Using the Cinema 4D Inheritance Effector Part 03: Make Particles Swarm Along Splines w/ Mograph

The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu.  In part three of my Inheritance Effector tutorial, I show you how you can fake particle or object movement that follows or swarms along a spline path that would normally only be able to be achieved with an Emitter or Thinking Particles and Xpresso.  Using a combination of the Inheritance & Spline Effectors along with other Mograph Effectors, you can achieve close to the same effect as the Emitter or Thinking Particles as a simpler alternative in your normal workflow without having to touch Xpresso.  Specifically, this tutorial demonstrates the powerful combination of using the Spline Effector with the Inheritance Effector to achieve a “swarming” effect.  As in Part 2 of this series, you can also add a Dynamic Tag to the Cloner Object to make sure your clones don’t intersect one another with this technique.

Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 1

Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 2

 

Here is a sample video where I utilized this technique to make a swarm of butterflies each land onto their own individual flowers:

Using the Cinema 4D Inheritance Effector Part 02: Faking Thinking Particles with Mograph

The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu.  In part two of my Inheritance Effector tutorial, I show you how you can fake particle movement that would normally only be able to be achieved with an Emitter or Thinking Particles and Xpresso.  Using a combination of the Inheritance Effector and other Mograph Effectors and Deformers, you can achieve close to the same effect as an Emitter or Thinking Particles as a simpler alternative in your normal workflow without having to touch Xpresso.

Here is a spot where I utilized this technique:

Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 1

Inheritance Effector Tutorial: Part 3

Free Cinema 4D Model Pack: Night at the Oscars

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Almost time for Oscar’s and here’s a free model pack for your award winning mograph!

Included in this pack is:

Oscar, himself
Movie Theater w/ Customizable Marquee
Xpresso rigged rolling red carpet
Velvet Ropes
Spotlight
…and the Envelope holding the Oscar winner!

Compatible with R12 & above.

Download Night at the Oscars Pack

Using the Cinema 4D Inheritance Effector Part 01: Trigger or Offset Keyframed Cloned Objects

The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu.  In part one of my Inheritance Effector tutorial, I show you how you can trigger or offset keyframed animation applied to an object that you cloned and offsetting the animation with falloffs.  This is just touching the very surface of what this effector can do!

Inheritance Effector Tutorial Part 2

Inheritance Effector Tutorial Part 3

Have you used the Inheritance Effector before?  If so, what for and how have you used it?

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Adding Center Crosshairs in Cinema 4D Viewport

Ever been wanting center crosshairs in your Cinema 4D viewport like you have in After Effects? Having that center crosshair is a huge help when making sure your composition is centered.  Watch my quick tip tutorial to see my simple solution.

Download the Crosshairs Photoshop file

[UPDATE:  Maxon saw my tutorial and actually created a plug-in that adds a crosshairs to your viewport, but you can only get it unless you’re a member of Cineversity.  You can find it here.]