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In this blog I'd like to share my free video tutorials with you. Most of my tutorials are about hard surface modeling, SDS modeling, and modeling using splines. I hope you'll enjoy the tutorials!

 

 

 

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Video in response to request: Which C4D Plugins would I recommend?

Video in response to request: Which C4D Plugins would I recommend?

This video is in response to a subscriber's request asking me whether I could do a summary of the Cinema 4D plugins, free or commercial, that I think am worth taking a look at. So I've put together a list of ones I like using, and I will briefly describe each of them in this video.  In the following you will find the links to the plugins I mention in the video:  A) Polygon Modelling 1) HB Modelling Bundle - commercial http://www.c4dstuff.com/products/hbmodellingbundle 2) Nitro
Modelling a Roman Arch - Part II

Modelling a Roman Arch - Part II

In the second and final part of this hard surface modelling tutorial, which has a running time of a little more that three hours, we will model the remaining parts of the Roman arch.    We will start with the gate, creating the gate frame, the door frame, the ornaments, and some basic hinges, among other things.    Then we will create the roof based on some splines we created in part I of the tutorial.    Finally, we will make some more spline profiles for modelling
Modelling a Roman Arch - Part I

Modelling a Roman Arch - Part I

In part one of this hard surface modelling tutorial, which has a running time of just over four hours, we will model the center part of a detailed Roman Arch structure.    In the first modelling stage we will break the model apart and create a block-out of the main components of the center part of the Roman arch, adding only some basic detail.    Then we will spend some time on spline modelling and create the profiles for the details to be added to the block-out pieces later.
SDS Modelling a Wooden Stool

SDS Modelling a Wooden Stool

In this subdivision surface modelling excercise we will create a taboret wooden stool based on a real-world plan. You can download the plan and/or high-res reference images for free from craftsmanship.com:  https://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-projects/wooden-taboret-plan.html   You can download a zip file containing three project files here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/z9i0in5ykisofij/wooden stool project files.7z?dl=0   I am using the following plugins in this video: 
Plugin Review: PowerSpline by C4DZone

Plugin Review: PowerSpline by C4DZone

Today I would like to introduce you to PowerSpline by C4DZone, which is a useful and affordable addition to the set of Cinema 4D standard spline types.    PowerSpline comes with a number of default spline shapes that can be edited parametrically and used with the C4D standard tools and generators, like Sweep, Loft, MoSpline, Extrude etc. Amont other things, it can be quite useful for architectural modeling (e.g. for creating doors, windows).    One of my favourite features is
Modelling a Firewood Shed in Cinema 4D based on a PDF Plan

Modelling a Firewood Shed in Cinema 4D based on a PDF Plan

In this tutorial we create a firewood shed based on a PDF plan. Like in the previous tutorial on building a shed, we will model the object to scale. This shed is much easier than the previous one, but you will need to have a decent basic knowledge of Cinema 4D as I will proceed faster and use shortcuts a lot.    You can view and/or download the PDF plan required for this tutorial here:  https://www.construct101.com/product/firewood-shed-plans-4x8-pdf-download/   In the tuto
Plugin Review: Baluster4D by Calaidos4D

Plugin Review: Baluster4D by Calaidos4D

I hope this finds you all well.   In my latest video I will have a look at a plugin that might be interesting especially for those of you who do architectural projects a lot.  The plugin is called Baluste4D and is by Caleidos4D. You can buy it here:  http://www.caleidos4d.it/plugin_baluster4d.htm    I am using my free Arch-Profile-Collection in the video. You can watch a video on this collection here (there is a download link for that free collection in the video descr
How loop and ring selectinos work in Cinema 4D

How loop and ring selectinos work in Cinema 4D

In this short video we will have a look at a bit of theory and learn how loop and ring selections work in Cinema 4D. Knowing what I show you in the video will hopefully help you understand your meshes and enable you to read and analyze topology a little better.    You can download the project file we will be using here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/d01tjue2zlsuqqf/how loop and ring selections work in Cinema 4D.7z?dl=0   I hope you will enjoy this tutorial and find it helpf
Creating large libraries in Cinema 4D

Creating large libraries in Cinema 4D

In this video we will have a look at how we can create large libraries in Cinema 4D using Mograph to render out an image sequence.    I will use a free plugin called "Batch Rename Objects" by Adam Swaab to make automatic renaming of objects easier. This is a Coffee plugin and will not work in R20 or newer. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an alternative for this plugin if you are using R20 or R21. Moreover, that free plugin is no longer available for download either.   
Tutorial Request: Create a Chinese Pattern in Cinema 4D

Tutorial Request: Create a Chinese Pattern in Cinema 4D

I uploaded a free library of 330 Chinese patterns a while ago:   A C4D Cafe member asked me if I could show how I did those patterns. In this video we are going to do a simple example, recreating one of those patterns. With variations where necessary, almost all of the pattern I did for that free library are based on the same techniques.   You can download the reference image I am using in the video here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/ak6ngpx0q9eh6xu/pattern 001 ref.
Modelling a detailed Shed in Cinema 4D based on a PDF Plan

Modelling a detailed Shed in Cinema 4D based on a PDF Plan

In this tutorial we will again create a real-world object and model a detailed 12' by 16' wooden shed based on a PDF plan, modelling to scale and not using the metric system but Inches this time. We will, for the most part, create this object pretty much like you would in real life.    We will use MoGraph for modelling a lot and learn how we can create and position quite a few of the components for the shed with the Cloner object, and we will work with instances a lot in order to keep
Modelling a Plastic Box

Modelling a Plastic Box

In this tutorial I will show how to model a common plastic box in Cinema 4D using simple hard surface modelling techniques.    You can download a project folder with two project files. both files contain the reference images we will be using, so we can get started right away. You can download the project folder here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/jjfv9khuoam9ljh/Plastic Box - Project files.7z?dl=0   I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!   At the end
Breaking your Balls in Cinema

Breaking your Balls in Cinema

In this video we will create a short animation, smashing one sphere into another using Mograph and Voronoi fracture. We will create a bullet time effect with a free plugin by Nitro4D called "Magic Slow Motion". Finally, we will use the Physical renderer to add motion blur and make the fast movement of the objects more believable and realistic.   You can download the "Magic Slow Motion" plugin here https://nitro4d.com/product/magic-slowmotion/   I hope you'll enjoy the vi
Create holes using NitroCycle Plugin

Create holes using NitroCycle Plugin

Cinema 4D: Creating holes in geometry using Nitro4D's "Nitro Cycle" plugin   Today we will have a look at how we can create holes (e.g. for pipe connections etc.) in Cinema 4D using a plugin called "Nitro Cycle " by Nitro 4D.  You can download a C4D project file here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/wu4bu5z7068cfhq/Nitro Cycle Plugin - project file.c4d?dl=0   You can buy the plugin here:  https://nitro4d.com/product/nitrocycle/   I hope you'll enjoy the video. T
MoI3D/C4D: Kitbash Object 02

MoI3D/C4D: Kitbash Object 02

In this second MoI3D/C4D video we will model another scifi kitbash object and export the finished model to Cinema 4D.     You can download the references imagest needed for this tutorial here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/si4medory056d08/MoI3D and C4D - Kitbash Refs.7z?dl=0   You can download a demo version of MoI 3D (fully functional for 30 days) here:  http://moi3d.com/download.htm   I bought MoI 3D at PaulTheCAD, where it is currently available at least a
MoI3D + C4D - Modelling Kitbash Part

MoI3D + C4D - Modelling Kitbash Part

In this video I will show you how to model a simple scifi kitbash part in a CAD/Nurbs modelling software called Moment of Inspiration, or Moi 3D. It is a beginner tutorial as far as the MoI part of the video is concerned. I will also show you how to export the finished model as an OBJ, and how to import it into Cinema 4D.    You can download a demo version of MoI 3D (fully functional for 30 days) here:  http://moi3d.com/download.htm   I bought MoI 3D at PaulTheCAD, where
Christmas 2019 Give-Aways

Christmas 2019 Give-Aways

It is this time of year again... Time for some presents! I am giving away 30 models I created in the past few months. All of them are laser-cut models based on CAD files.  You can download the set of models here:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/g3dv0avrq5q5dgu/Laser Cut Objects Christmas 2019.7z?dl=0   Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! Cheers contrafibbularities                

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Simple wooden gazebo

Simple wooden gazebo

In this tutorial we are going to model a simple wooden gazebo in Cinema 4D. The object is based on a CAD model I found on GrabCad (https://grabcad.com/library) a while ago.  You can download a project file that contains the reference images needed for modelling here:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/njcfq2a0coitnox/WG project.7z?dl=0   I hope you'll enjoy the tutorial. Thanks for watching!   Cheers, contrafibbularities    

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Toy Train Project Pt. 2: Caboose

Toy Train Project Pt. 2: Caboose

This is part 2 of my toy train project. In this first part we are going to create the caboose.    The model is based on .dxf files I downloaded from vk.com:  https://vk.com/wall433103796?offset=1020   You can download the project files we need for Cinema 4D here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/ni8j9c8z8lmego5/Part 1 project files.7z?dl=0   The download contains an Illustrator file with the splines and some reference images of the real-world toy train I downloaded

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Toy Train Project Pt. 1: Coal Wagon

Toy Train Project Pt. 1: Coal Wagon

This is part 1 of my toy train project. In this first part we are going to create the coal wagon.  The model is based on .dxf files I downloaded from vk.com:  https://vk.com/wall433103796?offset=1020   You can download the project files we need for Cinema 4D here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/ni8j9c8z8lmego5/Part 1 project files.7z?dl=0   The download contains an Illustrator file with the splines and some reference images of the real-world toy train I downloaded fro

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Frame structure based on a CAD File

Frame structure based on a CAD File

In this tutorial we will create a frame structure in Cinema 4D that is based on a real-world object. I used a CAD file of the object as a basis for modeling the frame. In the tutorial we will be working with the Illustrator file I made based on the original CAD file (.dxf).    You can download the files required for the tutorial here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5gz8wh68fkf7ezo/frame project files.7z?dl=0   Link to VK: https://vk.com/wall304534225_227   I h

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SDS Excercise: Ornament

SDS Excercise: Ornament

In this video we will model an ornament in Cinema 4D using subdivision surfaces.    You can download a project file that includes the references for modelling:    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qizp4lwm8pzblgb/ornament start file.7z?dl=0   Plugins used:    HB Modelling Bundle:  http://www.c4dstuff.com/products/hbmodellingbundle   Enjoy!   Cheers, contrafibbularities    

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Modelling a high-rise building in C4D

Modelling a high-rise building in C4D

In the next 3 hours we are going to create more architecture and model a high-rise building in Cinema 4D using hard surfaces.  You can download a project file with the reference image we will be using here:  high-rise building project files   I hope you'll enjoy the video. Thanks for watching!   Cheers contrafibbularities    

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SDS Excercise: Knuckle Joint

SDS Excercise: Knuckle Joint

In this video we will model a knuckle joint in Cinema 4D using subdivision surfaces.    You can download a project file that includes the references for modelling:    Project file "knuckle joint"   Plugins used:  HB Modelling Bundle:  HB Modeling Bundle NitroCap: NitroCap Set Modeling Axis:  Set Modeling Axis Points to circle:  Points to Circle   Enjoy!   Cheers, contrafibbularities  

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