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How to Use Thinking Particles in Cinema 4D Part 1 2 and 3 50 Comments


In this series of tutorials, Chris Schmidt shows you how to set-up and use thinking particles for Cinema 4D. Thinking Particles is a powerful particle system inside of Cinema 4D. However, it seems not to be used as much as it should because it requires Xpresso. Luckily, Chris is here to demystify Thinking Particles a bit and show you how to harness it’s power.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Stay tuned for Parts 4 5 and 6

About Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt is a self taught Cinema4D user since version 6 in 2001. After teaching C4D for 4 years at Prairie State College and creating a series of tutorials for Maxon on Cineversity, he cofounded Chicago’s C4d user group ChicagoC4d (@ChicagoC4D). With a general obsession of all things C4D especially character rigging, animation, Xpresso and Thinking Particles. Most recently co developed the City Kit with The Gorilla.

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50 Comments

  1. Hey Chris, I believe “FOV” as in Xfov & Yfov refers to Field Of View.

    To explain for others, If you have a camera lens that has a 180º field of view it means it can see from directly to your left around to your direct right aswell as from your feet to the sky. If your lens only has a 20º field of view, it would only span 10º to the left of your subject and 10º to the right, assuming your subject is in the center of the frame.

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  2. Rolin

    Nice tutorials!

    I think the separation in part 3 happens because he’s selected “Shot” as birth type in combination with a high particle speed.

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  3. I find TP very primitive, I think Cinema 4D needs a new or improved particle system… Imagine something like TP R4 integrated on C4D, with interparticles collisions, improved dynamics, mesh destruction and deformation, etc.

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  4. Wow thanks a lot, i was just trying out to get my TP to work by randomly moving every single slider to see if i got something cool.

    But this will surely help me a lot !

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  5. simon

    that’s very cool but what we do with this?
    is there anyway to render it like water or sand or something ?

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    • Rayne

      Matrix Object – ingest the red pill – under Mode the default generate setting is for Matricies Only, click and select Thinking Particles, you can drop your TP Group into the slot that appears under that setting.

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  6. rushes

    nice! but I think the c4d version of thinking particles is very very old. Maybe they should update it..

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  7. RoVino

    I feel like a time traveler, these seem strangely familar to me. *8)

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  8. richn

    Sweet Nick,

    I can’t actually keep up with all these great tutorials coming out of GSG. Need a week off work to catch up! : )

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  9. Awesome, Awesome…. really pleasant to listen and easy to understand… this guy is rocking … absolute GSG standards :)

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  10. David Jolosky

    Chris, thanks so much for going easy on us with TP. Great short bits, very helpful.

    I’m chomping for 4 5 and 6. I wanna see some geometry. smoke, lasers, something flying around with my new knowledge.

    cheers

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    • hey, these have been on vimeo for a long time now. check for chicagoC4D among others.

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  11. Scarlet

    I’m sorry this just has to be said: teeheehee, you said pee storm. :)

    Thank you for sharing you knowledge.

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  12. Hey more tutorials from this guy he’s a great teacher.
    Even a dummy like me can understand what he’s on about.
    Great stuff.

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  13. Loving all the xpresso stuff recently. Definitely not as scary as I thought.

    Does anyone have any good examples of TP in action? I came across a few things on youtube but was wondering if anyone had any favourites.

    P

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  14. Hey dudes, anyone knows why on load objects presets: I got studio, premium, GSG_Free_Model Pack, GSG_City_Kit but NOT Thinking Psrticles. I do have Cinema studio 12.

    Very thankfull with Nick for all the stuff! ;)

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  15. So nice!
    actually what you are telling by parenting the matrix to the alignment of the tpStrm, is like orienting the “normals” of both simultaneously, so they allways point to the same direction, Z+ (I think..)
    =)

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  16. Brendon Groenewald

    this is completely off topic but i have always wondered how to create this balloon soft body type of animation could you please help Mr Gorilla..http://vimeo.com/14475548

    from Brendon
    PTA, South Africa

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  17. Zuppa

    I’m on version 12 of c4d and I dont have the thinking particle settings in my object menu does anyone know where that is?

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    • I got 12 aswell and i had the same problem, found it under simulation – thinking particles.

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  18. i think TP is a module that is not included with the “cheap”versions of C4d. Do you have the big C4d Studio XL (or what they call it tehse days..) ?

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  19. Thanks. What a good, clear, painless introduction to Thinking Particles.

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  20. Philip

    i cant find thinking particles in my cinema 4d, its not under Objects.
    Im running a macbook Pro. PLEASE help me.

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  21. William

    These are great and very much appreciated. However I would like to see one that shows how to create a lot of particles ,like a galaxy and then have an abject passing through them displacing them as the object move. I saw this done in Maya and it was really cool. Particles- Freeze- then dynamics applied I am just not sure how to do it in C4d.

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  22. Leonardo

    Help me… i cant find the thinking particles in 4d cinema.. im using 4d cinema r13.. i am newbie here. i would like appreciate that you give me some guides.

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  23. Hello, Gorilla! i have a problem with the new CR13 Version. when i open a TP archive, this new version doesn´t recognize it. It appears something like: “Several plugins used in this project are missin. Saving will cause loss of plugin data! Plugin ‘PStorm’(ID1001382) Plugin ‘PGravity’ (…) ‘PSurface’ ‘PDeflector’ ‘PGroup’.
    I can´t see this PSomething inside system operators>Xpresso inside X-pool in the Xpresso editor.
    Please, tell me why is this happening or how can i fix it!

    please, please, please!!

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  24. Hello, Gorilla! i have a problem with the new CR13 Version. when i open a TP archive, this new version doesn´t recognize. It appears something like: “Several plugins used in this project are missin. Saving will cause loss of plugin data! Plugin ‘PStorm’(ID1001382) Plugin ‘PGravity’ (…) ‘PSurface’ ‘PDeflector’ ‘PGroup’.
    I can´t see this PSomething inside system operators>Xpresso inside X-pool in the Xpresso editor.
    Please, tell me why is this happening or how can i fix it!

    please, please, please!!

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  25. KRISHNA KUMAR

    Hi Grey,
    several plugins used in this project are missing. Saving will cause loss of plugin data!
    Plugin P-Gravitation (ID 1001426)
    Plugin P-Top (ID 1001425)
    Plugin P-Reflektor (ID 1001411)
    Plugin P-Pass (ID 1001435)
    Plugin P-Sturm (ID 1001382)

    Please help me out……

    Thanks in advance

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  26. The presets in? R13 will be found under… Presets – Studio – Simulation – Thinking Particles – Presets

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  27. Mark Duffy

    Excellent work! I think I’ve now some grasp on thinking particles!

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  28. Jeff Dixon

    Here’s why I love GSG… literally 33 seconds into Chris’ presentation (Part 1), I found something I didn’t know was in C4D, and I can put to good use!

    Keep up the great work guys!!!

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  29. ricardo salazar

    hi there.
    thank you for all the share.
    can you please make tutorial for Thinking Particles Presets 3.0 for CINEMA 4D…

    christmas gift …….. : )

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  30. Sparks

    hi there, i hear everybody is talking about R13, can you please email me that R13 im still using R9
    Please please

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  31. Jon Draper

    Great set of tutorials. Thanks for making them.

    Quick question.

    What object / or node would you add when creating a dust storm. I wouldn’t want 10,000 cubes or even planes to be spawned in the scene?

    I’m about to Google it but thought I’d post the question here too.

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