Cinema 4D Basics

March 16, 2009

UPDATE: Watch hour new Intro To Cinema 4D Series Here.

Today, I run through the basics of setting up a scene in Cinema 4D and rendering an image. We are gonna make this abstract sphere scene above using HDR lighting, The Mograph module, and Global Illumination.

Check out Tim’s site for the layout and other great C4D tips.

Thanks to Chad Ashley for the HDRI Map.

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  • Hi, just found your website, still a noob at cinema 4d and 3d stuff

    so this is mine, tell me what you think

    sorry for the quality

  • Awesome Tutorial for newbies like me!

  • goin’ way back with this comment, but this is the result of my introduction to C4D through these early tutorials over the past few days.

    Thanks Nick and Thanks!

  • I think your tutorials are awesome. I am getting ready to purchase C4D 12, Can I still render a toon sketch animation as I could in 11.5. Where is looks like it is being sketched out as you watch… Thanks…

  • Hey Nick,
    I’m a absolute newbie in C4D. I went through couple of your tutorials and you really inspired me! Thanks for that! I don’t know many people doing something with such passion like you!

  • Hey Nick this is what i got…thanks again..just got C4D on my 2 week with it…this was very helpful!

  • Sweet tut dude. Just found you, but I love the site.
    Here’s a little diddy.

  • Thanks for this…it helped me get the most basic of basics down and I made this as a first try in the world of 3D and Cinema 4D

  • Hi
    It very good tutorial of cinema 4D

  • Great tutorial!

    I recently installed 11.5 and my render time for this project is painfully slow. It seems to be the GI – but I’m on a fairly new MacBook pro (unibody) with 4GB of memory.

    Any tips to speed that up? Is it because I have the Advanced Renderer installed?

  • Thanks Nick….U doin grt job brother..

  • hey Nick! your stuff is great. Thanks man

  • Thanks a lots Gorilla. I’m a illustrator and Animator from Vietnam and love to see your great tutorial. Thanks again man!
    Here is my render, it was my first time using Cinema4D:

    Cheers man!

  • nice tut.

  • Wow. Clearly I’m a bit late. I’m a complete beginner to both C4D & Photoshop. I thought it would take forever for me to do anything I could be proud of. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I can’t believe I just made this. Here it is!

    • Im a beginner too.. just about to do this tut.. inspired another beginner can create something so awesome and shiny! well done!

  • Thanks for this tutorial

  • On Point, thank dude!

  • yaay watched your tut and understood most of the mechanics of c4d!! thank joo nick!! and i know this seems like a really old post but i’m going all the way back 😀 here’s what i did after the tutorial :):)

  • Vaibhav Bharadwaj August 9, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Hi Nick,

    Very nice tutorial im new to cinema4d so i really loved it while i was doing great experience…thank you very much!

    and my version:

    Thank you all 😀

  • Great tutorial, thanks a lot!

  • I am new to C4D and have been looking over your tutorials and they are all freaking awesome! I have one question and that is do you need an hdri when making an object reflective? Or till it just be able to use a color and where ever you put the light it will so the reflection from that light?

  • Hey! i jx started surfing here and belief me am going all the way through with.thanx for these awesome tutx keep’em coming.

  • Hi there Nick! Thanks for this awesome-as-usual tutorial. This is what i came up with.

    Hope you’ll like it

  • Hi man, I am starting C4D from here. Thanks a lot.

  • Thanks for this! A great tutorial to start with. I was shown your website by a friend and have started going through all the AE and C4D tutorials! Really great resource for those looking to teach themselves the software 🙂

    Here’s my render:

  • Hey Nick, do you put color correction on your final render? If so is it in C4D or in photoshop or other programs?

  • great tutorial i used the things i learned in here to do this …. i was having alot of trouble manipulating the materials and getting reflections but i see a few tutorials on your site that may help me with that…. great site! thanks

  • Hey Nick. I’m new to Cinema and I’ve watched some intro tutorials but this is the best one yet!

    Here’s my render

  • Hi Nick! Thank you very much for posting this. I learned quite a bit!

  • Thanks for helping me to see tgihns in a different light.

  • Starting learning ur lessons!
    Thx a lot!

  • Great!!!!! Very good job, easy explanation…

  • What about do the exact same thing, but with another solid? like a piramid, or a platonic solid? I’ve tried to apply this tut with a platonic solid, but it diddn’t work.. any tips, or other tutorials?
    (Excellent tutorial though.)

    Thank you,

  • after i loading the hdri.. its been all black…whats that mean…?

  • Thanks for this tutorial….

  • Heres is how far I got with this tut. My first C4D project.

  • Hi man. i am starting C4D from here, thanks man, nice reflection i like your tutorial man

    Thanks for this tutorial…

  • Thanks for all these tuts. Have learned more from your website than the stinking class I took. Wish I could get my money back… Well, here’s what I came up with. Original export from c4D


  • wow. your tut is really helpful. im new to C4D but from your tut it makes it so easy to understand. Thanks a lot!

  • helo,i m a newbie in cinema 4d. i would like to know where can i get tutorials for cinema 4d?

  • I already commented this but I do not see my comment showing up anymore. I’m using Cinema 4D ver 13.061

    That’s fine and dandy however the random effector is not doing what I expect it to do according to your tutorial. I’ve tried different settings but nothing happens when I change various attributes in the random effector settings. Anyone who can help I greatly appreciate it! 🙂

  • Newbie here, the very first meeting with cinema4D and your tutorial, this is what my result looks like . Thanx man, will be following you for long now.

  • Hi, I’m not able to download the HDR map (link down). Please help me..

  • Yes, I’m sad about the HDR Map too. Chad’s website is down, the link is down. I just found out about your website and started with this tutorial. 🙁

  • Jonathan Hasson May 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Just completed this tutorial and made it my own:

    I combined the techniques I learned in this tutorial with the ones from your volumetric tutorial as well as your seamless background tutorial.

    Seriously Nick, these tutorials are amazing! I cannot believe how fast I’m learning Cinema 4D thanks to you. 🙂

  • Hi Nick,

    Please see my first render based on your beautiful tutorial!!


  • Hey Nick,

    great tut! But my problem is, that the objects (in this tutorial the spheres, in the other one the black and white baloons) contact or touch with each other. For me it looks more professional without contacts/touches. But i dont know where i used here the collision dynamic.

    Thx + Greetings from Germany

  • nick u r such a help mann! god bless u!

  • Hello Nick,

    Here’s my version, just started out learning C4D and this is a wonderful tutorial for me, here’s my outcome after following your tutorial:

    Thank you very much!

  • Pls Help! I’m stucked in the middle of this tutorial because I don’t have the Advanced Render Module.

    How can I get this Advanced Render Module?

    Where can I get it?

    I’ve searched the entire google but i couldn’t find answers.


  • Andreia Oliveira July 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Thanks a bunch! This video really helped me a lot… I’m new to Cinema4d and I really needed some help to get me started… My renders, after following your tutorial are here:

    Thank you so much!

  • Hi! I Folloved your tutorial step by step but when I have downloaded your texture from this site it is just black not like yours ( Iam running on PC not MAC) how can o fix this ?

  • When i use your texture (light) it is all black not as your colors.. what i should change?

  • The Link Doesn’t work for DL’s anymore :/. Have a great day 😀

  • Here Is mine. The First work in Cinema 4D.
    Thanksyou so much for your supports sir

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