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Cinema 4D Tutorial: CS Tools Install and 3D Stroke 77 Comments


UPDATE: Cinema 4D 11 and above The “object” folder described in the tutorial is not available in Cinema 4D Version 11 and 11.5. If you have the new version, watch this video.



The first video in the CSTools series where I will go though how to use all of Chris Smith’s endlessly useful, CSTools. Today we talk about the 3D Stroke. A Cinema 4D Tool he developed to emulate the Trapcode After Effects Plugin, 3D Stroke.



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77 Comments

  1. excellent video greetings from argetina, Sory for my bad English, I speak only Spanish

    PS: please post a tutorial on modeling with blueprints

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  2. Nice stuff. Would love to see some Thinking particles here on GSG.

    Cheers

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  3. i dont have a object folder…and when I create one the tools still don’t show up…what do I do?

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  4. The Gorilla

    thegorilla

    Ben, I just found out that in Version11, you can’t add items to the object folder as like in version 10. Instead, you should use the content browser to point to them. I will go though the Content Browser soon.

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  5. Man I found these the other night and I look and you have a tutorial up.

    Get out of my head hahaha!!!!

    Thanks for this, this one is cool so are some of his camera presets. Docucam is awesome.

    Can you do one on the line growth. I followed the instructions on his RTF but couldnt get it to work.

    Thanks again

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  6. The Gorilla

    thegorilla

    Thanks Jeremy,

    I plan on doing all of the tools. More to come next week.

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  7. Kenny

    Awesome. This effect is amazing. Are you using a standard layout in C4D or did you customize it?

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  8. Morten K Christensen

    Thanks for these videos Nick! I have actually made your blog my startpage :)

    Keep it coming!

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  9. Irfan

    Thank you muchly… love your teaching style. I look forward to learning more about Chris’s excellent tools

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  10. I have a problem while animating the offset parameter of the 3D stroke CSTool

    Always the same thing: i’m animating only the offset and while the animation goes stroke spurts back in thikness twice or more times. My english is not gud thus better i post the file

    http://www.skynext.ru/scorpions.zip – c4d scene with stroke

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  11. Nick
    thanks for the tuts – bunch of helpful tips.

    Can you please post a tutorial on animating clones that are offset in time – clones of one object animating in the same manner but delayed in time. I kind of managed to do this with metaballs, cloner object and step effector (http://www.urbanex.riven.pl/AE/cinema4d/cloner_metaballs_anim_h264.mov) but was unable to recreate the effect with the 3D stroke and cloner object (http://www.urbanex.riven.pl/AE/cinema4d/3dStroke_anim_2_h264.mov).

    - another Q – does random effector only work with Mograph tools? – what if i wanted to animate some other objects with mograph effectors?

    thanks again
    sawa

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  12. How do you install cstools under R11?
    They don’t show up under objects in R11.

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  13. hi! very good tutorials… but a i have a problem with the CS Tools. I have Cinema 4D R11 and the Cs Tools dosen`t work.

    Any idea whats happen?

    Thanks!… From Venezuela!…

    Sorry for my english…

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  14. Sir, what do you mean by ‘content browser’?
    is it on library>>browser? im so sorry if i cant follow.. thanks for immediate response..

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  15. Yoon-pil (Philip)

    awesome! Sometimes, i really am in trouble when i think that how i can make some cool line animation… But!!
    you make me solve the problem. really thank you!!
    Nowadays, In korea, lots of people are trying to study of C4d
    And i think you will give us a BIG Hand. thank you.
    if you can speak Korean, more people can have a good study from you.
    ~:D joke!!
    ps.i worry that you might not understand what i said cuase my english skills…-_-

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  16. Shannon Wilkerson

    Great tutorial Nick. I am loving cinema 4D more and more. I did notice in your CS tools folder you had a tutorial for “vibrate null”. For some reason it was not in my download. Do you know where else I could view this.

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  17. Psychedelic

    Hey What’s up,

    I’m sorry but I don’t understand what I have to do to use CS-Tools. I have the version 11, and I don’t have the folder “Object” in my library file folder. I’m french, sorry for my bad english….. :s

    Thanks to help !

    Psychedelic.

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  18. yonny

    man, this stuff is so cool!! every tutorial is just so much fun!!! sweet!! :)

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  19. Writing here just to say how immensely grateful I am for these tutorials. Thanks!

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  20. Kunda

    I have a problem with the 3d stroke. When i’m rendering i can see my spline even if the offset is on 0. Would you have any solution ??? thks

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  21. Question:
    I amusing this technique to build a helix using a cloner obj. and sketch & toon effect.

    The issue is on all frames there is a ghosted image of the helix with the sketch & toon fx before the stroke is even on screen.
    How can you avoid that ghosted image and still maintain the sketch & toon fx?
    Thanks
    Basil.

    Dig the tutorials BTW

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  22. I am having Maxon Cinema 4D version 12.048 and there is no object folder in the library.When I create one and paste the items.It doesn’t show up in C4D.I need HELP.Please somebody HELP me.

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  23. himal

    hey guys im 15 years old and i want to use cinema 4D, can i enter my name and email on the maxon website on the demoversion page. and will i recieve the download pls need a reply thanks

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  24. Gorilla,
    I am new to C4D and currently am using the Studio R13 Version. I am going through your videos in chronological order and was able to figure out slight differences between the versions in your early videos and R13.

    I am hung up on where to copy the CS tools as in the R13 version a folder called Object does not exist in the library. Please let me know if there is something I can do to solve this problem. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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  25. Congratulations for the work, you are very good at it.
    The tool “CS Tools” is not working for version 13 of Cinema4D.
    Just to say that it does not work.
    If you know how to work on version 13 how to put here.
    Thank you and congratulations again.

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    • I got it working my making a folder in applications/cinema 4dr13/library name the folder objects then paste all the cs tool in there, you also have to download the latest olx plugin which you can get right here http://www.biomekk.com/?a=attach&id=194

      once you have copied that olx folder to applications/cinema 4dr13/plugins

      open cinema 4d then go to plugins then olx and click on olx settings and in folder1 on the 3 dots click there and direct it to where you saved your cs tools in applications/cinema 4dr13/library/objects then go on plugins again and olx and click the grey bar jus above olx settings, it should pop into a little window drag that window down then right by the empty space by light bulb icon double click and select customize palletes on the menu that popped up you should see some blue lines come around all the icons, click hold and drag olx merge documents from the 1st little window to the space by the light bulb then close the customize command window

      then go on window menu and on customization click save as startup layout

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  26. Hey Nick –

    Nice tutorial. I’m using R13 and for some reason none of the Attribute sliders are effecting the Stroke. I can change the Thickness but none of the other properties respond.

    Any ideas?

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    • Jonathan

      Using R13 here. I should have read this comment earlier before spending time (no luck) trying to figure out why the 3d Stroke “Length” “TaperFalloff” and “Offset” presets isn’t working.

      Thank you Nick and Chris for all your tutorials.
      Wish you all the best!!!

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  27. Hi there,

    unfortunally this great tool don’t work for me either (also uses R13 – dosn’t check out the other stuff of the CSTools…) – but anyways: thanky Nick for the lot of good stuff & tutorials you gave/give us ;)

    best regards

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  28. Daniel

    hey Gorilla, as some people above here, my CS tools doesn’t work properly, either. Only the thickness attribute works. Any solutions on this matter? I guess you’re not using R13 yet though…

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  29. Jett Gray

    Hey Nick, sorry to bother, but I wanted to know if these tools (or at least this one in particular) still work on R13, what happens once I add the spline is that the only slider that works is the thickness slider, if I movie any other slider it won’t do anything. Is this normal? If not (probably) could you tell me how to fix it please

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  30. Hey Gorilla

    I am having the same problem as everyone, i am using R13 and not able to use any other sliders except the thickness slider.

    Would be really appreciated if you could help us out :)

    Thanks for your tutorials they really help me a lot!!

    Nitesh

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  31. Joe McClune

    FYI everyone asking about the 3d stroke tool that doesn’t work with R13: it’s a bummer but after looking around apparently Maxon removed something called b-splines, and now some of the tool attributes no longer function. Chris, who made the tools, is not supporting these versions of the tools in favor of working on real plugin versions of them, which is awesome for the future. If anyone has a solution/replacement for this module, can you please post? Thanks!

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  32. Pls!!!, Nick Campbel your website comments code are linked with my Website comments because you get the PHP code without the internal Javascript, so all the comments that are posted on this webpage go to my website comments approbation, so please take a look inside your code with the webmaster and try to correct that. Please… i taked a look to the code and thats the same PHP that i have in my Website. But you need the internal Javascript…

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  33. Renato

    Strange, I’ve did everything the same, but when I tweak the offset value, it doesn’t change anything at all. In fact only the thickness properties actually change when I change the values.

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    • I am having the same issue… In Cinema 4d R13 only the Thickness parameter has any effect on the object… changing the offset, taperfalloff or any other setting has no effect on the object. Can someone please help!
      I have searched the web and no solution in sight!

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      • oops — didn’t see this
        FYI everyone asking about the 3d stroke tool that doesn’t work with R13: it’s a bummer but after looking around apparently Maxon removed something called b-splines, and now some of the tool attributes no longer function. Chris, who made the tools, is not supporting these versions of the tools in favor of working on real plugin versions of them, which is awesome for the future. If anyone has a solution/replacement for this module, can you please post? Thanks!

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  34. Evan

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial Nick. I have triple checked my installation process and everything checks out. However, when I use the 3DStroke CS Tool only the thickness slider works. I am using Cinema 4D R13 Studio. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your time.
    Evan

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  35. Samantha

    Hi! I am pretty new at this. I just got r14 and was wondering how to use these. I neither have an object folder, or have an options tab. I would love to use this plugin, the technical look really awesome!
    Thanks for all the help so far, Your tutorials are the only ones that make sense to me this far!
    Thank you!
    sammi

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  36. Zika

    Hi, this is a great tool, but unfortunately dose not work properly in version 13 and up I presume, you can simulate the same effect just by using the native tools in C4D, you need a sweep nurbs, circle spline and tapper deformer. Its bit of a nag but it will do. I hope this is helpful for some of you gays.

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    • chuls

      Thanks Nick for the great tutorials and thanks Zika for the advice in this comment.

      I’m pretty new to C4D but I played around a bit, and I was able to emulate some of the 3D Stroke effect without using the plug-in, but can’t quite get there. Does anyone have any advice or knows of a little step by step guide? Is it that complicated to re-create the effect?

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      • chuls

        So I experimented some more, and I’m not sure how good this solution is, it takes quite some fiddling to make it look right, but this is what I ended up doing now:

        1. create a spline (for example a helix) for the stroke line
        2. create a circle spline (for the stroke thickness)
        3. add a sweep nurbs object and drop both splines in there (adjust sizes as necessary)
        4. on the sweep nurbs object go to the details dropdown and adjust the scale curve – add a point in the middle at scale one and drop the start and end point to zero. this will result in a regular 3d stroke ranging over the entire spline (the helix in this case). by animating just these points (and the size of the circle spline as necessary) I was able to recreate the 3D stroke effect to some extent. it’s pretty simple, i’m not sure which other features the 3D stroke in CS tools had, but this does the basic job for me.

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  37. J Noah Rubin

    With the help of the OLX 1.8 plugin, I have successfully installed CSTools into C4D R13. I’m just starting out with these tools (3D Stroke was first). I found that some of the elements within the user data are not working properly. I can for instance change the thickness of the stroke, but trying to adjust the taper falloff or offset does not work at all.

    Not sure if any other users have experienced this, possibly a mis-step in the installation?
    Please help if you can!
    Thanks -

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  38. Hey thank Nick for the tuts!! Quick question. How do you install the cs tools in Cinema 4D R14?

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  39. 3D stroke is amazing, i’m using R14 and the only parameter I can adjust is the Thickness. I followed the tutorial 3 times with the exact helix. Curious if there’s something about his not working in newer versions i.e. R14. THANKS!!! You ROCK (~*~)

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  40. Daniel

    Hello Nick, sorry but don’t work with Cinema 4d R14. I got problems with Cs_3D stroke. Why?

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  41. salazar

    hi there. 3dstroke not working in r14…
    can anyone have solution?

    thanks !!

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  42. supun

    i cant see my object folder i used cinema 4d r12. so pleas tel me what can i do for that problem. and that’s whey i cant install cc tool

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  43. Is there a new location for the [object] folder in R15? It does not live in the library folder in R15 from what I’ve found.

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