Intro to the Cinema 4D Time Effector

February 16, 2017

In this tutorial from EJ from Eyedesyn you’ll get a little intro to the Time Effector and how you can use it to help automate animation inside Cinema 4D!

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Topics covered include:

• Learn some Time Effector basics
• Combining the Time Effector with other Effectors to get variations of animation applied to objects
• Introduction to the R18 Voronoi Fracture object & learning how it fractures up objects
• Learning about Falloff Clamp functions
• How to create a nice procedural marble texture
• Utilizing the Random Effector for more organic, interesting animation

If you have any questions about the Time Effector or Voronoi Fracture, be sure to post it in the comments section! If you create anything using this technique, be sure to share it with me on Twitter or in the Comments!  Thanks for watching!


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  • Cool. I was waiting for something like this thanks guys

  • Hi EJ,
    Is it possible to use the time effector to control a mograph shader of a single object, so that I get a different texture each frame ?
    I have to render a object with hundred of different logos.

  • Hey EJ – Tutorials are great!

    Got abit of an ask mate – how would i achieve something similar (in a nutshell) with Thrausi?

  • Hello I would like to know if one can give a noise to the internal parts of the fracture so it does not look as cut with a knife

  • Thanks for this tuto, pretty cool!!

  • Any idea how to incorporate a vertex map into the texture and have it stick to the fractured object? I use vertex maps without issue most of the time, but can’t get it to work with a fractured object.

  • Another great tutorial many thanks EJ

  • I think we’d better place the marble texture on the ring and sphere object instead so that the noise texture won’t move due to the moving of the debris.

  • Is it possible somehow control the grayscale or color of the clones by the time?
    Thank you

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