked what kind of input device i use for working with Cinema 4D. and well here it is. Its the Razer Naga 2014 edition. I’ve been using this one for just over a year, and had the previous version of this for about 3 years, before the right click stopped holding. So im a pretty big fan of these mice. This one as you can see has sustained some damange on the buttons, but i only noticed it now when i started taking photos 🙂 just some of the paint coming off, i guess because of all my body oils and sweat, from all the hard work i do =)

12 Extra Buttons

Originally the 12 buttons on the side where intended for gamers so they can cast spells, or whatever they do, but i find them just as handy in every day work.

for example i have the tilt of the Scroll wheel set to copy and paste, ) it can tilt right and left as well as scroll and middle click.

Then i have the top row set to Num Enter ( comes in handy in many places, but the Num one is used because in photoshop it lets you drop a transform quicker), left, right arrow keys  for browsing through image galleries

Row after that is mouse button, 4,5 ( the regular back forward commands, rectangular selection in c4d, v key radial menu). 8 key is boung to F9, so i can set keyframes quickly.

Then the row at the bottom, so the Numbers 1,4,7 are mapped to F8 to play timeline in c4d ( with ctrl it does a render region), F6 top open picture viewer with ctrl.

The rest get mapped as i need them Sometimes i find myself pressing the same thing a lot. so i map that button/or command to one of the other buttons. Its pretty organic.

Acceleration

Really important feature, especially if you are working on multiple screens, or just a really big monitor. what it does basically is this: the slower you move your mouse the less it moves. But the faster you move it, the father it goes. So that way, if you need to click something small, you move your mouse slowly and its very accurate, and when you need to access something on the other side of the screen, you don’t need to do the awkward lift and move thing, you just flick it between your fingers.

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My settings for the Razer Naga 2014

My settings for the Razer Naga 2014

 

Hope this was helpful, if you have any questions shoot.

Cheers,
Aleksey

Cinema 4D in the cloud

Many of you might have Cinema4D on more than one computer. There is a pretty simple way of syncing up all your layouts, shortcuts and plugins between multiple computers. Here i will explain the process with Dropbox.com, but you can do the same thing with copy.com or any other service (Copy link is a referral, so you and my girlfriend both get an extra 5gb of storage) Copy has been discontinued

 

Make a shortcut to cinema4D in your R17 folder.

shortcut

right click on it and click properties.

now in the Target field add:[  g_prefspath=”E:\dropbox\c4d prefs”]

 

without the square brackets. So mine looks like this:

  • “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R17\CINEMA 4D.exe” g_prefspath=”E:\dropbox\Dropbox\c4d stuff\c4d prefs\prefs”

Don’t forget the space before the “g_prefspath”.

properties

Now when you open Cinema4D from that shortcut, thats where its going to get all your layouts and shortcuts and plugins from.

If you want to get your old prefs and put them there you can do that easily. By opening cinema4D from the cinema 4d.exe file. pressing ctrl+e, and clicking the “open preference folder” button in the bottom left of the window. From there you can also check where your current open instance of C4D is getting its preferences.

prefs

Now you can pin that shortcut to the start menu or copy it onto your desktop. Wherever you want 🙂

If you want an extra 5gb on top of the free 15gb you get at copy.com, click here: https://copy.com/?r=fTEbri
and help my girlfriend get an extra 5Gb too =)
Copy has unfortunately been discontinued 🙁

Note: in R15 it was different, so my target path looked like this: “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R15a\CINEMA 4D 64 Bit.exe” -homedir “E:\soft\CINEMA 4D R15a\myprefs”

cheers,
Aleksey

 

Adjusting multiple variables in increments at the same time in Cinema 4d

This was something that i always wondered how to do, but never bothered finding, and now it appeard in slack, so i’m posting it here for memory and easy reference. And my attempt to get a blog going 🙂

 

Originally posted by Rick Barret from Maxon

 

The following variables are available:
x: Represents the parameter’s original value
num: Represents the index value. The selected elements/objects will be numbered
tot: The total number of selected elements/objects
rnd(value): A random value between 0 and “value” will be ascertained

Examples

  • You have three spheres at a position (parameter P.X) of 100, 200 and 300 meters, respectively. If you select all three spheres simultaneously and enter x+200 in the P.X field the spheres would be placed at 300, 400 and 500 meters, respectively.
  •  10 light sources: You want to increase the intensity of the light sources incrementally in steps of 20, beginning at 0. Select all light sources and enter num*20 in the Intensity field. Corresponding to the order in which they appear in the Object Manager, the first light will have an intensity of 0, the second light an intensity of 20, the third an intensity of 40, etc.
  •  You want to randomly disperse the intensity of ten light sources over a total value of 200: Select all light sources and enter x+rnd(200) in the Intensity field. If all light sources previously had an intensity of 0, each should now have a random intensity within a total value of 200.
  •  You want to set the Fillet Radius for twenty eight cubes to values ranging from 0 to 100 with equal intervals: Select all cubes and enter 100*(num/(tot-1)) into the Fillet Radius field.