IK vs FK – Whats the difference why do you need them?

Ever Wonder what the difference between FK and IK is, when rigging this is a pretty common term. I go over the differences here and when you should use which one.

 

If you found this interesting, also check out this tutorial about UI customization: https://ace5studios.com/ui-customization-in-maxon-cinema4d/

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Tokens – file paths and naming made easy!

In this tutorial i go over how to use tokens and relative paths to making saving renders easier than ever.

Why do things by hand, if you can automate it? also great for keeping naming conventions consistent throughout projects and eliminating typo’s.
Some of the more common tokens are:
$prj: Project file name
$camera: Current camera name
$take: Current take name
$pass: Multi-Pass or object channel name (the defined multi-pass names). Primarily to be used as the directory name.
$userpass: Multi-Pass or object channel name (the multi-passes renamed via double-click in the Render Settings (opened Multi-Pass tree view). Primarily to be used as a directory name.
$frame: Current animation frame
$rs: Current Render Setting name
$res: Image resolution (e.g., 800*600: 800X600)
$range: Animation range (e.g., from frame 23 to 76; 23_76)
$fps: Frame rate
With CV-tokens you get some other very useful ones like:
$cvHeight: so you can name your renders based on vertical resolution, so you get “render_720” or “render_1080p” by using “$prj_$cvHeightp”
$cvUsername: Also super handy, you can add it to just folder name for example, so you know where the render is coming from, but doesn’t interfere with file naming
$mm $ss: For minutes and seconds, so you can save every render without over writing or saving incremental files, great for looking back over your project.

Do you have any questions? Be sure to ask in the comments and i’ll add the answers to this post for everyone to see.

If you found this interesting, also check out this tutorial about UI customization: https://ace5studios.com/ui-customization-in-maxon-cinema4d/

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Ultimate #TwoLeg4D Free Cinema4D Character rig!

Fully rigged #TwoLeg4D character for cinema 4D

 

Hey Guys, Got a New rig for you, this time it’s the two legged egg thing, thanks to the talented Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin! Make sure to check out his other maya rigs in the link below.

 

The original Character and rig for maya was made by Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin

Hint: Bind “reset psr” to an easy shortcut if you haven’t yet 🙂

 

If you use him and post somewhere make sure to tag him as #TwoLeg4D

 

Get the Cinema4D rig of TwoLeg here:


Download 2Leg4D
( if you really don’t want to share, or don’t have an account, just close the window that pops up after you click on one of the buttons, and then you can download)
Check out my products page for more free rigs: http://ace5studios.com/products

Also don’t forget to follow me and Maria on twitter for more free rigs!

https://twitter.com/ace5c4d

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HUD – Heads up display

In this tutorial i cover various elements on the HUD in cinema 4D that you might not be aware of.

HUD is great for seeing important scene information without having to scroll through your object manager, also giving you the ability to adjust these numbers with ease. You will be able to see how many points/faces you have selected, the fps of your current scene, switch quickly between cameras and objects, turn subd object on and off.

Do you have any questions? Be sure to ask in the comments and i’ll add the answers to this post for everyone to see.

If you found this interesting, also check out this tutorial about UI customization: https://ace5studios.com/ui-customization-in-maxon-cinema4d/

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Materials 107 – Alpha vs Transparency

In this tutorial i go over the different between the alpha and transparency option in Cinema 4D materials

Do you have any questions? Be sure to ask in the comments and i’ll add the answers to this post for everyone to see.

See whole materials series: https://ace5studios.com/tag/materials/
Learn how to work with shaders in materials

Materials 106 – using color to control stuff

In this Cinema 4D tutorial i talk about how to use black and white maps to control various material properties and mograph shaders and displace deformers.

Do you have any questions? Be sure to ask in the comments and i’ll add the answers to this post for everyone to see.

See whole materials series: https://ace5studios.com/tag/materials/
An image on a small grass scene made with the grass preset in cinema4D

Instant Grass Tutorial – Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D has a great little grass preset that somehow went under the radar. In this quick tutorial i go over how to Make a nice quick grass render, enjoy!

 

The quick grass preset is located in the menu with the infinite floor object, just click and hold on it and then you can select the grass object. Before clicking on it, you should have a polygon object which you want to cover with grass selected. Then select the grass material in your material manager and just drag the density slider up to make it nice thick.

Next comes the lighting.Firstly create a point light. I have my lights set to have an “inverse square” fall off, which you can change in the details tab. Also i have soft shadows turned on by default. Place the first light on one side of the object and then ctrl drag the light to create a copy and place it on the other side of the object, and move a bit towards the camera, so the shadows are falling slightly towards the back.

That’s it, you can now hit render! You can also open the content browser with shift+f8 and go to the vizualize library and find some plants to scatter on your objects. I use the mograph cloner for this.

 

Question: How do i make all the plants point vertically up like they do in real life?

Answer: untick the “align clones” tick box

riggging C4D Aim and up vector in cinema 4D

Piston Rigging tutorial – Cinema 4D

Set up and rig a hydraulic piston in Cinema 4D

Check out my up-vectors tutorial about the canon here: https://ace5studios.com/upvectors/

 

Don’t forget to check out my rigged stock characters: //ace5studios.com/5j

 

Tutorial for Cinema 4D BANANA vertex weight selection sets

Materials 105 -vertex maps and polygon selections – Cinema4D

In this tutorial i cover how to apply different shaders to different parts of the model.

Check out my glass render tutorial here: //ace5studios.com/glass

and the progressive render stuff at: //ace5studios.com/progressive-rendering-and-render-settings/

rigged stock characters: //ace5studios.com/5j

 

Learn how to work with shaders in materials
See whole materials series: https://ace5studios.com/tag/materials/

Materials 104 -SSS, inverse AO, Silk – Cinema4D

Here i cover how to use Sub surface scattering to get a softern skin effect. Also cover using Inverse AO as an alternative and using fresnel in both hair and silk materials.

Check out my glass render tutorial here: //ace5studios.com/glass

and the progressive render stuff at: //ace5studios.com/progressive-rendering-and-render-settings/

rigged stock characters: //ace5studios.com/5j

 

Tutorial for Cinema 4D BANANA vertex weight selection sets
See whole materials series: https://ace5studios.com/tag/materials/