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How to make a Cascading Text Animation With Cinema 4D and After Effects – Part 1 252 Comments


In this tutorial, I show you how to make a fun cascading text effect shown below using Cinema 4D. Mograph, shader effectors, step effectors, and extrude nurbs. I also show you how to light the scene by using some reflective white cards and my upcoming Studio Light Kit.

Based on this animation

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252 Comments

  1. Xavier

    its funny i was just about to leave after downloading some tuts…then i saw this…and the heavens opened up and angels started to sing

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  2. In engineering a “fillet” is a rounded edge/corner and is pronounced “fill-it.” It sounds like the redneck pronunciation of the French culinary term “filet.”

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    • Yeah, I learned about Fill It after I did this tut. I have been doing pronunciation exercises to prepare for my next tut…
      “Fill IT, Fill IT, Fill IT.” :)

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      • helo. do you no if there is a way , in 3d max to use and animate those kinds of masks?

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  3. Just saw that animation the other day on behance and wished i know how to do that. Wish came true. Thanks!

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  4. Brandon

    Does anyone know if this or something similar is possible in Blender 3D?

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    • Dimitrisc

      It could be done in any app. You could try text with alpha channel map that controls opacity or boolean operation. Give it a try, think about it b4 you start working.
      BTW C4D Rocks! & Blender Rocks!

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  5. O Yeah, the typography effect of the Year :)
    Great one Nick! You can use “constrain” in the filtet caps for the color text so you’ll get same bevel for the color and silver type.
    Once again great on!

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    • can’t help to see the rest of you (your avatar) at the end of a waterski, with something happening to the left of you… ;-) great work amateurmedia!

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    • Enrique

      Does anyone know how the original got the splines to have different solid colors on both sides . . . the top and the bottom?

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  6. Tedris

    LEGEN….wait for it….DARY!

    Again, really useful tutorial.
    Finally i know for what the spline mask is good.

    luv ya

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  7. NIce work man, you are definitely my favorite 3D guy on the web. Thanks a lot for your efforts you put in to this…what the heck…you might even make me understand Cinema 4d one day :P

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  8. for the spline mask set the intermediate point to natural and up the number to around 50 to get a better looking render if your close, the spline tends to become a bit squarish if you don’t….
    great great tut again GSC!

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  9. Jesper Andreassen

    Hi Nick. Great tut! :)
    I’m having some trouble though. When I apply the step effector and enter a time offset value, the stacking animation never completes. It gets halted half way through. I have tried several values for the time offset, but nothing helps.
    Any ideas?

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    • I’ve the same problem Jesper, my animation stop when the current frame is my spline animation’s end, so I have to move my last key more further, why ? If I want a quick animation with a large time offset, How I have to do ?

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  10. Thomas

    Wow nick! You just keep on raising the bar! Another great tutorial this is why everybody keeps comming back to the gorilla!

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  11. Holy crap this is nice! Thanks a lot Nick!!!
    How long do you spend finding out how to do all this stuff? Google? :P

    Thanks again, this is delicious.

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  12. Leskoda

    Can’t you make a tutorial about water and that stuff? gr8 tut anyways! =)

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  13. Daniel

    Best Tutorial so far in my opinion. I really liked the excitement and fun you had doing that tutorial. Where can I get or how can I set up my c4d Interface you like yours?

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  14. Oooh yeah! Great guy great tuts !! But as always trying something diferrent with the same technique .Here’s my problem Nick i want different materials on each extruded text.Materials with displacement and so and so i try to figured this out with the shader effector but… .Let’s kick out this problem.in fact and to be clear i want to make a body like effect you know like first bones then muscles then grease then flesh .I know i can do this by hand but i’m pretty sure i can do this with mograph effectors the thing is i don’t know how maybe you do

    thanks again for your precious help

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    • Good for you to take it a step further. That’s ALWAYS the best way to end a tutorial!!

      I would duplicate each object and shade it separately instead of using the Shader Effector. The Cloner Object will iterate between multiple items in the cloner hierarchy. Then use the step effector to delay the animation on each. Does that make sense? If not, maybe I can do a screenr cast on it.

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    • yep! it works :) and doing this by hand gives you more control of your animation. with the help of easy cam i got a pretty cool visual effect but a bit disgusting with the body shaders:) i’ll try colors

      thanks again for your help and all. I learn a lot when i come here.

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  15. Hi Nick,

    Really great tutorial, good fun, plus a client walked in just as I was finishing the tutorial and it was a great project to show off C4D’s potential so if I get some work out of it I owe you a pint!

    Looking forward to seeing your Skylight setups. Came across these Studio HDRs the other day which I thought worked really well: http://fav.me/d1lzo9m

    PLUS, did you know…you can create a new material just by double-clicking in the empty space of the Material window?

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  16. Dr. Bee

    Great stuff once again Nick. Your tuts really gave me a C4D jumpstart after being ‘away from the game’.

    But now…REALLY release that lightning kit soon! :)

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  17. CsmCastellar

    Hello Supergorilla! please, please, because we do not give away how to perform this effect with pblurb please, you can, we will follow, thank you very much.
    http://www.korb.lt/PROJECTS/showreel08.htm
    The second 44 “KEMS” animation.
    took time trying but I can not, thanks again.

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  18. Viktor

    Haha, uploaded 5 days ago. You sly motherhugger xD
    Anyway, Ima just wind up and go:
    AAAAAAWESOME.

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  19. Sweet nick! Your lighting setup, is that a dome with a gradient controlling lightdome colour. Its not lighting it using GI is it?

    Very nice!

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  20. Yoshi

    Thank you so much nick!
    I thought I requested this tut as well :P
    I’ve done my own version :D

    Very awesome!

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  21. Nick, great tutorial (both C4D and AE). It seems like everything is so much easier to do in C4D compared to other 3D packages. I wonder what other stuff we’re going to see.

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  22. Vrutin

    Nick you know where you set two colours (orange, pink) for gradient, rather then we use that as colour can we use picture ?

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  23. Suuper!
    Thanks for the tut Nick. By far the sweetest thing this year!!! :)
    When is the light-kit coming out?

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  24. Viktor

    What is going on with the step effector? The last iterations do not finish.

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    • Move the spline mask up higher in the last frame /60 or so../
      Don’t let it touching the letters in final animation frame.
      The delayed mask got stuck and didn’t cover all your letters.
      I had the same problem.

      Hope you get it now :)
      Cheers

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    • Viktor

      No Nick, it’s well behind 90 f.
      Also, thanks Bran, I think it’s going to work.

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  25. Steve Cooper

    Great tutorial Nick as per usual straight forward and easy to understand.

    Made a quick effort and it gave me a chance to quickly test CS_Easy Cam.

    http://vimeo.com/9530678

    Need to work on my AE skills though but only recently managed to purchase it so following your tuts on that as well.

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  26. Ramzes

    Nick hi! Thank you very much for your tutorials, you do amazing job!Thanks a lot man.I would like to ask you a few questions, please answer on them. 1) what differences between Cinema 4D and 3D MAX, and which one do you prefer the most? and 2) which program is the best for you Motion or AE,and why?

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    • 1. Cinema 4D!!!!
      2. I think that both of them integrate well with AE. But I think that Cinema is easier to learn and makes it easy to go to ae without plugins. It’s not as popular, but it’s WAY more fun!! I wouldn’t worry too much about it though. If you learn Cinema and then end up with a job that needs Max, you can transfer knowledge really well.

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  27. TinaPinxit

    Great tutorial. So simple, yet so AWESOME. Thanks! :)

    Tina

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  28. Jason Speenburgh

    Best tutorial yet! Super easy to follow, very customizable…easy to adapt to other projects!… WIN

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  29. Awesome tut Nick!!! Thanks as always. I can see this being useful for so much more.
    I took a quick go at it but ended up with a couple of glitches that remind me of Z-Fighting in AE. Anyone have some ideas on what is causing this?
    I’m uploading to vimeo now.
    http://www.vimeo.com/9541118
    Thanks Again!

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    • Hey Brett, I had similar trouble on my first go, but found it changed when I used different text. Try a different shape first, then try smoothing out your cutting spline, I think I can see a kink or two that may for some reason cause this. Also, experiment with your intermediate point options and angles.

      Lawrence

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  30. great goodlooking and straight tut nick, thanks

    little workflowtip
    rightclick on the graident to flip it

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  31. Hello
    Don’t check the render instances. If so the Time offset will not function properly

    Bye

    and thank for your great tutorial. It’s like always: brilliant!

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  32. thanks for another great tutorial!
    and thanks for switching on the iphone-checkbox on your vimeo-videos finally we can see your tuts on the go!

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  33. Gazfx

    As always, very informative and educational.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your lighting products. Would be nice for us to buy it and give something back.

    Kudos fella.

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  34. Very cool tutorial.

    Here’s my version: http://vimeo.com/9552538

    One question; Is it possible to use this technique with other shapes? I tried importing text from Illustrator, but the spline mask wouldn’t work. Ended up using type tool in C4D.

    Certainly would open up some cool possibilities.

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    • Hi John,

      You need to use the connect (or connect and delete function) on your AI paths…

      Neil

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  35. Volker

    Thanks Nick,
    you’re the man!
    I’m just a hobby user without AE, but your c4d tipps got me to buy the R11.5 upgrade because your ideas gave me inspiration and power to carry on with all those buttons, for I was stuck in confusion and pain ;-)
    Keep on rocking and I’m really exited about that lightning thing of yours…

    Cheers from Germany!

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  36. Adrian

    Hi, please can show me where I can get the plugins for the lighting of the scene, but I am looking to find them, because without them I can not finish the project. Thanks

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    • The lighting Kit should be out in March. For now, why not try how to learn to light your scenes. The tutorial shouldn’t look EXACTLY like mine anyway. Try to make it your own.

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  37. Good stuff as always, thanks Nick!

    Gave it a go and played some with the shatter deformer on the cloner object, maybe i’ll post it here when i get a satisfying render.

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  38. Jimmy Jammy

    Great tutorial nick, as someone who has been trying to grasp the whole mograph thing for a long time now its really refreshing to find a really practical tutorial with great results instead of a near bullet point description of each of mographs modules and effectors. This has filled in a lot of missing gaps in my knowledge, thanks a million mate, really appreciate your effort and keep it up!

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  39. caio portella

    nice tutorial thx nick ^^
    some questions now u finish for me ^^
    my mind is clean so slowly

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  40. Joshua

    Brilliant, way over my head, etc. (as always) can’t wait to upgrade beyond my old macbook so renders don’t take the entire weekend…

    But who made that clever “one is us” print behind sensei Campbell?

    just curious.

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  41. Graphicmas

    Hi Nick, you are amazing!! i’ve only one question.. how i can show the expresso editor panel?? i need some plug-in??
    Thanks so much for your tutorial.
    Graphicmas

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  42. bryan

    hey nick, love the tutorial, however i have a quick question as far as c4d rendering is concerned. about every 10 frames i get chunks of blocks that overlap the text. theyre like jagged glitchy blocks that just cover up a portion and im just wondering if this is due to rendering options, etc.

    any advice you could give me would be great, thanks!

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  43. Hi Nick!
    I saw that video on Motionserved and tried myself to make something similar:

    http://vimeo.com/9640822

    Then I stumbled on your tutorial and was I delighted to see the way you did it.
    I have learned a lot from your tutorial!
    Thank you for the hard work and for sharing!

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  44. One thing to be aware of with type of trick using Spline masks is that the effect is still a boolean, and being such is reliant on the resolution of objects, which in this case is a spline. You may notice errors when animating, and the best way to fix this is to 1) have more drastic curves (rather than subtle waves) and 2) adjust the spline parameter for the text and spline and try setting to other options other than bezier, and using subdivided resolution.

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  45. Roald André Pedersen

    Nice tut!

    Having one problem thou! I have a 3-color gradient from green, yellow to red in the front, but when I turn on the Step Effector the red gets less saturatet, maybe -50.

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  46. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME

    One thing I noticed was that if you made the spline mask bezier thing very “pointy”, the whole motion became very glitchy, which made it kind of pointless to render. :( It didn’t happen with your smooth wave-like mask, though. Just sayin’.

    But it was a very great and fantastic tutorial. Very super fantastic.

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  47. victor

    Still waiting for the Skyline setup!
    In the meantime i’ll try the ones posted by Nicholas, thanks man!
    And congrats & thanks nick for the whole work!

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  48. zymos

    Instead of being the hundredth person to say how awesome Nick’s tutorials are (and they are!) I thought I’d contribute a tip that may be helpful.
    I’ve been playing around with this technique with various shapes of splines to use as the mask, and often get glitchy interpolation artifacts- weird polygons that should’nt be there, etc. This often doesn’t make itself known until you apply the Step Effector.
    Tho’ there is no one cure, I’ve found that by stopping at a frame where it is apparent and messing around with Type and Intermediate Points in the settings for your spline you can make it dissapear. Sometimes this just makes a problem appear in a later frame instead, but I’ve usually eventually gotten everything to work. You can also try doing the same in the settings of the Text object, and if worst comes to worst, you maybe have to pick a different font.

    Hopefully this will be useful to some one…

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  49. Zayed

    Can i ask you question :
    when you make tutorial about skylight in cinema ? buz your setting was so awesome

    and I’m big fan about your works :]

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    • Thanks, Zayed! That SkyLight will be included in my upcoming LightKitPro Product. It should be out soon.

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  50. CmdrPi

    Hey folks,

    thought i try a way of doin this without
    Morgraph. (though it is a really nice tool…)
    Just use the Boolean-Object, on the extruded
    Text and Spline, then animate the Spline,
    as you like.
    The only drawback is, that you have to
    time-offset and shade the single objects by
    Hand…
    here is my result.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x6XEmOtnA4
    Tell me what you think :)

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  51. Man thanks for this tutorial… im learning CD4 after 8 years of using ligthwave 3d…
    thank you very much!

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  52. Hello!
    Like it very much!

    Can u tell me how can i do the same effect
    with objects, not splines:)

    i want to do a pyramid with exactly the same effect u use(wavething).. how?

    thanks allot!
    keepitup!

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  53. Hi. How can mask a 3d object using Spline Mask but without Extrude Nurbs? The object is already modeling and no need Extrude Nurbs. I tried to mask the object like in your tutorial How to make a Cascading Text Animation with With Cinema 4D and After Effects, but no work from 3d object.

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  54. I just rendered this and added it to vimeo (i like their service, but takes a long time to play, wtf..oh well). Great learning experience all the way.

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  55. I love how the stuff in the background has gotten more high class since starting this blog. Lest we forget the mic. Yr Ballin now.

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  56. Hey Nick this is great! your work is nice and very useful. I was happy with my version, although I bumped into glitches; those seemed to occur on the “s” and “o”, as well as the “r”, right on their ‘folding’.
    If anyone bump into the same, just try selecting other than bold; mine was looking great at normal/medium! Thanks and keep it up!

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      • una persona en youtube esta haciendo sus tutoriales
        sin mencionar la fuente hace alarde de que él es el creador
        original de los tutoriales y muchas personas creen que son
        ustedes los que les han copiado, a lo mejor solo es cuestion
        de decirle a esta persona que mencione las fuentes, un saludo.

        evidencias:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo7lz79DY1o

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  57. romain

    Hy Gorilla !
    Congratulation for your tutorial, it’s great !
    Can you use the Spline mask with a Revolution Nurbs tool ?
    (I try to make an in out animation with half sphere…C’est Galere in french !)
    Thank U

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  58. hey…gr8 tut. but there is one big problem :(
    when i choose the step effector,shut off scale and set the time offset it doesn’t change anything..i checked if the step effector is in the cloner object..CHECK..it just plays the animation as if the step effector dosen’t exist :S i’m confused…would be nice if you could help me.

    and sorry for my english…i’m a german dude

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    • Edit:
      fixed it^^ just turned “render instances” off. XD

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    • CosminSix

      thanks man, you helped me a lot… i spent the last 20 minutes figuring out how to fix it XD

      oh and thx nick for the tutorial :D

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  59. usman

    hey there, thnx a million 4 teaching all da stuff. I watched the reference video but im having problem in pulling off the text effect in the very last of that video, where “POMPEIA FASHION WEEKEND” comes (tail of K , basically :( )
    sO plz plz plz do tell me how to deal this thing in Cinema.
    waitin 2 hear from ya……

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  60. awesome tutorial…

    FILLET = FILAY like the cut of meat… or atleast thats how i was told it was pronounced.

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  61. Hi! i have one question please. i have my logo it is spline and i can’t extruded with effect Spline Mask.. Thanks

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  62. Becky

    Hi! I just discovered your website. I love it! Can’t wait to try some of the other tutorials. Thank you so much! :-)

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  63. dSmith

    “Fillet” came over to Britain with the Normans in 1066 and over the years acquired the english pronunciation “FILL-et” . It means cut or carve.
    The same French word “Filet” as in “Filet Mignon” came to english speaking lands at a later date, and is pronounced “fee-Lay”
    File, as in File Gumbo is pronounced “Fee-lay”
    Outside of the UK “fillet” is rarely used.
    I loved the tutorial but one odd thing happened. For one frame the mask becomes visible. Why does that happen?

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  64. Great tutorial and great effect! I just started with C4D. I will try to follow you tutorial and see how it goes.

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  65. Scotty

    Do you have to do something differently with the Step effector for it to work in Cinema R12? I’ve got it set up the same way and the time offset doesn’t seem to do anything, the other parameters work fine though.

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  66. Hello nick

    This is going to sound so bad but when your rendering in c4d I render only a portion at a time, with your c4d when you rendered in this tutorial you had more portions being render at the one time in the one frame. So what im asking is does your computer need to have more ram or anything to increase the render speed? fyi, No GI or AO on at the moment

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  67. Hi Nick- You mentioned that you would do a tute on the ribbons. Will you be doing so anything soon? if not, I would really like to hear how you would go about creating the animation.

    Thanx

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  68. Andrew Malik

    I have not spline mask in my mograph tab :( . Where is it?

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  69. Paddy

    Where has the tutorial gone??? Can you send a link, this one seems to be broken.

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  70. Bjorn Anderson

    hi greyscale, im using c4d r12 and im 5 minutes into the tutorial, and i cant find the Spline Mask tool, anyone help please?

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    • Where is the spline mask tool? I can’t find it anywhere…. You said you found it in your next post. Please help!

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  71. Bjorn Anderson

    hey gorilla me again. i figured the last post out but then i got to 11mintues and when i open my timeline i dont see my objects all i see is spline and then another spline anyhelp?

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    • Andy Mo

      hey there, i had the same problem, until i remembered from one of nick videos that he mentions using the help guide that could be found in cinema 4d, from one of his videos. Anyway if you haven’t resolved your problem yet, go to your timeline: – view, show animated. You will then see you objects rather than the splines. hope this helps

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  72. Justin

    So, I’m doing a project using this technique but wondered how to make the extruded ribbon. I have flat ribbons in my project but would love to give them a little depth. I used a Plane with Spline Wrap to make the ribbon. Can they be extruded now?

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  73. Cesar

    Having one problem thou! I have a 3-color gradient from green, yellow to red in the front, but when I turn on the Step Effector the red gets less saturatet, maybe -50.

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  74. Cesar

    to apply the material shader and color with Fresnel reflection, the colors in the render out desaturated

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    • kuunami

      Cesar, I’m having the same problem. Whenever I render preview, my colors look washed out no matter what I do to the intensity of the lights or reflections. I added a color correction effect in the render settings and boosted up the saturation to make it much better but I would to know what was causing the initial problem.

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    • Marosch

      Try to turn off the linear workflow in project settings

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  75. tut is amazing, simple and effective!

    my question would be how can you re-do these bendy stripes you can see in the video you got this idea from? i mean these wavy and bendy long stretched lines going from top to the front behind the text!

    cheers,
    j.

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  76. hey Nick! any way to make the mask work with a vector logo?
    It works for me with a text from C4D but not with a vector text I imported from Illustrator… any idea?¿

    thanks so much, I can’t wait to finish this tutorial! : )

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    • Dan Nguyen

      Not sure if this is still helpful to you, but I was having the same problem. You can turn all the splines in your imported Illustrator Path into one spline by right clicking all the individual splines and clicking “Connect and delete” you should be able to use this spline to do the tutorial :)

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  77. I tried to put the 5 steps of color using shader effector but 1st and last one get same color all the time. Do you know how to fix this?

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  78. Hi Nick,
    Just wanted to thank you for this great tutorial.
    It really popped some nice ideas into my head! :)
    This technique can be used for so many other things…
    So thanks for this puppy! ;)

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  79. Thanks a lot for this cool tut !

    I use it a bit in this party video teaser : http://vimeo.com/20285654

    I’m 50% happy of all the renders, that’s why it’s kind of dirty, i need to know more about hair.. please show us how we can make cool shits !

    Cheers from Marseille

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  80. Falco

    HI guys!
    I’m going crazy:) I followed this great tutorial step by step at least 10 times but the problem persists to apply the material shader and color orange / pink with Fresnel reflection, the text colors (cloner object) in the render preview looks black.
    pls HELP! ty :)

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    • Nemesis

      I’ve got the same issue, only difference is i’m on mac not windows! i can’t figure it out either…

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  81. Falco

    Sorry I forgot …
    my system: Windows XP SP3, C4D rel. 11.5

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  82. Plz I need help, In the animation bar, i don’t see the objects? what i DO to make the objects show up. Thx

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    • If you figured this out, or if anyone knows this, please answer anyhow. I have the same problem.

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  83. Jjhosseiny

    I just got into animation after effects and thank to u cinema 4d. I love this. And I’m totally hooked. I just have one question is there a written step by step. For how to do this. Cuz I’m trying to do this somewhere with no Internet connection. So I can’t load the video. If someones got a written version that would be awesome. If not no sweat. I just have to wait. Which sux because I can’t wait to finish this. Thx nick

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  84. airam

    you are good friend, very good.

    Greetings from Canary Islands

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  85. Sindre Ofstad

    Hi! I was wondering; what if i want to use this technique, but i want to use self made typo (merge objects from an AI.8 file)? I tried, but it dosent look like the spline mask detects my merge object….

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  86. Vaughn

    I cant fine spline mash in my cinema 4d MoGraph tool can u tell me why is that????

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  87. Hey Nick, I’m new to cinema 4D. I recently purchased Cinema 4D PRIME. Mo graph is not part of prime. do you have a work around for the spline mask. Is there another way to add a mask without MoGraph. BTW… this is an amazing tut. Thanks

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  88. Thx for the awesome tut! The word “Fillet” is pronounced as \?fi-l?t\ in this situation, sounds like fill-it, which means a concave junction formed where two surfaces meet. The word came from Old French, and it can also mean a piece of meat, and should be pronounced as \fi-?l?\ as you would in chick-fil-a. Hope this help!

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  89. Hi Gorilla .
    Thank you for your great tutorials
    I think file is crash, can you fix it plz.

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  90. Be Ramos

    Hola!, Qué tal everybody, hi.. Gorilla.. thanks for your good tutorial stuff, brother, you are a creative talent man.
    I’m writitng because i am confused about something, i have trouble showing all items that i have in scene on my timeline board.. If You or somebodyelse could see and help me with an advice to solve that i will apreciate it. I would like see the objects that i made in a layer on timeline, but i cant. Therefore, i cant move the offset time of the last text capsule in the scene, while doiung this tutorial.. for example.
    Sorry my poor english, i speak spanish.
    Regards, love, and thanks!
    Bahir.

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  91. mariahellas

    Great job! Many regards from Greece we are big funs of yours here! tc

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  92. I would like to do this with a vector logo, is there a way to do this without mograph text?
    I have C4D 13 Studio.

    Thanks

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  93. Dan Nguyen

    Hi not sure if anyone still reads this thread because it’s so old, but I am running into a problem with my object doing crazy things such as filling in holes in on some letters. Instead of a text object I used a path made in Illustrator as my Spline. (I tried increasing the resolution of the spline but that did not seem to help, Uniform, 50) Any help at all would be much appreciated.

    Issue: http://cl.ly/EOHf

    Thanks Dan

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    • Hi, Dan, it´s seems like the path of some letters are no closed, so C4D can not extrude properly, (sorry for my english i´m from Chile), so search in illustrator for some like that.
      Bye!

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  94. Hello,

    I have a problem, when i use the shader effector on the cloner i get 1 color.
    i made a new material with a gradient (Blauw to yellow) on 2d-u and tile oncheckt. but stil i get one color.
    i also uncheckt the alpha in the settings en linked to the material but nothing changed.

    Does anybody know what the problem is or have a solution for me?

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  95. hi, great tut. i did with a text and works great but when i try to do it with a file i import from illustrator and use the extrude nurbs it wont work. why does that happend? what could i do? i mean, the spline mask wont work with the extrude nurbs

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  96. little ape

    Nick, Nick, NICCCK, help …. Has anyone made a R13? time offset does not work properly? There is only one plane should be 4, send mail …

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  97. little ape

    I found, take a Render instaces off. Thanks to the case, good tutorial.

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  98. This website is basically interesting i’m craving for is there the other examples? however anyway thank you very much as a result of I found that i was craving for.

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  99. Lucas

    Hey! Great effect I do have a general problem though and would really need some help with it. When you drop the Text and Spline into the Spline Mask you have a shift of your keyframes and timeline, meaning it is now an element of Spline Mask. My r.13 version doesn’t do that, it even doesn’t add elements to the timeline when you create then unless you do a drag and drop.

    Now this is driving me nuts as I can’t do the end effect around the 10mins of the tutorial (the silver casing). Can anyone help me plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    Thanks.

    Lucas

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  100. narnar

    Can you achieve motion blur using this spline mask reveal method? I’m guessing not because your not moving the main object, just revealing it…

    Thanks

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  101. Kenny

    hey nick, i’m trying to do something similar to this. instead of using text, im using a spline rectangle. when I put the spline mask into the extrude nurbs, it extrudes the spline instead of the rectangle. the rectangle is above the spline so it is in correct order. does this only work for spline text? if not, then why does it do this? any solutions? thanks in advance

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  102. Mr. Palmer Noah

    GREAT! Nice to meet someone like you. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Keep it up. God Bless You. I love you.

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  103. JACOB

    Hi Gorilla. My native language is not English .So English is not very good.I use the software is R12 ,Render out why don’t coincide with yours,The default rendering is different,Why is this.thanks

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  104. Joradn

    Hi Nick, when I apply the SkyLight my 5 step gradient shader becomes very washed out. I’ve played with the reflection settings but I’m not getting the vibrant colours you got…and yes i turned off the Use Alpha/Strength on the shader. any ideas?

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  105. Hi!
    It’s possible to do this kind of work but add another background in After effect.
    I meen add this thing to a cinema scene??
    Thx
    Jc

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  106. Gerald

    Had to revisit this due to a client WANTING this effect, for some reason I did this last night and the step worked just fine, today in the actual project it’s not. It’s KF’d to animate in 25 frames (pretty fast) would this cause the effector to not react?

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  107. raychelly

    in the Pompeia inspiration spot (0:12 sec) the spline mask/melt effect comes down and turns towards the camera. in many failed attempts at trying to achieve this i am stumped for possible solutions and sending out a SOS for help! how do you have this effect work besides up & down?

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  108. Ryan Dishongh

    The Step effector isn’t working like it’s supposed to in the tutorial @ 9:00

    It’s not working at all in-fact.

    I’m using Cinema 4D r14. Anyone have any solutions??

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  109. Frays

    Hi everybody
    I have a problem. I am working with R13 version of cinema on Mac OS.
    I followed the tutorial step by step, but when I apply the gradient texture in the shader effector, it doesn´t appear in text object…
    Has anybody got the same problem that me? Cheers.

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  110. Aymeric

    Hi ! I had the sme problem the I found a solution. You go on the Effector panel of the Cloner, you can see the Step Effector only, it means the Shader Effector don’t work. I just drag & drop it on this panel and now it works. Hope it’ll help u

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  111. salbores

    Hey Nick, thanks for this tutorial. Love it! I had one question. I wanted to uses an Illustrator path (saved as v8) instead of a text spline but when I try to apply a spline mask the .ai drops out. Gone! Any theories about how to solve this problem. Would love to make this with a logo I designed. Thanks much!

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  112. Thanks Nick. Pls am using r14, how do i get the spline mask?

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  113. Sean-Paul

    Great Tut!
    Did both parts and it looks great!

    Trying this again and have a quick Noob Question- is there a way to do this same effect with a logo that has been merged from AI? Be playing around with this and both my spline and logo completely disappear when placed into the spline mask.

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  114. Hasan Kazan

    can you explain that why my colors are pale? i use r13 and it doesn’t make sense

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  115. Hmm… I can’t get the colors to channel through in the material that’s suposed to add the reflection to the inside letters..

    I created the material and in the color channel selected the color shader, but the letters just turn white..

    Anyone any ideas??

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