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Cinema 4D Nonlinear Animation

By Rectro, 08/15/2020

(Chapter marks and Info)


1:Intro 0:00:00


What this chapter will cover.

Basics of keyframes and frame rates

Brief workflow with Mixamo

Non Linear Animation system


2: Animation basics 0:00:31


Basic Animation (Ball)

key frames (interpolation types) time stretch alt drag selected)

Frame range fps in projects limitations of retargetting

Working with Mixamo 0:23:16


3: Retargeting 0:19:40


What is re-targeting?

What are its usages?

What is the limitations?


4: Motion clips (Nonlinear Animation) 0:30:58


What are motion clips?

Motion clips is C4D method of NLA. It allows you to construct a entire animation from multiple individual animations.

What can you do with motion clips?

Convert key frame animation to clips retaining or deleting original frames

Move animation using pivots without effecting the animation

Composite multiple clips on a single layer

Composite multiple clips on multiple layers

Transition between clips

Speed up and slow down animations

Merge multiple clips into one

Convert single or multiple clips into keyframes

Convert multiple clips to a new motion clip

Save and load single, or motion clips sets for later use


Applying Motion Clips 32:56:00


-From a object

-From a joint hierarchy

How to make motion clips from mocap data? 0:37:15

From joint hierarchy

How to navigate the time line and its interface? 0:40:46

Alt + Right MB zoom in out

Alt + Middle MB pan S = frame view to slected clips

H = Frame all clips

O = Frame view to current time


How to view different aspects with the motion view (motion system menu/motion view) 

View summery path (select motion clip tag check option view summery path)


Using pivot objects 0:44:05

How to add a Pivot object via attributes (pelvis location)?

Why add one from animation menu (at feet)?

How to move them using keys (move and manual key add)?

How to switch from one to another with keys relay race (attributes/advanced Pivot key frame)?

Changing pivot colours (pivot basic tab/display colour)


How to loop clips? 0:53:00

-On spot

-In motion


How to cut clips and limitations for looped clips (ctrl cuts before shift cut after) 1:04:12

Cant cut looped clips


How to bake looped clips and why you need to in order to cut clips? 1:07:16

Why bake? (cant cant looped clips) (less pivot objects)


Getting around baking issues of rotating joints 1:10:05

Convert to motion source (unlike bake which keeps it on timeline it will make a new combined clip for later use)

How to add layers how to move clips between layers. (shift key) how to transition between layers. (transition tool)?

How to key frame layer strength (Alt Key click on key button)?

How to transition between clips on one layer (overlap one clip into another)?

How to change the transition curves (only works for transition clips) how to make walk paths (Align to spline)? 1:31:39

How to time walk paths turning off spline interpolations.?

Compound complex clips into a single clip (unlike bake clips it wont include looping)

Add motion source to quickly make new clips in dope sheet


Visual aids 1:36:01

Add markers

Add task notes

Reference colours to markers Using Book markers to zoom to areas of time line (Book mark menu)

IP.Board Videos by DevFuse


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