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Build A Realtime Aerodynamic Flight Simulator in Cinema 4D 34 Comments


In this tutorial, Chris shows you how to build a realtime flight simulator using R14′s new Aerodynamic settings and a dash of Xpresso. At the end of the tutorial, you will be able to fly around your 3D scene in realtime including steering and even weapons capabilities. It’s a pretty fun way to learn now to use the new Aerodynamics. Have fun flying!

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34 Comments

  1. William

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
    you are too cool!!!!

    Also, I think you solved a problem Iwas having with a little thing I have been making with Gears and Xpresso. Wanted a easy way to make gears resize and still work in the right Ratio

    Was having a problem with the Gears jumping after they turn 90o but after i seen you talk about not using global rotation and just using rotation it clicked !! that’s whats wrong.

    Here it is if you want to take a look at it.
    http://www.filedropper.com/xpressogearsworking
    its really neat if you put other splines inside it and put them in a loft NERBS
    Well I think it cool cause I made it
    Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!

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  2. Great tutorial Chris. I once made the same thing, but only with a rigged car. And like your result, its cool to be able to steer and avoid obstacles in real time. The only difference is, mine didn’t had guns, ill have to work on that…

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  3. Cool Idea. Anyone know how to set keypresses to trigger things in Xpresso?
    It would be cool to control the planes movements with the arrow keys instead of dragging the sphere around.

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    • William York

      I don’t know craft animations does it some how.
      it worked well in 3ds Max it says for C4d but only version R11 sadly looks like
      I would guess they do it that way not sure.

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  4. Sofie

    I paused the video for about half an hour to figure out the glitchy ground problem before you brought it up.. Secretly relieved you didn’t fix it in the minute after :)
    I moved the plane down for a centimeter, that did it for me. I think having the plane and the floor at the exact same height caused the problem.
    Having a load of fun with another great tutorial! Thanks!

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    • ismail

      Just thrausi plugin to cut out the geometry, some thinking particle, an Attractor and some smoke with your best compositor software, and there we go ! :) if you look at VideoCopilot they made a tutorial where they break a glass sphere, from where I took the idea of adding particles to the effect instead of cutting the geometry to tinny pieces!

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  5. Keith

    Your brain is scrambled Chris. I love it!
    Thanks for a great fun tutorial.

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  6. John

    Awsome.Crazy Stuff !

    As allways learning a lot from your Tutorial, THX.

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  7. Ramon Peralta

    This a great tutorial…. I’m just learning the whole process of this wonderful world of 3d animation.
    It is great.

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  8. jochem

    Is it possible to record that stuff to keyframes?

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    • ismail

      I think there is a plugin that can record it, just google it out ;)

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  9. Miro

    Aerodynamics in C4D is great … now we can make cars with suspension, engine, and real aerodynamic spoilers :)

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  10. Jim Field

    Hi, Loved this tutorial, had loads of fun with it. I was wondering if you guys knew of a way to take this a little further by setting up some sort of scoring system with Xpresso and displaying that score in the viewport?

    Cheers
    Jim

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    • ismail

      of course, you can add some collision detection, and whenever a bullet hits a box you add it to the float and add the float in the screen, Xpresso is awesome :D !

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  11. Wendy

    Keep them coming
    I got mine to fly!!

    You are fantastic!

    Wendy

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  12. ismail

    hey Chris, how could you forget follow position on the force tab of the rigid body tag that would help you instead of adding a negative gravity .

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  13. Priscilla

    Hey guys am new to 4d and am just learning through your tutorials (which are great by the way) but for some reason on my 4d simulate menu the dynamics option doesn’t show up is there a reason for this??

    Thanks

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  14. Guilherme

    Is there a way to export it with its capabilities, like a standalone game?

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  15. Hi, can the scene be key framed while flying so it can be rendered later? I’d like to fly my own aircraft I made but be able to render the animated flight sequence afterwards.

    Thx,
    Mark

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