How To Make A Dynamic Title Card In Cinema 4D

August 9, 2016


In this video, you will learn how to animate a dynamic title card in Cinema 4D using Dynamics, Cloners, Mograph, And the Variation Shader. Towards the end of the video, I will show you how I get these exact reflections and textures using HDRI Studio Rig and Topcoat.

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  • Rockin those KRK’s

  • Great tut man! also, great reflection on your glasses! which HDRI did you use? ๐Ÿ™‚ haha

  • For a split second there, I though you we’re going to say: “…and I’M the Gorilla!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nice one ,)

  • Great tut, and bonus for uploading it to youtube..Runs smoother on the Ipad.

  • How was the “coin spin” effect achieved on the Torus in the example?

  • very nice thank you

  • Thanks for the tut I’m pretty new to c4d. Quick question, how come when I add the material like you say it all renders in one colour? Even though the material is set up like yours? Thanks

  • Cool Tutorial…but when I’m trying the variation shader like you do, I don’t get variation. It keep showing just one color. How do I fix this?

  • Cool Nick, but I have the same issue that JVL, I donยดt get variation, just one color in final render :S

  • Awesome tut, Nick! Great fun to reproduce this! ?

    However, there’s one issue I have here (C4D 17, educational version, so all features): very few of the little objects that fly around actually dive into the floor. Some just a few mm and only partly “below zero” and then they bounce back into the air. Others vanish completely after rolling for a while.
    Is there some accuracy parameter (some calculation step increment or sim.) for the physics department I can adjust to avoid this?

    Thanks so much!
    Stefan (@metawops)

  • Nick U inspired Ae from a tv show right . I got inspiration from you to learn c4d.

  • Learned a great deal of what I know from you…great teacher and designer.Awesome team over there, you guys inspire a great deal of people from all walks of life and backgrounds.

  • Hey Nick,
    How did you preserve your vivid colors? I seem to loose a lot color (sun bleached)
    when converting my renders to video.

  • Hi!
    Nice tut as allways. It was nice to jump back to basic=fun stuff.
    My version here:

    Thx all GSG mentors

  • Got an problem here,

    the variation shader is changing it’s object colours frame by frame, but just during the time the cloner spawns the objects. Didn’t found a solution yet.

    somebody got any hints here?

    • yeay,
      i used two cloners (one for the text objects and one for the falling objects) for this animation but just one Texture and this caused the problem ๐Ÿ™‚

      just duplicated the texture and it’s fine!

      Maybe this helps someone ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Is the “Variation” texture layer / shader available in R16? Not in mine. In a friend’s R17 Student edition, however, it *is* available.
    So, maybe, you should change the “Compatible with” section for this brilliant tutorial, Nick … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dude! Nice work – this was a very thought out and well presented tutorial. Seems like you’ve upped your game on teaching. Very good pacing and explanation of everything especially texturing – showing the basic way then your way. Keep it up man!

  • I noticed some motion blur that looks very natural and smooth. Was that added in Cinema 4D? What setting can I find that under if that’s the case?

  • Hi Nick

    I was struggling with you HDRI Rig. I put it in , set the AO Low and rendered …and every single form was black. I rewound your video again and again without finding the trick. I finally used the Fill Light from the Rig Console with about 80%.
    But on the video you stay at 0%.
    Hast it something to do with the material you used.
    I’m using multi-shader and enable color on the random effecter

    I’m using r16, HDRI Rig, Topcoat…and I’m pretty new to C4D ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would be great if I’d understand why it didn’t work
    In any case thx for the great tutorial(s)

  • Great Tutorial!!!
    I’ve learned so much from you.
    Thank you so much.

  • Excellent tutorial, and a lot of fun to see the results.

  • Just purely awesome tutorial. I can’t remember whenever i try to learn via normal tutorials but this one just got memorized so easily since you told each n everything.
    Thank you so much.

  • Hey Guys!
    Just a tip for anyone like me that has to deal with the Broadcast version of C4D, not sure if it translates to any other inferior versions but:
    You have to use the Rigid Body Dynamics tag on the actual cloner object rather than the actual geometric object (it only allows rigid body on mograph objects). It all works the same, Also for the extra parts flying out, just duplicate the cloner and apply different parameters on it. As for Variation shader that Broadcast doesn’t have, just use the MoGraph “Multi shader” and manually select a bunch of different colors to use, then apply to the cloner objects. You then have to select the random effector you will use and turn on Color mode which will apply the multi shader to the clones.

  • I love all your tuts and plugins, thanks for sharing.
    Iโ€™ve learned so much.
    You are the best! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Hi Nick! Great thing to know there is this “variation shader”, but some how, mine dosen’t work right. After changing the “Gradient mode” to “replace” and the grandient blend bar turned grey. Thank you.

  • I don’t have Variation shader? How Can I get the same effect with reflection and specular?

  • Hi Nick,
    Great tut which was surprisingly easy to follow.

    One (hopefully quick) question: Is there an easy way to make the clones come to a stop?

    I’ve extended the scene I have but want the clones to stop bouncing and come to an natural stop way before the end of the timeline so that the scene is still. Thanks.

  • Perfect!! Many thanks Nick ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Loved this tutorial. Check out my version of it here. Couldn’t get the reflections for some reason but went with a different style instead (slightly).

  • Why is the random gradient not changing?
    I don`t know why, i just still try to chase your trial but not work.
    Please let me know Nick please.

  • hey Nick How i can Generate the cloner from the top ?!

  • when i put material on cloner and make material variation shade the cubes and spheres render one color not vartiation
    please help me what can i do

  • Hi,

    I have C4d R18 Broadcast.
    When I drop the rigid body tag on to my sphere, the dynamics tag is defaulting to the collision object mode and not the mode you get in the tutorial of full dynamics mode.
    If i drop the tag onto the cloner I can see all the settings you get but still no effect on the spheres.

    any suggestions?

    thanks in advance.. waiting in frustration!

  • Also frustratingly just discovered that R18 Broadcast doesn’t have the variation shader!
    can you suggest a work around?

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