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  1. HI There is also another solution if you wish to try. You can create an edge along the middle of your geometry. select that edge and convert it into a spline, and then : menu > character > convert > convert spline to joints. (each point will get a joint) If the alignment of the joints is not good, run the character/commands/joint align tool command. hope it helps cheers
  2. Hi In your emmiter object > object tab > emmiter sub-tab you find a check box called stick particle to source object. it's simple to find. hope it helps cheers
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    Hello ABC Loop is a very simple Xpresso tool that allow us to loop an abc file inside Cinema4d. Sometimes we need to loop only a certain portion of the abc sequence. With this simple tool we can create that sequence by selecting the starting frame in the alembic and a loop time span. The Xpresso does the rest. I've tested the tool and so far is working fine. Instructions: The scene file contains two null with additional controls. A simple and a more complex version. Each ABC file needs one of command null to generate a loop. Hope it helps Cheers Joao Batista
  4. Hi The issue with the sculpting module performance doesn't seem to be solved. i've tried sculpting a small object with 6 million polys and the performance is not very good. In R21 the performance is still better. The main issue is that the brush gets really slow when stroking the object surface and in the end becomes really bad to use. Each time i press the brush this message appears -initializing vertex buffer object -for 1-2 secs and in that time the brush doesnt work so it becomes really anoying. I really like these sculpting tools and i would like to see this issue solved... Cheers
  5. hi. The easiest way to do that is to animate the object visbility (viewport and render) . In each shape create two frames: - default and off an then place them in the timeline where you want it. The complex but also more advanced way is to build an xpresso along with a menu with some radio buttons where you control all the shapes on and offs . it will require more prep time but in the end you only animate one object, wich is the menu selector. search in google for c4d radio buttons and how set them up in xpresso. if you run into some problems ask here again in the forum. hope it helps cheers
  6. Hi Thanks. I've joined this studio (glimpsevfx) recently (september 2019) and besides rigging and animation i'm also a generalist so i've to do a lot of stuff. The studio uses 3ds max + vray for rendering and ornatrix in this case for the grooming. I'm actually the only one that uses c4d over there and we are a team of 6 (2 artists in 3ds max, 1 in c4d, and 3 houdini artists). But because i know a little more of rigging and animation, i'm now in charge of that dpt. I believe that this project could have been done easily in c4d, even with native grooming, but since the other artists use other softs, we have to share a larger pippeline. We also rig in houdini but i believe we'll rely mostly in c4d for the next projects, since houdini is a pain to master and next to c4d it's not better (for animation). These are some of the projects we used c4d heavilly since i arrived. https://vimeo.com/391548633 https://vimeo.com/382435446 i also i've a reel with more stuff mostly done in c4d and (argh) 3ds max https://vimeo.com/user6050192 cheers
  7. i agree 100% with this statement and i want to add a litte more. Even if the tools in c4d seem outdated (and in many aspects they are) try to check some making ofs from big anmation studios. Most of the time they are using old versions of maya , some of them are like maya 2012 or similar. Of course they have TD's in their pipeline to solve and implement custom tools but the the core is always something that they rely on instead of the newest release. C4d sometimes behaves like houdini. We can try and mix diferent modules to enhance certain capabilities. That means that we have to create most of our solutions and there are no presets for this kind of stuff. I love to mix mograph in rigging. It's just amazing . But there are even more things that are really good: Pose Morph tools are super powerfull in the rigging process and really worth it to explore.
  8. Hey! Actually my technical references are pretty basic. i've watched some tutorials for maya, mostly about multiple joint chains in character limbs and such. From there i learned to replicate that in c4d but those were technical concepts since i've no intereset to work with maya. i've also checked some tutorials from cineversity but i found those a bit superficial. Cinema 4d has some interesting rigged human models you can find in the content browser, plus they added some cartoon models from Ace5 Studios that have a different type of rig, much simpler, and also a facial rig that is very cool to learn. I usually break that into components and do some revearse engineering. That's my way to work. For the bird i used this video from The Mill just for inspiration. It's just a breakdown so they cut out all tech parts. i also found something about the mechanics of wing feathers, but never related to rigging and absolutly nothing in c4d. The guys at the Mill made an incredible work and we tried to do our best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkagLUbs95Q In the end our bird was like this: http://glimpsevfx.com/portfolio/leroy-merlin-robin/
  9. Unfortunatly i also find very few tuts on this subject. Most of my rigging solutions are a translate from other softwares but with a lot of tweaking by my self. Also, most advanced stuff is difficult to find anywhere else. I can still find some stuff for human rigging but for other type of animals or creatures its almost impossible. I have already rigged a bird and that was crazy difficult because of the wing feathers . I found nothing usefull on that subject. I feel that if we want to create more advanced solutions we have to find ourselves the way to do it.
  10. Didn't know about that issue with those rigs. That problem should be reported (even if someone already did it) to MAXON. we can't afford to have broken tools instead of reliable ones.
  11. Hi There. This is a possible way. However, did you tried using a cloner for the book? With a few deformers and a nicely setup cloner, i think you can manage to create this effect very easily and cleaner. It might no be the most realistic but it works well. There are also a few other tuts about book rigging and other products like preset tools. https://giannilorusso.com/2015/02/16/realbook-preset-the-best-book-rig-for-c4d/ cheers
  12. Hey. I saw your file. In this case since you are using the sweep generator, you cant bake it's animation because the generator is constatly generating more and more geometry. The better way to "bake" this is through a conversion. In other words export an abc (alembic) file of your animation and it will behave as a bake. You can also make an OBJ sequence or use the Nitro 4d. Bake animation is used mainly to bake some deformers and PSR animations. In this case (generators) it might not work as expected.
  13. Cinema 4d has good tools for rigging. Besides 3ds max and a bit of maya i dont know much about other packages but i feel very confortable rigging in this one. Obvisously i would like some improvements in the skinning system, maybe a multi layer system for the weight painting and a better constraint system that wasn't much of a drag with priorities. Unfortunately i'm mainly a generalist and i only rig occasionally, so there are a lot of skills (including learning python) that i miss. However it's good to work in a system that have such potencial and it helps a lot professionals like me that are not fully dedicated to rigging. For example i watched some rigging maya tuts and i find that if your are not a python user, you don't go very far... Perhaphs blender is better, but like i said it before, don't know it very well. Another thing that i really like is that we can mix mograph tools with rigging tools and provide some cool effects, and i dont see this kind of interaction in other packages. Here's a an example of some of those rigs i've worked, and to show that c4d is a good tool to use. A lot of xpresso but no python at all. enjoy:
  14. Hi. For this kind of simple issue i would solve it in comp. So: 1 - Render your object with an id and a background. 2 - Render a background without object 3 - In comp use the object matte to separate it from the background. Then u can use the render of your background without shadow and comp it with opacity, as you like.
  15. Hi. My first guess is that your ram usage might be increasing due to the videos caching. There might be some solutions to solve that issue. 1. try to separate the render in blocks of 30 seconds . you can use takes to make it easier. that way, you avoid memory build up. 2. in the preferences try to alocate more ram into your picture viewer. it's a long shot but sometimes it also helps a little. 3. Check your video resolution. sometimes video formats have direct influence. jpeg sequences usually are fast but beware quicktimes, mp4, avi. 4. Have you tried rendering in Hardware render? Might result since it's gpu. cheers
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