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  1. 11 points
    Lots of ways to go about that, but I think this is probably the fastest... 1. Top view, poly pen in Quad Strip Mode, and draw yourself a network of polygons, like so... 2. Extrude that (with caps), and delete the end caps to get your tunnel ends... 3. Smooth Subdivide that to Level 4 or 5, then use a displacer deformer (make it a child of the object), driven by Luka noise to make it look rocky... It might look like a giant pretzel from the outside, but from inside we're approaching something cave-like... Don't forget to select all polys and Reverse your Normals at this point... You can add further displacements (in a group with the SDS Object) at smaller scales, and use that additional SDS to increase polycount much higher. Here I'm at a combined Subdivision to Level 7, and I've got Luka at 600% driving the bigger detail, and Electric Noise, 50%, stretched 500% on V for finer detail.... Lastly, you can handle smaller detail still with normal or bump maps in the material... talking of which, if you are using photo-based textures you want a nice Triplanar mapping setup to texture this properly, but you can do it equally well with just layered procedural noises... Lastly I should mention some techniques for making it look 'big'. These might include... Building in small holes to the tunnel roof to let beams of sunlight in, and using a plane in an Atom Array in front of your sunlight to further break it into godrays.. Adding some Physical Sky, not for its weather, but for its atmospherics haze... Using small area lights, with small illumination falloffs Park the camera very low, and use wide angles Hope that helps... CBR
  2. 10 points
    For the past years I have been working on this solo project during my spare time. It took me way too long, because in between i lost interest, had paid jobs, scrutinized the story, scrutinized the characters, scrutinized my lifechoices etc. But eventually i was compelled to finish this short film because i had invested too much time to just drop this project. So here, I'd like to present you: SUNDAY, a story about a lonely penguin's quest for refreshment on a hot and sunny southpole sunday.
  3. 7 points
    Hi folks :) As you can see we have some new features on the site. First is that the members display at the bottom of forum is showing avatars Second is, we have a direct topic feed with Cafe Youtube videos Hope you like the improvements, there are still some issues we have to iron out but it works!
  4. 7 points
    The other day my pc crashed with several apps open. C4D survived ok, but Photoshop had reverted to OOBE - welcome screen, load of panels I don't use etc. I tweaked PS back to how I like it and that was that. 2 days later I needed an image for C4D, so I opened PS and created a 1000px square doc, only to get an error message 'could not complete operation - disk full'. I looked in explorer and sure enough my SSD was bright red and completely full. I closed everything and ran virus check, and other stuff and the SSD went back to normal. I opened PS - disk full. This went on and on - problem kept appearing, disk full. Didn't Einstein say that repeating the same thing, expecting a different result is a sign of insanity ? On the 10th attempt, I opened PS, made a doc 1000 ... hold on 1000 INCHES ? The PS reset had set the default units to inches, and I was trying to create a doc 7,000 square feet. PS standard res is 300dpi, so pixel-wise I was out by a factor of 10^5. panic over...
  5. 6 points
    After the gold and fluttery-ness of my Golden Snitch, it seemed only logical to do a Quaffle next - I seem to be doing the set. In fact these Quidditch guys are great for an ongoing personal project in that if you don't have much time you can always just spend a free night doing 1 type of ball, and then come back to it later to add to the set... Still working on textures, but off to a fairly decent start... this one was Physical Render /GI - 3 mins. CBR
  6. 6 points
    just finished this :) @Cerbera sorry for the caps in the topic title, but the title of the video just required it ;)
  7. 6 points
    Folks that are speculating here and via pm, here is a simple answer. Adobe is not buying Maxon - simple as that. Not sure how on earth can anyone conclude that given this development? This, if anything nullifies such assumptions... If Adobe ever wanted this then probably good time for them was 10 years ago, certainly not now, and to best of my knowledge, and I was saying this every year when this comes up - C4D is not for sale. It is simply silly for Nemetschek to sell such a valuable and growing company. Anyone can find financial results of companies online, this is simply publicly available information. Now, I am looking forward to open some accounts for Redshift folks ;)
  8. 5 points
    And so I get to the 3rd type of ball in my Quidditch set - we've done the Golden Snitch, and the non-magical Quaffle, and now we're on to the 2nd most interesting of them, the Bludgers... These magical cannonballs need to be chained down in the box, because as soon as it's opened they are enchanted to aggressively pursue and attack anyone nearby at the time. (Health and Safety isn't a thing in Harry Potter, where they've got potions that can fix broken bones). Modelling-wise, not the most challenging of forms in the Bludger itself, but interesting working out the mechanisms that hold it down, and I think it will look good in the box with the rest of them. Textures here are first pass, and will probably get improved later by the time I have sculpted some massive dents into it, for now this is just the base mesh and I skipped ahead to first round textures... Unusually for that production, I didn't like the textures they gave these in the films - too orange for my taste, so I'm going back to good old honest gun-metal greys, with slightly more weathering than they did. That last one Physical Render (Adaptive, Automatic, 6%, 3,3,3,0) / GI (IC/QMC): 5 mins 40. CBR
  9. 5 points
    And this is what happens, when you click on "Disclaimer" on my next homepage... Physical render, Marvelous designer for the suit.
  10. 5 points
    Fancied a quick little personal weekend modelling project, so thought I'd do the Golden Snitch from Harry Potter. Painfully easy to do with either Volume builder or Sculpting, I fancied more of a challenge so I did it properly, with SDS. Here we are at the end of Day 1, most of the modelling done, but no textures yet... 100% quads, but still the odd 6 point pole remaining, not that it creates any artefacts here :) Of course it's different in every film, and you can tell they didn't know it was going to have to open until film 6, but I'm doing the film 3 version, arguably the best of the series because Alfonso Cuaron was in charge... Texturing tomorrow... CBR
  11. 5 points
    Can finally show some work I did for the Walking Dead Season 9 last year. This was a pretty dreamy project. The props department needed a sword designed for the Jesus Monroe character. They gave me basic dimensions that they had tested out with the actor and some research from the comic and previous action figures and then I was let loose from there. I designed three different options - this is the one they ultimately went with. Stitching, seams, etc in the renders could be better overall, but the whole thing went together in just two days.
  12. 5 points
    Created for fun.. Software used: Zbrush, Rizom UV, Substance Painter, Cinema 4D and Redshift
  13. 4 points
    One of the best video clips I've seen ....(I guess) period! It's 3D and I found out that it actually was an awarded short film called "Paths of Hate created by "Platige Image" and published by the Polish Film Institute. It was brilliantly edited here to fit Gunship's song, (For all you 80's nostalgic people also listen to Gunship's "Tech Noir", in one of the most entertaining claymations you've ever laid eyes on)
  14. 4 points
    I ended up modeling actual geometry based on the loft (gif example). the c4d file was my initial set up. thanks for your help! cafe sample.c4d
  15. 4 points
    You can always just setup such a scene yourself and then reuse it with different materials. It's really not a big deal and decent HDRI's are not really that expensive anymore. Here's some directions: HDRI Haven (Free) textures.com HDRI's
  16. 4 points
    Dave is very cool and grounded guy, he never talked with any of us at Maxon with a bossy attitude. We truly believe he is capable to lead is in a better future.
  17. 4 points
    10 min keynote from the new MAXON ceo! Just announce the big news and wrap it up. I like his style! Tim Cook can learn something from this.
  18. 4 points
    New batch of setups :P 94_Raffale(MG+CA).c4d 93_EKG_rig(MG+XP).c4d 95_Concertina_rig(MG+XP).c4d
  19. 4 points
    Don’t we all love the guy who pops out of nowhere to ask a question and then doesn’t even take the time or courtesy to reply back after he’s received a thoughtful answer. I say some sort of acknowledgment or maybe even a ‘thank you’ is required operating procedure for anyone seeking help. People providing help are getting nothing out of it 98% of the time. At least honor a fellow human’s generosity for helping you. I think we sometimes are morally obliged to *not* help certain people. We owe it to ourselves to not be abused by the laziness, greed and opportunism of others.
  20. 3 points
    I think this does it. I used clamp and iteration rod6.c4d
  21. 3 points
    This sort of thing is the poly method... 1. Primary loops established 2. SnS together, then delete intermediate loops / add small 90 degree rim extrude at top 3. Patch inside that to get the top / add 2 new loops between top and bottom with Preserve Curvature on. 4. Continue on to lower part etc, then control loops and SDS. CBR
  22. 3 points
    Made a quick demonstration video of the new feature in action. While the feature originated from the demand to have a pixel accurate positioning and sizing option, I figured I could as well implement a full transform tool supporting both UV unit as pixel units (except for scale and rotate, obviously). The new tool is still work in progress, but should be available in a next update.
  23. 3 points
    few more 105_Plain_scale_emission(MG+XP).c4d 106_Emit_and_trace(XP+TP+MG).c4d 107_Rubik_Cube (XP+CA+MG).c4d
  24. 3 points
    well, that was a lot of comments. I'm glad that I have enough beer Fixed some issues while commenting. Random option was not working in picture viewer. Also fixed some other little bugs. Have fun. If any of the coders have any advice regarding the code - I'd be glad to learn some tips and tricks. Spacer.zip
  25. 3 points
    Since last post I was working on a new feature, which I am very excited about. More about that later. It took time to work out a design and required quite some supporting math to get the desired solution. Implementation is now mostly done, just not finalized yet. However, I was recently contacted for a particular request, and have put the feature on the shelf (only for a while) as I assume this new request to be more useful on a long term. Up till now Seamilar's manipulation of UVs (via points, edges, polygons, islands) was mainly focused on using interactive tools. Soon the new numeric transform tool will be available, allowing to manipulate points, edges, polygons and islands via precise values. For this to work the way I intended I had to construct a custom GUI component: ReferencePoint. With this you will be able to move, rotate, scale, position, size items from the four corners of a bounding box, or its center. For rotating, scaling and sizing you will also be able to perform the transformation actions on the whole set of selected items, or on the different islands separately. For moving and positioning you will be able to specify any corner of the UV canvas as origin. And when in Texture Display mode you will have the option to specify the transformation action in UV coordinates, or in pixel values. The icon for this new tool needs some attention, as this one is just a placeholder during the work-in-progress. I am currently finalizing the implementation of this tool. Followed with some more testing days ahead, before releasing an update. (Maybe some porting to pre-R20 version of Seamilar, depending the interest) After the release of the update I'll continue working on the other feature.
  26. 3 points
    Firstly thing - There is no way to directly access and change the value of the dropdown for the render setting within the Batch Renderer with Python AFAIK. Which means that while it's not very efficient your approach is not terrible when dealing with a body of files, don't feel bad about it, if it works then that's more important than if it works efficiently. Now onto ways you could improve your code : For a start I don't see anything in your script accessing the batch renderer to get the file. So that's done first by using the "GetBatchRender" function, e.g. batchRender = c4d.documents.GetBatchRender() count = batchRender.GetElementCount() for i in range(count): fileName = batchRender.GetElement(i) This goes through the whole list, but perhaps you only want to deal with the first (top most, just about to render) document, in which case you wouldn't do the for loop but would just do fileName = batchRender.GetElement(0). Next, you can just load in and save the file more directly than using CallCommand using the c4d.document.LoadDocument(file, flags). myDoc = c4d.documents.LoadDocument(fileName, c4d.SCENEFILTER_PROGRESSALLOWED) if myDoc is None: return At this point you now have an opened document and can see the progress as the file is loaded in. Your next step is to switch out the render data in that document. Just use the code you already have for that, it's fine. You shouldn't need the EventAdd() function calls in there though. The final step is to re-save your document, this time rather than using CallCommand again you can do it directly. With c4d.document.SaveDocument(doc, file, flags, format) result = c4d.documents.SaveDocument(myDoc, fileName, c4d.SAVEDOCUMENTFLAGS_DONTADDTORECENTLIST, c4d.FORMAT_C4DEXPORT) if result is False: return At this point you should be able to start the batch render and be good to go. If you want you can do this programmatically again without having to use CallCommand by accessing the BatchRender object's SetRendering() function i.e. batchRender.SetRendering(c4d.BR_START) should do the job.
  27. 3 points
    I found this... ...
  28. 3 points
    All credits go to the Scott Ayers. Attached is a plug-in. After installing, you'll be able to select a folder and all OBJs in the folder will all be imported. batch_importer.pyp
  29. 3 points
    More and more people are going freelance? Why? Well the simple reason is that there are more and more people who want to do the work, but the amount of full time jobs isn’t growing as fast. Also with the amount of different skill sets available, most studio’s don’t need a lot of these people full time. For example I mostly do character rigging these days. Most studios don’t need a character rigger full time. They need one just a couple of times a year perhaps, or maybe even just once ever. So freelancing in general a better distribution of labor. There is a dark side to this trend though which everyone should be aware. A lot of studios hire freelancers because they know that most people are terrible at figuring out what they are worth and can be exploited. pressured and manipulated into doing waay more work for waay less money. Many studios will hire freelancers to avoid paying benefits or giving paid leave. This is my advice to every budding freelancer. Don’t do it unless you have no choice. Freelancing is hard. Finding clients is hard, standing out from every other freelancer is hard. There are 2 real reasons anyone should be a freelancer. The first category is people who can’t get stable employment and simply have no choice, and the second category is people who simply HAVE to be able to manage their own time, their money, their projects etc. Take me for example, I’m a freelancer because i simply have no choice in the matter. There is no way i can go into an office every day. It’s simply not in my DNA. And i also love all the aspects around being a freelancer. As a kid i really enjoyed playing economic sim games, where you get to run your own business. Being a freelancer is pretty much just like that. Except you can’t always just pour more money into something, sometimes you just have to do the work. You have to build your brand, handle advertising and marketing, promote yourself, negotiate prices, manage expenses, plan for catastrophes and a whole bunch of other stuff. So if you are thinking about being a freelancer, think about if you enjoy all this. Or does it stress you the ^%@! out. Because to lots of people it does. And if you just want to make animations or design characters, perhaps you are better off looking for employment where other people who are good at things like marketing and negotiations will take care of those things for you. Because remember there are only so many hours in a day. And you will be competing with people who really love what they do. If you want to go freelance, i always recommend teaming up with someone who complements your skills. So you can pull each other up. Or reach out to someone who is already freelancing and let them know what your special skills are. This leads me to the next topic Special Skills you need to have something that sets you apart. Being a generalist is important and as a freelancer it really helps if you are aware of the entire pipeline around you. BUT when you email someone or talk to someone, you need a hook, you need to be remembered for something. Some little piece of info, so when they are thinking “Damn i need someone to do this” They will instantly think of you. This kind of niche specialization also helps with google searches when people are looking for someone who does what you do. How many people are you competing with in your primary category? Know your competition and pivot so at least somewhere you come up at the top of the list. The last part of this post i want to bring up something very important and that is: “Love what you do” . Because if you are doing something you are not passionate about you will lose. Why? Because you are competing with people who LOVE what they do. Especially in the creative industry. So always think long and hard about how you are presenting yourself and what kind of jobs you are attracting. If you enjoyed this article, make sure to follow me. I got a whole series lined up. Next i’m thinking of writing an article on how to set prices and charge for your work. What do you think? Cheers, Aleksey The post Starting out as a freelancer in the 3D/VFX industry appeared first on Ace5studios. View the full article
  30. 3 points
    Let's have a look at the Mac facts here: 1. Pro res seems like an also-ran. At present. 2. Lack of Nvidia suport with no hope of it in the future. 3. Lack of AMD support for the industry standard GPU renderers 3. Apple dropping support for Open CL and GL 4. Integration just seems non existent with Apple's proprietary Metal, and where it does exist ( like in Premiere ) it seems to make the programs run slower. 5. Apples walled garden just seems to get higher and higher. 6. Where the hell is this Mac Pro Modular, they've been talking about it for years now? All of this and more just means we're at a point ( as OSX users ) where it won't matter if you spend £15K on a full spec bells and whistles OSX machine, it just won't run the renderers needed for C4D work. Apple Pro machines are no longer pro, they're just expensive toys. Enough already. And I say this as a nearly 3 decades Mac user sitting here with a 6 core I7 2018 MBP with a Razer Core X Vega 64 that is basically a dog when it comes to running C4D. It's time to switch to be honest. My next Mac will be a PC.
  31. 3 points
    Keyframe the dynamics on ? 3spheres.c4d
  32. 3 points
    Some workflow info: I really like the Volume builder and mesher for creating these smooth surface body parts. - Some retopo in 3D Coat - Marvelous designer for the neck part - Modeled and rendered in C4D off course - Redshift for rendering Still a lot to add
  33. 3 points
    Some music to help you pass time while rendering: Appropriately named too! May I also suggest this site: www.extrememusic.com Great site for production music where music is classified by mood, tempo, and style. In the mood for something to zone out to? Just type in "chill" to the search bar and up will come hundreds of tracks that will all stream to you one after the other WITHOUT ADS!!! Dave
  34. 3 points
    As a bit of a drone pilot myself, for a long time I have wondered when 3D mapping would get here. And indeed it just has ! DJI have just released Terra, which will turn your UAV footage into 3D digital assets complete with textures ! As a company I don't like DJI, and don't fly their machines myself (2 non-pilot-error flyaways mean I can't trust them), but they remain the people with the most budget to throw at ideas like this, and are surely the frontrunners of making it a consumer-level thing. Read more below... https://www.dji.com/uk/dji-terra CBR
  35. 3 points
    Oh you've come to the right place ! :) I modelled a diorama of Gandalf's Cutting a few years back... To get the frame of the circular door you just need to do some basic modelling. Get a disc object the same size as whatever you used to make your circular door, but make it slightly bigger, and then give it an inner radius of slightly smaller than the outer edge of the door frame. Then you can just select rows of edges and extrude them out in square form, like this... 1. Start with a disc. 16 segments is probably enough. 2. Edge Mode, Select the uppermost 4 edges, hold ctrl, and drag them out, then hold shift and scale them flat on Y. 3. Do the same for the sides, but this time scaling on X... 4. Close the gaps by extruding the edges next to them, using vertex snap to get them precisely aligned. Then weld the coincident points. 5. Add more extrusions to boundaries by ctrl-dragging with the move tool until you have the sort of dimensions you need, then, select all polys, get the Extrude tool, tick Create Caps and then add thickness to the wall by dragging right in the viewport... CBR
  36. 3 points
    KVB is correct in the setup. However, you have turned off 'Seen by Reflection' on the Floor.1 object in your image. It is the Floor.1 that is making the shadows on the rocket lighter because it is bouncing the sky light back up at the rocket.
  37. 3 points
    I think this does it def main(): top = doc.SearchObject('boxes') boxes = top.GetChildren() count = len(boxes) boxes[0][c4d.ID_BASEOBJECT_GLOBAL_POSITION,c4d.VECTOR_X] = 0 for a in range(1, count): prev_pos = boxes[a-1][c4d.ID_BASEOBJECT_GLOBAL_POSITION,c4d.VECTOR_X] prev_rad = boxes[a-1].GetRad().x curr_rad = boxes[a].GetRad().x boxes[a][c4d.ID_BASEOBJECT_GLOBAL_POSITION,c4d.VECTOR_X] = prev_pos + prev_rad + 1 + curr_rad the boxes are under a parent called boxes, and in the for loop current position = previous position + prev radius + 1 + current radius result along X in this file, copy some boxes into the parent 'boxes' in OM box_arrange.c4d edit - same in XPresso. Select one obj and change width with scale tool to test. box_arrange_xp2.c4d AFAIK bounding box in XP doesn't use primitives only poly, but the GetRad() python method can do both.
  38. 3 points
    Hey all, I finished this model and here it is. Pretty fun but lots of challenges!
  39. 3 points
    If, like me, you use the modelling axis all the time, then it will probably have frustrated you on several occasions that there isn't a reset button there, and that r-clicking the field arrows didn't work here either, as recently as R19. I'm sure I wasn't alone in suggesting we fix that to MAXON, and I have just noticed that in R20 the right-click reset now works !! So, while we still haven't got the Reset button that would sort them all out in one click, we can at least now do it in 3 right-clicks, which is a lot better than manually moving the sliders to 0 with no quantization. So just giving my fellow modellers a heads up on that one, as it seems to been thought of as too minor to include in the R20 feature lists... But that's a biggie for me - will save a lot of time cumulatively, that one... CBR
  40. 3 points
    Thanks! I put another 6-8 hours into this model. I still have to do the "mouth parts" and clean it up before UV's and texturing. There are a lot of messy bits.... The butt was a pain in the.... but I think it's working now.
  41. 3 points
    Got a little farther along. I had a day of voice recording with my voice actor, Mike Luce this week. We did 2 scripts so I'll have stuff to work with for a while now. One thing I can't seem to remember is that when you scale the characters, the hair and fur don't scale with them! It took some time to get them looking right again!
  42. 2 points
    Hi folks :) As many of you already know, Cafe has a Youtube channel with large video collection of tutorials. Please post your tutorial requests into this topic, all ideas are welcome. To increase the likelihood of your proposition being accepted and turned into tutorial, try to be as precise as possible and look for subjects that would benefit wide variety of user. This of course doesn't mean you shouldn't suggest something that is based on your individual needs. Thanks!
  43. 2 points
    As far as I know there is still no way to do this in C4D natively, which is why I made this plugin: https://www.plugins4d.com/sculpt-projection-brush
  44. 2 points
    Here's some C4D Python for noobs - random lottery generator spins the numbers, then sorts + holds lottery.c4d I use this speed control a lot for my gear projects etc arrow.c4d a bit more complex - this wheel on a chessboard rebounds at the edges, keyboard ctrl + alt steers L-R wheel.c4d math for wheel available on request
  45. 2 points
    OK, let's get this ship moving... Here's the first 3 main stages of what we need to do to model that in properly. 1. Check out this spline, which has no interpolation (ie it is linear) and has precisely the minimum amount of points we need to describe that form AND the circle bit we need within it. We are going to use SDS to do most of the hard work for us, so we only have to wrangle a small amount of points. I went for 24 radial segments in the lathe, which gave me mostly square polys in the area we are most interested in, the curve under the neck. 2. Here's the result of that lathe. REALLY clean geo, and not one polygon more or less than we need. Thanks to our immaculate point planning earlier, we also have a helpful group of 12 polys we can wrangle into a circular form. Here I've hidden in the inner polys for clarity, which is a good idea generally, in that you can't accidentally select any points on the inner wall during the following operations.. As it's only 12 points that need moving you can just do that, or for even less work, you could cut the mesh in half at this point and use symmetry so you only had to move 6 ! But however you're doing it, using the Slide Tool (so we adhere to existing curvature), move these points in the directions shown, to mostly circular form. If you want to be very precise about it you can get an n-side spline from the Primitives Menu with 12 sides, align it roughly to that to the surface, and use it as a visual guide. Or if, like me, you have the HB modelling bundle, you can just run 'Curvature-aware points to circle' which will do it in one move. 3. In the last model on the right there, and below, we have gone back to the polygon selection and inner extruded once to redirect the edge flow nicely around the circular form. Under SDS this looks like this so far... not too shabby, and remarkably little surface distortion because we used the slide tool instead of the regular move tool to shift those points about. In the next post we'll finish that off, and tighten up the overall form, and then we're pretty much done. Hope that helps... CBR
  46. 2 points
    Hi all, I just found out about this open source photogrammetry pipeline. Seems promising! I've been using 3D Zephyr but am giving this a shot today.... https://alicevision.github.io/#
  47. 2 points
    New update new issues. Unfortunately that's the case with the software we use. Some things are simply not in our power.
  48. 2 points
    Transforming parent will always transform it's child unless you use move parent modifier. Hold "7" on your keyboard and this will not transform child objects.
  49. 2 points
    Oh that's depressing. Please say it ain't so. I really don't want to pay monthly for using C4D nor do I want to pay an inflated monthly fee for access to an Adobe suite of products if all I want to do is use C4D. As a hobbyist, I only have enough time to learn (and therefore use) C4D....all the other stuff would be wasted on me. What a buzz kill to my Redshift excitement. Dave
  50. 2 points
    @pilF cart explanation - it's all down to radians ...

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