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Scenes that show a particular special effect not covered in fizz, pyrocluster, etc. See also the rigging categories. Members can submit files to this section. Please zip up scene files

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  1. Turning pages

    Here's a simple scene with animated multiple pages turning. As the pages turn they get bent by 2 bend deformers. An align to spline expression is used to maintain correct orientation.

    No doubt members could tweak this scene to use more pages.

    4,227 downloads

    3 comments

    Updated

  2. Creating Rain with the Ripple Shader

    Here's a simple scene file using the ripple shader to simulate rain and ripples.

    Note: The ripples only show up in the final render / picture viewer not when rendered to the viewport.

    2,561 downloads

    6 comments

    Updated

  3. Lumen Cloud

    After viewing Damian Nenow's presentation about "paths of hate", and being intrigued in his solution for clouds in 3DSMAX, I decided to have a go at mimicking his workflow in C4D. There are probably other ways to do this entirely in C4D without any 3rd part plugins, but this was the first thing that came to mind. I've since gone back and tried another method, but I still think that this works better.

    *This scene requires Biomekk's Lumen 2 plugin in order to work.*

    The original mesh of the cloud has been baked (GI, and some Chanlum SSS). This texture is then used by the Lumen plugin to control the color/luminance of cloned primitives which cover the cloud mesh. There is a fresnel falloff shader with some fusion blended noise in the alpha channel on the clone's material. This gives soft edges and a more believable cloud look.

    2,064 downloads

    11 comments

    Submitted

  4. Cigarette Smoke with TP

    Here's a great little scene file demonstrating how to make realistic cigarette smoke. Thinking Particles is used but not Pyrocluster. It's all done with lights.

    While the scene file is in rel 9 format.

    Note: The animation plays back quicker than the animated gif here.

    2,257 downloads

    0 comments

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  5. Puff of smoke

    Here's a very simple scene using Pyrocluster and standard particles to simulate a puff of smoke.

    Zip includes scene file and Quicktime movie.

    2,156 downloads

    4 comments

    Updated

  6. Simulating a shower

    Here's a scene of a shower nozzle with 30 particle emitters simulating water. If you don't have the AR module, try using object or scene motion blur instead.

    3,078 downloads

    3 comments

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  7. Gunfight

    Michael Welter's awesome Thinking Particles gunfight scene. Noise deformer required as well as the Thinking Particles module.

    Noise deformer plugin required but included in the zip file. 246kb

    I'm not sure whether this plugin will work in R10 - 3DKiwi

    For more info and Michaels site click here

    3,441 downloads

    7 comments

    Submitted

  8. Roll out the red carpet

    Here's a simple file showing how to make a carpet unroll. You can use a flattened cube if you want a bit of thickness to the carpet.

    Jan 2009. File updated. I've modified the scene to be a bit more elegant. It now uses Clothilde to add some thickness. Also the scene is in R9 format.

    2,525 downloads

    2 comments

    Updated

  9. Lights to simulate mist

    Need some mist blowing through your scene? Don't use particles. Use lights instead. Here's a simple scene to play around with. Try adjusting the parameters to get what you want.

    3DKiwi

    3,585 downloads

    1 comment

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  10. Animating a Matrix Extrude

    You can't actually animate the Matrix extrude tool but using poses and either morphing or a PoseMixer you can simulate this to some extent. Here's a sample scene showing how.

    The scene file uses Sub Surface Scattering but this is not essential to see how the morphing works.

    Note: Owners of the MoGraph module can use the extrude deformer to achieve the same effect

    1,310 downloads

    2 comments

    Updated

  11. Pyrocluser Smoke

    Here's a simple scene using Pyrocluster to make smoke.

    190 kb Zip file includes scene file (9.5) and a rendered avi (Divx)

    2,690 downloads

    1 comment

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  12. Animated Heat Haze

    Here's a simple scene showing how to set up heat haze. This is based upon a tutorial by Base80.

    1,724 downloads

    0 comments

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  13. Ripping Cloth

    Here's a simple scene demonstrating how to make cloth rip with Clothilde. The trick is to use a Clothnurbs object and a vertex map.

    2,343 downloads

    0 comments

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  14. Simple Car Trailer

    Here's a very simeple scene that shows how to use target expressions and align to spline expressions to rig a simple car and trailer and have the trailer follow the car around a spline.

    1,310 downloads

    4 comments

    Updated

  15. Grass

    Here's a simple grass scene. You can copy the material and use it on your own grass. Make sure that you keep the guide length fairly short.

    3DKiwi

    2,037 downloads

    7 comments

    Updated

  16. Dynamic Swinging Ceiling Lamp

    Here is a simple scene file with a dynamic swinging ceiling lamp with forces.




    Edit the Lamp Outline Spline to change the lamp shape.
    You can rotate the initial position of the lamp with the null object named Lamp Controller under the Fracture Object but you need to parent the light under the null before or else it will not follow. The Light Placement for Light Rotation shows the proper way to do this. The light must be in its original position to render correctly.
    You can enable different forces or change their parameters to get different movements. Enable the 'Enable Dynamics>>>' object to turn dynamics on and off.
    35 degress is the maximum amount of lamp rotation unless you edit the socket.




    PS. Sorry for the long notes in the scene file, I wanted to make sure I covered everything.

    534 downloads

    0 comments

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  17. TP Colliding Particles

    A very cool scene by Cafe member Srek where 2 groups of particles collide and spawning occurs (new particles created).

    You just need to add some objects or Pyrocluster.

    349 downloads

    2 comments

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