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  1. GSwartz


    And still no bodypaint updates. This just confirms my decision to not renew my MSA this year. C4D has been a fun ride, but I'm tired of waiting for it to catch up.
  2. I'm going to soon be purchasing a new laptop and was looking at this one - https://www.gentechpc.com/product-p/msi-ge73-raider-rgb-012.htm Primarily work in modo and c4d, learning houdini. Octane and redshift. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
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    Random Materials on Cloner Children (RS)

    It's funny how I can sit and struggle for hours or days trying to figure something out and when I finally decide to post a question about it, not soon after I think of a solution. I think the attached scene file will work for me. Hopefully it will help someone else down the road with a similar issue. random led texture.c4d
  4. I am trying to create an animation of a walk through of a server room. I have modeled a server rack with multiple disk arrays and such in it and then used the cloner to create copies of it in a line. The problem I'm running into is that I need to have the lights light up randomly on each clone. So, each clone could have say 30 disks each with it's own set of leds. Obviously for realism you wouldn't have every light on every disk light up at the same time... so I can't use the same texture on each clone. To make things more difficult I'm using redshift to render it. So I'm really at a loss as to how to pull this off procedurally. I know I could set up all my clones, make them editable and then manually swap out materials on each disk but we're talking hundreds of them by the time it's done. Can anyone suggest a good way to do this while keeping the server rack in a cloner set up and being able to render in redshift? Oh and to clarify, each clone is a null with quite a bit of different pieces of geometry to make up the whole server rack. So the multishader won't work here (at least as far as I can figure). Thanks.
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    How to create this better

    Thanks, I'll check that out. And yes, breaking it up into multiple goes makes sense... should have thought of that earlier.
  6. I wanted to create an animation in AE of growing lines where when the line changes it's angle, the camera shifts too. I've seen it plenty of times but of course now that I want to create it I can't find a reference anywhere. For the life of me I couldn't figure it out in AE so I started putting together a mockup in C4D. The titles in the scene are placeholders that I would replace in AE so they wouldn't fly right off the screen with the lines... but I'm hoping someone recognizes the animation style and can point me in the right direction to create it. Doesn't have to be C4D if you know a way in AE. Scene file attached. test 2.c4d
  7. Thanks, I'm aware of saving layouts. That's not the issue. The problem is that the only way I can change the order of the icons is to click+hold on an icon like the Cube to get the flyout and then tear it off otherwise it just goes away. Then I go to customize palettes and rearrange the order on the torn off menu. However if I go back to the cube and click+hold, the flyout is not updated with the new order. It retains the original ordering. Is there another way to get to the flyout menus in customize palette mode without having to tear them off? It's like the torn off version is a clone that doesn't reference the original.
  8. Something about c4d that drives me crazy is that the icons in the flyout menus for things like objects, splines, deformers and the rest all have icons just scattered instead of ordered alphabetically. Perhaps they are ordered in German... dunno German, so can't say. But, I'm just wondering if there's a way to customize and reorder those? I've tried going through the Customize Menu area but I don't see them in here. Also tried Customize Palettes but when I change a flyout, the change does not persist. The only way I could figure to change that was to tear it off and reorder them. But then as I said, it doesn't persist in the original.
  9. GSwartz

    Studio MSA Price Increase

    The email didn't say anything about it only being in the states however it did mention that the other versions would not increase in the americas. Also it mentioned that they had just received the news from MAXON headquarters, so I'm assuming the email was sent from N. America's MAXON office.
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    Studio MSA Price Increase

    Just got the email from MAXON that the MSA for studio is going up from $650 to $725. With continually talking about the core rewrite as a reason we haven't had a bodypaint update (among many other requested feature updates) and trying to keep everyone on board, this is not a good move. It's hard enough to convince my boss to shell out for the maintenance each year but now to at least get one more year at $650 it looks like I have to pay that up front by March 1st. Not sure I'll be upgrading. "We have been notified by MAXON headquarters that pricing of the annual maintenance for Cinema 4D will increase effective March 1, 2018. This is the first price increase since the introduction of MSA in the Fall of 2008; nearly a decade ago. Current price - $650 New price $725"
  11. Thanks. I'm sure a normal map would work but I'm trying to figure out a procedural way of doing it. If only I knew Houdini better:)
  12. Ok thanks for taking a look. I'm just trying to figure out a way to replicate this modo kit - https://www.pixelfondue.com/blog/2017/2/26/modo-embroidery I was thinking of creating hairs on the edge and seeing if I could use the curl and other parameters to make them curl toward the opposite edge. But since I can't even get them to generate correctly I guess that won't work.
  13. In the attached scene I created a hair object based on an edge selection set. What's odd is that it only generated hair/guides at certain portions of my selection instead of the entire way around the selection. Any idea why? weird hair.c4d
  14. There's nothing childish about having a reasonable expectation that if they can spend a few minutes posting videos about all of the new features, they could surely spend one or two minutes addressing a simple yes or no question. We're not asking for tutorials or anything in depth... simply, will this be usable with other renderers? The frustration comes because when someone doesn't bother to answer the question it gives the customer the feeling that their question/concern is not important and the impression that if in fact other renderers won't work with it, Insydium is afraid to say so and potentially lose a sale.