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How to build a Sci-Fi Sphere Scene in Cinema 4D 75 Comments



In this tutorial, I show you how to make the video below using Animated Lathe Nurbs, Blurry Reflections, and specular highlights. You also may also want to watch my Radio Wave Tutorial to learn another way to pull this effect off with After Effects.

Reference

City Kit
HDRI Studio Pack

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75 Comments

  1. Nick you’re such a freakin’ genius. It’s simple. And it’s genius.

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  2. Steven Griffiths

    Excellent! Another few hours in a different room from the Girlfriend playing with this one :)

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  3. TheOracle

    That thumbnail picture of the guy looks a little bit like the elephant man :)

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  4. Steve

    Good job, only the originals get “sucked” inside, which makes the animation different.

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  5. Mark Lawrence

    Hey Nick,

    Just wanted to start and say thanks for the site – I have learned so much thanks to you and your tutorials! I bought the lightkit and its a GREAT:)

    I was just digging around on beeple and saw this: http://vimeo.com/9800754 I have looked at his source file and wanted to ask your advice on how would you even manage a project like this!? On my 8 Core mac the damn file struggles to move.

    I wont ask how you would create something like this as its ridiculously complex, but I would value your opinion on how you would manage a large scale project.

    Cheers

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  6. Yo Nick,

    how about making one of these quick tuts on “looping animation” – how to loop (copy frames in timeline editor etc.) a sequence of animation, not sure if that doable in C4D but in flash to loop some animations you can copy the property settings. that would be great.

    those rings could be good example – set up it a way that the single sequence ends at the start position.

    much appreciated,
    adam

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  7. Thanks so much for this awesome tut. I feel like I’m really benefiting a lot from our long distance relationship. :-)

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    • Hmmm, the vid you posted is kind of a tutorial on its own. What he does is draw characters on paper, trace that in Illustrator, embed the characters in c4d and plays around with positions, textures and lighting. You could easily achieve this :)

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  8. I really, really like these tutorials where you show a concept idea, over a 100% thought out vision (don’t get me wrong, I do like those too) but these give a lot more room to me for expanding what you can do with pieces of a tutorial. As an example I really want to go back now in some pieces I have made and just rework the soft box.

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  9. End effect looks great, ill check this out later on.

    Nick, i was thinking, have you ever thought of releasing a lite kit of your HDR Light Kit Pro? Just consisting of a soft-box, 1 HDRI sphere, and 1 studio setup?

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  10. Magic

    I think the original was done using a tracer object, my version of that is rendering now..

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  11. Wow, amazing. I totally need this sort of tech for some video intros for a couple of websites I run – would make them stand out a mile. I’m after a designer wanting to expand their portfolio (I am after some cheap or pro bono work). Basically a cool looking five-ten second intro for reviews on my site.

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    • Magic

      if you are still looking for someone, drop me a note..

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  12. Great work again Nick! I am learning so much from you and I can’t thank you enough!

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  13. Great site, Nick! The site has clear/engaging instructions, easy access, feedback, and other misc/fun related content– a very conducive and addictive learning site. Very happy to be following up on your page, daily.

    Any chance of something more fluid — liquids or cloths? Keep up the great work!

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    • Thanks for the glowing review, Jeff. So glad you like the site. As for liquids, I am actually playing with them as we speak. As soon as I have a good liquid sim going, I will be posting tuts for sure.

      Cheers!

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  14. Jamie

    Hey, I remember that i asked you how to do this! Ive been working on a animation like this for a couple weeks now, I’ll post it up here when i finish it!

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  15. JAYSLIM

    WOW GREAT TUT BROOOOO
    SO LETs SAY HELLO TO BRAND NEW VIRSION OF CINEMA 4D STUDIO R12 YAAAAP

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  16. No Gravity

    Hey Nick, why is it that when I try to watch a tutorial on some C4D techniques from a random site I finally end up cursing the guy who recorded and uploaded it?

    With yours, at the end of the day I say to myself: “I think I learned something new today”. Cheers :-)

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  17. Is there any way how I can change the colors during the ‘movie’ / animation? That would make it even better. Nice tutorial. And is there any direct link to only cimena 4D 11.5 tutorials, because I can’t follow the ones from C4D 12..

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  18. fantastic, thanks! I wish you’d added how to export it as a movie, though, but I managed to find that elsewhere.

    Great concepts, explanations, and content as always.

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  19. billy

    hey so i was trying this tutorial and i got stuck with the key frames and it just messsed me up but other then me not being abe to finish it was sick up till there:)

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  20. hi, i love this kind of “sphere” thing, but i am wondering if it is possible (in a rather easy way) to link the randomisation of the lathe modifier (sorry i’m a native Max user) for the rings to a MoGraph Sound effector?, would be beyond awesome to do so. i’m not into XPresso at all (i’m sure you can do it that way). so if anyone knows how to do it, please let me know.

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  21. Taylor N

    Hey I was wondering if it is possible to set this into a loop? I’d like to show this at my youth group as a background on the TV’s we have setup. Please reply here or email me :)

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  22. Diego

    Tanks Nick, is my first tutorial on cinema and was so easy, very good teacher!
    I´ll keep practicing!

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  23. kainkun

    when do you use floor for the floor and plain for the floor?

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